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800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:23 PM

it is the first permission granted for the Muslim umrah pilgrimage since the start of Egyptian military operations in northern Sinai in 2014

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca.  More than 1.8 million faithful from around the world have been attending the annual pilgrimage which officially ends on September 15.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Pangarungan named head of PH Hajj 2019 delegation

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:58 PM

As Amirul Hajj, or head of Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Pangarungan is expected to 'ensure an issue-free hajj for the 2019 Muslim Filipino intending pilgrims'

NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's the ultimate journey. What worries me is the return to my normal life. For the moment, I am in a dream,' says one pilgrim

HAJJ PILGRIMAGE. A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba. File photo by Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The official hajj translation bureau is set to provide 24/7 interpretation services in English, French, Farsi, Malay, Hausa, Turkish, Chinese and Urdu for pilgrims traveling to Mecca

TRANSLATOR. A translator helps pilgrims find information on a poster displaying helpful smartphone applications in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, ahead of the start of the Hajj pilgrimage, on August 18, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Berita selebriti hari ini: Rabu, 27 September 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Pilgrims duped into paying Mecca travel fees file charges

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The victims from various parts of Mindanao tell Manila police they were asked to pay P50 000 to P70 000 each but were unable to leave on August 25

DUPED. Muslims from various provinces in Mindanao at the Manila Police District on August 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

Aug 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM

This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran regional rival to Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and comes with the Gulf mired in political crisis and Islamic State ISIS group jihadists squeezed in Iraq and Syria

Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP

Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca – Arab coalition

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The new attack is thought to pose a threat ahead of Hajj when some 2 million faithful from across the world will visit the site

Ramadan ini, Zaskia Adya Mecca memulai puasa di Yogyakarta

May 26, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Zaskia ingin anak anaknya merasakan suasana Ramadan berbeda

Agar lebh fokus beribadah, bulan Ramadan tahun ini, Zaskia memulai puasa di Yogyakarta. Foto dari akun Instagram zaskiadyamecca.

DFA employee probed over Hajj passport scam

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hajj passports a form of accommodation for Muslim Filipinos had been exploited by unscrupulous people a Philippine foreign affairs official says

The hajj in numbers

Sep 10, 2016 - 5:17 PM

More than a million pilgrims are following in the footsteps of their Prophet Mohammed who performed the same rituals about 1 400 years ago

HAJJ PILGRIMAGE. A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba. File photo by Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Almost 1.5 million Muslims begin hajj

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:52 PM

2nd UPDATE The first day of hajj is traditionally the chance for pilgrims to let their animals drink and to stock up on water

A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba, on September 29, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers started pouring into the holy city for the annual hajj pilgrimage. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

From prayer beads to clocks, the retail rites of hajj

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Religious tourism is also an industry which Saudi Arabia home to Islam s two holiest sites plans to develop under its wide ranging Vision 2030 project to diversify its oil dependent economy

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims take a selfie as they walk out following the last prayer of the day, leaving the the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on September 7, 2016. Photo Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Pain lingers one year after hajj tragedy in Saudi

Sep 07, 2016 - 4:04 PM

It has been a year since the worst disaster in hajj history What is it like now in Saudi Arabia?

STAMPEDE. The stampede at the Hajj kills hundreds of pilgrims. Photo by AFP

Philippines suspends issuance of hajj passports

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:23 AM

The use of these kinds of passports has been abused ’ Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

How 177 Indonesians obtained fake Philippine passports

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Illegal travel agencies forged documents and alleged police involvement – here s how some Indonesian Muslims attempt to unlawfully perform the Hajj

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

May 29, 2016 - 5:59 PM

3rd UPDATE The Iranian Hajj Organization says Saudi Arabia has failed to meet demands over the security and respect of pilgrims but Saudi says the demands are unacceptable

PILGRIMAGE. Iran will not take part in this year's Mecca pilgrimage, which is expected to take place in September. EPA/Ali Hassan

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for hajj 'sabotage'

May 12, 2016 - 7:55 PM

UPDATED Saudi however denies it is banning Iranian pilgrims and says it was Iran which refused to sign their agreement

epa04950237 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 September 2015 showing Muslim pilgrims as they circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 20 September 2015. The Haj pilgrimage 2015 takes place in Mecca from 22 to 26 September. The pilgrimage is one of Islam's five pillars, it has to be performed at least once in one's life if he or she can afford it. On the last day of Hajj pilgrims in Mecca circumvate the Kaaba for farewell. EPA/AMEL PAIN

FOTO: Aneka hijab unik di JFW 2016

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Desainer busana muslimah asal Indonesia seperti Zaskia Mecca Para Indonesia dan Chintami Atmanegara memamerkan karyanya

JFW 2016. Peragaan busana muslimah meramaikan Jakarta Fashion Week 2016. Foto oleh Adi Weda/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Castration for pedophiles, greenhouse gases from forest fires

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Other news include the new hajj stampede death toll and the human trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia

Foreign death tolls show stampede worst disaster in hajj history

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:31 PM

The death toll has risen to at least 1 636 with many more unaccounted for

WORST EVER. A pilgrim walks amid the bodies of some of the pilgrims killed in a stampede in the Mina neighborhood of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans Pacific Partnership Indonesia s defense of its haze fighting efforts and Malaysia s sanctions from FIFA

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

Indonesian forensic experts help identify hajj victims

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:28 PM

About 25 Indonesians are still missing from last month s stampede in Mecca

VICTIMS. Members of the Saudi emergency services line up the bodies of some of those killed in a stampede in Mecca. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi won't apologize, Japan angry about railway bidding

Oct 02, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The President says the government won t apologize for the mass killings in the 1960s Japan is angered by Indonesia s ambiguous bidding process and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Indonesians, hundreds others still missing after hajj stampede

Oct 02, 2015 - 12:04 AM

The missing includes 74 from Indonesia the world s largest Muslim populated nation where the official death toll reached 59

SORROW. Families of missing pilgrims comfort each other after their loved ones have yet to surface after the hajj stampede. Photo by EPA

Iran-Saudi war of words heats up over hajj disaster

Sep 27, 2015 - 11:16 PM

Iranian leaders are fiercely critical of Saudi authorities handling of safety at the hajj

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

Filipino pilgrim among dead in Mecca stampede

Sep 25, 2015 - 7:47 PM

UPDATED The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs withholds the identity of the victim upon the request of the family The victim is among more than 700 who died

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

Piles of bodies at Hajj stampede: What happened? Who's to blame?

