‘We are all alive’

This forms part of a series of haj stories written by Cape Town doctor Salim Parker. It is currently being published monthly on his website He read the card over and over again. Of course he understood exactly what was written on it the very first time. It was[…]

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Prayer at the Two Holy mosques suspended

The authorities have suspended the entry and prayer in the outer courtyards of Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, Saudi Press Agency reported early Friday quoting a statement from the spokesman of the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Affairs. The temporary suspension, which comes into[…]

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No Reason To Part

This forms part of a series of hajj stories by Dr Salim Parker. More stories can be found at ‘I have been accredited for Hajj this year,’ he told me. He spoke matter of factually, as if he was referring to the weather. No excitement was visible in his[…]

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Life and life’s ironies

This is part of a series written by Dr Salim Parker. More stories at Hajj is a wonderful journey. We are all detached from the realities of our lives back home where the drudgery, mundaneness, routines and responsibility of everyday life fast forwards time to the extent where we[…]

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Pilgrims leave Mina after five-day stay

Over two million pilgrims on Sunday entered their second Tashriq day during which they continued throwing stones at the devil for the second day and left for Makkah to do Tawaf Al-Wada (farewell circumambulation) and prepare either to go to Madinah or leave for home. The Haj will be officially[…]

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Saudi security, service sectors intensify Hajj efforts

The security and service sectors involved in serving pilgrims in Madinah have intensified their efforts to provide the best services possible for visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque. More than 750,000 pilgrims reached the city up to Tuesday. All general security branches are participating in the implementation of the security plan[…]

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