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  • After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city

    09/14/2016 1:40:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 14, 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Millions of hajj pilgrims are preparing to head home, after five days performing ancient rites, revering a God omnipresent in the city of Mecca. They have stoned figurative devils, they have slept in the world’s largest tent city, they have drunk water from the Zamzam well together: a heaving throng of nearly two million people from all over the world. Circling the Kaaba, the black cubic epicentre of this sanctuary city, pilgrims would have looked up to see one of the minarets of the Grand Mosque, dwarfed by Abraj al-Bait clocktower, a much-maligned luxury hotel and commercial complex and the...
  • Philadelphia Leads Movement to Add Muslim Holidays to School Calendar

    06/01/2016 6:21:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 6/1/16 | Tricia L. Nadolny
    The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar, placing it among the first in the nation to do so. In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how the change can be accomplished. A spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said his group is not aware of any cities that have included the holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, in their municipal calendars. "Philadelphia's history is based on being a place...
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran Fail to Reach Hajj Deal

    05/28/2016 1:24:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 28 May 2016
    An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two days of extensive talks. “The Iranian Organization of Hajj and Visit will be held responsible before God and the people of Iran for the inability of its pilgrims to perform Hajj this year,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. The ministry said it offered...
  • The Hajj crush: ‘It was the closest thing to hell on earth’

    12/23/2015 7:53:46 PM PST · by windcliff · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12-23-15 | Jonathan Bucks
    'The situation was one of sheer hopelessness,' says Sajjad Shah from Pakistan. 'Those who could afford to stay and search for their dead loved ones did so. The others just had to go home.' Almost three months after the deadliest Hajj crush in 25 years, the Saudi government’s official death toll still stands at 769, but most sources put the figure closer to 2,000. Shah, a hotel-owner from Mirpur, spent a month searching for his dead sister, but claims he met resistance from Saudi officials who covered up the full extent of the tragedy. Just before 9am on 24 September,...
  • Hajj stampede killed three times Saudi Arabia's official number, says report

    12/11/2015 7:12:08 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2015 | Agency
    The September Hajj stampede killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new count shows, making it the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage The September Hajj stampede killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new count shows, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by Saudi Arabia. The figures establish the crush on September 24 as the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage. Saudi's official death toll of 769 people has not changed since September 26, and officials have yet to address the discrepancy. The kingdom rebuffed criticism from its regional rival Iran and efforts by other countries...
  • Dead Suspect's Father: He's Muslim and 'Very Religious'

    12/03/2015 4:56:11 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 123 replies
    News Max ^ | 12/2/2015 | Todd Beamon
    A man who was linked Wednesday to the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings was described by someone who identified himself as his father as a Muslim who was "very religious." NBC News has reported that one of the suspects killed by police after the shootings at the Inland Regional Center is Syed Farook. Farook and a woman were killed in a gunfight with police in nearby Redlands after the rampage at the center that killed 14 people and wounded 17 others. San Bernardino County records showed that someone with that name was an employee at the county's Environmental Health Department. The...
  • Stampede At Hajj In Saudi Arabia Reportedly Killed At Least 2,177

    10/20/2015 1:20:59 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Associated Press/Huffington Post ^ | 10/20/2015 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,177 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy.
  • Saudi Arabian health ministry statement said 4,000 people died in Hajj stampede—then disappeared

    10/04/2015 9:22:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | September 30, 2015
    There's strange news coming — and being redacted — from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Heath about the death toll of Saturday's Hajj stampede in Mina. As the baffling fatality numbers have shown, this is the worst disaster to strike Hajj since 1990. But just how large those numbers are is a debate still raging days after the accident. The ministry's Arabic website said Tuesday some 4,000 people died in the crush. The announcement's since been wiped from the page, but not before people (including Al Bawaba) managed to capture a screen shot. See it below. Here's the translation: The...
  • Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    09/28/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9-28-2015 | Hugh Miles
    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.
  • KSA Rubbishes Iran Criticism of Stampede