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:58 PM

Witnesses blame the authorities saying police were not properly trained and lacked the language skills for communicating with foreign pilgrims adding there was no crowd control

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

Fire forces 1,500 pilgrims from Mecca hotel

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Four Yemeni pilgrims sustained minor injuries following the pre dawn fire in a 15 storey hotel state news agency SPA quotes the civil defense department as saying

The wRap Indonesia: New ojek app, fires in Riau

Sep 21, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Forest fires in Riau are back Jakarta has a new ojek app and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

The wRap Indonesia: Search for hostages, former minister jailed

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:16 AM

A former minister is sentenced to jail Facebook adds a dislike button and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Poe for president, China’s reclamation, Mecca accident | 6PM wRap

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM

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11 Indonesians dead from Mecca tragedy

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The number is the latest death toll from the Friday accident at the Grand Mosque when a massive construction crane crashed into the building due to bad weather

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Haze emergency, Abbott out

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:00 AM

An Indonesian province declares a state of emergency due to the haze Uber defends itself from authorities and other top news in Indonesia and around the world

File photo of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by Will Oliver/EPA.

Senator Poe’s bid, lower income tax, Mecca accident | 6PM wRap

Sep 14, 2015 - 7:05 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: Mecca tragedy, Bon Jovi in Jakarta

Sep 14, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The tragedy at Mecca s Grand Mosque Bon Jovi performs in Jakarta and other top news from Indonesia and the world

Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom

Sep 13, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The gargantuan commercial projects critics say have erases Mecca s heritage and threatens its spirituality

COLLAPSE. A picture taken on September 11, 2015 inside the Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca shows a construction crane after it crashed into it. Photo by AFP

'And then I heard thunder': Saudi crane horror recalled

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:59 AM

All of a sudden there were clouds The sky was filled with clouds and there was strong wind

Workers stand next to the crane that collapsed the day before at the Grand Mosque on September 12, 2015 in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. This year's Muslim Hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, a Saudi official told AFP. AFP PHOTO

Saudi king vows to find cause of pre-hajj crane tragedy

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Saudi Arabia s King Salman promises to investigate all the reasons and afterwards declare the results to the citizens

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on September 12, 2015 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (2nd R) looking at pilgrims during a tour of the site where a crane fell inside the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia's King Salman vowed on September 12 to find out what caused a crane collapse that killed 107 people at Mecca's Grand Mosque. AFP Photo

Mecca crane collapse 'act of God' – engineer

Sep 12, 2015 - 10:56 PM

It was not a technical issue at all says the engineer for the developer carrying out the expansion of Mecca s Grand Mosque He asked not to be identified

COLLAPSE. A picture taken on September 11, 2015 inside the Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca shows a construction crane after it crashed into it. Photo by AFP

Saudi probes Mecca crane collapse that killed 107

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Prince Khaled al Faisal governer of the Mecca region orders an investigation on the collapse which killed at least 107 people

Hajj will go ahead after deadly crane collapse – Saudi official

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:52 PM

The official who refused to be named says the affected part of the Grand Mosque of Mecca will be fixed in a few days

Jokowi expresses condolences for Mecca tragedy victims

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:20 PM

President Joko Widodo is in Jeddah Saudi Arabia for a state visit

SYMPATHY. President Joko Widodo expresses his condolences to the victims of the Mecca tragedy.

Two Indonesians dead in Grand Mosque incident

Sep 12, 2015 - 9:56 AM

The number of Indonesians injured stands at 42

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED After being hit by a storm a crane crashes into the Grand Mosque in Mecca just days before the annual hajj pilgrimage

One Indonesian confirmed dead, 20 injured in Mecca tragedy

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:59 AM

This is according to the Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Saifuddin

RUNTUH. Sebuah crane terjatuh di Masjidil Haram, Mekah, Saudi Arabia, 11 September 2015. Foto dari Twitter

65 dead as crane crashes into Mecca's Grand Mosque – Saudi

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:52 AM

The Grand Mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays the Muslim weekly day of prayer

COLLAPSED. A general view from inside the Grand Mosque showing a part of a large crane that collapsed on the mosque on September 11, 2015. The civil defense authority of Saudi Arabia has confirmed at least 52 casualties with some 30 people injured in the accident. Photo by EPA

PAL eyes code share expansion deal with Garuda Indonesia

Apr 20, 2015 - 11:54 AM

The flag carrier is also in talks for the possibility of mounting chartered flights to Jeddah Saudi Arabia for passengers joining the Hajj pilgrimage

Snap! #Hajjselfie gains popularity, sparks controversy

Oct 05, 2014 - 9:17 PM

The increasingly popular phenomenon sparks controversy among more conservative Muslims

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

Oct 04, 2014 - 12:27 AM

This year s hajj comes with Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joining Washington in air strikes against Islamic State group militants who have committed a spate of atrocities in Syrian and Iraqi territory they seized

This general view shows Muslim pilgrims arriving for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or "House of God" that Muslims believe was built by Abraham 4,000 years ago, on September 30, 2014 .Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP