World Bulletin/News Desk
Saudi Arabian Minister of Pilgrimage Affairs and Religious Trusts Bandar bin Muhammad Hajjar has stated that there was a significant increase in the number of visitors who came to the country for umrah purposes in 2013.
Hajjar said that over 1.6 million people travelled to Saudi Arabia for umrah, in the last three months.
Stating that they expected a record number of visitors in the holy month of Ramadan, Hajjar said that the number of people visiting Saudi Arabia could exceed 6 million in 2013.
Hajjar also said that umrah visitors were increasing between 10 to 20 percent every year and they were working in cooperation with other ministries nationally and internationally to avoid problems.
Stating that they expected the highest number of visitors from Pakistan and Algeria, Hajjar emphasized that Kaaba extension works would have no effect on these visits.
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The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train.
Russian police said that they arrested 30 people involved in the incident on the grounds that they attacked the police.
Husain Abdullah was flagged for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' for performing the Islamic prostration as a touchdown celebration.
Behavior that spoils the pilgrimage atmosphere will be totally prevented, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said.
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Qatar women’s basketball team returned home from South Korea after being told they could not wear head scarves while competing.
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The players refused to remove their headscarves, saying it violated their religious beliefs and they wanted to send a strong message to the sport's governing federation that the ban was unfair.
The mosques are not just offering information about Islam to non-Muslims, but also to Muslims as well, allowing them to familiarize themselves better with the true teachings of their religion.