Posts Tagged ‘Mecca’

Saudi security forces monitor annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca

Saudi security forces monitor the holy sites in Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage with cameras distributed in main areas of the holy city. The first group of pilgrims arrive today at the Grande Mosque of Mecca to perform the welcoming Tawaf (circling of the Kaaba) during the second downsized hajj staged amid the coronavirus […]

Netanyahu claims there will soon be direct flights from Israel to Mecca

Global virus death toll rises to 2.7 million The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,710,382 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday. At least 122,737,460 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, […]

Students arrested in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Their arrest late 30 January came after top Turkish officials slammed the poster, displayed at an exhibition in Turkey‘s most prestigious Bogazici University. For weeks, students and faculty have been protesting the Turkish president‘s appointment of a new rector with links to his ruling party and clashes have broken out with police. Read more Interior […]

From Mecca to Jerusalem: Does More Bloodshed Await?

A view of a deserted street, during a curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 2, 2020. Picture taken April 2, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Yasser Bakhsh. – The dispute that is now rocking the Muslim world is not about whether the Prophet […]

Watch: In Mecca, pilgrims return to Islam’s holiest site

A small number of people worshipped at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. The male worshippers donned the white garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage. The kingdom had taken the rare step of suspending the smaller “umrah” pilgrimage that draws millions […]

Umrah pilgrims return to a Mecca stilled by COVID-19 slump

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Muslims may lose Mecca if they fail to hold on to Jerusalem – Erdogan

“If we lose Jerusalem then we won’t be able to protect Medina. If we lose Medina – we will lose Mecca and Kaaba,”Erdogan said in a speech at an award ceremony in Istanbul. Erdogan has been one of the most vocal critics of President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. […]

Photos: Iranians observe Hajj rituals in Mecca

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‘Saudis fabricate Mecca blast story to deflect attentions’

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, says the fabricated attack on Mecca’s Grand Mosque was part of an evil plan by Saudis. The Saudis fabricated the story about the holy city, which is highly sensitive for Muslims, to deflect attentions from the new developments in the country’s politics […]

Attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca is foiled as suspect blows himself

Attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca is foiled as suspect blows himself Daily Mail June 24, 2017 Saudi security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca after a suspect blew himself up after a gunfight. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said security forces exchanged gunfire with […]

Saudi Arabia will be razed except for Mecca & Medina if it attacks Iran – defense minister

Saudi Arabia ‘supports terrorism, seeks destructive regional policies’ – Iran’s Foreign Ministry “We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Arabic-speaking Al-Manar channel, as cited by Reuters.  “They think they can do something because […]

People mark Int’l Quds Day in US capital

According to Tasnim dispatches, Muslims attended the Friday prayers before being joined by tens of other Christian, Jewish and Muslim activists. The ralliers then marched on Dupont Circle in the heart of the District to show their solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation. The spontaneous gathering was not funded by any organization. Imam of the […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket puts satellite into orbit, lands on drone platform

This is the second successful touchdown in a row on a floating platform, after the last one in April. There were previously four failed attempts. SpaceX also made a successful landing on a ground-based pad in December. About two and a half minutes after the launch, the rocket’s first stage was scheduled to shut down […]

Head-on train crash in Bavaria, Germany – Nine dead, 50 seriously injured

From: Nine people are dead, two are assumed missing and 50 seriously injured after a head-on collision between two trains in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria, police said Tuesday. Altogether, 100 to 150 people suffered injuries in the collision, police say. The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday […]

US military mission violates Syria sovereignty: Deputy FM

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad has cast doubt on Washington’s sincerity in fighting terrorism, saying US military mission in Syria is a violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty.   “We doubt that they (US troops) are sincere in their fight against terrorism. They do not coordinate their actions with the Syrian army. This makes those forces […]

Mecca stampede: 717 people killed, 863 injured in Hajj crush (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

220 ambulances and 4,000 rescue workers were deployed in the field for emergency treatment of the victims of the crush. The crush happened in Mecca’s neighborhood of Mina, which traditionally provides temporary accommodation for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The ritual of the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ is performed in a valley surrounding the neighborhood on […]

Another tragedy at Mecca: 220 people killed, 450 injured in Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia

     A stampede during the Hajj outside of the holy Muslim city of Mecca has claimed about 220 lives and left almost 450 pilgrims injured, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense Service reported. The Directorate of Civil Defense said it has deployed two medical teams in the field for emergency treatment of the victims of the crush. […]

‘A Sinner in Mecca’: Filmmaker receives death threats after documenting gay Muslim pilgrimage

‘A Sinner in Mecca’ will go on cinema release in New York on Friday – but the story started almost four years ago. The journey of Indian-born filmmaker Parvez Sharma began in 2011, when he embarked on the annual pilgrimage known as hajj. He says the timing was deliberate, taking place four months after Osama […]

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