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Hajj Pilgrimage

How Globalization Reached The Cradle Of Islam

Omar Sayfo | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Omar Sayfo

One would assume that Mecca is a city of religious purity and traditionalism. However, a visit to the holy city a couple of years ago led me to the astonishing realization that the troops of globalization have reached not only the Saudi Kingdom, but the cradle of Islam as well.

Me, My Phone and Mecca

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.10.2017 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

The black silk was cold and soft. The protruding layers of thread that spelt out "Allah" in neat Arabic curls absorbed the tears and prayers sprayed at the cloth's delicate font, while still reflecting the flood of light that shone from looming construction cranes and endless spurts of cell phone flashes.

The Hajj (Mina) Stampede Tragedy in Saudi Arabia, and How to Respond

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Saudi Arabia needs a total paradigm change and analysis of the entirety of its Hajj operations and oversight, including all engineered and administrative control mechanisms.

Hajj Death Toll Rises To 769, Iran Denounces 'Crime'

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2016 | World

DUBAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The death toll in a crush at the annual hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca rose to 769, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, as arch-r...

A Modest Proposal (For Hajj Accountability and Reform)

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.25.2016 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

What is truly needed likely cannot be fixed with just a few minor tweaks, but will require a fundamental re-think on what constitutes a successful Hajj.

Hajj Has A Long History Of Tragic Safety Issues

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.05.2015 | World

After a stampede in the Saudi city of Mina killed over 700 people and injured hundreds more on Thursday, the hajj's safety risks are back in the spotl...

Snapchat Honors Muslim Holiday With Live Video Feed

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion

Log into Snapchat and swipe left to get to the "Stories" page. Scroll down to "Live" and find Mecca listed among the locations. Press and hold to witn...

Mecca Will Soon Be Home To The World's Largest Hotel

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion

There are even helipads for guests arriving in style.

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...

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...

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.

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.