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TOPSHOT - Pilgrims arrive at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Meccca, at the start of the Hajj season, on July 17, 2021. - Saudi Arabia hosts another downsized hajj from July 17, with only residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus permitted and overseas Muslim pilgrims barred for a second year. The annual ritual is a central pillar of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.(AFP)

Hajj 2021: Date, history, significance of Muslims pilgrimage and Day of Arafah

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • Hajj 2021: Here’s all you need to know about the date, history and significance of the Muslims pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and the importance of the Day of Arafah ahead of Eid-ul-Adha or Bakra Eid
Pilgrims gather at the plain of Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.(Reuters)
Pilgrims gather at the plain of Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.(Reuters)

Pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat near Mecca in high point of pandemic-era hajj

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 01:05 PM IST
Just 60,000 people, all citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia, have been selected to take part in this year's hajj, with foreign pilgrims again barred.
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, a day before the annual hajj pilgrimage.(AP)
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, a day before the annual hajj pilgrimage.(AP)

'We are overjoyed': Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic hajj

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 11:03 PM IST
  • Saudi Arabia is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part, seeking to repeat last year's success that saw no virus outbreak during the five-day ritual.
Eid-ul-Adha 2021 moon sighting LIVE: India looks for Zul Hijjah crescent today(Twitter/andy_abdulwasay)
Eid-ul-Adha 2021 moon sighting LIVE: India looks for Zul Hijjah crescent today(Twitter/andy_abdulwasay)

Eid-ul-Adha 2021 moon sighting highlights: India to celebrate Bakrid on July 21

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2021 08:44 PM IST
  • Eid-ul-Adha 2021 moon sighting highlights: India sights the crescent moon of Zul Hijjah/Dhu al-Hijjah to mark the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ or Bakra Eid after the Day of Arafah. Here's when Hajj in Saudi Arabia will take place and when Muslims in India will celebrate Eid al-Adha
Eid-ul-Adha 2021: Here’s when Saudi Arabia, India will celebrate Bakra Eid(Twitter/g2dubai)
Eid-ul-Adha 2021: Here’s when Saudi Arabia, India will celebrate Bakra Eid(Twitter/g2dubai)

Eid-ul-Adha 2021: Here’s when Saudi Arabia, India will celebrate Bakra Eid

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 12:42 PM IST
  • Eid-ul-Adha 2021: Know all about when Muslims in Saudi Arabia, India, UAE and other countries will celebrate the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ or Bakra Eid in the month of Zul Hijjah/Dhu al-Hijjah
Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in this file photo. (REUTERS)

60,000 fully vaccinated residents can attend Hajj; foreigners barred again

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 07:02 PM IST
  • The health ministry of Saudi Arabia pointed out that Covid-19 shots from Pfizer Inc., Astrazeneca Plc., Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson will be considered valid.
Pilgrims walk around the Kabba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Pilgrims walk around the Kabba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP)

Hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom, says Saudi Arabia

AP |
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2021 04:25 PM IST
In last year's hajj, as few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia were selected to take part in the hajj.
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, while mask-clad and along specific pre-ordained rings as measures due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, on August 2, 2020 on the final day of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.(AFP photo)
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, while mask-clad and along specific pre-ordained rings as measures due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, on August 2, 2020 on the final day of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.(AFP photo)

Saudi Arabia concludes downsized hajj amid Covid-19 pandemic

Mecca, Saudi Arabia | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths Sunday in the final ritual of the hajj, the smallest in modern history as Saudi authorities sought to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
Pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late Sunday, July 26, 2020.(AP)
Pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late Sunday, July 26, 2020.(AP)

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2020 08:21 PM IST
The hajj, which begins on Wednesday, normally draws around 2.5 million people for five intense days of worship in one of the world’s largest gatherings of people from around the world.
Pilgrims arrive to King Abdulaziz Airport for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(AP)
Pilgrims arrive to King Abdulaziz Airport for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(AP)

Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj amid Covid-19 pandemic

Mecca, Saudi Arabia | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 10:08 AM IST
Up to 10,000 people residing in the kingdom will participate in the Muslim ritual, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million that attended last year, after what many saw as an opaque selection process that left a wave of applicants rejected.
Workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia after authorities emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus.(AP File Photo)
Workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia after authorities emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus.(AP File Photo)

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to Covid-19 pandemic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 06:16 AM IST
Saudi Arabia has never cancelled the hajj in the nearly 90 years since the country was founded. The government said its decision to drastically limit the number of pilgrims was aimed at preserving global public health due to the lack of a vaccine for the coronavirus disease.
(Dar Yasin/AP File Photo)
(Dar Yasin/AP File Photo)

Faith 2.0: Pilgrims turn to tech to boost hajj

Mina | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 10:04 AM IST
The hajj pilgrimage underway in Mecca has been accelerating the growth of digital worship and spawning a slew of religious apps, tablet Korans and faith-based gadgets.
Happy Eid al-Adha 2018.(Shutterstock)
Happy Eid al-Adha 2018.(Shutterstock)

Eid al-Adha 2018 quotes, messages, images to share on WhatsApp and Facebook

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 08:44 AM IST
Eid al-Adha 2018: August 21 and 22 will mark Bakra Eid or Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam. Here are some of the best quotes, messages and images to share with your family and friends. You can post these on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Muslim worshippers circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 17, 2018 prior to the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city.(AFP)
Muslim worshippers circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 17, 2018 prior to the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city.(AFP)

Over 1.28 lakh Indian pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Haj

Jeddah | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 08:03 PM IST
A record 1,75,025 Muslims from India are going to Haj this year. More than 47 per cent of the total number of pilgrims going for Haj this year are women, which is the highest ever representation of women in Haj from India.
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