It's part of a package of services created to celebrate Ramadan.
Devout Muslims are expected to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Mecca and Medina have been expanded over time to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers. Presently, Saudi Arabia controls both cities, but this is becoming increasingly controversial among Muslims.
What is Eid al-Adha? The Eid of the sacrifice takes place on the 10th day of Dhul Al-Hijjah, beginning in 2014 on the evening
Medina, the second most important city for Muslims, is also going through radical changes. Current plans aim for removal
A reported member of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which recently dubbed itself simply as
"I'm hoping that Muslims and non-Muslims alike will get a chance to experience Islamic locations by using this app," he said
The faithful begin by circling the Kaaba seven times in a ritual called tawaf. Muslims believe that the Kaaba was built by
First, pilgrims go to Miqat, the entry station to the Hajj, where they bathe, put on special clothing, and make a formal
The Kaaba once took center stage, but now it appears as a minute structure at the foot of a clock tower and hotel, which
There is not a city that I have visited in the entire world that is more tranquil than Medina. And there is not a city that I have visited that hosts a more diverse gathering of people than in Mecca.
Walking around the Kaaba, I was at a vantage point to know that the jams I would get caught in were temporary -- they would end, literally, around the corner. This helped me be patient even when the pressure was greatest.
At last we came close, but the crowd was too thick for us to touch the stone. Swept along by the human tide, we kept chanting prayers, struggling to touch the stone or the Kaaba whenever possible.
Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.
Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.