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The policy of requiring pilgrims to be immunised has effectively raised the Grand Mosque's capacity during Ramadan to accommodate 50,000 Umrah pilgrims, according to state media.

Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca to mark the commencement of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for <em>Mecca</em>, Medina

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Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for Mecca, Medina

A new 30-minute limit will be placed on the nightly Taraweeh prayers in mosques across the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia to forbid non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah

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Saudi Arabia to forbid non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah

Saudi Arabia is taking precautions to avoid new Covid outbreaks by banning non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah, starting from Ramadan.

Arabian coins found in US may unlock pirate mystery

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Arabian coins found in US may unlock pirate mystery

The attack on a 17th-century Indian ship carrying pilgrims returning from Mecca sparked the 'first worldwide manhunt'.

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Ramadan: Mecca mosque to be sanitised 10 times daily

The new measures were announced as Muslims prepare to begin the fasting month in mid-April.

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Turkish police detain dozens of student protesters

"We are not silent, we are not afraid, we do not obey."

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Israel's Netanyahu promises direct flights to Saudi Arabia

The Israeli premier made the pledge as part of his campaign to win reelection.

Saudi Arabia replaces hajj minister

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Saudi Arabia replaces hajj minister

The hajj minister has been replaced by Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Friday.

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Malaysian court rules non-Muslims can use 'Allah'

Malaysian court ruled Wednesday that non-Muslims can use the Arabic word 'Allah' in reference to God.

US Senator blames Biden for Saudi energy attacks

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US Senator blames Biden for Saudi energy attacks

Renewed attacks on Saudi's energy facilities is bringing the kingdom into global focus.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim missile hits Saudi oil facility

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Yemen's Houthi rebels claim missile hits Saudi oil facility

A Houthi military spokesman tweeted an image that matched Aramco's North Jeddah Bulk Plant, saying the rebels had fired a new Quds-2 cruise ...

Saudi Arabia demands pilgrims vaccinate against Covid-19

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Saudi Arabia demands pilgrims vaccinate against Covid-19

The Saudi minister of health has said in a circular that all Muslims wishing to undertake the Hajj in 2021 will need proof of vaccination.

Ex-Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

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Ex-Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Known for his Western-style business suits and soft-spoken, measured tones, Ahmed Zaki Yamani helped Saudi Arabia command a dominating presence ...

Narjas Zatat

Malcolm X: Misunderstood pioneer of US civil rights movement

On the 56th anniversary of his death, we must remember the lessons of Malcolm X: To oppose racism and discrimination in all its forms.

The New Arab Staff

Muslim families complain over Sri Lankan Covid cremations: UN

Muslim families have taken to the UN in an effort to put an end to coronavirus cremations in Sri Lanka, citing religious freedom.

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Children in Jordan head back to classrooms

Kindergarten and early elementary school levels, as well as students in their final year of high school, went back to classrooms on Sunday.

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Erdogan says political opponents behind student protests

Erdogan has launched daily verbal attacks on the demonstrations as they have grown in size and resulted in hundreds of arrests this week.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is dangerous. She should be removed

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is dangerous. She should be removed

Comment: Democrats and Republicans have a responsibility to recognise the very real danger Greene poses to education on Islam, and continue to ...

The New Arab Staff

Twitter restricts 'hateful' LGBTQ posts by Turkish interior minister

Two of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's tweets have now been restricted for 'violating the Twitter rules around hateful conduct'.

Erdogan lashes out at Turkey's LGBT movement

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Erdogan lashes out at Turkey's LGBT movement

Erdogan's nationally-televised remarks came after Turkish police detained four people over the weekend for depicting Islam's holiest site with ...

Turkey arrests five over <em>Mecca</em> poster with LGBT flags

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Turkey arrests five over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

The chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, said nothing could defend the artwork, and that those responsible would ...

Mona Eltahawy on the Arab Spring, feminism, and hope

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Mona Eltahawy on the Arab Spring, feminism, and hope

While attending the Arab Spring protests, Eltahawy was beaten and sexually assaulted. Ten years on, she reflects on violence against women and ...

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