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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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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...

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.

LOOK: This Photo Of The Kaaba Gives Hajj A Shocking Perspective

Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

The Masjid Al-Haram is an iconic image for millions of Muslims who dream of making the once-in-a-lifetime Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, but its silhouette...

Cleric At Mecca's Grand Mosque Calls For Support Of Syrian Rebels By 'All Means'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, June 14 (Reuters) - A senior cleric in Islam's holy city Mecca exhorted followers on Friday to support Syrian re...

'You Must Visit Jerusalem'

Wardah Khalid | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.

Will Shiite And Sunni Islam Ever Reconcile?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Insha Allah, we will do more intra-faith dialogue and learn to respect each other for what we believe, and not get hell bent on proving and denying each other's faith.

Religious Leader Thinks Twitter Is One Big Joke

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | Technology

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top religious cleric has criticized the social media website Twitter, calling it "a council for jokesters...

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

WATCH: The Hajj Explained: A Look Into Islam's Holy Pilgrimage | Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion

Millions of pilgrims are arriving in Mecca for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage that began on Wednesday, a journey all Muslims must perform at least onc...

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.

Malcolm X's Hajj: An American Story

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

One American's personal transformation through his Hajj experience changed the course of his personal history, and the history of his community, his country and beyond.

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...

New Muslim Prayer Mat Sheds Light When Facing Mecca

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 07.12.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Devout Muslims pray five times a day, facing the holy city of Mecca. But what if you don’t know what direction Mecca is? Try the new ill...

Watch The Throne: King Abdullah In Mecca For Crown Prince's Burial

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 08.17.2012 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The aged king of Saudi Arabia led a burial ceremony Sunday for his brother, Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz, in the holy city of...

Pilgrimage: 14 Of The World's Most Popular Spiritual Destinations

Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion

Every year millions of pilgrims travel to places with unique spiritual significance in hopes of experiencing elevation, transformation and attaining a...