More than 100 devotees who took part in this holy dip have already tested positive for coronavirus.
Having a tattoo in Japan can get you stereotyped as yakuza, but on one centuries-old pilgrimage near Tokyo, tattoos are respected as they were in the past.
To keep up with the times, traditional Sikh langars that earlier served daal and roti are now modernising their menus.
A new investigation suggests that mosques in the Xinjiang province have been completely or almost completely razed.
Saudi Arabia is weaning its economy off oil dependency, and religious pilgrimages are a big part of the plan.
Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.
Safety during hajj is politically sensitive for the Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud dynasty, since the ruling family presents itself internationally as the guardian of orthodox Islam.
Every August, pilgrims literally crawl to a holy icon of Virgin Mary that is believed to have healing powers.
Indian-born filmmaker and LGBT activist Parvez Sharma's new documentary A Sinner in Mecca is a rare glimpse at a gay man's journey to Saudi Arabia.
Like Abraham, my father believed he was ordered by God to put a knife to his son’s throat.