‘God may forgive but I don’t.’ The words stabbed at the core of the soul of Yusuf* and he was filled with a desperate sense of despair. What more could he do in his efforts for redemption? He admitted his crime, he fully compensated his victim and in fact,[…]
More than 2 million Muslims gathered Saturday at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what’s considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Many had tears streaming down their faces as they raised their hands in worship on[…]
By Dr Salim Parker ‘YOU need anything, Doc?’ The questioner enquired about my comfort, whether I needed any food or drink, whether I wanted any luxuries, such as decadent chocolates, and even indicated that he’d sponsor any medication that I may require. We were in Makkah, about two weeks before[…]
This forms part of Dr Salim Parker’s hajj stories, which can be found at hajjdoctor.co.za The huge bear of a man towered over the nearly anorexic skeleton of his small wife. ‘They’re arguing again,’ someone remarked. We were all assembled in the huge breakfast buffet area of the five star[…]
Every Ashra or phase of Ramadan has its particular significance associated with it. With respect to each of the significance, Muslims try pursuing that particular Ashra with that objective in order to achieve the established significance. First ten days of Ramadan has just come to an end and Muslims around[…]
Wiping the tears and sweat from their faces, multitudes of pilgrims bared their souls on Mount Arafat for the blessed Day of Wuqoof. The day marks the pinnacle of the Haj pilgrimage, as millions of Muslims stand on Arafat to repent for their sins and supplicate for forgiveness from the[…]
In scenes of devotion seen nowhere else on the planet, over two million pilgrims, wrapped in seamless white cloth, made their way into an extremely hot Mina on Thursday. They came in buses, large utility vehicles, two-wheelers, wheelchairs, and on foot for the journey of a lifetime. As they walked[…]
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