Blazing heat of Arafat

This forms part of the Hajj Stories series by South African hajj doctor Salim Parker. His features can be found on www.hajjdoctor.co.za Technology is wonderful. Modern aircrafts and computerised optimal connection times led to me completing the journey from Cape Town to Jeddah in less than twelve hours. How different[…]

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South African Hajj pilgrims feed the destitute

Over R250 000 has been raised by South Africans to assist destitute pilgrims in Makkah Saudi Arabia ahead of the annual Hajj. A collection drive spearheaded by social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, who is on his first Hajj, saw many of the 1950 South African pilgrims in the Kingdom and scores[…]

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Al Mujahideen pilgrims upset over additional fees

The director of Al Mujahideen Haj and Umrah Travel has confirmed that the tour group are in the process of trying to rearrange flights for several dozen of its mu’tamireen who missed flights out of Cape Town due to non-arrival of visas. Roughly 90 pilgrims scheduled to depart for umrah[…]

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Delayed umrah visas expected today

A group of umrah pilgrims still waiting for visas will have their passports issued by today. This was the reassurance given by Al Mujahideen Haj and Umrah group, following a visa bungle last week. A group of nearly 90 mu’tamireen, who were expected to depart from Thursday last week, had[…]

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Saudi suggests pilgrims at fault over haj deaths

Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage, on Friday suggested pilgrims failing to follow crowd control rules bore some blame for the worst disaster at the event for 25 years. The kingdom’s regional rival Iran expressed outrage[…]

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Mina deathtoll rises to over 700

At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise. The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday’s stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of[…]

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