Hujjaj getting ready for Arafat

Hujjaj are settling into the tent city of Mina today, as they prepare for the climax of haj – the day of Arafat on Sunday. About 1.5 million pilgrims have arrived in Mina for day one of the haj, facing intense heat of up to 45 degrees. As helicopters hover[…]

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First SA hujjaj experience Jumuah in Madina

After performing their first Jumuah in the glorious city of Madina, the first groups of South African hujjaj are glowing and preparing themselves spiritually for the rituals of haj. The mood in the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) revered city is one of peace and tranquillity and hujjaj are using their time[…]

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SA hujjaj safe from stampede

No South African hujjaj were affected by Thursday’s stampede in Mina. At least 310 pilgrims have been reported dead, and 450 injured, with the death-toll expected to rise. The stampede occurred on Road 204, enroute to the Jamarat complex. Photos on social media show the trampled bodies, many of them[…]

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SA hujjaj brave 45 degree heat at Arafat

2000 South African hujaaj are assembling at Arafat on Wednesday for the next leg of the annual hajj. Wednesday marks the 9th of Thul Hijjah and the second day of the holy journey, with more than two million pilgrims gathering on the plains of Arafat in the hopes of having[…]

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SA hujjaj recounts moments in the Haram

The sight of dead bodies and injured hujjaaj in Makkah filled most social networking sights on Saturday morning. In a harrowing account of the event that transpired Friday evening after Asr salah, South African hujaaj Muahmmed Bhamjee told VOC News that his haj will now begin on a sad note[…]

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No SA casualties reported: Sahuc

No South African pilgrims have been reported to be injured in the crane collapse in Makkah on Friday, the South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has confirmed. There are scenes of chaos at the Haram-al-Sharif in the holy city as emergency workers clean up the aftermath of the accident,[…]

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Stranded hujjaj should take action: operator

After the delay of the over 48 hours at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, over 200 hujaaj will now be restricted to less time on haj. Speaking to VOC News, travel operator and owner of XL Flywell Travel, Osman Ahmed said that most hujjaj spent eight to nine[…]

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Emotional send-off for OR Tambo hujjaj

Emotions reached a climax as hujjaj were torn apart in leaving their families behind and embarking on a lifetime journey to the holy land. Tears rolled on the cheeks as they strolled to the checking-in point after bidding farewell to their loved ones. These were tears of joy of fulfilling[…]

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Hujjaj don’t delay: Sahuc

South African hujjaj accredited for Haj 1436 have up until Sunday 26th April 2015 to accept, reject or cancel their accreditation, the South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) said on Sunday. 2000 prospective hujjaj received their accreditation on Thursday, ending what has been a wait spanning many years. This[…]

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