For Muslim pilgrimage, climate change poses health risks

2019-08-31 12:45

The timing of Hajj during the hottest part of the year exposes participants to the risk of serious health problems during outdoor activities.

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of blocking access to Hajj

2018-08-18 18:26

Travel agents in Qatar say a link for residents to register for the pilgrimage was blocked by Riyadh.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

2018-08-18 07:05

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Muslim pilgrims mark final Hajj rite with 'Stoning of Devil'

2017-09-02 07:08

In stifling heat, a Saudi security guard sprayed Muslim pilgrims with water as they advanced through Mina for the final rite of the hajj, the "Stoning of the Devil" that has proved lethal in past years.

Iran receives Saudi hajj invite

2017-01-10 20:15

Iran has finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.

Crowds rally in Iran against Saudi Arabia ahead of hajj

2016-09-09 19:23

Thousands of Iranians have marched through the streets to protest Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj, a sign of soured relations between the two countries following last year's crush and stampede during the annual pilgrimage.

Eighteen injured in Mecca stampede

2016-07-02 13:04

Eighteen pilgrims have been injured in a stampede near Islam's holiest site, as Saudi continues to review safety after a deadly crush during last year's hajj.

Saudi Arabia reviews hajj security plans after deadly crush

2016-03-24 17:59

Saudi press is reporting that the kingdom has held a workshop to review hajj security plans following a crush that killed more than 2 400 pilgrims.

Foreign toll figures show hajj tragedy deadliest ever

2015-10-17 07:46

The death toll from last month's hajj stampede has risen to at least 1 748, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it the deadliest incident in the pilgrimage's history.

Saudi hajj disaster over 1 360 killed

2015-10-08 22:24

A crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1 364 people during the annual hajj pilgrimage.


More than 2 million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

2019-08-09 11:47

More than two million Muslims begin the annual Hajj as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

Q&A: The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam

2018-08-18 16:25

Around 1.6 million Muslims from around the world are beginning the five-day hajj pilgrimage. Here's a look at the pilgrimage and what it means for Muslims.

Lessons from the Hajj on the purpouse of life

2017-09-05 13:20

All Muslims are required to perform Hajj once in their life, if health and finances permit this. It is not only the largest annual gathering of Muslims, but the largest pilgrimage in the world, writes Mohamed Saeed.

Iran pilgrims to join this year's hajj: Saudi

2017-03-17 18:15

Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year's annual hajj, Saudi Arabia has said, after an absence last year during tensions between the regional rivals.

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

2016-09-11 16:55

The hajj has reached its high point as Muslims from across the world converged on a stony hill in Saudi Arabia, a year after the worst tragedy in the pilgrimage's history.

Muslims crowd Mecca ahead of hajj

2016-09-08 16:42

Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world have descended on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

Iran blames Saudis for hajj 'sabotage'

2016-05-13 05:20

Iran says its nationals will miss the annual hajj, accusing Saudi Arabia of sabotaging arrangements following a diplomatic crisis and a deadly stampede at last year's pilgrimage.

Hajj disaster death toll at least 2 110

2015-10-19 17:02

A report from Associated Press says a new toll shows the crush and stampede that struck the hajj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2 110 pilgrims.

Family mourns Nigerian pilgrim who fled Boko Haram but died in Hajj crush

2015-10-09 09:49

Three years after his family fled their home in Nigerian to escape threats from Boko Haram, Mudasir Gambo must have thought his luck had changed when he won the ticket to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Forensic experts help ID Indonesian hajj victims

2015-10-06 18:26

Indonesian forensic experts are in Saudi Arabia to help identify those from that country still missing after last month's hajj disaster.

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