Hajj and Umrah News - South Africa

25 May 2018

FaceOf: Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Saudi Traffic Directorate

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Traffic Directorate, urged people to confirm any news regarding women driving by checking the source and referring to spokesmen to get the facts straight. He denied statements published by some newspapers on Thursday. He confirmed that women who have international licenses could switch their license to a Saudi one once

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24 May 2018

Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors

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24 May 2018

Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah. In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks. To mark

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24 May 2018

What makes Ramadan in Old Jeddah special

JEDDAH: Old Jeddah (Al-Balad) is one of the most popular historic landmarks of the city. Locals and non-locals enjoy walking down the old alleys and admiring the remnants of old Hejaz, making it a favorite tourist attraction in the city. According to Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) sources, its existence may date back to the era before Islam. Some of

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24 May 2018

FaceOf: Mohammed Salih Bentin, Saudi Arabia's Hajj and Umrah minister

During the season of Ramadan, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is considered to be at its second busiest apart from the Hajj season, as many residents and visitors perform Umrah during this sacred time. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s continued efforts are evident with the smooth progress of pilgrims through Makkah. A royal decree appointed Mohammed Salih Bentin as Minister for

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