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Saudi Hajj ministry to pilgrims: Register biometric data to avoid deportation

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:58 PM

For Filipino Muslims, this can be done at authorized visa centers in Manila, Cebu, and Davao

PRAYERS. Muslim pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 8, 2019, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

2 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Two million Muslims converge outside Mecca as officials safeguard the gathering to prevent deadly stampedes that happened in previous years

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Namirah mosquee at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches on August 10, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

More than 2 million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The hajj consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over 5 days in Islam's holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia

PRAYERS. Mulism pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 8, 2019, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Saudi Arabia prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Crowds of worshippers already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. More than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage on September 10, which for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while Hajj is a pillar of Islam, the government must be strict about using funds only for what they were authorized for

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

PH pilgrims almost barred from 2019 hajj over NCMF debt to Saudi firm

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Even as it investigates the P11-million debt, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos settles the amount to ensure that Filipinos can go to Mecca in August

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

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

Saudi gov’t allows 3rd airline to ferry Filipinos to hajj pilgrimage

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The Saudi government used to allow only national carriers Saudia and Philippine Airlines to transport Filipino pilgirms

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

AFP chief Galvez makes 'historic' visit to MILF's Camp Darapanan

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Philippine military chief Carlito Galvez Jr goes to Camp Darapanan a few months after Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders visited Camp Aguinaldo

PEACE PROCESS. AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr visited the MILF's Camp Darapanan.

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

Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed and residents of Qatar cannot be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions,' says a Qatari official

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/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

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Eid'l Adha

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:29 PM

The celebration is considered one of the greatest feasts of Islam

Over 2M Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:51 AM

More than two million Muslims from around the world begin the hajj pilgrimage at Islam s holiest sites

SPIRITUAL TREK. Muslim pilgrims walk and pray on Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on the eve of Arafat Day which is the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage on August 30, 2017. Karim Sahib/AFP

Hajj pilgrimage: Saudi Arabia says ready to welcome over two million pilgrims

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Pilgrims are to begin gathering from Tuesday evening August 29 in Mina Valley near Mecca to prepare to climb Mount Arafat considered the climax of the hajj on Thursday August 31

HOLY SITE. 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

Gulf row stunts Qatar hajj numbers

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Impacting on the hajj only a few dozen Qatari nationals have been able to travel to Mecca and Medina western Saudi Arabia in contrast to thousands last year

CENTER OF FAITH. Muslim pilgrims surround the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 28, 2017 Karim Sahib/AFP

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

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:58 PM

An official source in the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority described as baseless the news that allegedly claimed that the state of Qatar refused to allow Saudi Airlines to transport the Qatari pilgrims

DOHA AIRPORT. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Saudi says Qatar blocking planes from transporting pilgrims

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:15 AM

Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork although the paperwork was filed days ago reports the Saudi Press Agency

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 20, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways plane taking-off from the Hamad International Airport in Doha.  Saudi Arabia on August 20, 2017 said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

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Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Around 120 Qataris have entered Saudi territory through the Salwa border also known as Abu Samrah after King Salman called for the border to be opened for pilgrims without electronic permits

REOPENING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) meeting with Qatari envoy Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Jassim al-Thani in Jeddah on August 16, 2017. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:28 AM

4th UPDATE The decision comes after the kingdom received an envoy from Doha for the first time since Saudi Arabia Egypt Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5

REOPENING SOON. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The Qatari Islamic affairs ministry says the Saudi side has refused to communicate regarding securing the pilgrims safety and facilitating their Hajj

In this file photo, Muslim pilgrims walk outside the King Abdul Aziz airport upon their arrival to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on September 4, 2016. Amer Hilabi/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

'Conspiracy' behind Hajj passport scam – NBI

Feb 04, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Recruiters of at least 177 Indonesians cannot facilitate the issuance of passports without the knowledge approval consent indispensable cooperation and participation of gov t officials according to an NBI report

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

Saudi king rejects mixing hajj with politics

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Among its concerns Riyadh said Tehran had demanded the right to organize demonstrations

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. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Hajj goes high-tech for bloodless Eid sacrifices

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Muslims at the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are able to make their Eid l Adha sacrifice without getting blood on their hands

In this file photo, sheep are penned in at the pier waiting to be loaded onto trucks at the Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2007. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Hajj pilgrims reach site of deadly 2015 stampede

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:12 PM

A number of safety measures have been introduced to prevent a repeat of last year s tragedy which killed around 2 300 people

An aerial picture shows the area where Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:19 AM

3rd UPDATE More than 1 8 million people gather at Mount Arafat praying and reading from the Koran

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 11, 2016. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Koran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed gave his last hajj sermon. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

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

Hajj pilgrims get ID bracelets after deadly stampede

Sep 09, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The bracelets are a reassurance to some pilgrims though their distribution has been far from systematic ahead of the formal start of the hajj on Saturday

JOURNEY OF FAITH. Muslim pilgrims pray at sunrise on top of Mount Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the hajj main ritual, on October 14, 2013. Fayez Nureldine/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

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

Sep 07, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Iranian and Saudi officials are in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran s exclusion from this year s hajj pilgrimage

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Iran's Khamenei blasts Saudi management of holy sites

Sep 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Iran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia s ruling family who are the custodians of Islam s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina of politicizing the annual hajj pilgrimage

Muslims from all around the world walk around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca on June 8, 2016, during the holy month of Ramadan. Badar Aldandani/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

Hajj stoning to be shortened after deadly stampede

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:14 PM

A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2 300 people during last year s hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month s pilgrimage

In this file photo, Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on October 4, 2014. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

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

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Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

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

Hajj stampede death toll tops 2,000 – foreign figures

Oct 21, 2015 - 4:24 PM

The loss of life in the September 24 disaster far exceeds the 1 426 pilgrims who died in the hajj s worst previous incident – a tunnel stampede in July 1990

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

The wRap Indonesia: Thousands flee after church-burning, Ahok popularity

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the foreign death toll on the hajj stampede the murder trial date of a man accused of killing two Indonesian women and babies suffering from pneumonia due to the haze

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

Foreign toll figures show hajj tragedy deadliest in history

Oct 11, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Hundreds of pilgrims are also not been accounted for following the September 24 stampede at the hajj

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

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: Missing plane, Rohingya sexual assault claims

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A passenger plane is missing two days after it lost contact with air traffic control police say sexual assault allegations by Rohingya women are false and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world