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    Saudi Arabia orders free coronavirus treatment for all including residency violators

    King Salman has ordered free treatment be provided to all coronavirus patients in all government and private health facilities in Saudi Arabia as reported by Arab News. The Kingdom’s health minister, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, announced the king’s order at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday and said it included citizens and residents […] More

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    Saudi temporarily suspends Umrah from certain countries fearing spread of coronavirus

    Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended foreigners’ entry for the Umrah pilgrimage, and tourism from countries where the new coronavirus has spread, as a growing number of cases outside China deepened fears of a pandemic. The kingdom, which hosts the two most sacred sites of Islam in Maakah and Madinah, welcomes millions of Muslim visitors throughout […] More

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    Saudi Arabia to send 70 imams to lead Taraweeh in 35 countries

    Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has approved the delegation of 70 imams to lead Taraweeh (after Isha) and Tahajud (late night) prayers in 35 countries of the world during the sacred month of Ramadan as reported by Saudi Gazette. It has been the custom of the ministry to send imams to […] More

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    While Turkey condemned China, Saudi crown prince appears to defend China’s use of internment camps for Muslims

    Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared to defend China’s use of internment camps to restrict members of the country’s Muslim minority, ignoring earlier calls for him to speak out on the plight of the Uighurs. Without identifying the Uighurs specifically, the Saudi leader told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China […] More

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    Pilgrims may soon travel to Madinah on camel backs

    MAKKAH — The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is currently giving final touches to a fascinating project that will allow pilgrims and visitors as well as citizens and residents of the Kingdom to travel to Madinah on camels following the route that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had taken during his Hijrah (migration) to […] More

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    Pakistan maintained ban on Valentine’s Day celebration, but Saudi Arabia has quietly permitted it

    The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday maintained its previous judgement of imposing a ban on celebrations of Valentine’s Day on February 14 across the country. The court ordered Islamabad chief commissioner to ensure implementation of court directives while taking actions against the people who celebrate this day. The order read that no arrangements could be […] More

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    King Salman cancels Hajj and Umrah visa fees

    King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has issued a royal decree that will cancel Hajj and Umrah visa fees starting from this year, a member of the High Committee for Hajj and Umrah, Nasir Toruk, announced. The decision to cancel the new imposed charges came after protests of Egyptians and Muslims in other countries […] More

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    New marks to help pilgrims performing Tawaf of Kaaba

    Makkah — For the first time, the covering cloth of the Kaaba, also known as Kiswa, will have a new addition to indicate the starting and ending points of circumambulation — or Tawaf — around the sacred structure. This will help pilgrims count the number of Tawaf they have performed. The gilded four lantern shaped […] More

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    Fittingly, Saudi Shoura proposes women-only timings for Black Stone ritual

    The Committee for Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia’s Shoura council is currently studying a proposal presented by one of its members for allocating specific women-only timings for kissing the Black Stone ritual during Hajj and Umrah proceddings as reported by Al-Arabiya. The proposal put forth by Modhi Aldeghaither includes setting three specific times during the […] More

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