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Hajj 2013

Hajj is a islamic event celebrated by muslim each year for 10 days.

The once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith, endurance and determination for hundreds of thousands of Muslims from nearly 200 countries came to a successful end on Thursday. Relief was writ large on the faces of pilgrims, many in the autumn of their lives as was evident from the deep furrows on their...
The tent city of Mina burst into color Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims donned their traditional best, with the most vivid and striking outfits worn by Africans, Indonesians and Pakistanis. There were scenes of jubilation as pilgrims completed the mandatory ritual of stoning the three gray walls that...
On Day 3 of Haj, nearly 1.6 million pilgrims returned to the tent city of Mina from Muzdalifah, on the plains a few kilometers from Mount Arafat, where they spent the night praying and collecting pebbles for the symbolic ritual of stoning the devil. At the break of dawn, pilgrims...
An estimated 20.76 million liters of Zamzam water is expected to be distributed this Haj season. The number of 1.5 liter containers to be distributed on Haj campaigns, hospitals, and the ceremony of the Ministry of Haj is estimated at 120,000 bottles, according the chairman of the unified Zamazimah office. The...
The Kiswa, or that garb of the Holy Kabaa, was replaced Monday by officials of the The General Presidency for the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque. The cloth is normally changed on the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah, or the day of Arafat. Pilgrim are required to be at...
Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrived in Mina on Sunday as part of the first phase of Haj 2013. What was a ghost town until Saturday evening was teeming with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, men and women, young and old. They were reciting “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (O God, here I...
Hundreds of thousands of Haj pilgrims began streaming into tent city at Mina by foot, on buses and in four-wheel drives late Saturday amid extreme heat and humidity. On their way, pilgrims were met by many checkpoints manned by security men, health officials and traffic police, who asked pilgrims to...
About 1.325 million pilgrims were transported to the holy sites on Friday, according to the General Car Syndicate (Naqaba). The ascending (taseed) and descending (nafra) committee had completed preparations to execute the plan for pilgrims moving to holy sites following instructions of Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. Pilgrims ascend to Mina as...
Credit: AFP/Getty Images A general view shows the new raised walkway installed around the Kaaba (top-R) so people with disabilities can circle around the holy shrine to perform the Tawaf, which is part of the hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca's Grand Mosque on October 8, 2013. More than two million Muslims...
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said 15,000 illegal pilgrims have been prevented from performing Haj because they lacked permits. The prince, who is also the head of the Haj Central Committee, said 63 unlicensed Haj-catering companies were discovered, of which one was in the Eastern Province carrying 150 pilgrims in...