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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

Millions of hajj pilgrims are preparing to head home, after five days performing ancient rites, revering a God omnipresent in the city of Mecca. They have stoned figurative devils, they have slept in the world's largest tent city, they have drunk water ...and more »

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

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Makkah (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP). By AFP, Mina, Saudi Arabia Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Text size A A A ...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 »

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes hajj after converting to Islam - The Guardian

A picture of Simon Collis in the traditional white robes worn by pilgrims during the hajj was posted on Twitter. Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent. @harrietsherwood. Thu 15 Sep 2016 06.42 EDT Last modified on Thu 15 Sep 2016 07.13 EDT. Share on ...and more »

Muslim pilgrims flock to Medina after performing Hajj -

Pilgrims traditionally visit Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Medina either before or after completing Hajj ritual. Hajj; 15 Eylül 2016 Perşembe 19:33. Muslim pilgrims flock to Medina after performing Hajj ...and more »

First UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia performs Hajj - TRT World

After converting to Islam, Simon Collis became the first British Ambassador whilst on duty in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to perform the Hajj. British Ambassador Simon Collis (R) and wife Huda Mujarkech (L) dressed in the all-white garb of pilgrims ...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 Mecca pilgrims - PRI

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 »