Busy umrah season for Ramadan

While Muslims around the world observe Ramadan while going about their days, a lucky few are venturing to the holy cities of Makkah and Madina to perform Umrah. Ramadan being the busiest period of the year for the Umrah pilgrimage, thousands of mu’tamireen flocks to the holy lands, where Saudi[…]

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Aircons too costly for hujjaj: Sathoa

The South African Haj Travel Operators Association (Sathoa) believes its decision not to opt for air conditioned camps in the non-special services camp at Arafat was in the best interest of hujjaj. Sathoa chairperson Sedick Steenkamp was commenting on the matter, amid concerns raised that the Saudi Kingdom’s punishing heat[…]

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First SA hujjaj experience Jumuah in Madina

After performing their first Jumuah in the glorious city of Madina, the first groups of South African hujjaj are glowing and preparing themselves spiritually for the rituals of haj. The mood in the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) revered city is one of peace and tranquillity and hujjaj are using their time[…]

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Madinah blast: No need to panic

No South Africans have been injured in the bomb blast in Madinah, the South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) said on Monday evening. There is concern around the safety of South Africans on umrah following a bomb explosion near the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Speaking to VOC[…]

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Umrah season begins

With the school holidays now underway, the Saudi Kingdom will see a surge in the number of South African families performing umrah over the festive season. The South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) estimates that 10 000 South Africans will perform umrah over the December-January holiday period. The[…]

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SA hujjaj safe from stampede

No South African hujjaj were affected by Thursday’s stampede in Mina. At least 310 pilgrims have been reported dead, and 450 injured, with the death-toll expected to rise. The stampede occurred on Road 204, enroute to the Jamarat complex. Photos on social media show the trampled bodies, many of them[…]

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