Gulf Times - Grand-Mosque
Belgium moves to expel imam over security fears

Belgium moves to expel imam over security fears

Immigration Minister Theo Francken revoked the residency permit of the imam of the Saudi-financed Grand Mosque, near the EU headquarters in Brussels.

1.4mn pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia before Haj

1.4mn pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia before Haj

More than two million people are expected to participate in this year's Haj, a pillar of Islam that capable Muslims must perform at least once in their lives, which starts next week.

Saudi man attempts self-immolation in Makkah

Saudi man attempts self-immolation in Makkah

Saudi police arrested an apparently ‘mentally disturbed’ man who tried to set himself on fire at Islam's holiest site, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Saudi court dismisses Makkah death crane case

Saudi court dismisses Makkah death crane case

A Saudi court on Thursday dismissed charges against 13 accused over a crane collapse that killed dozens at Islam's holiest site, a newspaper reported on its website.

Saudi builder Binladin says govt started to pay dues

Saudi builder Binladin says govt started to pay dues

The Saudi finance ministry has resumed payments to Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), the kingdom's biggest construction firm, for its work on government projects, Saudi Okaz newspaper reported.

Almost 1.5mn Muslims begin Haj pilgrimage

Almost 1.5mn Muslims begin Haj pilgrimage

From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5mn Muslims began the annual Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to Islam's holiest sites on Saturday, undeterred by last year's deadly stampede.

Saudi prosecutors bring charges over Grand Mosque crane disaster

Saudi prosecutors bring charges over Grand Mosque crane disaster

Suspects including engineers and two government employees will face trial in Saudi Arabia over the deaths of 107 people when a crane toppled over at Makkah's Grand Mosque last year, a local newspaper reported.

Saudi labour minister says Binladin crisis to be resolved

Saudi labour minister says Binladin crisis to be resolved

The crisis surrounding major Saudi Arabian construction company Saudi Binladin Group, which has been struggling to pay its workers, will be resolved, Labour Minister Mufrej al-Haqbani said.