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Qatar: Two years of crisis in the Gulf
Qatar: Two years of crisis in the Gulf
Two years ago Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region....
Bouteflika's mosque seen as monument to megalomania
Bouteflika's mosque seen as monument to megalomania
Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika may be gone, but his unfinished Great Mosque of Algiers looms large as a symbol of his 20-year reign and, many say,...
Women of Waqf start a movement
Women of Waqf start a movement
Fathima Mohamed* starts to get ready to go to Taraweeh prayers at Houghton mosque almost every night, as soon as she’s eaten her iftar meal....
Hajj pilgrims denounce Isis as a 'virus'
Hajj pilgrims denounce Isis as a 'virus'
As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State (Isis) group...
Hajj limits put Mecca beyond many SA pilgrims' reach
Hajj limits put Mecca beyond many SA pilgrims' reach
A large number of local Muslims will not be allowed to perform a Mecca pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as South Africa will likely exceed its attendance...
Velcro straps and the ihram
Velcro straps and the ihram
Muslim pilgrims who undertake the prescribed fifth pillar of Islam -- the hajj -- are faced with a contemporary experience that has long abandoned...
Swine flu fears hit Saudi religious tourism
Swine flu fears hit Saudi religious tourism
Standing behind a wall of pearls and rosaries in a shop in Mecca, souvenir dealer Mohammad Hamdi says business has never been so bad.
Technology helps hajj pilgrims stay in touch
Technology helps hajj pilgrims stay in touch
Dressed in a seamless white robe, Algerian pilgrim Tayyeb Bouguettaya circled the Kaaba several times on Monday with a prayer booklet in one hand...
Pilgrims perform last hajj ritual in Mecca
Pilgrims perform last hajj ritual in Mecca
Thousands of Muslims circled the holy Kaaba stone on Tuesday before bidding farewell to Mecca while others stoned pillars representing Satan in...
Hajj tragedies: God's will or man's error?
Hajj tragedies: God's will or man's error?
Was it God's will or human error that killed 439 in two separate incidents during this year's annual pilgrimage to Mecca? That's the question which...
'Suddenly debris started falling down on us'
'Suddenly debris started falling down on us'
Survivors of the collapse of a hostel in the holy city of Mecca recounted on Friday the horror of the latest tragedy to strike the hajj as the...
Five-storey hotel collapses in Mecca
Five-storey hotel collapses in Mecca
Twenty-three Muslim pilgrims were killed and scores more wounded in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on Thursday when a building collapsed in the...

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