Voice of the Cape


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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Saudi announces hajj limitations and health protocols

Hajj 1441 will go ahead, but with fewer pilgrims and under strict health protocols. This was the much-anticipated announcement by Saudi Arabia on Monday night to allow only local pilgrims to perform hajj next month. This means that hujjaj of all nationalities currently within the borders of the Saudi Kingdom[…]

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Hajj 1441 officially cancelled for South Africa

With the sacred pilgrimage hanging in the balance, it’s clear now that South African hujjaj will not be performing hajj this year. This was the unprecedented decision taken at a meeting between South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) and the Department of International Relations on Thursday, to discuss the[…]

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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 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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‘Do not cancel hajj just yet’: Sahuc warns hujjaj

“It is premature for any accredited hajji to cancel hajj now.” That was the word of caution by South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) president Shaheen Essop commenting on the cloud of uncertainty around hajj this year. The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges on the hajj landscape, placing[…]

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Looking Far Ahead

This haj story is written by Dr Salim Parker. For more stories, visit www.hajjdoctor.co.za He was partially sighted. Yet his vision for Hajj was crystal clear and focused. I was walking alongside him during a fitness session preparing pilgrims for the rigours of Hajj. It was the first of about[…]

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‘We are all alive’

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. He read the card over and over again. Of course he understood exactly what was written on it the very first time. It was[…]

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