All systems go for first SA Hajj departures

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[…]

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First SA hujjaj to depart on Sunday

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[…]

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Desires and Obligations

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[…]

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Abramjee inspires with haj recollection

“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[…]

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‘My spiritual education’

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[…]

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Hajj feels surreal, say SA hujjaj

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[…]

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Practical tips for umrah

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[…]

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