• حج تمتع 2017-04-28 19:25

    By Ali Kushki

    Iran to resume Hajj pilgrimage late July after 2016 boycott 

    TEHRAN – Iran has announced it will resume sending hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in July after boycotting the 2016 ritual in objection to Riyadh failing to soothe safety concerns. 

  • hajj 2017-04-19 21:14

    S. Arabia accepts Iran’s conditions for Hajj pilgrimage: MP

    TEHRAN – A member of the parliament presiding board said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has accepted Iran’s conditions for sending pilgrims to Hajj.

  • الكعبة 2017-03-17 22:06

    Iran says its pilgrims attend Hajj this year, Riyadh confirms

    TEHRAN – Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia after a one-year absence, what seen as a rare promising spot in stalled relations between the two regional rivals.

  • qazi askar 2017-03-15 09:45

    Tehran-Riyadh close to Hajj consensus   

    TEHRAN – Tehran and Riyadh will be finalizing a framework by the summer which ends a two-year hiatus in performing Hajj rituals by Iranian pilgrims, according to a senior Iranian official. 

  • Hossein Askari 2017-03-14 02:21

    By Hossein Askari, Contributor Professor of Business and International Affairs at George Washington University

    King Salman: Relinquish Guardianship of Islam’s Holy Sites!

    Mecca and Medina, situated in Western Saudi Arabia, are Islam’s two holiest sites. The region is the birthplace of Islam and of the Prophet Mohammad. Every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimage (during Hajj) to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if he or she is physically and financially able to do so. During Hajj, all Muslims, be they kings or paupers, are equal, each person wearing two simple white sheets with nothing to distinguish between ruler and subject and rich and poor.

  • hajj 2017-03-11 09:24

    Tehran-Riyadh talks focused on Mina tragedy: official

    TEHRAN – The caretaker of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said on Friday that talks with Saudi officials have not been finalized yet, noting the two sides are still discussing some remaining issues mostly the issue of the 2015 Mina stampede in which 464 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives.

  • hajj 2017-03-06 11:53

    Iran hopeful to send 80,000 on Hajj pilgrimage 

    TEHRAN — Tehran will hopefully dispatch 80,000 pilgrims to Hajj in 2017, the Supreme Leader’s representative in Hajj affairs said on Sunday, Tasnim reported.

  • سیدرضا صالحی امیری وزیر فرهنگ و ارشاد اسلامی 2017-03-05 21:15

    Iran, Saudi Arabia likely to clinch hajj agreement

    TEHRAN – Following months of negotiations between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia about hajj, the two sides might be on the verge of reaching an agreement, ending what has become a source of discord between the two Middle-Eastern countries. 

  • Mehrdad Oskui’s historical postcards on Hajj 2017-03-04 19:02

    Mehrdad Oskui’s historical postcards on Hajj pilgrimage appear in book 

    TEHRAN – A collection of historical postcards on the Hajj pilgrimage has appeared in a new book by “Starless Dreams” documentarian Mehrdad Oskui.

  • مذاکرات حج 2017-03-04 08:35

    ‘Partial progress’ made in hajj talks with Saudis: official

    TEHRAN – “Partial progress” has been made in the recent round of hajj negotiations with the Saudi side, the temporary head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization of Iran said on Thursday.

  • Tehran says policy towards Riyadh is ‘clear’ 2017-02-27 21:10

    Tehran says policy towards Riyadh is ‘clear’

    TEHRAN – Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Monday that Iran’s stance on Saudi Arabia is “clear”, noting the Islamic Republic has adopted an “active” policy towards Riyadh.

  • hajj 2017-02-24 20:34

    Iranian, Saudi officials discuss Hajj pilgrimage

    TEHRAN – Delegations from Tehran and Riyadh held their first round of talks about conditions for a dispatch of Iranian nationals to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage later this year.

  • Iran denies receiving Hajj invitation from Saudis 2017-02-23 14:44

    Tehran seeking to increase number of Hajj pilgrims

    TEHRAN – Iran has expressed hopefulness to increase the number of pilgrims it will be sending to Hajj beyond the previous 60,000, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

  • qazi askar 2017-02-15 10:27

    Tehran calls on Riyadh to hasten Hajj arrangement 

    TEHRAN – The Supreme Leader’s representative in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs called on Saudi Arabia on Monday to make haste in preparing the grounds for Iranians to attend the 2017 Hajj pilgrimage.

  • majles 2017-02-11 13:28

    Iran’s parliament set to review Riyadh ties

    TEHRAN – Iran’s parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has announced that it will review Tehran’s politics toward Saudi Arabia on Sunday. 

  • hajj 2017-01-25 10:33

    Iran names negotiators for Hajj talks

    TEHRAN – The names of members of an Iranian delegation planned to travel to Saudi Arabia on February 23 for talks on the Hajj pilgrimage of Iranians have been given to the Arab country, the representative of the Leader in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs said on Tuesday.

  • qazi askar 2017-01-14 15:32

    Tehran not to call off Hajj this year: official

    TEHRAN – Iran has not made any decision to call off the Hajj pilgrimage this year if Saudi Arabia accepts Iran’s conditions, said the Supreme Leader’s representative in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs.

  • سفر حجت الاسلام سید علی قاضی عسگر نماینده ولی فقیه در امور حج و زیارت به شاهرود 2017-01-11 20:48

    Tehran, Riyadh agree on haj talks 

    TEHRAN – An Iranian delegation will travel to Riyadh on Feb. 23 to resume talks on haj pilgrimage after a one year hiatus caused by the 2015 haj crush in Mina in which hundreds of Iranian nationals were killed. 

  • hajj 2017-01-10 19:01

    Iran says will respond to Saudi Hajj invitation

    TEHRAN – Leader’s representative for Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Seyed Ali Ghazi Askar said on Tuesday that Iran will respond to Saudi Arabia’s invitation for Hajj.

  • علی مطهری 2017-01-05 16:33

    No haj compromise unless Riyadh pays restitution to Iran: senior MP 

    TEHRAN – Iranian Parliament Vice-Speaker Ali Motahari said on Wednesday re-launching haj should be deferred until Saudi Arabia has paid restitution to the families of Iranians who lost their lives during a 2015 haj crush. 

  • qassemi 2017-01-04 20:40

    Iran insists has received no Hajj pilgrimage invitation

    TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi reconfirmed on Wednesday that Iran has received no invitation from the Saudi government for Hajj rituals.

  • Iran denies receiving Hajj invitation from Saudis 2017-01-01 20:31

    Iran denies receiving Hajj invitation from Saudis

    TEHRAN – Hamid Mohammadi, the new head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, on Sunday dismissed reports that Saudi Arabia has invited Iran to discuss a resumption of Iranians' participation in Hajj pilgrimage.

  • qazi askar 2016-12-26 21:13

    Iran working to resume Hajj

    TEHRAN – The Supreme Leader’s representative in Hajj affairs has said Tehran is trying to resume the Hajj pilgrimage, on halt since Iran-Saudi Arabia relations grew murky after a mass crush in Mecca in 2015.