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Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj - The Conversation US

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC. Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj. August 31, 2017 9.09pm EDT. Ken Chitwood. Author. Ken Chitwood. Ph.D. Candidate, Religion in the Americas ...and more »

Iranian pilgrims return to the hajj as Iran-Saudi rivalry eases - Washington Post

ISTANBUL — It was nearly two years ago when Iran and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties, worsening an already tense rivalry that has fueled conflicts across the Middle East. But this year, a rare bright spot in their relations has stirred hope of a ...and more »

35 Egyptian pilgrims die during Haj pilgrimage - Zee News

The pilgrimage started on August 31, with more than two million pilgrims, including 1.8 million foreigners, expected to participate. IANS| Updated: Sep 03, 2017, 10:41 AM IST. Comments |. Riyadh: Thirty-five Egyptian pilgrims died during the annual Haj ...and more »

New Qatari Royal Enters Gulf Feud, Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Confused by US Policy, and Diplomats Try to ... - Lawfare (blog)

The Saudi-led bloc working to isolate Qatar is trying to keep the Gulf feud in the family—both the figurative Gulf Cooperation Council family and the literal Qatari royal family. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia began publicly courting Sheikh Abdullah ...and more »

How European Empires Helped Shape the Hajj - JSTOR Daily

The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, begins August 30th this year and lasts until September 4th. One of five “pillars” of Islam, the Hajj is an obligatory observation of faith once in the lifetime of every Muslim who is physically and ...and more »

Pilgrims scale Saudi's Mount Arafat for peak of hajj -

Some two million Muslims from around the world began gathering Thursday on Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia dedicated to prayers and reflection. Helicopters flew around the area as the faithful converged from dawn ...and more »

Malaysia thanks Saudi Arabia in smooth handling of Haj pilgrims - New Straits Times Online

Foreign dignitaries at the Aidiladha reception hosted by King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Mina on Saturday. Pic by NSTP/ courtesy from Saudi Press Agency website. Saudi Arabia deployed multilingual staff on the ground during the Haj season to help ...and more »

Muslim pilgrims converge on Jamarat for symbolic stoning of the devil - The Hindu

Muslim pilgrims collect stones to stone the marks which symbolizes the devil during the annual haj pilgrimage, at Muzdalefa, outside the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Reuters. Reuters. JAMARAT (Saudi Arabia): , September 01 ...and more »

FEATURE-Muslim worshippers seek green inspiration at annual Haj pilgrimage - Thomson Reuters Foundation

LONDON, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 2 million people are expected to travel across the globe to eat, sleep and pray in unison from Wednesday, as the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Haj gets underway in Mecca. For billions of Muslims who are ...and more »

Iranians return to annual hajj in Saudi Arabia - PBS NewsHour

Thousands of Iranian pilgrims are participating in an annual hajj in Saudi Arabia this week, signaling small amends between the two countries after a deadly stampede during the religious journey frayed diplomatic ties in 2015. Every year, millions of ...and more »