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Muslim Devotees Gather at Mount Arafat for Peak Hajj Worship

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Beneath the inferno in the heavens, over 1.83 million Muslims from far corners of the globe gathered Saturday at a revered hill in Saudi Arabia for prayer and introspection in the blazing heat.This rite at Mount Arafat, dubbed the hill of mercy, stands as the pinnacle of the Hajj pilgrimage. It remains the most indelible moment for many pilgrims, who unite in beseeching God for compassion, blessings, prosperity, and health. This hill lies about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of…

Prominent Leaders and Tribal Elders Converge in Beledweyne for Ugas Yusuf Ugas Hassan’s Official Swearing-in Celebration

In Beledweyne, the ceremony to swear in Ugas Yusuf Ugaas Hassan Ugaas Khalif, leader of the Hawadle elders, is set for May 13, 2024. The event will draw a large crowd, with attendees such as federal lawmakers, NISA director Abdullahi Mohamed Ali Sanbaloshe, and clan elders descending on the town for the festive occasion. To ensure safety during the event, armed forces maintain a strong presence in Beledweyne's streets due to past attacks by al-Shabab. Situated approximately 300 kilometers north of Mogadishu, Beledweyne has…

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