Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina.
Just 60,000 people, all citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia, have been selected to take part in this year's Hajj, with foreign pilgrims again barred due to the restrictions over coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Imran Khan entered the house of God during his official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at home during the fasting month.
As Hajj pilgrimage is under risk of cancellation for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, people ask: is it the first lockdown in history?
The kingdom closed off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the coronavirus fears, a step which wasn’t taken even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions worldwide.
The decision to suspend entry for foreign pilgrims in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could hurt Saudi finances if it is a prolonged ban.
Eid al Salwaawi uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue to paint colourful images on walls in Cairo
The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.
Six foreign pilgrims were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said.
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