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 www.hajjdoctor.co.za. They looked at their Ihrams. Both have worn their respective garbs four times, once on Hajj and on three other separate occasions when they[…]
Hujjaj performed their last pelting ritual at the Jamarat today, bringing an end to the physically and mentally rites of haj. While extra safety measures have been put in place, there was some crowding at the Jamarat complex on Wednesday, as throngs of pilgrims made their way to throw all[…]
While South Africans have for the most part concluded their Eid al-Adha celebrations, millions of pilgrims in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are completing the final days of Haj 2016. The approximately 2000 South African hujjaaj observed the most pertinent ritual of haj on Sunday as they stood in earnest[…]
It was a busy day for pilgrims who reassembled in Mina on Monday after spending the night in Muzdalifah. They stoned Jamarat Al-Aqaba (the big Satan), slaughtered sacrificial animals, shaved hairs, and got out of the state of ihram. A large number of them headed toward the Grand Mosque for[…]
The first child to be born in a hospital at the Holy Sites during Haj this year has been named Mina, Saudi Ministry of Health announced on Monday morning. The ministry made the announcement on its official Twitter page. According to Al-Youm newspaper, the baby girl is from Afghanistan and[…]
Pilgrims from around the world are now on the dry plains of Arafat, which is the climax of the five-day Haj. This particular ritual is popularly known as Wuqoof-e-Arafat. Around two million Muslims from around the world and inside the Kingdom camped in the tent city of Mina on Saturday.[…]
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[…]
Pilgrims, both domestic and foreign, have gathered in the tent city of Mina on Saturday as this year’s Haj begins. With prayers on their lips, beads clutched in their fingers, water bottles in their hands, e-bracelets on their wrists and bags on their backs, they began the first leg of the[…]
As the blessed month of Haj dawns upon us, hujjaaj from around the world have converged in the noble city of Makkah, awaiting their departure for the pilgrimage. To get an update on the latest developments within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, VOC spoke to Head of Mission for the[…]
Every year a number of pilgrims face problems in locating their tents and places of accommodation in Makkah, and at the holy sites of Mina and Arafat. To solve this problem, the Pakistan Haj Volunteer Group (PHVG) and the India Fraternity Forum developed a navigation app which will work from[…]
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