    09/28/2015 12:06:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Monday 28 September 2015
    Saudi Arabia firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the Haj pilgrimage Saturday after Tehran demanded an inquiry into the Mina stampede. “I believe the Iranians should know better than to play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing their most sacred religious duty,” Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said, according to AFP. Al-Jubeir, delivering remarks along US Secretary of State John Kerry, insisted that Saudi Arabia was on top of the situation. “The Kingdom has had a long history of spending tremendous resources to care for the pilgrimage to ensure that the pilgrims who come...
  • WE ARE ALL SAUDIS AND IRANIANS,TODAY! Saudi National Posts Horrific Pictures of The Dead

    09/28/2015 6:00:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    Google Plus ^ | September 28,2015 | Sajjad QA
    Sajjad QA, posted several pictures of those killed during the hajj while making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the midst of stoning the devil Posting to google plus with the title GOD HELP US,Sajjad QA,laments the deaths that have occurred and how the bodies are still piled high while the Saudi government takes its sweet time to move the bodies where they can be buried.The pictures are pretty gross by any standard, except probably when compared to the dead killed by ISIS. As a fellow humanitarian I declare today is WE ARE ALL SAUDI, and IRANIANS DAY!!!! During...
  • Deaths Near Mecca Reflect Dangers of Rising Crowds During Hajj

    09/26/2015 6:58:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 09/26/2015 | By Brian Clark Howard
    More than 700 people were crushed to death Thursday in a stampede just outside Mecca during the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that has been attended by millions of faithful over the centuries. The incident in Mina, Saudi Arabia, was the latest in a series of tragedies that have marred the ritual journey to Islam’s holiest city, a journey that occasionally has turned deadly—typically because of the vast numbers of people who crowd into Mecca and nearby cities. This year, believers were trampled to death during the last major ritual that pilgrims perform before entering Mecca, a...
  • Muslim pilgrims start hajj in Saudi Arabia

    10/14/2013 9:08:13 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 40 replies
    AP ^ | October 14 2013 | The Associated Press
    About two million Muslims from around the world prayed at a desert hill in Saudi Arabia on Monday, joined in their faith and desire to purify their souls at the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. It is here on Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, where Islam's Prophet Mohammed is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite.
  • Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede

    09/26/2015 10:12:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 September 2015
    Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede Hassan Rouhani demands review of what caused the crush that killed more than 700 after Saudi Arabia’s top cleric reportedly absolves officials of blame Staff and agencies at the United Nations Saturday 26 September 2015 17.40 BST Iranian president Hassan Rouhani used a major United Nations speech on Saturday to demand an investigation into a crush that killed more than 700 people at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. His remarks came after Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, the grand mufti, appeared to absolve the authorities of blame...
  • Hajj stampede: New Death Toll At least 717 Killed in Saudi Arabia (Pictures)

    09/25/2015 1:41:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | September 24, 2015 | Staff
    At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say. Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite. It is the deadliest incident to occur during the pilgrimage in 25 years. King Salman has ordered an urgent review of this year's Hajj plans "to improve the level of organisation". The supreme leader of Iran, which lost at least 95 of its citizens in the crush,...

    09/24/2015 10:45:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/24/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Making Haj may be one of the deadliest things for a Muslim to do. The latest "stoning the devil" accident, in which Muslim pilgrims to Mecca reenact an ancient pagan ritual involving Mercury, has led to a huge death toll that currently stands at 717 dead and 863 wounded. "Stoning the devil" has been a killer for Muslims before. 23 May 1994: About 270 people die in a stampede at the "Stoning of the Devil" ritual. 9 April 1998: On the third and last day of the Haj pilgrimage, a stampede at Jamarat Bridge kills at least 118...
  • More than 700 killed in Saudi Hajj stampede

    09/24/2015 9:49:55 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 67 replies
    Aljazeera News ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    Subtitle: At least 717 pilgrims killed and 863 injured in crush at Mina outside Mecca, Saudi's civil defence reports. At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia's civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise. The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday's stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca. The injured have been evacuated to four different hospitals in the Mina region, according to a civil defence spokesman. Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Prince Mohamed bin...
  • Hajj Pilgrimage: 717 Dead In Crush Near Mecca

