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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 are seen circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the haj as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in this file photo.(AP/File Photo)
Pilgrims are seen circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the haj as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in this file photo.(AP/File Photo)

Saudi Arabia resumes umrah in 4 phases. What you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 12:30 PM IST
In March, the Saudi government decided to suspend the umrah pilgrimage over the fear of growing coronavirus infections. In July, it only allowed 1,000 pilgrims residing in the country for the pilgrimage due to the pandemic.
The umrah usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the world each year.(AFP)
The umrah usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the world each year.(AFP)

Mecca to reopen today after 7-month pause for coronavirus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:22 AM IST
Worshippers will on Sunday be able to perform the ritual of circling the sacred Kaaba -- a cubic structure inside the Grand Mosque towards which Muslims around the world pray -- along socially distanced paths.
The epicentre in the Mideast’s most-affected country, Iran, appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine.(AP (Image for representation purpose))
The epicentre in the Mideast’s most-affected country, Iran, appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine.(AP (Image for representation purpose))

Saudi Arabia halts travel to Islam’s holiest site over coronavirus outbreak

Dubai | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2020 12:12 PM IST
The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day.
​Eid Al-Adha​ 2019​: Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam, where the cube-shaped Kaaba is placed.(Unsplash)
​Eid Al-Adha​ 2019​: Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam, where the cube-shaped Kaaba is placed.(Unsplash)

​Eid Al-Adha​ 2019​: Hajj history, ​significance​ ​and importance

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 12:09 PM IST
​Eid Al-Adha​ 2019​: The Hajj in Islam is symbolised as a great equaliser and unifier among Muslims, with pilgrims shedding overt displays of wealth and materialism.
Sanitation workers collect litter during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca on August 22, 2018.(AFP)
Sanitation workers collect litter during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca on August 22, 2018.(AFP)

Green hajj takes root in Mecca, with recycling plastic and segregating waste

AFP, Mina | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 08:30 PM IST
Holy city starts initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of the hajj, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings.
Last year, a Saudi man tried to set himself on fire in front of the Kaaba — the square stone building in the centre of the mosque compound — but was stopped by security forces.(Reuters/File Photo)
Last year, a Saudi man tried to set himself on fire in front of the Kaaba — the square stone building in the centre of the mosque compound — but was stopped by security forces.(Reuters/File Photo)

Man commits suicide by throwing himself off the roof of Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Press Trust of India, Riyadh | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2018 07:40 PM IST
Police are trying to determine the victim’s identity, what led to the suicide and how he was able to commit it despite a metal fence.
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