Hajj

Hajj

We joined an American pilgrim on hajj, the largest annual human gathering on Earth

VICE News travelled to Mecca to see the trip firsthand. We spoke to Jibreel, a former basketball player, who joined 15,000 other Muslims from America who made the holy pilgrimage this hajj season.
Hind Hassan
Amel Guettatfi
10.11.17
Saudi Arabia

The Hajj in Saudi Arabia is at risk of cholera

Alexa Liautaud
7.14.17
video

How Muslim pilgrimages could diversify Saudi's economy

Saudi Arabia is weaning its economy off oil dependency, and religious pilgrimages are a big part of the plan.
Milena Mikael-Debass
10.11.16
Photo

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
2.29.16
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
1.7.16
middle east

Iran Blasts Saudi 'Negligence' as Death Toll Rises to 769 in Hajj Stampede

Another 934 were injured in the incident on Thursday, and the Iranian government has announced that it has formed a committee to investigate it.
VICE News
9.26.15
Quick Hits

Quick Hit: Iranians Protest Following Hajj Stampede

Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.
VICE News
9.25.15
middle east

Iran Slams Saudi 'Incompetence' After Death of More Than 700 Pilgrims

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.
Reuters and VICE News
9.25.15
middle east

At Least 87 Killed After Crane Accident at Mecca's Grand Mosque

At least 87 people were killed and more than injured after high winds knocked down a construction crane.
VICE News
9.11.15
Film

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

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.
Rachel Segal Hamilton
6.30.15
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
10.7.14
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
11.27.12
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