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At the Hajj, Facing Islam's Inconsistent Embrace of Women - New York Times

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — “Sister, where are your socks?” one of the women I was sitting with demanded. “Don't you know you have to cover your feet?” We were in the sprawling Grand Mosque that surrounds the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, during the hajj ...and more »

After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city - The Guardian

As millions of hajj pilgrims return home, Mecca's two million locals are left struggling with the impacts of their changing city. Much of old Mecca has been razed and rebuilt to make room for growing tourism, forcing out residents. • A prayer for Mecca ...and more »

The Potential of Pilgrim Retail - The Business of Fashion

New retail developments in Jeddah and Mecca are evidence of the opportunity presented by increasing numbers of pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia. Pilgrims in Mecca during Hajj | Source: Flickr/Omar Chatriwala. 270 Shares. 1 Comment. By Kate Abnett ...and more »

All-seeing 'eye' watches over Mecca pilgrims - PRI

Saudi policemen monitor screens connected to cameras set up at places around the holy city of Mecca, on the second day of Eid al-Adha, October 27, 2012. Credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters. Under a bank of monitors broadcasting live footage from more ...and more »

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia becomes first senior diplomat to convert to Islam and complete the Haj pilgrimage ... - Daily Mail

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia has become the first senior diplomat to convert to Islam and complete the Haj. Simon Collis, 60, said he had decided to convert to Islam 'after spending 30 years in Muslim societies'. The father of five was ...and more »

Saudi Arabia warns Iran after accusations government 'murdered' Hajj pilgrims killed in stampede - The Independent

A Saudi prince has threatened to “deter every aggressor” amid a war of words with Iran over a deadly stampede during last year's Hajj pilgrimage. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, accused “heartless and murderous Saudis” of ...and more »

All-seeing 'eye' watches over Makkah pilgrims - Al-Arabiya

Under a bank of monitors broadcasting live footage from more than 5,000 cameras, Saudi officers have kept their eyes on every route and gathering spot at this year's hajj pilgrimage. As custodians of the most sacred sites in Islam, the authorities have ...and more »

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia converts to Islam and completes Hajj pilgrimage - The Independent

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia has completed the Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam. It is believed Simon Collis may be the first British ambassador to perform the holy trip. He was photographed at the pilgrimage site wearing white robes ...and more »

Hajj scams: What Muslims will do to get to Mecca - Ynetnews

Despite its being a religious commandment, the hajj is difficult to complete, both due to cost and to the extremely limited hajj visas required; many pilgrims find other ways to get to Saudi Arabia. The Media Line|Published: 09.14.16 , 22:30. Some ...and more »

Muslim pilgrims flock to Medina after performing Hajj -

Since Wednesday evening, Muslim pilgrims have flocked to Saudi Arabia's city of Medina after completing this year's Hajj ritual -- the "fifth pillar" of Islam -- in the nearby city of Mecca. According to the Saudi Press Agency, Medina's Civil ...and more »