The holiest month in Islam is also when traders make money. This year could be very difficult for them and Muslim countries.
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 prospect of Covid-19 hitting Yemen is terrifying considering the already ongoing humanitarian catastrophes in the country.
As millions of Muslims start preparing for this year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi authorities ask followers to delay bookings in light of the ongoing global pandemic.
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 coronavirus has given us a chance to re-examine our excesses, and how we approach faith.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 155,000, driven by a spike in infections in Italy, which announced 3,497 new cases on Saturday. The virus has so far claimed almost 6,000 lives across 154 countries and territories.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, a brother of King Salman, and the monarch's nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef were taken from their homes early Friday by royal guards after being accused of treason.
Saudi decision alone disrupted travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the Kingdom and potentially affects plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan and the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Number of cases of coronavirus in Italy reaches 1,128, Health Ministry says, with death toll rising by eight to 29 in past 24 hours. Meanwhile, new cases emerge in Iran and elsewhere, and France orders cancellation of gatherings of more than 5,000.
The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba. Meanwhile, Iran says its Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar tested positive for coronavirus.
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.
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