Saturday, September 18, 2021


Saudi Arabia to reopen borders for vaccinated umrah pilgrims

Authorities will begin accepting travel requests from Aug 9.

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic haj

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

Saudis approve Sinovac vaccine

This will allow millions of Muslims who have been administered with the Chinese vaccine to perform the haj or umrah to Mecca.

Socially distanced robots serve Mecca holy water ahead of haj

Roughly 20 robots are currently available for helping visitors and pilgrims at the haj.

Saudi to host scaled-down haj for citizens, residents already in kingdom

Only 60,000 vaccinated nationals and residents will be allowed to perform the annual pilgrimage.

At least 44 dead in Israel pilgrimage stampede

The pilgrimage was largest public gathering since the pandemic began, with reports that there were three times more people there than authorised.

‘Immunised’ Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins

Only immunised pilgrims are eligible for permits to perform the pilgrimage and to attend prayers in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan.

Saudi to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca

Only those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection will be eligible for permits.

Minister to visit Saudi Arabia for details on haj SOPs

Religious affairs minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri says he will travel to Saudi Arabia in a week or two.

India’s massive Ganges pilgrimage continues despite Covid-19 risks

Several million people are expected to throng the holy city in Uttarakhand state over the coming seven weeks.

Saudi Arabia aims to become tourist hot spot

There is no word on whether the kingdom's strict ban on alcohol will be modified.

Eligible Muslims wait in line as special haj quotas abused and sold

Politicians and elected representatives have been the biggest recipients of haj quotas over the decades.

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