31 Jul 2020

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

In Saudi Arabia, small groups of pilgrims performed rituals of the Islamic Hajj on Friday at the Mecca. However, this year’s crowd is just a fraction of the normal amount, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims typically travel to Mecca for the holiday. Friday marked the beginning of the Eid

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27 Feb 2020

Saudi Arabia halts travel to Islam’s holiest site over virus

On Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced that it has halted travel to the Kaaba amid fears over the novel coronavirus. The Kaaba is located in the holy city of Mecca, where Muslims travel to for the annual hajj pilgrimage, which occurs in just a few months. The announcement comes as the

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20 Aug 2018

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

The Hajj, a journey to the Kaaba in Mecca required by all able Muslims during their lifetime as one of the five pillars of Islam, is one of the world’s largest gatherings every year. Saudi Arabia has announced that over 2 million Muslims would be taking part this year. The

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