Voice of the Cape

January2014

Umrah findings soon

Haj consumer group Hajj Watch will soon release the findings of its investigation into the Gaironiesa Foundation and Lamy Travel. Two weeks ago, Hajj Watch was requested by Lamy Travel to investigate a deal that went sour between the operator and the Gaironiesa Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides subsidised[…]

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Haj Convention in CT

Ways of improving the global haj and umrah industry will be explored at a haj forum involving a myriad of stakeholders in the sector. The initiative is spearheaded by Hajj People, an enterprise company with a commercial engine that has a social purpose. The World Haj and Umrah convention will[…]

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Hands tied: Stakala

Tempers flared at a meeting in Bonteheuwel on Sunday called by Gaironiesa Foundation director Shahied Stakala. More than 300 people packed the multipurpose hall, to demand answers from Stakala and Lamy Travel, who have both been accused of misappropriating umrah funds.  For the first time since December, Stakala faced the[…]

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Umrah case at court

Aggrieved clients of Al Faisal Travel and Tours attended a court hearing on Tuesday, to resolve a dispute with embattled owner Sheik Faizel Karstens. The umrah operator has been ordered with a provisional sequestration which interdicts him from using his business account.Thabiet Albertus, representing a family of eighteen who has[…]

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Mass Mawlud 2014: an affirmation of the Prophet

LAST year one could easily have thought there was an imperial plot against the Mass Mawlud held at Green Point Common. Apart from the anti-mawlud brigade getting thoroughly narked about it, a chain of events on the day snowballed into an organisational nightmare. A rampaging 60-knot south-easter, sweeping with venom[…]

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Mumbai mourners killed in stampede

At least 18 people have died in Mumbai in a stampede as thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 102-year-old spiritual leader of a Muslim sect. The stampede took place early on Saturday outside the home of Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.[…]

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$400m pledged for Syria

Charity organisations pledged $400m to help alleviate the humanitarian plight of Syrians affected by their country’s civil war, participants at a meeting of charitable NGOs said. Kuwait’s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142m on Tuesday, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest. The funds[…]

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750,000 on Umrah

The decision taken by the Haj Ministry to issue Umrah visas during the month of Safar has proved to be a boon to domestic tourism with about 750,000 pilgrims performing Umrah during the month. Al-Sayed Ahmed Sheikh Alwi, an expert in the economics of Haj and Umrah tourism, said the[…]

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