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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 »

Two million Muslim pilgrims descend on Mecca for hajj - Irish Times

Nearly two million pilgrims on Wednesday celebrate the joyous feast that is the culmination of the annual hajj, although more than a dozen of their number have died from heart attacks while performing this year's sacred journey. Ibu Mariah Marghani ...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 »

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 »

Hopes fade for Qatar residents to perform Hajj - Aljazeera.com

Doha, Qatar - For the last 35 years, Mohammed Shafiq, a Qatari resident from Pakistan, has been working hard to finance his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. But his dream of performing the Hajj this year is fading fast. In June, Saudi Arabia, which ...and more »

Iran hajj pilgrims torn between joy, bitter memories - Kuwait Times

MECCA: Reza from Iran is torn between the joy of taking part in this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites and bitter memories of the 2015 stampede that killed hundreds of his compatriots. Iranian pilgrims stayed away from the 2016 ...and more »

Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of hajj - Kuwait Times

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: Their palms facing the sky, around two million Muslims gathered yesterday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. With temperatures pushing 40 ...and more »

How European Empires Helped Shape the Hajj - JSTOR Daily

Despite the Hajj's celebration of ascetic faith and brotherhood, there has always been plenty of profit made off the pilgrims traveling to Mecca. Great Mosque at Mecca. A view of the Great Mosque of Mecca. via Wikimedia Commons · Eric Schewe. August 30 ...and more »

Trump's travel ban scares Utah Muslims from participating in a pillar of their faith — going to Mecca - Salt Lake Tribune

President Donald Trump says he's all for religious freedom. He counsels with pastors about it in private. He stumps for it in public. He even signed an executive order to bolster it in a full-blown White House ceremony. But his policies — especially ...and more »

Is Saudi Arabia's Greed Making a Mockery of The Hajj? - Al-Bawaba

The Governor of Makkah, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal has spoken out against allegations that the country exploits the Hajj for economic gain. Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, he told of his 'absolute rejection' of the claims which have been leveled at ...and more »