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Muslims keeping a safe social distance perform Umrah at the Grand Mosque after Saudi authorities ease the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.(VIA REUTERS)

Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases coronavirus restrictions

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.
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.
Limited numbers of pilgrims, move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.(AP)
Limited numbers of pilgrims, move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.(AP)

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

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.
Earlier, the Saudi government had suspended the Umrah - a shorter version of the Haj - which sees approximately 25 lakh people visiting the holy city of Mecca and Madina, of which around five lakh pilgrims visit from India. (AP Photo)
Earlier, the Saudi government had suspended the Umrah - a shorter version of the Haj - which sees approximately 25 lakh people visiting the holy city of Mecca and Madina, of which around five lakh pilgrims visit from India. (AP Photo)

Haj pilgrims can cancel tickets, get refund: Committee

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.
Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the Al-Rajhi Mosque while practising social distancing, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the Al-Rajhi Mosque while practising social distancing, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem after over 2 months

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.
The Post Graduation Diploma in Management (PGDM) course is offered to focus on innovative and experiential learning and is equivalent to an MBA programme. The(GGDSD College)
The Post Graduation Diploma in Management (PGDM) course is offered to focus on innovative and experiential learning and is equivalent to an MBA programme. The(GGDSD College)

GGDSD College, Chandigarh launches an innovative and experiential-learning

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.
Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 24, 2020.(REUTERS)
Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 24, 2020.(REUTERS)

Ramadan: Except in hotspot Mecca, Saudi relaxes coronavirus lockdown

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.
Shielding Mecca from a pandemic that’s overwhelmed countries like Italy and the United States is crucial for Saudi Arabia. That’s partly because of the city’s significance to the world’s Muslims, but also because the royal family grounds its rule in guardianship of the birthplace of Islam.(AP)
Shielding Mecca from a pandemic that’s overwhelmed countries like Italy and the United States is crucial for Saudi Arabia. That’s partly because of the city’s significance to the world’s Muslims, but also because the royal family grounds its rule in guardianship of the birthplace of Islam.(AP)

Saudi Arabia races to contain coronavirus in Islam’s holiest city

By Bloomberg
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.
Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus.(AP (Image for representation purpose))
Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus.(AP (Image for representation purpose))

Saudis ban Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over coronavirus fears

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.
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.
By the time it’s Sunday, everyone has to maximise their leisure time(Photo: Getty Images)
By the time it’s Sunday, everyone has to maximise their leisure time(Photo: Getty Images)

Humour: Easy like Sunday morning

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
Sikh intellectuals are of the view that Guru Nanak went to religious places such as Mecca and Ayodhya to preach and spread the message of one formless god.(REUTERS)
Sikh intellectuals are of the view that Guru Nanak went to religious places such as Mecca and Ayodhya to preach and spread the message of one formless god.(REUTERS)

SGPC condemns Ayodhya verdict

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.
35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca(AP file photo)
35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca(AP file photo)

35 foreigners killed in bus crash near Saudi holy city of Medina

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.
Chandigarh University chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu welcoming The Dalai Lama at the university, Gharuan campus, in Punjab on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Chandigarh University chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu welcoming The Dalai Lama at the university, Gharuan campus, in Punjab on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

China should learn about democracy from India: Dalai Lama

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:04 AM IST
HT Image
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Pak to issue multiple, on-arrival visas to Sikh pilgrims: Imran Khan

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 01:03 AM IST
(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.
The Kaaba is a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam, draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth, towards which Muslims around the world pray.(Unsplash)
The Kaaba is a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam, draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth, towards which Muslims around the world pray.(Unsplash)

Room with a view: Mecca hotels offer VIP Hajj experience

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.
​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.
Thousands of white-clad pilgrims descended on Mecca this week ahead of the annual haj.(AP photo)
Thousands of white-clad pilgrims descended on Mecca this week ahead of the annual haj.(AP photo)

Muslim pilgrims descend on Mecca for haj, Saudis warn against politics

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.
A record 2 lakh Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year with more than 48 % of them being women, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A record 2 lakh Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year with more than 48 % of them being women, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

2 lakh Indian pilgrims to perform Haj this year, include 48 % women: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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.
The sacred items are displayed in the mosque on the occasion of Eid and Eid-ul-Azha.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo/Representative Image)
The sacred items are displayed in the mosque on the occasion of Eid and Eid-ul-Azha.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo/Representative Image)

179-year-old Kaaba cover, Prophet’s feet impression on display for Eid in Gorakhpur

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.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(AFP file photo)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(AFP file photo)

Saudi Arabia executes 37 citizens convicted of terrorism

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.
Scientists at IIT Madras have developed an algorithm that can help manage dense crowds using minimal manpower, and prevent deadly stampedes in huge public gatherings like the Kumbh Mela and the Hajj.(AFP)
Scientists at IIT Madras have developed an algorithm that can help manage dense crowds using minimal manpower, and prevent deadly stampedes in huge public gatherings like the Kumbh Mela and the Hajj.(AFP)

Algorithm to control huge crowds during Kumbh, Hajj designed by IIT Madras

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.
Civil Defence forces say they rescued 271 people over the past four days, most of them in the al-Jawf region that borders Jordan. Several were also rescued in Mecca, Tabuk and the Northern Borders region.(Picture for representation)
Civil Defence forces say they rescued 271 people over the past four days, most of them in the al-Jawf region that borders Jordan. Several were also rescued in Mecca, Tabuk and the Northern Borders region.(Picture for representation)

12 killed, 170 injured in Saudi Arabia floods

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.
India's Sumit (C) tries to dribble past Belgium's Tom Boon during the field hockey group stage match between India and Belgium at the 2018 Hockey World in Bhubaneswar.(AFP)
India's Sumit (C) tries to dribble past Belgium's Tom Boon during the field hockey group stage match between India and Belgium at the 2018 Hockey World in Bhubaneswar.(AFP)

Dalit landless labourer’s son Sumit makes waves in hockey

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.
Israeli Muslims will not be able to reach Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage because of a change in passport regulations made by Saudi Arabia, the Haaretz newspaper reported.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Israeli Muslims will not be able to reach Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage because of a change in passport regulations made by Saudi Arabia, the Haaretz newspaper reported.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)

Saudi rule change may bar Israeli Muslims from Mecca pilgrimage: Report

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.
Millennium cities, massacres and “the front page of the Internet” on this edition of HT Picks.(HT Team)
Millennium cities, massacres and “the front page of the Internet” on this edition of HT Picks.(HT Team)

HT Picks

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
The $9.6 billion Jabal Omar Development Co. is already taking advantage by building homes and malls as well as a project near the Grand Mosque that will include 38 hotels and some of the country’s largest malls.(File Photo)
The $9.6 billion Jabal Omar Development Co. is already taking advantage by building homes and malls as well as a project near the Grand Mosque that will include 38 hotels and some of the country’s largest malls.(File Photo)

Come to Pray, Stop to Shop, Saudis Set to Triple Malls in Mecca

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.
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.
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