Free Press Journal
  • Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

    Jeddah: Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime. 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 group jihadists squeezed in Iraq and Syria. “I’m so excited because many

  • Ujjain: Haj pilgrims hold dharna

    Ujjain: A group of Haj pilgrims have started a dharna against an apparently unjustified omission of their names from the list of visitors to Mecca.

  • Nearly 1.5 million people begin annual Hajj in Saudi

    Mecca: From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims begin the annual hajj in western Saudi Arabia today, undeterred by a stampede which last year killed around 2,300.

  • Hajj pilgrims to get e-bracelets for safety

    Riyadh: Muslim pilgrims joining this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, newspapers reported today, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year.

  • Iran to skip next hajj too, blames Riyadh

    Tehran : Iran officially announced today that it won’t be sending pilgrims to the hajj this year, blaming Saudi Arabia for the move and claiming the kingdom has failed to provide adequate security for the pilgrims, reports AP.

  • Iran says no Iranian pilgrims at next hajj, blames Riyadh

    Tehran: Iran has officially announced it won’t be sending pilgrims to the hajj this year and is blaming Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom has failed to provide adequate security for the pilgrims. The hajj has become a contentious issue as tensions between the two Mideast powers escalated after last year’s hajj disaster killed at least 2,426 people.

  • Iran not to send Mecca pilgrims, blames Saudi: state TV

    Tehran: Iranians will not take part in this year’s Mecca pilgrimage because of “obstacles” raised by Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati said today.

  • Iran says pilgrims to miss hajj after no deal with Saudi

    Tehran: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following the severing of ties, its culture minister said today. An Iranian delegation held four days of talks in Saudi Arabia last month aimed at thrashing out a deal but with Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran closed since January and Iranian flights to the kingdom halted they hit deadlock. “The arrangements

  • World mourns, top leaders condole…

    New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders of the country on Thursday condoled the deaths in a horrific Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia.