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Saudi Arabia censors Mecca's religious authority

SHAFAQNA - Under order of the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia government closed down the Twitter account of Mecca's highest religious authority: Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, imam in the Grand Mosque AlKhaleejonline.com confirmed. Al-Shuraim openly…

Old Photos of Hajj Rituals in Mecca

SHAFAQNA- Beautiful, Old Photos of Hajj Rituals in Mecca

Departure of Imam from Madina

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SHAFAQNA- After his departure from Madina Imam Husayn reached Makkah on 3rd of Shaban and sent his cousin Muslim bin Aqil to Kufa in the middle of Ramazan. From that time till the 8th of Zilhaj he continued to stay on in Makkah. None could…

1.4 million Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj: Officials

SHAFAQNA- More than 1.4 million Muslims have arrived so far in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage slated to begin next week, with this year’s rituals featuring the return of tens of thousands of Iranians. “So far 1,313,946 pilgrims…

Binladin Group to resume expansion of Mecca Grand Mosque: Report

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SHAFAQNA- Saudi construction conglomerate Binladin Group reportedly plans to restart a $26.6-billion project to expand the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, nearly two years after a deadly crane crash halted the development operation. The…

When is Hajj in 2017 - and what is the Muslim pilgrimage?

SHAFAQNA - An annual Muslim pilgrimage - and one of the most eagerly-anticipated religious events of the calendar year - is coming. Hajj will take place later this summer and is more commonly known as the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It…

Saudi security forces kill "wanted man" in Mecca

SHAFAQNA - Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday and arrested several others, Al Arabiya TV reported. The gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who…

Miracle over Mecca for the 1st day of Ramadan?

SHAFAQNA - The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Egypt has announced that the first day of this year’s Ramadan, which is set to take place on Saturday, will witness something unique: the sun will rise perpendicularly…

Saudi Arabia ups Iran's Hajj quota by 35 percent

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SHAFAQNA - Head of Iran Organization for Hajj and Pilgrimage Hamid Mohammadi said here on Monday that Saudi Arabia has increased by 35 percent the number of pilgrims Iran can send to Hajj this year. Talking to IRNA, Mohammadi underlined that…

Elected committee of Muslims should protect Islam’s holy sites

SHAFAQNA - Mecca and Medina, situated in west of Saudi Arabia, are Islam’s two holiest sites. The region is the birthplace of Islam and of the Prophet Mohammad. Every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimage (during Hajj) to Mecca at least…

Lies, lies and more lies over fabricated Mecca attack - the opportunism of religious politicking is shameful!

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia’s propaganda machine has hit over-drive … Mecca the world has been warned was almost hit by a treacherous missile, and Islam’s holiest of sites were almost disappeared. Wait a minute … I’m confused here!…

Huge fire at hotel in Mecca - VIDEO

SHAFAQNA - A raging fire has engulfed a hotel in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, inflicting heavy damage to the building, Saudi officials say. According to the Saudi Civil Defense Department, the incident occurred in the ten-story…

Pre-Islamic Arabia - The days of ignorance in Mecca

SHAFAQNA - In pre-Islamic days, that Muslims call the Days of ignorance, the religious background of the Arabs was pagan, and basically animistic. Through Moon, Sun, Stars, Planets, Animals, wells, trees, stones, caves, springs, and other natural…

Prophecies of the Quran Addressed to Muhammad

SHAFAQNA - In the sixth year after the Prophet was forced to migrate from Mecca to Madinah, he saw himself visiting Mecca and performing pilgrimage in a vision mentioned in the Quran: "Certainly has God showed to His Messenger the vision…

In Mecca I saw little of Islam’s compassion, but a lot of Saudi Arabia’s neglect - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - I am grateful to be alive after a distressing Hajj experience – and urge all Muslims to protest about the inhumane treatment of pilgrims. Radical change is needed. With 2 million people gathered in one small city for the hajj,…

The price of Hajj - should hotels profit from pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - According to Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston, Makkah is the most-searched-for destination in the world on Priceline’s Booking.com. But, he says, travellers aren’t booking Makkah hotels at the rate they’re searching for…

World Leaders come together to denounce Saudi Arabia's negligence

SHAFAQNA - As Muslims around the world are attempting to make sense of the tragedy which befall their community, at a time when all should be rejoicing in the festivities of Eid Al Adha, calls have risen against Saudi Arabia and what the public…

Death toll of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca rises to 136

SHAFAQNA - At least 136 Iranian pilgrims have lost their lives in a deadly crush during the Hajj pilgrimage rituals in Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization. Saeed…

Reclaiming Islam away from Al Saud’s Wahhabi religious devolution - Mecca belongs to the Ummah

SHAFAQNA - Tragedy has stricken again in Mecca - this time it is not a crane which fell over unsuspected pilgrims but a stampede which claimed the lives of hundreds devoted Muslims as they performed the Mina ritual. For the second time during…