    09/24/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 24, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    The death toll in a stampede outside Mecca has risen to 717, with at least 800 injured, the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in over a quarter of a century. The crush happened in the Mina valley, a few miles outside Mecca, where a sprawling camp of 160,000 tents fills with millions of visitors for a few days each year. Tragedy hit when two large groups of pilgrims who were preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip met on an intersection of two roads, Saudi authorities said.
  • At Least 450 Crushed To Death, 600 Injured In Mecca Pilgrimage Stampede

    09/24/2015 5:40:59 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies
    BI ^ | 9-25-2015 | Dina Spector
    Dina SpectorSeptember 25, 2015More than 453 people were crushed to death and another 610 injured in a stampede on Thursday during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Guardian reports, citing Saudi Arabian authorities. The stampede happened at a pilgrimage camp in Mina, located outside the holy city of Mecca. The incident happened on Street 204 — one of the two main roads that lead through the Mina camp to Jamarat — when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together, Reuters said. Jamarat is where pilgrims stone the devil by throwing pebbles at three large pillars. Thursday is Eid al-Adha, or...
  • Stampede kills hundreds at Hajj pilgrimage

    09/24/2015 4:08:14 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 134 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Faith Karimi and Schams Elwazer
    (CNN) —A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season -- the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca -- has killed more than 300 people and injured 450 others in Saudi Arabia. The stampede occurred Thursday during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam's holiest city. Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony. "We have a stampede accident in Mina, and civil defense is dealing with it," said Brig. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman. The ministry said the latest death...
  • VIDEO: Muslim Crowds Slaughtered After “Act of God” Hits Islam’s Most Holy Site (ON 9/11!)

    09/12/2015 3:14:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 60 replies
    On the anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terror attacks against the World Trade Center and other targets, some are calling a deadly accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca nothing less than divine payback. A crane crashed into the building on Friday, leaving 65 dead and injuring another 154, according to initial estimates. The crane reportedly came down due to “strong winds” in the area. Heavy rains and even a lightning strike were also reported. The mosque was even more crowded than usual because of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims this time of year, known as...
  • Scores killed after crane crashes in Mecca mosque

    09/11/2015 10:14:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies ^ | 11 Sep 2015 | aljazeera
    At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's civil defence authority said on its Twitter account. It said nearly 30 people were injured as well. The Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage is due later this month. Al Jazeera's Hasan Patel, reporting from Mecca, said witnesses told him that a crane fell on the third floor of the Grand Mosque around 5.45pm.
  • At least 52 dead in crane accident in Mecca's Grand Mosque - Saudi civil defence

    09/11/2015 10:03:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    It said nearly 30 people were injured as well. The Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage is due later this month.
  • Crane Collapse in Mecca Leaves More Than 80 Dead

    09/11/2015 12:13:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 11, 2015, | MEGHAN KENEALLY KIRIT RADIA
    At least 87 people have been killed after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to local authorities.
  • Saudi Arabia: 65 Dead in Crane Collapse at Mecca Mosque

    09/11/2015 11:52:04 AM PDT · by anymouse · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 11, 2015
    At least 65 people were killed and scores were wounded Friday when a crane collapsed in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia's civil defense authority said. The accident happened as pilgrims from around the world converged on the city, Islam's holiest site, for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this month. (snip) Another video, on a Twitter posting, captured the apparent moment of the crane's collapse during a heavy rainstorm, with a loud boom, screams and confusion.
  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Muslim Inquires If Having Sex With Camel Would Inviolate His Islamic Obligation To Visit Mecca

    07/25/2015 8:08:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Muhammad
    Muslims Are Required To Fulfill Five Demands for Being a Good Muslim, one in Which He Must Visit Mecca Islam: Haj Pilgrimage incomplete without hot Camel sex *SNIP* "If He Had Sexual Intercourse with His Camel would that make his hajj void" Islamic Scripture Qur'an In contrast with what secular and non-Islamic religious sources say about bestiality, this is what the Qur'an has That's right - absolutely, positively nothing. Unlike the Qur'an's clear-cut rulings on the morality of homosexuality, Polygamy, rape, and pedophilia, the permissibility of bestiality seems to have been left open to ‘interpretation.’ If Islamic teachings...
  • Missing Iranian scientist surfaces in Washington

    07/13/2010 12:01:04 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    Yahoo AP ^ | July 11, 2010 | Matthew Lee
    A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who Tehran claims was abducted by the U.S., has taken refuge at a Pakistani embassy office in Washington and is planning to return to his homeland, the State Department said Tuesday. It was the latest development in a murky case that has been shrouded in mystery since the scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. "He has been in the United States of his own free will and obviously he is free to go," department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. "In fact, he was scheduled to travel to Iran...
  • Revealed: Names of Seven American Muslim Leaders at White House ‘Anti-Muslim Bigotry’ Meeting

    02/05/2015 10:22:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The White House has still refused to name the “American Muslim leaders” with whom President Obama met to “discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.” According to a White House statement on the President’s meeting, the domestic issues discussed were the “Affordable Care Act, anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.” On the foreign policy front, “the President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” while also congratulating Muslims on...
  • Hajj stampede death toll reaches 244

    01/07/2015 6:58:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 94 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1-8-15
    <p>In the worst tragedy in seven years at the annual Muslim pilgrimage, 244 worshippers were trampled to death and hundreds more were hurt beneath a crush of people making their way to a ritualistic stoning of the devil.</p> <p>Panic ensued when a few pilgrims fell on a bridge, and others tried to escape the push of the oncoming crowd, authorities said. Safety measures were in place at the site -- one where fatal stampedes have been frequent -- but "caution isn't stronger than fate," Saudi Hajj Minister Iyad Madani said.</p>
  • More people hospitalized in Turkey, suspected having Ebola

    10/22/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    Image: The Ebola Virus More people hospitalized in Turkey, suspected having Ebola. (Taz). Three people suspected Ebola were hospitalized in the Turkish provinces of Izmir, Kahraman Marash and Konya, the Anadolu Turkish news agency said Oct.22. One of the hospitalized is a Turkish student who studies in Somalia and returned to his homeland, and the rest returned from the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Thus, the number of hospitalized suspected Ebola in Turkey reached five people, four of whom are persons returned from the Hajj. Earlier it was reported that 45 special hospitals were allocated in 36 provinces of Turkey in...
  • 5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown Symptoms

    10/14/2014 6:33:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown SymptomsPosted By Daniel Greenfield On October 13, 2014 @ 6:04 pm In The Point | 13 Comments The last thing Muslims brought to Boston was the Marathon Massacre. Now Boston has a new, though probably unintentional Muslim threat to worry about. The plane, Emirates flight 237 that arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.Airport officials said that none of the passengers taken ill had come from West Africa. Family members said they had come from Saudi Arabia.The U.S. Customs and Border Protections...
  • Saudi Arabia bans Ebola-stricken countries from hajj pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-2-14 | Ayan Sheikh
    With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of travelers from three countries currently dealing with the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The decision to reject visa requests from these countries has affected 7,400 people, according to the Associated Press. Hospitals in Saudi Arabia are also preparing in the event of an outbreak by setting up isolation and surgery units as well as dispatching medical staff to airports. Despite...
  • Saudi Arabia downplays Ebola fears as hajj begins: Two million journey to Mecca pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | 10/02/2014 | Mokhtar Shehata And Benjamin Wiacek
    MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA—Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the countries hardest hit in the Ebola epidemic — from getting visas as a precaution against the virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 pilgrims from the three countries. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | September 30, 2014 | by Lynne Al-Nahhas
    MECCA, Saudi Arabia: As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people,...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • Nigeria: Hajj 2014 - Ogun Commences Airlifting of Pilgrims Today

    09/10/2014 3:30:33 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    All Africa ^ | 9-7-14 | Ishola Balogun
    The Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements for the commencement of airlifting of the first batch of pilgrims for the 2014 Hajj exercise today, Sunday, 7 September, 2014. The Executive Secretary, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Sefiu Rasheed, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday, affirming that all eligible pilgrims whose names fall in the category (A) of the first batch list are expected to converge on the Board's headquarters at Governor's office Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta by 7.30am, for onward movement to the International Hajj camp, Lagos, in anticipation of their flight to Saudi Arabia. Sefiu added that...
  • Liberia shuts hospital where Spanish priest infected, Ebola death toll hits 932

