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Mecca: More Manhattan Than Ancient

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca begins this week. But those making the journey will struggle to find remnants of the ancient city the Prophet Mohamed knew. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Mayoral Race; How To Be Brave; Five Pillars Continued

Friday, July 19, 2013

Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and Kate Taylor from the New York Times update us on the latest in the mayoral race, including who is raising the most money, and where it’s coming from. Plus: active architecture; Five Pillars of Islam week continues with a call-in for anyone who has gone on a religious pilgrimage in honor of the Hajj; Mark Binelli on Detroit's bankruptcy filing; Polly Morland, an author and documentary filmmaker, on her search for bravery; and a call-in to find out just what you’ll wait on – or in – a long line for. 

The Takeaway

Hajj Pilgrimage in the Midst of the Arab Spring

Friday, November 04, 2011

This weekend some 2.5 million people are expected to take part in this year's Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. But this year's pilgrimage takes place against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. The Saudi government has mobilized 100,000 defense personnel to prepare for the world's largest human assembly. The Saudis say the build-up is to avoid the deadly stampedes that have broken out in previous pilgrimages. But one can't help but wonder if the democracy movements in neighboring countries is a lingering factor as well. 

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The Takeaway

Preparing for the Hajj: More Than Packing Your Bags

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today marks the third and most important day of the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage that has drawn as many as three million Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The four-day trip is arduous, packed with rituals and prayers. Most pilgrims begin planning for the trip up to six months in advance and set aside around $2,000 to make the journey. Some are encouraged to get in good physical shape, build their immune system, prepare a will, and go through counseling so they are mentally prepared.

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The Takeaway

How Environmentally Friendly is the Hajj?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Islam is in many ways an essentially green religion, with foremost ethical principles stressing the importance of protecting the Earth and living in harmony with nature. But the Hajj, which officially began yesterday, has in recent years been attracting negative attention for its environmentally unfriendly effects. What does it mean when one of Islam's holiest events leads to environmental damage?

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The Takeaway

Concerns Over H1N1 at the Hajj

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's the second day of the Hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. 2 million Muslims from around the world typically make the trip; this year Saudi Government officials are predicting a 40% drop in the number of local pilgrims to Mecca this year because of fear of H1N1. We speak to the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani, from the middle of the Hajj, about the fears, precautions and facts about the spread of the flu at this year's pilgrimage.

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The Takeaway

Muslims, Mecca, and the State Department

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As the annual hajj pilgrimage begins, we check in with BBC reporter in Mecca, Shahzeb Jilani. We also talk with the State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Farah Pandith, about her work and whether or not she plans to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year. It’s all part of our continuing series on Faith in America.

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