Intimate Photos from Mecca During One of the World's Largest Gatherings

I was among the roughly two million Muslims who made the Hajj to Mecca last year. This is what I saw.
Yasin Osman
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Iran Has Banned Its Citizens from Making Pilgrimages to Mecca

The ban is the latest sign that relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are rapidly deteriorating.
River Donaghey

Meet the Gay Muslim Filmmaker Who Secretly Filmed His Pilgrimage to Mecca

Indian-born filmmaker and LGBT activist Parvez Sharma's new documentary <i>A Sinner in Mecca</i> is a rare glimpse at a gay man's journey to Saudi Arabia.
Rachel Segal Hamilton
Popping the Marks

Killing the Ones You Love for the Love of God

Like Abraham, my father believed he was ordered by God to put a knife to his son’s throat.
Michael Muhammad Knight
Popping the Marks

Paris Hilton in Mecca

Paris Hilton’s new store in Mecca is not “poisoning the holy city.” Mecca has been overrunning with assholes long before Islam. If you’re trying to find peace and avoid shitty people, don’t go there for hajj, just go on vacation or smoke blunt.
Michael Muhammad Knight
the vice guide to travel

Mecca Diaries

Hajj is the world's largest annual pilgrimage that takes place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With his family, VICE Founder Suroosh Alvi went to Hajj and shot footage with an old Handycam.
VICE Staff
The Universal Sadness Issue

My Obama Hajj

As someone raised on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I have to report that the actual invitation to the 2009 presidential inauguration looked a tad underwhelming.
Sam McPheeters