Hujjaj wrap up hajj

As the climax of the Hajj season has come and sadly gone, the many hujjaj will be leaving the sacred lands over the next few days taking with them ever lasting memories. On Monday, hujjaj performed their Tawaf Al Wida (Farewell Tawaf) around the Kaaba in Makkah as they sealed[…]

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The transformation of the Cape’s hajj traditions

By Yaseen Kippie Through its deep spiritual traditions, Capetonian Muslims have long been a close knit community despite years of oppression and subjugation during the apartheid era.  The emergence of Muslims joining ship routes around Africa to the sacred lands of Makkah, brought with it the manifestation of centuries of[…]

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Arafat: Its finally here

“It’s organised chaos. But people are moving”. That’s according to Qari Ziyaad Patel who is one of millions of white robed hujjaj making the journey to Arafat this morning. 1.9 million hujjaj are on the famous hill following in the footsteps of noble Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) to perform one of[…]

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Hujjaj arrive at Mina

Pilgrims have started gathering in Mina holy site in preparation for spending the Day of Tarwiyah, as the first day of Haj is called, to read the Qur’an and say their five obligatory prayers. The Day of Tarwiyah is on Wednesday the 8th of Dhul Hijja. The 9th of Dhul[…]

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SA hujjaj delayed as flights grounded

UPDATED: South African hujjaj who were stranded at OR Tambo international airport were handed a life-line this afternoon after news that they would be booked on an alternative flight tonight. Distressed hujjaj missed their international flight to Saudi Arabia due to bad weather in Johannesburg. Sathoa secretary Muhsin Shaikh confirmed[…]

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First SA hujjaj to depart on Sunday

By Abubakr Abrahams With the first group of South Africans set to embark on Haj 2017 this week, role-players in the haj sector are now tightening their logistical arrangements for the haj season. Some 2 million pilgrims from around the world will travel to the holy cities for the annual[…]

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Hajj feels surreal, say SA hujjaj

Tears are flowing down the faces of South African hujjaj as the intense journey of atonement begins – the Day of Wuqoof. In what many regard as a life-changing experience, hujjaj are gathering on the plains of Arafat on Sunday for the apex of the pilgrimage, where pilgrims will engage[…]

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