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10 Sacred Sites Damaged Or Destroyed In The Last 10 Years -- And What Some Are Doing To Rebuild

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion

Ten years ago, the 11th century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque stood in splendor above the city of Damascus, Syria. Today, the wreckage of the mosque o...

Mecca May Soon Have Its First 'Halal' Sex Shop

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

An entrepreneur says he hopes to open the first “halal” sex shop in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In comments reported by Arabic news ...

7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

Khadija's existence precedes mine by more than 1,400 years; and, if I can at the very least, continuously strive to emulate her character, I will consider myself a success in life.

Iran Suspends Hajj Trips To Saudi Arabia Amid Spat

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran suspended all umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on Monday amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries, state...

LISTEN: The Power Of Pilgrimage

Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

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...

How The Saudis Have Changed Mecca

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric...

Jaweed Kaleem

Mecca On Alert As Hajj Begins | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

Each year, as the crowds of millions of Muslims who come to Mecca for the hajj continue to grow, Saudi Arabian authorities have stepped up safety and ...

The Rites Of Hajj Explained In 6 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion

The annual hajj pilgrimage draws over two million Muslims to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia during the final month of the Islamic calendar. Despit...

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...

Meccamorphing - the holy city of Mecca is facing radical makeover

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

For over a decade, the holy city of Mecca has been going through rapid and radical makeover. The majority of Mecca's ancient-to-millennial architectur...

A King's Warning and a Reminder

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Bernard B. Kerik

As Americans watch the events of James Foley's beheading, the growth of the ISIS army, and the implosion of the Middle-East and Arab Region unfold before their eyes on their television screen or computer, the importance or urgency of fighting this war is diminished by distance.

U.S. Muslims Ask John Kerry For Protection On Mecca Pilgrimage

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Concerned for the safety of U.S. citizens soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them...

'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.

Sayee: Woman's Work

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.22.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Some men performing this act of worship are fully cognizant of the story, its symbolism and relevance today. Others would do well to remember in whose footsteps they walk during the sayee, and who's example they emulate.

The First Tawaf

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

When you see people circling the Ka'aba it may look like a swarm, a school of fish, a galaxy swirling its way counterclockwise ... just because. From overhead it's a maelstrom that never sinks into the sea. It's a powerful, living organism, a community of Babel, in which individuals experience communion with "the other."

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.

Concerns Over Virus Outbreak Threaten Muslim Pilgrimage

AP | NABIL HARIDI | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims from across the world poured Sunday into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before ...

Mecca Like You've Never Seen It Before: 10 Amazing Hajj GIFs

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are flocking to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this year fr...

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...