This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker, known as the Hajj Doctor. More stories at www.hajjdoctor.co.za He lay on his bed on his right side. He looked serene and content. Life may not have been as financially kind to him as for others in his group but[…]
Small groups of pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid Al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year’s pilgrimage and celebrations. Around 1,000 pilgrims made their final journey to[…]
Hajj 2020 pilgrims arrived in Muzdalifah on Thursday night to rest after spending the day in Arafat. Earlier, the pilgrims scaled Mount Arafat to pray and repent, as a highly unusual Hajj approached its climax. They listened to a sermon delivered by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manea and prayed Dhuhr and Asr[…]
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued an order to lift the curfew restrictions partially across the Kingdom starting from Sunday, April 26, until May 13, Saudi Press Agency reported early on Sunday. As per the royal order, the curfew has partially been lifted in all regions[…]
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said on Monday that it would extend the suspension of prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, also confirmed the move[…]
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[…]
Saudi Arabia reopened two of the holiest religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram Mosque in Makkah and Al-Masjid al Nabawy in Madina, after they were closed for sterilization to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia closed the sites to foreign pilgrims and[…]
People around the world are avoiding crowded places, cutting back on inessential travel and taking precautionary measures such as working from home to avoid catching the new coronavirus. Several countries have also urged their citizens to change the way they greet one another, or celebrate certain festivities. Religious authorities, meanwhile,[…]
As South African Hujjaj settle back into the routine of their day to day life back home, many will remember a journey that has shaped their perspective on life forever. Three couples joined VOC to relay their first experiences on the Hajj pilgrimage and all three shared the sentiment that[…]
As hujjaj prepare to bid a bittersweet farewell to the holy lands in Saudi Arabia, hajj travel operators will have their hands full facilitating the departure of hujjaj as they return to their respective countries. Head of mission for the South African Hajj & Umrah Council (SAHUC), Hafiz Ismail Kholvadia[…]
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