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SA hujjaj emotions high ahead of Arafat

The time of the much anticipated haj period brings with it an overwhelming emotion that many simply cannot put into words. While on Mina at the “tent city’ at the start of the five day pilgrimage on Thursday, millions of hujaaj sit in prayers in a state of ihram during[…]

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CAGE relieved after Begg’s release

“I think people realise what an important figure Moazzem is, and what important work CAGE does. Through many years of hard work, they are now taking CAGE seriously.” So says Cerie Boullivant from the UK based human rights group, following the news that charges against former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzem Begg,[…]

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Former Palestine negotiator to visit SA

South Africa is set to play host to world renowned Palestinian-Canadian human rights lawyer, Diana Buttu, between the 6th and 14th October. She will be conducting a host of public lectures across the country, as well as taking part in a number of fundraising events. A former spokesperson for the[…]

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Awqaf raises 500k in pledge-line

The annual Awqaf South Africa haj fund raised R500 000 and counting following a pledge-line which took place on Wednesday evening. Awqaf SA CEO Zeinoul Cajee said that they are surprised at the amount of calls, smses and emails that are still pouring in. “People from all over the country[…]

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All systems go for haj: Sahuc

The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has reported that everything remains on track within the South African camp, ahead of the sacred journey of haj. Having spent the last few days in Azizia to avoid the congestion in the holy city of Makkah, pilgrims are expected to depart[…]

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Making the most of haj for non-hajjis

About 1.4 million hujjaj will take a spiritual pledge to make the pilgrimage to the holy cities to perform the most important task of any Muslim’s life. However, with the increase in travelling prices along with restrictions by the Saudi Ministry of Haj, less South Africans are able to perform[…]

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‘Qurbani with kindness and care’

With Muslims across the globe preparing themselves for the religious practice of Qurbani over Eid al-Adha celebrations this weekend, Islamic scholars and animal rights activists, have appealed for slaughtering to be conducted with ‘kindness and mercy for the animal’. In an in-depth discussion on the conditions of Qurbani on Tuesday[…]

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