Tourism – Hajj and Umrah

Don’t Nick Hajj Time

This is part of a series written by Dr Salim Parker. More stories at  They were fuming. It seemed whatever that was promised to them did not materialize. The early check-in in Madinah, the City of Peace and Light was non-existent and they had to hang around for a[…]

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Hajj at what Cost?

 This is part of a series of Hajj Stories by Dr Salim Parker. Visit ‘I cannot perform Hajj this year,’ he said. ‘Please postpone my journey till next year,’ he added. He looked down, dejected and close to tears. His shoulders slouched. He not only was evidently close to[…]

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Not just another unknown

This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker, known as the Hajj Doctor. More stories at He lay on his bed on his right side. He looked serene and content. Life may not have been as financially kind to him as for others in his group but[…]

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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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