With the blessed month of Ramdan just more than a week away, Saudi Arabian authorities have announced that the Mataf in the Haram in Makkah will be reserved for Umrah pilgrims. Saudi Gazette reports the directives was issued by the Emir of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also the[…]
The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) says it can only build on the success of the past haj season, if pilgrims give constructive input on their experiences during the haj. Sahuc has opened its haj complaints process which will allow for grievances or compliments to be sent to[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Around two million pilgrims in Mina are preparing to move in a few hours up mount Arafat following in the footsteps of noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to perform one of the key pillars of the Hajj. The pilgrims will stand at mount Arafat until sunset. Calm and tranquility characterized the[…]
“This is mind-blowing. Nothing prepares you for the time when reality sets in…you are now on the ultimate journey of life.” That’s how former VOC sports presenter Irafaan Abrahams described his emotional first few hours at Mina’s tent city, where hujjjaj are spending the Day of Tarwiyah, the first day[…]
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[…]
South African pilgrims on umrah in the holy cities are on a spiritual high as they anxiously await the climax of Ramadan, the 27th night. Makkah is buzzing with pilgrims from around the world who have jetted in for the last ten days of the sacred month, considered the most[…]
Ramadan is the time of year when religious and historical venues linked to the Prophet, peace be upon him, after his Hijra to Madinah are of particular interest to Madinah visitors. These places are popular destinations for visitors before they meet for iftar in public squares, enjoying the wide-ranging services[…]
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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