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23,700 Malaysian Haj Pilgrims To Depart For Mecca, Madinah Today

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KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 23,700 haj pilgrims are scheduled to depart for Mecca or Madinah from today via 63 flights after having their visas approved. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said only 67 haj pilgrims are left waiting for their visas to be approved by the Saudi…

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M’sian Female Pilgrims Counselled On Thorny Issue Faced During Haj

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MECCA – Performing the haj can become complicated for female pilgrims when they are menstruating, but this doesn’t have to be the case, said Dr Anisah Abdul Ghani, one of Tabung Haji’s (TH) religious experts for this year’s haj season. The former Fiqh lecturer at Universiti Malaya said Malaysian female pilgrims often become too anxious…

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Losing Name Tag: Highest Complaint From Haj Pilgrims

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MECCA – Reports on missing name tag and baggage, as well as pilgrims losing their way and not able to get back to their place of accommodation made up most of the complaints recorded by the Tabung Haji (TH) Customer Service Centre here. Mecca TH Customer Service Centre manager for 1438H haj season Zor Mohd…

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Man Tries To Set Himself Alight At Mecca Grand Mosque

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DUBAI: A man tried to set himself alight with gasoline beside the Kaaba, the black-clad building towards which the world’s Muslims face to pray, inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque late on Monday but was arrested before he could do so, police in Saudi Arabia said. “His actions suggest that he is mentally ill,” the mosque’s police…

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Be Wary Of Cheap Umrah Packages – Tourism Minister

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PUTRAJAYA: Muslims are advised to be wary of offers of umrah packages which are below the ceiling price of RM4,900 approved by the Umrah Regulatory Council (MKSU), Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said. He said umrah fraud was on the rise with victims mostly from the less-affordable group. “I am…

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Hajj Stampede Death Toll Tops 2,000: Foreign Figures

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DUBAI: The death toll from last month’s hajj stampede has topped 2,000, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it the deadliest disaster in the pilgrimage’s history by far. Saudi Arabia has yet to provide an updated death toll after saying 769 people died in the tragedy near Mecca, home of Islam’s holiest sites.…

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Wife Accepts Zulkifly;s Death As God’s Will

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MAKKAH: The wife of Zulkifly Samad, the Malaysian pilgrim killed in the Mina stampede, accepted her husband’s death as God’s will in his desire to follow the “sunnah” (acts of Prophet Muhammad) by walking from Muzdalifah to Mina and to perform the stone-throwing ritual during the ‘duha” period (7 am to 11 am). Suriahanim Abd…

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Update: All Malaysians Killed In Grand Mosque Will Be Buried In Mecca

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KUALA LUMPUR – All Malaysians killed in Grand Mosque crane tragedy will be buried in Mecca – Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department).

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Mecca Tragedy: 1 Among Missing Malaysians Alive, 5 Dead, 3 Unaccounted For

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PETALING JAYA – One of the missing Malaysian Haj pilgrims in the aftermath of the Mecca (Makkah) crane collapse tragedy is alive and well but five have been confirmed dead while three others are unaccounted for. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom told a press conference here late last night…

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10 Malaysians Injured, Six Still Unaccounted For In Mecca

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KUALA LUMPUR –  10 Malaysians injured, six still unaccounted for in deadly crane collapse tragedy in Mecca, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom. Government through Tabung Haji to render all necessary assistance to Malaysians affected by Mecca Grand Mosque crane collapse – Jamil Khir Efforts underway to locate…

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Powerful Storm Brings Tragedy To Mecca

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MECCA – A powerful storm toppled a construction crane Friday afternoon at the Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque, in Mecca — killing at least 107 people and injuring 238 others, Saudi Arabia’s civil defense authorities said on Twitter. Photos and video on social media showed the crane crashing through the mosque roof and the aftermath,…

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World’s Largest Hotel Coming To Mecca

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MECCA – Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That’s the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that’s set to become the world’s largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017. Designed by architectural firm Dar Al-Handasah, the $3.5 billion site is…

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