(RNS) The Associated Press counted the deaths in Mina, Saudi Arabia, and found a total that’s three times more than Saudi officials have stated.
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(RNS) Drawing an estimated 17 million pilgrims, the Shiite ritual known as Arbaeen dwarfs even the hajj. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the seventh-century slaying of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, which engendered the Sunni-Shiite schism.
(Reuters) Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran expressed outrage at the deaths of 131 of its nationals at the world’s largest annual gathering of people while politicians in Tehran suggested Riyadh was incapable of managing the event.
At least 717 pilgrims were killed Thursday on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha in a crush at Mina outside the holy city of Mecca.
NEW YORK (RNS) Authorities in Mecca prohibit camera use at holy sites. Openly gay men are subject to the death penalty. But none of that deterred Parvez Sharma.
(RNS) In “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler,” airing on PBS beginning Tuesday (Dec. 16), American pilgrims travel to some of the most sacred sites in the world: Jerusalem, Mecca, the Ganges River, the Shikoku Trail, Osun-Osogbo and Lourdes.
(RNS) Popular pilgrimage features protagonists who go on long, transformational journeys of both feet and faith. It is that transformational nature that separates pilgrimage from travel — pilgrimage is a vocation, not a vacation.
(RNS) After last year’s attack on U.S. citizens in Mecca, a coalition is petitioning the State Department to better protect pilgrims who undertake the Muslim hajj.
Every year, millions of people visit the Al-Masjid Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Also known as the Sacred Mosque or the Grand Mosque, it houses several important Muslim artifacts, including the Black Stone, the Kaaba and the Zamzam Well. The pilgrimage to Mecca, called Hajj, is one of the five pillars of Islam and […]