umrah

SAHUC slams sour critics on R5million surplus

The South African Hajj and Umrah Council has released its audited financial statements for 2019-2020, which shows it has a surplus of over R5 million. This is an increase of R465 000 compared to last year. Sahuc’s financial income, until March 2020, was released during its annual general meeting held[…]

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Cautious optimism ahead of umrah season

With the historic Hajj 1441 season successfully rolled out despite the COVID19 pandemic, Muslims now await the announcement of the umrah season. However, the South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) chairperson Sedick Steenkamp anticipates that the umrah season can only be expected to commence in three months from[…]

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Travel agents scramble to rearrange bookings as Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah over coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia’s decision to suspend travel to the country’s holiest sites over fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus has left travel agents scrambling to rearrange bookings as pilgrims remain in the dark over how long the “temporary” ban might continue. Late on Wednesday, Riyadh’s foreign ministry tweeted that it was suspending entry for pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina for[…]

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