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Battle-scarred: Marawi structures that remind us of the war

May 23, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The siege of Marawi was triggered by a raid in a safe house in barangay Malutlut. The fighting moved towards Lake Lanao and, after 5 months, ended with the deaths of leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The hajj in numbers

Sep 10, 2016 - 5:17 PM

More than a million pilgrims are following in the footsteps of their Prophet Mohammed who performed the same rituals about 1 400 years ago

HAJJ PILGRIMAGE. A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba. File photo by Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Almost 1.5 million Muslims begin hajj

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:52 PM

2nd UPDATE The first day of hajj is traditionally the chance for pilgrims to let their animals drink and to stock up on water

A Muslim pilgrim feeds pigeons as worshipers arrive for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the Kaaba, on September 29, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers started pouring into the holy city for the annual hajj pilgrimage. Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

From prayer beads to clocks, the retail rites of hajj

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Religious tourism is also an industry which Saudi Arabia home to Islam s two holiest sites plans to develop under its wide ranging Vision 2030 project to diversify its oil dependent economy

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims take a selfie as they walk out following the last prayer of the day, leaving the the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on September 7, 2016. Photo Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Fire breaks out in Quiapo

Apr 09, 2016 - 7:46 PM

4th UPDATE The blaze hits a residential area near the Golden Mosque

FIRE IN QUIAPO. Photo by Onz Tee via Twitter

Belgium's Muslims vow to fight radicalization after attacks

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The time has come to act Today we re launching a program against radicalization says Imam Ndiaye Mouhameth Galaye

Hundreds of French mosques open doors to public

Jan 09, 2016 - 7:32 PM

The open house event aims to stimulate dialogue about Islam and create a greater sense of national cohesion a year after the Charlie Hebdo attack

A French national flag is flown on top of the Grand Mosque of Paris, in Paris on November 27, 2015, in memory of the 130 victims of the November 13, 2015 coordinated terror attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group (ISIS). Patrick Kovarik/AFP

11 Indonesians dead from Mecca tragedy

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The number is the latest death toll from the Friday accident at the Grand Mosque when a massive construction crane crashed into the building due to bad weather

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Mecca tragedy, Bon Jovi in Jakarta

Sep 14, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The tragedy at Mecca s Grand Mosque Bon Jovi performs in Jakarta and other top news from Indonesia and the world

Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom

Sep 13, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The gargantuan commercial projects critics say have erases Mecca s heritage and threatens its spirituality

COLLAPSE. A picture taken on September 11, 2015 inside the Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca shows a construction crane after it crashed into it. Photo by AFP

'And then I heard thunder': Saudi crane horror recalled

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:59 AM

All of a sudden there were clouds The sky was filled with clouds and there was strong wind

Workers stand next to the crane that collapsed the day before at the Grand Mosque on September 12, 2015 in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. This year's Muslim Hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, a Saudi official told AFP. AFP PHOTO

Mecca crane collapse 'act of God' – engineer

Sep 12, 2015 - 10:56 PM

It was not a technical issue at all says the engineer for the developer carrying out the expansion of Mecca s Grand Mosque He asked not to be identified

COLLAPSE. A picture taken on September 11, 2015 inside the Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca shows a construction crane after it crashed into it. Photo by AFP

Saudi probes Mecca crane collapse that killed 107

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Prince Khaled al Faisal governer of the Mecca region orders an investigation on the collapse which killed at least 107 people

Hajj will go ahead after deadly crane collapse – Saudi official

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:52 PM

The official who refused to be named says the affected part of the Grand Mosque of Mecca will be fixed in a few days

Jokowi expresses condolences for Mecca tragedy victims

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:20 PM

President Joko Widodo is in Jeddah Saudi Arabia for a state visit

SYMPATHY. President Joko Widodo expresses his condolences to the victims of the Mecca tragedy.

Two Indonesians dead in Grand Mosque incident

Sep 12, 2015 - 9:56 AM

The number of Indonesians injured stands at 42

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED After being hit by a storm a crane crashes into the Grand Mosque in Mecca just days before the annual hajj pilgrimage

One Indonesian confirmed dead, 20 injured in Mecca tragedy

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:59 AM

This is according to the Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Saifuddin

RUNTUH. Sebuah crane terjatuh di Masjidil Haram, Mekah, Saudi Arabia, 11 September 2015. Foto dari Twitter

65 dead as crane crashes into Mecca's Grand Mosque – Saudi

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:52 AM

The Grand Mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays the Muslim weekly day of prayer

COLLAPSED. A general view from inside the Grand Mosque showing a part of a large crane that collapsed on the mosque on September 11, 2015. The civil defense authority of Saudi Arabia has confirmed at least 52 casualties with some 30 people injured in the accident. Photo by EPA

Nigeria vows to hunt those behind 'heinous' mosque attacks

Nov 29, 2014 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan urges his people to not despair following the suicide bombings at the Grand Mosque in Kano leaving at least 120 dead

Blood stains the floor of the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital as victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano are treated on November 28, 2014. Aminu Abubakar/AFP

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

Nov 29, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II Nigeria s second most senior Muslim cleric who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram

HUNDREDS DEAD, INJURED. Relatives talk to one of the victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 28, 2014. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP