Saudi Arabia has barred international visitors to Mecca – and for some, the missed chance is heartbreaking.
Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. It is one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar, which celebrates sacrifice. Animals are slaughtered and the meat shared among friends, family and the needy.
I've been lucky enough to have been able to perform Hajj eight times.
Roughly 2 million Muslims were expected to go on Hajj this year.
Many of them have been waiting since 2013.
The first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever made by a senior UK diplomat
It is believed to be the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever made by a senior UK diplomat. Collis, who is fluent in Arabic
If he was here today, I can say with certainty, Mohammed would condemn IS and their brethren. But he is not. And so I, along with millions of other Muslims, stand firmly against the Islamist narrative.
Muslims and Jews can only overcome challenges through solidarity and mutual cooperation to prevail over shared hatred, education, not legislation is needed. On both sides, the urge to live and let live peacefully must prevail over any other sentiments.
At least 717 pilgrims are said to have died during a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage He said: "I was saddened to hear of