Iran and Saudi Arabia at Odds Over Mecca Pilgrimage

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei renewed criticism of Saudi Arabia over how it runs the haj after a crush last year killed hundreds of pilgrims, and suggested Muslim countries think about ending Riyadh’s control of the annual pilgrimage.


Saudis, Iran Accuse Each Other of Blocking Hajj Pilgrims

TEL AVIV – The crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran sunk to a new low in recent days as Riyadh accused Iran of politicizing the hajj pilgrimage by stopping its own Iranian citizens from traveling to the religious event.

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Hajj Disaster Death Toll Surges As Countries Announce More Casualties

The death toll from the tragedy that killed hundreds, if not thousands, of Hajj pilgrims last week outside of Mecca continues to rise this week, as official estimates from Islamic countries show that the real number of those who passed in the stampede is likely much larger than the 769 previously announced by Saudi Arabian authorities.

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Muslims Debate if Mecca Pilgrimage on Hoverboard Is Sharia-Compliant

A video of a man performing part of his pilgrimage to Mecca while riding a hoverboard has prompted a debate among Muslims regarding whether the device is permitted. At least one scholar has approved, as long as a disability prevents the man from completing the voyage on foot.


Turkish Mayor Builds Mini-Mecca Theme Park

Hurriyet Daily News has an odd little story from the Uskudar district of Istanbul, where the mayor has constructed a miniature replica of Mecca, Islam’s holy city. It is essentially a theme park of Mohammed’s life and times, with replicas of “the Kaaba, Prophet Mohammad’s house, the Hira cave, the Sevr cave, the Muallaq Stone, the Zamzam well and an elephant statue.”