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.
Turkish head of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez on Tuesday will visit Hajjar and sign the Pilgrimage Protocol.
World famous Egyptian scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will be among the speakers, as well as Yemeni scholar Abdulwahhab ad-Daylami and the Mufti of Chechnya Salah Mejiyev.
Mina Hindholm Imam Khatib school will take on students aged 18 and up from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
At his Friday sermon in Mecca, the imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais, decried "mass massacres against humanity" in Gaza, Syria and Iraq.
Finsbury Park mosque, the Ummah Welfare Trust and the Cordoba Foundation have all recieved letters saying their accounts will be closed due to 'risk appetite'.
Meanwhile, madrasas (religious schools) in Crimea are being searched for banned reading materials.
Global Deaf Muslims (GDM) is raising $480,000 to fund the project of translating the Qur’an to American Sign Language.
An ancient Islamic burial ground has provided researchers with new evidence of Muslim settlements in the Ciudad Real province.
The university asked questions regarding the students' opinion on the headscarf and whether they felt it was necessary in today's day and age.
Muslims living in the region of Uusimaa have made do with small 'Muslim section' in Lutheran church cemeteries.
Despite Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz inaugurating a Zamzam Water Project to ensure a constant supply of pure Zamzam water in 2010, criticism of the minaret plans appear to be falling on deaf ears.
The Deputy Mufti of Crimea, Esadulla Bairov, said he cannot understand why the famous 'Fortress of the Muslim' book of supplications of the Prophet Muhammad was banned.
The Historic German Shooting Federation said that only Christians were allowed to become shooting champions.
Authorities will prohibit passengers who wear veils, head scarves, a loose-fitting garment called a jilbab, clothing with the crescent moon and star, and those with long beards - from boarding buses in the northwestern city of Karamay.
Some Islamic books that have been banned include the work of popular 20th century Turkish scholar Said Nursi and the famous “Fortress of the Muslim” book of supplications of Prophet Muhammad, which was collected by ancient Muslim scholar Saeed Bin Ali Bin Wahf Al-Qahtani.
7-day period marks end of Eid and sees some Muslims visit family and friends to ask for forgiveness, while others dress up for processions to honor water.
Britain's former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who in 2008 called for the application of certain aspects of Islamic law in the UK, also criticized the notion of “British values,” saying that they should be more universal.