With temperatures rising to some 45 degrees, hujjaj this year are said to have experienced a challenging haj. Dr Salim Parker, well known as South Africa’s hajj doctor, says that given the fact that hujjaj maintain a mind-set that allows them to tolerate the heat, most South African hujjaj remained[…]
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[…]
After a spiritually intense day on the plains of Arafat, Hajj pilgrims returned to Mina on Friday, the first day of Eid. Making their way from Muzdalifa where they spent most of the night, 2 million pilgrims will undertake a number of rituals to complete their Hajj pilgrimage. Walking on[…]
Chanting “Labbaik Allahumma labbaik (Here I am, O Lord here I am!) around two million pilgrims entered the plain of Arafat Thursday morning to cry and supplicate for the atonement of their sins and hoping for the acceptance of their Haj pilgrimage. All eyes were watery and all lips parched[…]
“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[…]
Around two million pilgrims in Mina are preparing to move in a few hours up mount Arafat following in the footsteps of noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to perform one of the key pillars of the Hajj. The pilgrims will stand at mount Arafat until sunset. Calm and tranquility characterized the[…]
“This is mind-blowing. Nothing prepares you for the time when reality sets in…you are now on the ultimate journey of life.” That’s how former VOC sports presenter Irafaan Abrahams described his emotional first few hours at Mina’s tent city, where hujjjaj are spending the Day of Tarwiyah, the first day[…]
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[…]
All roads lead to Mina on Wednesday as VOC brings rolling coverage on the coveted journey of hajj. This year, VOCs hajj theme is “perfect trust in God and reliance on Him alone.” “The theme is about what we can take from the story of not just Nabi Ibrahim (AS)[…]
Mina, which is often referred to as the white city, the city of tents and/or the city of five-day stay is all braced up to receive more than two million pilgrims of whom about 1.8 million have come from different parts of the world. The pilgrims will tomorrow (Wednesday) proceed[…]
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