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 Muslim pilgrims gather inside the Sacred Mosque, in Mecca, last year.  This year’s hajj will not be cancelled, but  only ‘very limited numbers’ of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage. Photograph:  EPA

Muslims the world over have expressed sadness and disappointment at the Saudi decision to bar foreign pilgrims from performing the hajj this summer. T(...)

Faithful in protective masks attend Friday prayers during Ramadan at a mosque in Gaza City on Friday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Rarely, if ever, in the 1,400-year history of the faith have Islam’s three holiest mosques in Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem closed simultaneously durin(...)

  Iraqis shop for food ahead of the first day of   Ramadan at the Shorjah market in central Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: EPA

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is set to begin on Thursday night with the sighting of the crescent moon. Attendance at ceremonial openings will b(...)

Saudi nurse checks a patient at a mobile clinic catering for the residents of Ajyad Almasafi district in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Bandar Aldandani/AFP

The Saudi authorities have imposed strict quarantine in Mecca to contain coronavirus contagion in poor neighbourhoods and migrant workers camps. The(...)

Paramedic Tony Crocock and his wife Tereza Crocock, a physiotherapist from the Czech Republic.

Tony Crocock is originally from Sligo and now lives in Jeddah on the shore of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia where he works as a paramedic. The(...)

US president Donald Trump (right) meets with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC in March 2018. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty/File

US troops, war planes and missile defence batteries are being deployed at the Prince Sultan air base south of the Saudi capital Riyadh as regional ten(...)

Mecca attack: Saudi security forces inspect the site of the foiled terror plot. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of th(...)

Saudi women attend the American Express World Luxury Expo in Riyadh on  March 30th. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

For most of his adult life, Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi worked among the bearded enforcers of Saudi Arabia. He was a dedicated employee of the Commission f(...)

Muslim pilgrims moving toward the Jamarat stations to symbolically stone the devil in Mina, Mecca. More than 700 people were killed in a crush at a crossroads. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Iran has vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed(...)

Saudi emergency personnel carry an injured  pilgim after a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

Every year, millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual hajj pilgrimage, with the massive ceremonies repr(...)

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