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Saudi suspends 'umrah' pilgrimage over coronavirus...

The kingdom said the suspension was provisional, but with the umrah attracting millions of people annually, the decision has a huge potential impact.

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Saudi Arabia cancels visas for hajj pilgrimage...

"The kingdom's government has decided to take the following precautions: suspending entry to the kingdom for the purpose of umrah and visit the Prophet's...

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Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj spiritual...

Saudi authorities have mobilised vast resources including more than 100,000 security personnel to avoid a repeat of the deadly stampede in 2015.

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The hajj in numbers

Tens of thousands of air-conditioned tents have been set up in Mina.

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Two million pilgrims converge for the hajj...

The hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim is required to complete at least once in a lifetime if he or she has the means...

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Rituals of the hajj

Once in Mecca, pilgrims perform Tawaf, or circumambulation, seven times counter-clockwise, around the Kaaba.

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Ugandans set off to Mecca

30 Ugandans have set off for Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The team joins the 1300 who were facilitated by King Salman bin Abdul aziz Al Saud.

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Qatar slams Saudi pilgrim plan as hajj row...

A strongly worded statement from Doha's foreign ministry said it was surprised that Riyadh had decided to restrict the transport of pilgrims from Qatar...

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Hajj pilgrims get ID bracelets after deadly...

After the disaster some foreign officials expressed concern about difficulties in identifying the dead.

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From prayer beads to clocks, the retail rites...

Many pilgrims from poor countries in Africa or Asia cannot pay for hajj themselves.

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