Dr. Salim Parker

Going home

Hajj Doctor Salim Parker recounts his latest haj experiences. He has not been home for three years. For two consecutive years he was so close to where his heart and soul longs for. A mere four hour taxi ride and the warm serene welcome of Madinah would have embraced him[…]

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All ready for Hajj 2016

It’s all systems go for the start of this year’s mammoth haj pilgrimage, which gets underway on Saturday, the 8th Dhul-Hijja. More than 1 million pilgrims from all corners of the globe have descended upon the holy cities to take part in the ritual, which will be an intense spiritual[…]

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Endearing Endurance

You strike a woman and you strike a rock!’ the keynote speaker at a gathering defiantly proclaimed. One of the attendees listened attentively and must have felt out of her league amongst all the vocal ladies rightly demonising the unjustifiable oppression they suffer. Male dominance, patriarchy, wife abuse and neglect[…]

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The endearing endurance of haj

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 www.hajjdoctor.co.za. ‘You strike a woman and you strike a rock!’ the keynote speaker at a gathering defiantly proclaimed. One of the attendees listened attentively and[…]

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Hajj touches everywhere

This forms part of a series of hajj stories written by Cape Town doctor Salim Parker. It is currently being published monthly on his website www.hajjdoctor.co.za. A small room on a faraway western continent seems a very unlikely place to commence a wordless conversation about Hajj, especially if those involved[…]

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And we are all equal

This forms part of a series of hajj stories written by Cape Town doctor Salim Parker. It is currently being published monthly on his website www.hajjdoctor.co.za. ‘I know your brothers!’ someone exclaimed. She smiled. ‘Yes, they are well known, highly qualified in their respective fields and are very active in[…]

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The gift of being more than one

This forms part of a series of hajj stories written by Cape Town doctor Salim Parker. It is currently being published monthly on his website www.hajjdoctor.co.za. ‘Please do not exert yourself. Yes, you are young, healthy and pregnancy is a natural state. However you are on Hajj, and Hajj is a[…]

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