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Pilgrims head to Mount Arafat for the ‘most important’ day of hajj

By Shounaz Mekky | Al Arabiya | 14 Oct 2013

Muslims around the globe commemorate on Monday the Day of Arafat, considered the most important day of hajj during which pilgrims gather on the desert planes of Arafat, near Makkah, to pray to their Lord.

This year, officials said they expected around 1.5 million pilgrims to descend on the site of Mount Arafat for the occasion.

The day falls on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, and is an integral part of the pilgrimage of hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam.

Saudi Arabia readies for 1.3 million pilgrims’ transfer to Mina

Source : Al Arabiya | 12 Oct 2013

All Saudi authorities involved in organizing this year’s hajj have completed preparatory measures to begin transferring more than 1.3 million pilgrims from Makkah to Mina for the day of al-Tarwiyah.

The transfer of the pilgrims to the holy sites is set to begin on Saturday evening. At Mina, air-conditioned tents provide temporary accommodation to the visiting pilgrims.

Preserving spiritual gains from Haj

Source : IslamWeb | 09 Nov 2012

Allah the Almighty legislated acts of worship and obedience for great wisdom and sublime objectives. They strengthen one’s faith, purify soul, correct the attitude and refine the morals. If acts of worship do not achieve these objectives, then the Muslim would not benefit from them properly. In such a case, acts of worship might turn into lifeless rituals that one performs without any actual influence on his reality and attitude.

Umrah in 2013 to begin in late January

Source : Agencies | 31 Oct 2012

Governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid on Tuesday said that aside from 3.1 million people who came to Saudi Arabia from 186 countries in 2012, 1.4 million people performed their duties as Muslim hadjis unofficially.

Umrah in 2013 will begin at the end of January while expanding the Kaaba will begin again once cleaning has been completed following the hajj in 2012.

"Despite a record number of hadjis, the hajj period in 2012 was completed successfully," Prince Khalid noted.

Pilgrims head home after Eid

By Afshan Aziz & Irfan Mohd | 31 Oct 2012

As the Eid Al-Adha holidays draw to a close, many residents across the Kingdom look back on an uplifting and relaxing few days. A large number has just completed their farewell circumambulation around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in Makkah toward which Muslims worldwide pray.

Hamad, an Egyptian residing in Jeddah, was among them. “My family and I performed Haj for the first time. It was a good experience and a peaceful Haj,” he said.

Signs of a Mabroor Haj

Source : Agencies | 30 Oct 2012

When the pilgrims return to their home countries after the journey of Haj, they return spiritually refreshed, forgiven of their sins, and ready to start life anew, with a clean slate. Family and community members often prepare a celebration to welcome pilgrims home and congratulate them on completing the journey. Those who have performed the Haj are often called by an honorific title, “Haji,” (one who has performed the Haj).

Eternal lessons from Haj

Source : OnIslam | 30 Oct 2012

More Muslims become pilgrims in Saudi Arabia this year

Source : Agencies | 29 Oct 2012

The world's largest annual gathering of Muslims to perform pilgrimage has ended safely, marking the most successful hajj season to date, according to Mecca's governor, Prince Khaled al-Faisal.

Though this year's hajj season ended without issue, in the past disasters such as floods, stampedes and fires have taken place and claimed lives.

“Everything went very well,” Prince Khaled al-Faisal said to the press on Monday, marking the end of the 2012 pilgrimage season for Muslims.

Haj, performed by 4 million pilgrims, declared a huge success

Source : Agencies | 29 Oct 2012

Nearly four million pilgrims have performed Haj this year, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced yesterday.

“This year’s pilgrimage was a resounding success,” he said.

Addressing a press conference here, Prince Khaled urged the international media to highlight the great Haj message that Muslims are a peace-loving people can coexist peacefully with others.

60,000 illegal Hajis halted

Source : Arab News | 24 Oct 2012

About 60,000 pilgrims without valid Haj permits have been sent back from checkpoints near Makkah and Madinah.

Col. Badr Al-Malik, spokesman of the Passport Department said yesterday that department officers had arrested a number of residency rule violators, people overstaying Umrah visas and those who had entered the Kingdom illegally.

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