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Hajj preparations

Capacity of mataf to reach 105,000 in 2015

Source : Arab news / 28 June 2013

The ongoing expansion of the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Kaaba) will double the hourly capacity of the area from 48,000 pilgrims to 105,000 pilgrims after its completion in three years.

The expansion project, ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, is expected to be completed in October 2015. It will accommodate more worshippers when the capacity in the other parts of the Grand Mosque rises to 2.5 million people following the completion of the entire expansion project.

Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi, Israel plan: Iran MP

Source : Presstv / 12 Feb 2013

An Iranian lawmaker has warned that Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi [the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque] is part of a US and Israeli scenario.

In a Monday interview, Seyyed Nasser Mousavi Largani pointed to the plans by the Wahhabis and Al Saud regime to bulldoze three of the world’s oldest mosques around Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina under the pretext of expanding the holy site.

Saudi Haj minister starts meetings with foreign Haj delegations

Source : Arab News | 09 Feb 2013

Saudi Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar will start meeting today with Haj officials of various countries to discuss arrangement for this year’s Haj pilgrimage.

Over the next three months, Hajjar will meet with officials of 70 Haj offices from different parts of the world.

While making the announcement, Hajjar said the name “Haj delegations” has been changed to Haj offices.
This year the Haj expected to fall on Oct.13.

Work on mataf expansion begins

Source : Arab News | 16 Nov 2012

Preliminary work for the expansion of the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Kaaba) started yesterday with the installation of huge cranes at the northeastern courtyard of the Grand Mosque. The contractor undertaking the expansion has sought the evacuation of preachers’ offices in the mataf and the command office of the Haram Security forces close to Al-Safa Gate.

The expansion is being undertaken on the basis of a study prepared by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Haj and Umrah Studies.

It’s all systems go for Haj 1433

By : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | 23 Oct 2012

Saudi authorities stepped up preparations for the five-day annual Haj pilgrimage — which begins tomorrow — by mobilizing human and material resources.

More than three million pilgrims, including two million from abroad, are expected to take part in the spiritual event.

Groups of pilgrims have started the move from Madinah and other parts of the Kingdom to Makkah and Mina, chanting Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik (O God, here I am answering your call).

At the historic Miqat Mosque

Source : Arab News | 20 Oct 2012

The Miqat Mosque, also called Aaba Ali, is one of the most noticeable spots in Madinah. It is the station for pilgrims from the Prophet’s city and pilgrims passing through it.

At this place, they wear their ihram, the two pieces of white cloth that each male pilgrim must wear prior to performing Haj or Umrah, and make niyah, the intention of performing Haj or Umrah in Makkah.

This mosque has many names, such as Miqat, Aaba Ali, Al-Shajarah Mosque (tree mosque) and Al-Mu’ris Mosque.

Pilgrims advised to avoid midday sun

By Muhammad Rasooldeen | 20 Oct 2012

As hundreds of thousands of Haj pilgrims arrive in the holy city of Makkah for the annual pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Health advised all pilgrims to avoid exposure to midday sun to prevent themselves from heat strokes due to dehydration.

Free service programs for pilgrims during Haj set

By : Fouzia Khan | 19 Oct 2012

The Technical and Vocational Training Council of Makkah and the Ministry of Haj launched three programs to serve the guests of God (pilgrims) at no cost during this season’s Haj.

160 drivers fined for smuggling pilgrims

Source : Arab News | 17 Oct 2012

The Saudi Passport Department has fined 160 drivers who smuggled illegal pilgrims to the holy sites of Makkah last year as part of the government’s efforts to stop the tendency of people going for Haj without a permit.

“Each smuggler is fined SR 10,000 for each pilgrim he transported. One of the drivers has been fined SR 470,000, because he carried a full busload of illegal pilgrims,” the director of the expatriate administration under the Passport Department in Jeddah, Brig. Hussain Al-Harithy said.

Haj Web portal launched

By Muhammad Rasooldeen | 15 Oct 2012

Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah launched yesterday an Internet portal, www.moh.gov.sa, to help guide Haj pilgrims.

Al-Rabeeah said yesterday it is a comprehensive portal, which gives all details about Haj services rendered by health providers under the able guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

A visual presentation of the new portal was made before health officials in the presence of the minister at the MoH headquarters in Riyadh.

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