Riyadh | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 03:44 PM IST
The kingdom had taken the rare step of suspending the smaller “umrah” pilgrimage that draws millions year-round from across the world in early March as the coronavirus morphed into a global pandemic and prompted countries to impose lockdowns and curfews to slow down transmission.
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.
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.
Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2020 03:09 PM IST
The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.
By Yesha Kotak
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 02:50 AM IST
The circular issued by Haj Committee of India (HCOI) on Friday comes even as it awaits a notification from Saudi Ministry of Haj and the central government about provisions for Haj pilgrims this year.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press | Posted by: Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The Grand Mosque in Mecca, which houses the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims around the world pray toward, will remain closed to the public. The city has been under a strict lock down for several weeks.
By Brand Post
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 10:38 AM IST
With the vision of dissemination of value-based management education for grooming future leaders, the society under the approval of AICTE, has introduced PML SD Business School in the heart of Chandigarh.
Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2020 03:51 PM IST
The curfew will be relaxed between 9am and 5pm and malls and retailers will be allowed to reopen in all regions of the kingdom until May 13, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 01:48 PM IST
The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Mecca, home to 2 million people, reached 1,050 on Monday compared to 1,422 in the capital of Riyadh, a city more than three times the size.
Tehran | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The announcement came on the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday, quoting an unnamed Interior Ministry official announcing the ban.
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.
Hindustan Times | By Rehana Munir
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 10:54 PM IST
The pressure to maximise one’s weekend can take its toll
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 01:28 AM IST
Sections of the Sikhs are angry that historical texts about Guru Nanak were cited by a Hindu party in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case to claim that he went to Ayodhya for “darshan” of what Hindus believe is the birthplace of Ram.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 11:32 AM IST
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash.
Hindustan Times, Mohali | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:04 AM IST
Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 01:03 AM IST
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.
Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 10:28 AM IST
Mecca’s finest hotels are lavishly appointed with shimmering marble, fine wood panelling and vast chandeliers, serving super-wealthy pilgrims from around the world.
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.
Mecca | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 03:22 PM IST
Saudi officials asked Muslims to focus on rituals of worship, warning against politicising the rite as wars rage on in the region and at a time of heightened tensions between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Muslim adversary Iran.
New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2019 02:55 PM IST
More than 2,340 women will perform Haj without “Mehram” (male companion) this year, the Union minister said adding last year, this number stood at 1,180.
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 12:25 PM IST
The sacred item is in black velvet cover with golden silk thread with the feet impression of the Prophet on a black stone slab.
Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 07:22 PM IST
Saudi Arabia said it executed 37 of its citizens on Tuesday after they were convicted of “terrorism” in the kingdom, which is one of the world’s top executioners.
Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 04:37 PM IST
Using a computer simulation, researchers can intelligently plan where to place police personnel to quickly quell disturbances in a crowd that could otherwise lead to panic and chaos.
Riyadh | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 11:33 PM IST
Saudi Arabia says 12 people have died and more than 170 injured this week due to flooding from heavy rain. The Civil Defence said 10 people died in the area of Tabuk, one in Medina and another in the Northern Borders region.
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Saurabh Duggal
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 05:49 PM IST
Poverty was a companion for Sumit, now a key India midfielder at the World Cup. Going to bed hungry or after having just plain bread — family couldn’t even afford milk — travelling ticketless on trains to save money for fruits or a meal at inter-district hockey competitions were the norm.
Bloomberg | By Jonathan Ferziger
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 11:27 AM IST
According to a report in a local newspaper, the change in passport regulations made by Saudi Arabia will also affect those Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip who hold temporary Jordanian passports, though not those with Palestinian travel documents.
Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 09:44 PM IST
Reddit, Gurgaon and Jallianwala Bagh, 1919 feature on the HT list of recommended reads this week
Bloomberg | By Abbas Al Lawati, Bloomberg
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 09:21 AM IST
The holy city is currently under-served by malls due to a shortage of plots and high costs, with many shoppers opting to head to nearby Jeddah, Colliers said in a report last week.
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.