Supporters argue that the Hajj ritual has become too expensive
For many, the pilgrimage, which runs five days and which all Muslims must perform at least once in a lifetime if physically and financially able, has been a lifelong dream.
Last year’s pilgrimage saw 1.9 million Muslims visit holy cities of Mecca, Medina
Muslims from across the world are gathering in Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage to take part in the following rituals:
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, and it also provides the largest number of pilgrims for the hajj.
Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities had refused to grant a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, scheduled to transport Qatari hajj pilgrims, permission to land at Hamad International Airport.
Move follows accusations that Saudi authorities were hindering entry of Hajj pilgrims from Qatar
No details released on cause of deaths
Immigration office says pilgrims were using illegal route to perform Hajj pilgrimage
Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Shiite Iran, in the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.
Last week, Saudi authorities allowed access to pilgrims from Qatar via two airports
Egyptian authorities to reopen Rafah crossing on Tuesday for three consecutive days
Whilst pilgrimage in these times are comfortable, pilgrims in the Ottoman period was nothing less than a three month journey with much sacrifice and one of seven traditional routes used in the journey
Iran and Saudi Arabia have had no diplomatic ties since early last year.
FM announces quota for Indonesian pilgrims increased by 52,200 to 221,000 this year
It was the first time in three decades that Iranian pilgrims had been absent and the culmination of years of worsening relations over the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
Same meeting sees Organization of Islamic Cooperation elect new secretary-general
Umrah for many Moroccans has become even more difficult following a decision by Saudi Arabia introducing a new fee for pilgrims
Pilgrims traditionally visit Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Medina either before or after completing Hajj ritual
Head of religious affairs congratulates Muslims from Mecca
More than 1.8 million Muslims from around the world gathered in this year Hajj