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Trip of a lifetime: Saudi Arabia witnesses largest Hajj since pandemic
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Trip of a lifetime: Saudi Arabia witnesses largest Hajj since pandemic

One million Muslim pilgrims, including 850,000 from abroad, converged in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj after the coronavirus pandemic strictly reduced access to one of Islam’s five pillars for the last two years

Muslim pilgrims cast pebbles in ritualistic 'stoning of the devil' as almost million-strong hajj winds down
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Muslim pilgrims cast pebbles in ritualistic 'stoning of the devil' as almost million-strong hajj winds down

The hajj, usually one of the world's largest annual religious gatherings, is among the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives

Saudi Arabia expecting 1 million devotees in largest hajj since pandemic
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Saudi Arabia expecting 1 million devotees in largest hajj since pandemic

Those performing the ritual this year must be under 65, vaccinated against the coronavirus and have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel. The pilgrims are chosen from millions of applicants through an online lottery system

What is Shab-e-Qadr? Find date, significance, celebrations and special dua for Laylatul Qadr
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What is Shab-e-Qadr? Find date, significance, celebrations and special dua for Laylatul Qadr

This year, the most significant night of the Muslims - Shab-e-Qadr - will be marked on 29 April, Friday

Saudi Arabia to allow one million hajj pilgrims, both foreign and domestic, this year
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Saudi Arabia to allow one million hajj pilgrims, both foreign and domestic, this year

Those coming from outside Saudi Arabia will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Israel floods West Bank with troops to hunt down six Palestinian escaped prisoners
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Israel floods West Bank with troops to hunt down six Palestinian escaped prisoners

Demonstrations were held in several West Bank towns late Wednesday in support of the fugitives. In Nablus, youths set tyres alight during confrontations with Israeli security forces

'We are overjoyed': Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second scaled-down hajj of pandemic
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'We are overjoyed': Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second scaled-down hajj of pandemic

This year's hajj, with participants chosen through a lottery, is larger than the pared-down version staged in 2020 but drastically smaller than in normal times

Henry Every: Ancient coins unearthed in Rhode Island may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate
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Henry Every: Ancient coins unearthed in Rhode Island may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate

That ancient pocket change — among the oldest ever found in North America — could explain how Every vanished into the wind.

Jeddah knife attack: Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for stabbing guard at French consulate
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Jeddah knife attack: Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for stabbing guard at French consulate

The assault took place the same day as three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in the French city of Nice

Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage after seven month pause due to coronavirus
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Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage after seven month pause due to coronavirus

The umrah usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year but it was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic

Scaled-down Hajj begins with social distancing measures; pilgrims tested for COVID-19, given special attire
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Scaled-down Hajj begins with social distancing measures; pilgrims tested for COVID-19, given special attire

The 1,000 pilgrims selected for Hajj this year were seen standing apart and moving in small groups of 20

Saudi Arabia says this year's hajj will not be cancelled, 'very limited' number of people allowed to perform pilgrimage
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Saudi Arabia says this year's hajj will not be cancelled, 'very limited' number of people allowed to perform pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia said Monday that this year's hajj will not be cancelled, but that due to the coronavirus only 'very limited numbers' of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Saudi Arabia urges Muslims to hold off on making Hajj plans; country has reported over 1,500 cases
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Saudi Arabia urges Muslims to hold off on making Hajj plans; country has reported over 1,500 cases

In February, the Kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the coronavirus outbreak

Iran, Italy and South Korea account for 80% coronavirus cases outside China; Saudi bans pilgrimage to Mecca; global fatality rate at 3.4%, says WHO
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Iran, Italy and South Korea account for 80% coronavirus cases outside China; Saudi bans pilgrimage to Mecca; global fatality rate at 3.4%, says WHO

Saudi Arabia banned citizens from performing this year's Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca, Italy weighed closing schools nationwide and Iran cancelled Friday prayers for a second week as nations scrambled Wednesday to control the coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia halts entry to Mecca over fears of coronavirus outbreak; move comes just months ahead of annual hajj
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Saudi Arabia halts entry to Mecca over fears of coronavirus outbreak; move comes just months ahead of annual hajj

Saudi Arabia halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move that came as West Asia has over 220 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

Applications for next year's Hajj will be accepted online from 10 October, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
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Applications for next year's Hajj will be accepted online from 10 October, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said this after chairing a review meeting organised on the completion of Hajj 2019 where he took stock of the preparations for next year's pilgrimage

Air India lifts ban on carrying Zamzam cans for Haj passengers, apologises for inconvenience
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Air India lifts ban on carrying Zamzam cans for Haj passengers, apologises for inconvenience

The passengers of Air India flights AI966 and AI964 are now allowed to carry Zamzam canisters within their permissible baggage allowance, the national carrier said.

First batch of Hajj pilgrims from Srinagar leaves for Saudi Arabia; around 11,700 men and women to undertake Mecca pilgrimage this year
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First batch of Hajj pilgrims from Srinagar leaves for Saudi Arabia; around 11,700 men and women to undertake Mecca pilgrimage this year

The first batch of 11,000 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage. The passengers will first go to Delhi and afterwards will board the direct flight to Jeddah. The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims.

Kashmir clerics, taken briefly into custody by cops over 'anti-India' sermons, decry interference in religious affairs
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Kashmir clerics, taken briefly into custody by cops over 'anti-India' sermons, decry interference in religious affairs

Masrat Ahnad, Station House Officer (SHO), Pulwama Police Station, said he can’t comment on why the passport was denied to Bashir Ahmad Azim.

To Mecca: Millions of Hajj pilgrims make annual journey to the holy city
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To Mecca: Millions of Hajj pilgrims make annual journey to the holy city

It is believed that every able-bodied Muslim who has the means should perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime under a quota system