By Dr Salim Parker I looked at the photo. It was a black and white one, looking faded as you would expect a fifty-year-old, frequently exposed to the elements polaroid to be. Yet, its texture was pristine, a tribute to the loving nature with which it had been handled and[…]
The South African Haj Umrah and Council has confirmed that the biometric recording system for hujjaaj is once again online. This after the retina and fingerprint verification process was halted when VFS TasHeel confirmed that it went offline this week. Hujjaaj are required to undergo the biometric verification prior to[…]
Prospective hujjaj traveling to the holy lands for hajj this August will be required to conduct biometric verification in order to be issued a visa to Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Hajj in the Kingdom has commissioned VFS TasHeel to conduct the biometrics, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.[…]
For more Hajj Stories visit www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘HOW I wish I could be served as the lord of the manor!’ he smirked. The two of us were sitting at breakfast in our hotel in Makkah. Hajj was to commence in about two weeks. We had already spent more than a week[…]
The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet’s Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said. The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring[…]
The emergency security plan launched by the special security forces at the Grand Mosque during a light rainfall on Tuesday was successful as it helped prevent stampedes and other accidents, said Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Osaimi, commander of special forces. “We controlled the flow of pilgrims toward the circumambulation area around[…]
With the blessed month of Ramdan just more than a week away, Saudi Arabian authorities have announced that the Mataf in the Haram in Makkah will be reserved for Umrah pilgrims. Saudi Gazette reports the directives was issued by the Emir of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also the[…]
In a move that has disappointed pilgrims wanting to experience iconic sites in Islam’s history, Saudi Arabia has barred access to the Cave of Hira, the place where the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) received the first revelation of the Qur’an. Secretary of the South African Muslim Travel Association and a local[…]
Hajj Stories is a monthly series written by Dr Salim Parker. More stories at hajjdoctor.co.za THE doors of our medical practice in Cape Town were already closed when she arrived. In fact, we were exiting the premises when her father pulled up. ‘She is not well,’ he said. It was[…]
With Hajj 1439/2018 approaching, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) has invited accredited prospective hujjaaj to an awareness roadshow in preparation for the auspicious journey. The Cape Town leg of the roadshow is scheduled to kick-off at 18h30 at Belgravia Secondary School on May 11, 2018. The road[…]
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