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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More than 300 killed in Saudi Hajj stampede

At least 310 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said. The directorate said at least 450 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday’s stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca. Mina is[…]

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‘Here I am, O Lord!’

Hajj pilgrims began arriving at Mount Arafat on Wednesday to stand in prayer till sunset in one of the most important days of the Islamic calendar. Saudi authorities have prepared an integrated traffic plan to help ease the pilgrims’ path from the tent city of Mina to Mount Arafat, a 14.4km[…]

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Journey of faith begins

As the night wore on Monday, pilgrims started filling into the tent city of Mina. They came in ones and twos, some on foot, some in wheelchairs, many in buses and SUVs arranged by the pilgrim establishments. All roads and highways from Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Dammam, Abha, Jazan and Taif were leading[…]

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