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Religious tourism: The white gold of Saudi Arabia - Free Malaysia Today

MINA: With global oil prices flailing, Saudi Arabia is turning to another natural resource: billions of dollars gained from religious tourism as the kingdom hosts the annual hajj pilgrimage. Shops line the packed esplanade of the Great Mosque of Mecca ...and more »

Pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj - Free Malaysia Today

MOUNT ARAFAT: 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 ...and more »

Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj - The Conversation US

Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical and financial ability to ...and more »

Donald Trump's policies worry Muslims at Hajj - Aljazeera.com

American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims. "People are irritated, angry, sombre, a little bit worried," said Yasir Qadhi, an ...and more »

At Least 39 People Die During Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca This Year - Sputnik International

At least 39 people have reportedly died during the pilgrimage to Mecca's holy places in Saudi Arabia. MECCA (Sputnik) — At least 39 people have died since the beginning of this year's Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, local ...and more »

Annual Five-Day Hajj in Saudi Arabia Comes to End - Voice of America

The annual five-day Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia known as hajj is officially over. Khalid al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, announced Sunday the formal end of the pilgrimage at a news conference in the holy city. Tens of thousands of Muslim ...and more »

Saudi Arabia seeks Islamic tourism boost in test for heritage, tradition - Reuters

MECCA/RIYADH (Reuters) - A few steps away from Mecca's Grand Mosque, a dozen empty towers rise into the sky above the holy city visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year. Muslims pray at the Grand mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in ...and more »

What is the hajj? - Deutsche Welle

The hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the most holy city for Muslims. All Muslims are expected to perform this religious duty at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able. It is one of the ...and more »

A journey through Hajj, Islam's special pilgrimage - CNN

(CNN) For the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, the Hajj is considered a spiritual pinnacle. Each year, up to three million pilgrims descend on Mecca -- the epicenter of the Muslim world -- to seek redemption, to forgive and to be forgiven. Wrapped ...and more »

Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj - Aljazeera.com

Around two million Muslims are gathering near Saudi Arabia's Mecca for the peak day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. From dawn to dusk on Thursday, the crowd will visit Mount Arafat to spend the day in supplication and contemplation. Muslims believe ...and more »