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 »

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

Muslim pilgrims perform the final walk around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Photograph: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images. Hajj. British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes hajj after converting to Islam. A picture of Simon Collis in the ...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 »

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

Women at the hajj, clockwise from left: on Ajyad Street, one of the main thoroughfares leading to the Grand Mosque in Mecca; Indonesian women rested on a sidewalk in the tent city of Mina, where nearly 2 million pilgrims slept for three days as part of ...and more »

Simon Collis, British Ambassador To Saudi Arabia Converts To Islam And Performs Hajj - Huffington Post UK

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam and has been photographed performing a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Simon Collis, the UK envoy to Riyadh, was pictured dressed in the white robes worn by pilgrims, along with his wife Huda ...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 »

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 »

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: 14.09.16 , 22:30 ...and more »

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam -

Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia has been inundated with congratulations from across the Islamic world after it emerged that he converted to Islam and carried out the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever performed by a senior UK diplomat. The ...and more »

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Has Converted to Islam - TIME

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, has become the first high-ranking diplomat in the U.K. to convert to Islam and complete the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. News that Collis, 60, had converted to Islam came to light with pictures posted ...and more »