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Iran, Saudi Arabia talk on Hajj ritual

SHAFAQNA - Senior Iranian and Saudi officials discussed on Wednesday ways to facilitate this year's Hajj for the Iranian pilgrims. According to Saudi media, the talks were held in Saudi Arabia by caretaker of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization…

Ayatollah Ali Khameini's message ahead of Hajj

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (PBUH), and upon his Immaculate Household and chosen…
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Shia Muslim cleric calls for accountability and transparency over the Haj pilgrimage

SHAFAQNA - Top Iranian scholar denounced constant dishonesty of Saudi Arabia on Hajj and stressed Iran will perform Hajj only if the honor and security of pilgrims are maintained. Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, senior Shia jurisprudent,…

A lesson in humility - Hagar's role in Islam and the echo of Islam's tenets in Hagar

SHAFAQNA - The modern relevance of the hajj is reflected in the symbolic actions of one woman: Hagar, the African servant slave of Abraham and Sarah, who historians estimate lived between 1930 BC and 1840 BC. But, how, exactly, can one black…