    08/06/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | 8/6/2014
    In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October. Liberia, where the death toll is rising fastest, is struggling to cope. Many residents are panicking, in some cases casting out the bodies of family members onto the streets of Monrovia to avoid quarantine measures. Beneath heavy rain, ambulance sirens wailed through the otherwise quiet streets of...
  • American Pilgrim Commends Saudi Govt For ‘a Job Well Done’

    10/27/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 27 October 2013 | Siraj Wahab
    A visiting Pakistani-American radio journalist has commended Saudi Arabia for the successful organization of this year’s Haj. Qamar Abbas Jafri of Voice of America’s Urdu Service described Saudi efforts “as a job well done.” Jafri was among 200 international journalists invited by the Ministry of Culture and Information to perform Haj and report on it. “I performed Haj and did a number of reports from the holy sites,” he told Arab News on Friday before heading back to Washington, D.C. “I am really impressed; it is a wonderful experience to be here.” Jafri said this was his second Haj. “I...
  • Filipino Muslim 'Stoned the Devil' and Died

    10/26/2013 2:55:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, October 25, 2013
    Ricky converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia in 2007 and became Abdul AzizA Filipino whose dream was to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) after converting to Islam in Saudi Arabia six years ago finally fulfilled his dream but did not live long enough to enjoy the achievement. He died in the middle of Hajj just after stoning the devil. Ricky converted to Islam in 2007 a few years after arriving to work in the Gulf kingdom and was determined to perform Hajj before his death as he was suffering from Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. Ricky, who speaks eight languages including his...
  • Americans performing Hajj attacked in Saudi Arabia

    10/21/2013 4:20:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 18, 2013 | Afshain Afzal
    A group of Americans visiting Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj were threatened and attacked earlier this week on Oct. 16 by a radicalized group of extremists. On one of the nights where Hajj pilgrims are required to stay overnight in the city of Mina, a group of young men began asking different sets of pilgrims if they were from the United States. When they encountered a group that identified themselves as not only Americans, but also as Shiite Muslims, they were threatened and attacked by the group of men, who were apparently armed with knives and other blades. During the...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect Nat’l Security

    06/06/2013 11:07:50 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/6/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    More than two million Muslims descend on Mecca for the annual Hajj each year. Saudi authorities are advising pilgrims to wear face masks in overcrowded places. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) ( – As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries. Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Nigeria suspends Hajj flights over women deportation

    09/27/2012 11:23:42 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 September 2012
    Nigeria has suspended all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there deported more than 170 women who had arrived without a male escort. About 1,000 Nigerian women intending to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca have been detained since Sunday.
  • Taliban leader says U.S. faces defeat in Afghanistan

    11/25/2009 2:23:46 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies · 638+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/09 | Laura King
    As President Obama prepares to unveil his long-deliberated war strategy, the Taliban's supreme commander declared today that U.S.-led forces would find only defeat, dishonor and "a bed of thorns" in Afghanistan. The warning, contained in a statement by Mullah Mohammed Omar , the movement's reclusive leader, was issued on the eve of one of the year's most important Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. It marks the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which is made by millions of observant Muslims. In his missive -- punctuated by the flowery phrases and high-flown rhetoric typically...
  • Injustice in the Name of the Hajj

    12/09/2011 8:23:06 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | 12-07-11 | Mohshin Habib
    The Hajj each year brings untold suffering for the poor Muslim families in the poor Muslim states. My country, Bangladesh, home to 170 million, was once known internationally as the poorest country in the world. It is still a poor country. In recent years, hunger has been reduced from famine-like to "just" a hand to mouth condition in this densely populated tiny land. This minute change came about mainly from the ready-made garments, or textile, sector in which four million girls, aged twelve and up, work exhaustedly ten hours a day. Every single dollar that comes into Bangladesh represents an...