Saudi Arabia: Hajj packages for UK pilgrims won’t be ‘Atol’ protected

INTERNATIONAL Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its proposed Hajj packages for western pilgrims will not be protected by the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Atol) scheme for British pilgrims hoping to perform the pilgrimage this year. The Haramain Twitter account, which tweets on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s holy sites in Mecca and Medina, confirmed the situation[…]

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Western pilgrims no longer able to book Hajj via travel agencies

INTERNATIONAL Just weeks before the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia has introduced new rules which mean prospective travellers from western countries must now book their visits to Mecca through a government website, rather than via travel agencies. Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Ministry confirmed on Monday that pilgrims from “Europe, America and Australia” would need to[…]

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A Hajj Gift

Phone text messages can be so impersonal. ‘Allah grant you complete recovery,’ was the seemingly terse message that I sent him. I deliberately kept the message short as I was told that he was quite sick. He was on high flow oxygen in a high care hospital unit. He was[…]

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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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