Postponing Virtual Hajj

This hajj story is written by Dr Salim Parker, known as the hajj doctor. More stories can be found at Hajj 2020 is over. Some close to me kept themselves busy. My Imam, who was supposed to have set off for his half-century of standing at the time of[…]

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In honour of a father

He looked so at peace. He had minutes ago breathed in his final breath and seemed to be at a very leisurely pace and content manner exhaling any minute particles that might still have disturbed his acceptance that his Creator had finally recalled him. Those present were all grateful that[…]

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Best Time to be Home

This story forms part of a series called Hajj Stories by Dr Salim Parker. For more stories, visit ‘I am coming home.’ he told me over the phone. He was in Makkah accompanying a group of mostly first-time travellers whilst I was still in Cape Town. He had performed[…]

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Looking Far Ahead

This haj story is written by Dr Salim Parker. For more stories, visit He was partially sighted. Yet his vision for Hajj was crystal clear and focused. I was walking alongside him during a fitness session preparing pilgrims for the rigours of Hajj. It was the first of about[…]

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‘We are all alive’

This forms part of a series of haj stories written by Cape Town doctor Salim Parker. It is currently being published monthly on his website He read the card over and over again. Of course he understood exactly what was written on it the very first time. It was[…]

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Tough decisions

This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker. More stories can be found at She was furious and was clearly letting him know her thoughts in not the gentlest of tones. They were waiting to see me in my consulting rooms and were to be my last[…]

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