Pilgrims leave Mina after five-day stay

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[…]

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‘Here I am, O Lord here I am’

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[…]

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Pilgrims cycle 3,000 km on way to Madinah

A group of nine British pilgrims cycled 3,000 km on their way to Madinah in their six-week long journey from London. The group was accorded a warm welcome by Saudi authorities and cycling enthusiasts. Saudi Cyclist Association and Taibah Cyclist Association, under the patronage of Saudi Sports Authority, received the[…]

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Arafat: Where the heart is

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 ‘Will I be ready for Hajj?’ he asked the surgeon. He was due for a heart bypass operation. Hajj was still four months away. ‘As long as you[…]

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