Religious Dictatorship: Hajj Has Become 'Devoid of Spirituality and Holiness' - Sputnik International

Following a number of tragedies connected to the Hajj, the guarantee of pilgrims' security and independence of the pilgrimage from political influence is now a critical issue. An Iranian expert told Sputnik how Iran is calling for a change in the way ...

Pain lingers a year after hajj tragedy in Saudi - AsiaOne

Riyadh Mecca, Saudi Arabia - Despite being emotionally scarred by the death of two childhood friends during last year's hajj stampede, Muhammad Sani has still returned to Saudi Arabia for another pilgrimage. The Nigerian pharmacist, 46, says his faith ...

Nigeria: Hajj - Saudi Shortens Timing for Devil Stoning Ritual - AllAfrica.com

As the high-point of the 2016 hajj draws nearer, the government of Saudi Arabia has shortened the timing for the symbolic stoning ritual that led to the deaths of over 2,300 pilgrims during last year's hajj. The authorities of the holy land will now ...

At least 9 killed, 20 wounded in Baghdad bombing - Press TV

Iran's Leader slams the Saudi rulers for poor handling of the Hajj, calling on Muslims to come up with a fundamental solution for managing the event. In Iraq, at least 9 people are killed and 20 others injured in a car bomb attack in central Baghdad ...

Iran's Khamenei suggests Saudi Arabia should not control Hajj - ARY NEWS

“Because of these (Saudi) rulers' oppressive behavior toward God's guests (pilgrims), the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of Hajj,” Khamenei said in a message carried by his Website and ...

Saudi Arabia Strives to Prevent Repeat of 2015 Stampede at Haj - The Wire

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray during their Umrah Mawlid al-Nabawi “Birthday of Prophet Mohammad” in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia January 21, 2016. Picture taken January 21, 2016. Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files. Riyadh: A year ...

Leader's Hajj Message: Muslims Must Understand Blasphemous, Faithless Nature of Saudi Rulers - Tasnim News Agency (press release)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Leader of the Islamic Revolution strongly slammed “murderous” Saudi rulers for refusing to allow an international probe into last year's deadly Mina crush, urging Muslims to “correctly understand their (Saudis') blasphemous ...

AP PHOTOS: Muslim pilgrims arrive at holy site ahead of hajj - The Herald

Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. An elderly Indian woman leads her husband as they ...

More than 1.3 million Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia - DunyaNews Pakistan

MAKKAH (Dunya News / AFP) – More than 1.3 million people from across the world have reached Saudi Arabia for Hajj. According to General Director of Saudi passport office, atleast 13,10,408 Hajj pilgrims have entered Saudi Arabia. Among the pilgrims, 12 ...

Top Saudi cleric says Iran leaders not Muslims as haj row mounts - Ynetnews

One of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi religious leaders has said that members of the Shia sect of Islam - including many Iranians, Hezbollah, and the Assad family - are not Muslims following Iranian criticism of a 2015 hajj stampede which killed hundreds of ...