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Huge spike in Makkah accomodation prices ahead of Hajj

Saudi Gazette | 18 Dhul Qa’dah 1436/03 September 2015The rents in five-star hotels in the central area around the Grand Mosque in Makkah have gone up as far as SR70,000 for the Haj period, according to hoteliers in the holy city. They said the rent of a double-bed room can …

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Stranded South African Hujjaj Might Depart Today for Hajj

  Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News, 2015-09-01   The South African Hajj and Umrah Council says hujjaj who missed their flight from South Africa to Saudi Arabia were accommodated by the airline at various hotels. A Saudi Airlines flight SB446 failed to depart to Saudi Arabia yesterday following a navigational …

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Over 200 doors to be opened at Haram for Hujaaj

Saudi Gazette | 15 Dhul Qa’dah 1436/31 August 2015More than 200 doors of the Grand Mosque, including the King Abdulaziz Gate, will be thrown open to facilitate the movement of pilgrims as the Haj season peaks. Abdullah Al-Tumaih, director of the department of doors at the Presidency of the Affairs …

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Fourth floor of Mataaf to be added by 1437/2016

Agencies | 08 Dhul Qa’dah 1436/24 August 2015 Putting final touches on preparations to receive millions of pilgrims from around the world, the officials in the Grand Mosque in Makkah have revealed that the fourth floor or mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, will be ready before hajj next …

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Saudi Arabia fixes Mahr rate to “contain spinsterhood”

Arab News | 03 Dhul Qa’dah 1436/19 August 2015 An unmarried woman’s dowry has been officially fixed at SR50,000, while for a divorcee, it would be SR30,000. The move follows instructions from Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. …

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Cleaning Your Teeth With White Phosphorus?

By Dr Vacy Vlazna 17 August, 2015 Countercurrents.org One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally …

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BDS-SA Saga With Virgin Active.

In his own words: Muhammed Desai tells all of his banning by Virgin Active Muhammed Desai | 27 Shawaal 1436/13 August 2015 A transcript of Desai’s version of events as shared on Cii Radio’s Sabahul Khair. Desai is an office bearer at BDS South Africa. WATCH a video of proceedings …

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Asadullah Ajimuddin remembered

Short life, long lasting impact  Ebrahim Moosa – Cii News | 26 Shawaal 1436/12 August 2015 “I said, ‘I leave you and I trust in Allah’, and I can now say with Yaqeen that he fulfilled that trust”. This is how a tearful but steadfast Moulana Sayyid Jalaluddin Ajimuddin recounted …

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