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[…]
The South African Hajj and Travel Operators Association (SATHOA) met with the South African Hajj and Umrah Council regarding Saudi Arabia’s ban on Umrah. Many aspiring mutamireen have expressed concerns over their bookings and monies, after the Kingdom suspended Umrah to curb the spread of the global spread of the[…]
With the Hajj pilgrimage now drawing to a close, hajj authorities report that despite some minor logistical challenges, the rollout of the pilgrimage has been incident free over the past five days. By Tuesday, most hujjaj had completed the pelting of the Jamarat and will now return to Makkah to[…]
Joyous, heartwarming scenes played out at the Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, as families and friends gathered to wish hujjaj well as they depart for Hajj 2019. While around 20 Hujjaj had already left at 1pm, 80 boarded a second flight at 18.20pm on Emirates Airlines. The travel[…]
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) has released the first list of accredited Hujaaj for Hajj 2018/1439. The final acceptance date of accreditation or transfer is scheduled for 18h00 February 5, 2018. In a statement, SAHUC said Hujaaj face a penalty of 30 points if accreditation is not[…]
“It takes you away from the paraphernalia of this world and you have to face yourself and your ruh. It is a strenuous journey spiritually, emotionally and physically. Yes it is hard work, but it is a beautiful journey.” This is how one emotional pilgrim eloquently described her maiden hajj[…]
Despite soaring temperatures in the Saudi Kingdom spirits remain high amongst pilgrims, less than 24 hours before they are set to grace the plains of Arafat for the pinnacle of the hajj pilgrimage. 2000 South Africans are amongst the 2 million Muslims that have poured into the holy lands for[…]
About twelve more local hujaaj are still waiting for their haj visas from the Saudi Haj Ministry. Just over twenty local hujaaj have already been affected by a glitch in the new integrated system software with local operators that resulted in some South African passports being unreadable. However, Sedick Steenkamp[…]
The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) will now reassess its haj accreditation list, after 1379 of the 2000 accredited prospective pilgrims indicated their acceptance before Monday’s cut-off date. The remaining 621 either opted out, or failed to notify Sahuc within the allotted period. Despite a slow uptake upon[…]
Hundreds of South African hujjaaj have been pouring back into the country over the past week, having participated in what Saudi authorities have described as the most successful haj in recent memory. 2000 South Africans have undertaken the holy pilgrimage this year. By Monday evening, it is expected that roughly[…]
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