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[…]
Pilgrims, both domestic and foreign, have gathered in the tent city of Mina on Saturday as this year’s Haj begins. With prayers on their lips, beads clutched in their fingers, water bottles in their hands, e-bracelets on their wrists and bags on their backs, they began the first leg of the[…]
As many as 1,323,520 pilgrims have arrived from various parts of the world to perform this year’s Hajj, which climaxes on Sunday with the Standing on Arafat. According to Director General of the Passports Department (Jawazat) Maj. Gen. Solaiman Al-Yahya, 1,245,203 pilgrims have arrived by air through King Abdulaziz International[…]
Millions of Muslims this week flock to Islam’s holiest city of Makkah to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage. Being the fifth pillar of Islam, hajj or the act of making a pilgrimage is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. Muslims are required to perform hajj at least once in lifetime if they[…]
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[…]
A record number of more than six million pilgrims will perform Umrah by the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which witnesses the peak Umrah season of the year. As of Tuesday, a total of 5,888,986 pilgrims arrived in the holy city of Makkah from all over the world,[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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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