Latest Mecca News

Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage returning to pre-COVID levels

Jan. 10, 2023 00:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Islam's annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will return to pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions saw the annual religious commemoration curtailed over concerns about the coronavirus, authorities say. The hajj, required of all...

Qatar offers World Cup visitors an introduction to Islam

Dec. 17, 2022 12:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Fatima Garcia donned a headscarf and a black abaya — a long, loose-fitting robe — over her clothes as she walked into a mosque in Doha to learn about Islam. In Qatar to enjoy the World Cup with friends, the Salvadoran visitor took a day off from soccer to go...