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‘Green hajj’ takes root in Makkah

RIYADH: Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia. The Mamuniya camp in Mina near the holy city is dotted with colour-coded barrels -- black for organic waste and blue for cans and plastics for recycling. It's all part of an initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of the hajj, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. More than 42,000 tonnes of waste are…

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

MECCA: More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. The ultra-conservative kingdom, which is undergoing dramatic social and economic reforms, has mobilised vast resources for the six-day journey, one of the five pillars of Islam. "It's the dream of every Muslim to come here to Mecca," Frenchman Soliman Ben Mohri said. "It's the ultimate journey. What worries me is the return to my…

Pilgrims gathering at Mecca to perform annual Hajj rituals

JEDDAH: Muslims from across the world are gathering in Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage to take part in the following rituals: - Ihram: Pilgrims wear special outfits, which for men is a two-piece white seamless garment. Women wear loose dress, generally white, with only the face and hands exposed. During this period, pilgrims must abstain from physical relations with opposite gender, quarreling, avoid to use perfume and not cut their hair or nails. - Once in Mecca, pilgrims perform Tawaf,…

Hajj flight operation begins

ISLAMABAD: Hajj flight operation began on Monday as Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) first flight departed with 328 pilgrims on board from Benazir International Airport, Islamabad early Monday morning for Madina, ARY News reported. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf arrived at the airport to see off the pilgrims. Speaking to media on the occasion, the minister said that comprehensive arrangements have been made in the holy cities of Makkah and Madina to facilitate the pilgrims in the best…

Terror attacks not Islam: Pogba

LONDON: The world's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba says the four terror attacks that have killed dozens and left scores injured in England this year have nothing to do with religion. The 24-year-old Manchester United star -- who is Muslim and went on a pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site in Mecca after the end of the season -- told the latest issue of Esquire magazine people must not give in to terror. The French international -- who also lost his father Fassou in May -- was inspirational in the Europa League…