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Hajj 2016: 1.8 million pilgrims the smallest number in 10 years

By: Saudi Gazette Source: Jeddah — This year 54.6% male and 45.4% female foreign pilgrims performed Haj, according to a final data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). Most of the foreign pilgrims arrived by flights (94%), while 5% came through land border crossings, and only 1% came by sea. The number of foreign and domestic pilgrims has come down during the past 10 years. In 2007, more than 1.7 million foreign and 746,511 domestic pilgrims performed Haj, making a total of more than 2.4 million Hajis. However this year, 1,325,372 foreign and 537,537 domestic pilgrims performed Haj, making a total of 1,862,909 Hajis. This is the least number of pilgrims...

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Muslim millennials see no clash between faith and modernity

By: Shelina Janmohamed Source: In 2014, global pop star and producer Pharrell Williams released the hit song Happy, prompting cover versions around the world. In the UK the #HappyBritishMuslims wanted to show that “British Muslims are just as happy” as anyone else. Along with further covers from around the Muslim world, the video also sparked controversy among young Muslims online, debating whether Muslims could or should be happy, or even why such demands were being made. The raging debate was testament to a new kind of young Muslim identity that has emerged globally in the past decade. It is a global group that believes that faith and modernity go hand in hand,...

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Catering to the $484bn Muslim fashion market

By: Harriet Brown Source: Drapers (Fashion Business Magazine) Muslims spend on clothing globally is set to more than double to $484bn between 2015 and 2019. How can fashion retailers and brands ensure they are catering for this market? Tap the phrase #modestfashion into Instagram and instantly hundreds of thousands of tagged photos flick on to the screen, fashion inspiration in the form of maxi-dresses, jumpsuits, headscarves, hijabs and abayas, posted by women around the world who are reinventing the meaning of modest fashion. Social media is abuzz with the modest movement, and there is a thriving demand for fashionable modestwear, driven by young and mainly Muslim consumers. This summer...

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