Hajj: Love and Honour

‘You must be relieved,’ she was told. ‘I mean you cared for your bedridden mother for nearly six years and had to postpone your and your mother’s Fard Hajj all that time. I remember we booked together all those years ago and I was sad that we could not travel[…]

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Don’t Nick Hajj Time

This is part of a series written by Dr Salim Parker. More stories at hajjdoctor.co.za  They were fuming. It seemed whatever that was promised to them did not materialize. The early check-in in Madinah, the City of Peace and Light was non-existent and they had to hang around for a[…]

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Hajj at what Cost?

 This is part of a series of Hajj Stories by Dr Salim Parker. Visit www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘I cannot perform Hajj this year,’ he said. ‘Please postpone my journey till next year,’ he added. He looked down, dejected and close to tears. His shoulders slouched. He not only was evidently close to[…]

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Not just another unknown

This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker, known as the Hajj Doctor. More stories at www.hajjdoctor.co.za He lay on his bed on his right side. He looked serene and content. Life may not have been as financially kind to him as for others in his group but[…]

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Sahuc sets deadline for hajj refunds

The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) says the majority of hujajj have received a 100percent refund of monies paid to hajj operators. South African hujajj did not travel to Saudi Arabia this year, due to global travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Sahuc president Shaheen[…]

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Postponing Virtual Hajj

This hajj story is written by Dr Salim Parker, known as the hajj doctor. More stories can be found at www.hajjdoctor.co.za Hajj 2020 is over. Some close to me kept themselves busy. My Imam, who was supposed to have set off for his half-century of standing at the time of[…]

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Cautious optimism ahead of umrah season

With the historic Hajj 1441 season successfully rolled out despite the COVID19 pandemic, Muslims now await the announcement of the umrah season. However, the South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) chairperson Sedick Steenkamp anticipates that the umrah season can only be expected to commence in three months from[…]

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