Makkah governor inspects holy sites as Hajj progresses

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal arrives in Mina on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 09 August 2019
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Makkah governor inspects holy sites as Hajj progresses

MINA: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also the chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, arrived in Mina on Friday to follow up the work of Hajj.

He was received by a number of officials in the military and civil sectors, led by the director of public security, Lt. Gen. Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, said that the arrival of pilgrims in Mina was completed and transport operations had been operating smoothly on all roads leading to holy sites and Mina.

Pilgrims stayed on the 8th of Dul Hijjah, called Tarwiyah (Watering) Day, in the valley of Mina, following Prophet Muhammad’s tradition on the eve of Arafat Day, the peak of Hajj.

As a result of the efforts of the government of King Salman, pilgrims benefited from security, medical and catering services. Security personnel helped to organize crowds of pilgrims to ensure their safety.

The official spokesman of the Hajj Security Forces Command, Sami bin Mohammed Al-Shwairkh, said that 16,903 people who intended to perform Hajj were returned because they did not obtain a regular Hajj permit, and 218,696 vehicles violating Hajj regulations and instructions were not allowed to enter Makkah.

The official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed bin Khalid Al-Abdalali, said that the general health situation of pilgrims this year was reassuring and no epidemic cases had been recorded.

He said that pilgrims who were patients and unable to move normally would be taken to the holy sites via special medical services and ambulances so that they would be able to perform Hajj rituals.

The spokesman also said that there was a service provided in cooperation with the National Information Center that could identify deceased or unknown persons. This service contributed to providing information for health practitioners so that they could provide the best medical services to pilgrims.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019
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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.