Hajj pilgrim numbers could be limited to less or more than 1,000 to protect public health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Saudi authorities. Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah told a press conference on Tuesday that compulsory isolation before and after the pilgrimage will also be enforced.[…]
More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, is one of Islam’s five pillars and must be undertaken by all[…]
The first group of South Africans are all ready and set to travel to various Islamic holy cities for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, taking place over a period of five days. The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds an important place in the hearts[…]
By Abubakr Abrahams With the first group of South Africans set to embark on Haj 2017 this week, role-players in the haj sector are now tightening their logistical arrangements for the haj season. Some 2 million pilgrims from around the world will travel to the holy cities for the annual[…]
This is part of a continuous hajj series by the hajj doctor, Salim Parker. More of his work can be found at www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘I don’t know when I am going to perform Hajj!’ he exclaimed in exasperation. He just received the list of those who were fortunate enough to be accredited[…]
“I really felt so inspired. I actually want to explore your religion.” These were the moving words of one guest in a Whatsapp message to social-cohesion activist Yusuf Abramjee, encapsulating the spirit of his new book, which launched in Cape Town on Sunday. Abramjee, a well-known media personality and the[…]
OPINION by Yusuf Abramjee The annual pilgrimage by Muslims to Makkah in Saudi Arabia is the largest single religious gathering in the world. It drew to a close last week. Official figures by the General Authority for Statistics in the Kingdom show that 1,862,909 pilgrims took part in this year’s[…]
Tears are flowing down the faces of South African hujjaj as the intense journey of atonement begins – the Day of Wuqoof. In what many regard as a life-changing experience, hujjaj are gathering on the plains of Arafat on Sunday for the apex of the pilgrimage, where pilgrims will engage[…]
With more South Africans performing umrah than ever before, new travellers will experience difficulty navigating their way around the holy cities, while trying to balance the pressure of gaining the most out of their spiritual journey. While umrah is considered the ‘minor pilgrimage’, the rites of passage can become overwhelming[…]
One hundred and twenty young Saudis are performing Haj this year on behalf of Syrian martyrs, Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, supervisor of the Haj campaign for the Syrian martyrs, has said. The Saudi youth are part of the 450-strong contingent offering Haj on behalf of those who have laid down their lives[…]
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