Emotions high as hujjaj depart for Hajj 2019

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[…]

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Hujjaj ready for Arafat

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[…]

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More hujaaj affected by glitch

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[…]

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395 hujjaj lose their accreditation

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[…]

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Most hajjis back home

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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SA hujjaj emotions high ahead of Arafat

The time of the much anticipated haj period brings with it an overwhelming emotion that many simply cannot put into words. While on Mina at the “tent city’ at the start of the five day pilgrimage on Thursday, millions of hujaaj sit in prayers in a state of ihram during[…]

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Pilgrims in good spirits ahead of Haj

As Hujaaj in the Saudi Kingdom anxiously await the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, tour operators have been conducting revisions with their respective pilgrims, reminding them of the protocol and movements for the journey ahead. Amongst the operators currently in Makkah are the Dhuyufullah Hajj and Umrah Group, who[…]

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Hujjaj retreat in Azizia

With the annual haj pilgrimage fast approaching, many hujjaj have begun moving away from the holy city of Makkah towards the area of Azizia, with the hopes of spending a few days to mentally and physically prepare for the rigorous journey ahead. Pilgrims from all corners of the globe have[…]

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