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Hajj Pilgrimage

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before...

Saudi Arabia Screens Hajj Pilgrims For Ebola

AP | MOKHTAR SHEHATA and BENJAMIN WIACEK | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was Ebola-free as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into ...

The Infamous Hajj Selfie Is Here To Stay

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

The infamous selfie is becoming a fixture in modern life, and we need look no further than this year's hajj to see why. Millions of Muslim pilgrims...

The Hajj Pilgrimage At A Glance

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

What is Hajj? The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world's largest gatherings, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, t...

LOOK: Mecca's Dramatic Transformation Over The Past Century

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Every year hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world pour into Mecca making the Hajj pilgrimage. As one of the five pillars of Islam, the...

'Mecca 3D' App Takes You On A Virtual Hajj

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

Observant Muslims plan to visit the holy city of Mecca at least once in their lifetimes to complete the Hajj, a pilgrimage considered to be a religiou...

Why Is It So Hard?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Telling the hajj story in long form is always difficult -- three times out of three for me, at least. You're not reporting a daily story but integrating yourself in the ongoing experience of individuals. You've got to be there when they wake up and watch them end their day.

Do You Speak Muslim?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Do we, in fact, speak "Muslim"? Heading by car from Medina south to Mecca, about a four-hour drive, I had time to consider. The Muslim language is spoken worldwide in unique communities. And here in Mecca it is lingua franca.

The Hajj Pilgrimage At A Glance

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.11.2013 | Religion

What is Hajj? The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world's largest gatherings, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, t...

Lessons From Uhud

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.08.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

What lessons do pilgrims retrieve from this visit to their Gettysburg? Certainly the casualties were fewer and the battle did not last as long. Certainly the motives were distinct: one to save a Union, the other to fortify independence.

Landing in the Kingdom

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

This is my third venture to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina that lie in the western realm of today's Saudi kingdom to make a film on the Hajj pilgrimage. It's a privilege and a mountain of effort to do this work.

Why I Love Eid ul-Adha

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Eid ul-Adha reminds me every year that what we believe about God doesn't matter as much as whether we believe in God in the first place.

Hajj Through The Wings Of Reflection

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

I pray this spiritual mediation exercise will include us, in spirit, in the ranks of 2012 Muslim pilgrims -- it will include our prayers and supplications to theirs and these sincere cries will be received by the Almighty God as such.

PHOTOS: Muslims Embark On Pilgrimage To Mecca

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 10.26.2012 | Religion

Click through to see photos from this year's Hajj pilgrimage: Each year millions of Muslims embark on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia,...

Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca For Hajj Amid Regional Turmoil

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion

* Relations tense over Syria and other unrest * Saudi leaders say prepared to deal with troublemaking * "Message that Mu...

Luxury Hajj: Iraqis Stew As Officials Get VIP Pilgrimage

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 01.07.2012 | Religion

MINA, Saudi Arabia -- The Muslim pilgrimage of hajj is a moment of equality before God, with millions massed at Islam's most revered sites asking for ...

Hajj Diaries: The Multiple Dimensions Of Muslim Pilgrimage

Zahra N. Jamal, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Religion
Zahra N. Jamal, Ph.D.

During the hajj, the boundaries of ethnicity, race, gender, class and wealth are temporarily erased... The hajj is one of the only, and by far the largest public ritual amongst Muslims in which men and women pray and perform their rites together, in unison.

Huge Muslim Pilgrimage Starts

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Libyans long denied the opportunity to make the hajj usually reserved for Moammar Gadhafi's cronies were among the ...

2.5 Million Muslim Pilgrims Gather For Hajj

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Muslims from across the world descended on this holy city ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, many of them with prayers for a ...

Hajj: The Pilgrimage To Mecca

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

At last we came close, but the crowd was too thick for us to touch the stone. Swept along by the human tide, we kept chanting prayers, struggling to touch the stone or the Kaaba whenever possible.

The Case of Sheikh Al-Atar and a Call for Unity At Hajj

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Hajj is a vital experience for all Muslims, irrespective of gender, nationality, or sect; however, it is evident that this message of unity and tolerance is yet to be internalized.

Hajj Suit Raises Host Of Questions

Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) In 2008, Safoorah Khan, a math teacher in Illinois, asked for 15 days of unpaid leave (19 days...

Eid Al Adha: Striving For Second Chances

Dalia Mogahed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dalia Mogahed

This year at Eid Al Adha, a celebration of second chances and forgiveness, we must remember this lesson as we continue to witness new beginnings that seem promising but fade with time.

Dowd: Non-Muslim Pilgrim in Mecca | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

I was told that non-Muslims could not visit mosques -- not even the one on the hotel grounds....