Best Time to be Home

This story forms part of a series called Hajj Stories by Dr Salim Parker. For more stories, visit www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘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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Arafat: Where the heart is

This is part of a continuous hajj series by the hajj doctor, Salim Parker. More of his work can be found at www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘Will I be ready for Hajj?’ he asked the surgeon. He was due for a heart bypass operation. Hajj was still four months away. ‘As long as you[…]

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Ten Blessed Nights: How to Revive Your Dua

By Khurram Murad Du`aa’, supplicating to Allah, is the essence of `ibadah. (Tirmidhi) Indeed, it is a demand of Islam. The Prophet has exhorted us: “Allah is angry with him who does not ask [anything] from Him.” (At-Tirmidhi) Each of your du`aa’s must capture the spirit of your goals and[…]

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First ten days of Ramadan: A shower of mercy

Ramadan is known to be broken down into thirds. The first ten days of Ramadan are known as the “Ten Days of Mercy”. Muslims are aware that Ramadan is a month of spiritual opportunities, but what does the “mercy” really mean to Muslims? One of God’s names is Ar-Rahman, the Most[…]

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