Mecca, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Ka’aba, Islam’s holiest shrine, is the black cuboid located in Al-Masjid Al-Haram in the holy city of Mecca. Directing oneself towards the shrine—an act known as Qiblah—is an obligatory aspect of prayer for all Muslims. The shrine is...
ABHA, Asharq Al-Awsat—Recent press reports of criminal gangs at large in the Saudi Arabian province of Asir are overstated, according to police. Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Shathan, official spokesman for the Asir Province Police Department, informed Asharq Al-Awsat...
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