Hajj and Umrah in South Africa
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and it is obligatory upon each adult Muslim to perform it at least once in their life time.
This section provides information for people in South Africa wishing to perform Hajj and Umrah, list of operators, and a general overview of the accommodation / services provided in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- South African Hajj and Umrah Council
- Hajj Watch
- South African Travel and Haj Operators Association
- South African Muslim Travel Association
- Friends of the Hujjaj
- List of Hajj Operators
- Al Faisal Travel and Tours
- Al Falah Travels
- Al Mujaahiedeen Haj & Umrah Travel
- Al-Anwar Hajj & Umrah
- As Saabireen Travel
- Fazila Malek Tours
- Gulf International Tours
- Habibia Travel and Tours
- Khidmatul Awaam
- Mithas Travel
- Nujoomul Gharamyn Hajj Jamaah
- Nuris Travels
- Nurul Ain Haj
- Rasools Travel
- Shafiq’s Travel and Tours
- Shaheed Hajj Jamaah
- Soraya's Hajj Jamaa
- Sure Mirage Travel
- Travel Express
- Travel Unlimited
- Yasmine's Travel
- Yusra Tours
Umrah Packages for March/April 2010
- Al Mujaahiedeen Umrah Packages March 2010
- Travel Unlimited Umrah Packages - March 2010
- Rasools Travel March 2010 Umrah Package
- Nuris Travel Umrah Special - April 2010
- Al Anwar - Three Haram Tour - March 2010
- Al Anwar - 5 Star March Umrah
- Habibia Travel and Tours Three Harams Tour - Umrah April 2010
- Khidmatul Awaam 2010 Umrah March/April
Latest News & Updates for Hajj and Umrah in South Africa
A damning report on the state of affairs at the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) was made public during Cii’s Global Dyanmics show with Inayet Wadee on Wednesday.
The 116 page document contains correspondence to the Hajj regulator between the period May 2009 and March 2011.
The document was compiled by SAHUC Council member, Dr. Mohammed Adam and, amongst others matters, questions the legal standing of SAHUC, the involvement of its affiliate members and its role as a regulator.
Shaheen Essop, the Secretary General of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc), on Thursday morning said he was unaware of 116 page report on the organisation’s affairs made public during a radio show on Cii Broadcasting on Wednesday evening.
The document reportedly contains questions on the legal standing of Sahuc and the organisation’s affiliate members as well as Sahuc’s role as a regulator in the Hajj industry.
Adam, in his radio submission, went for the jugular of the Hajj regulator and together with Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias called for the disbanding of Sahuc.
Speaking to VOC on Monday, newly returned Mohamed Aqeel Kader, said to him the experience was a "blessing". "We were five minutes late and therefore missed our flight, but KA, Sahuc and the Muassassah immediately came forward and took care of the 72 of us." He said the Muassassah ensured that they were cared for in every possible way.
The airport terminal was packed at 10am the morning as hundreds of family members waited in anticipation for their loved ones, some crying as the glowing hujjaj walked through the terminal doors. Amongst the 50 hujaaj were VOC presenter, Jamiel Wallace, and his wife Faghma, trust member Yusuf Bailey and some of the station's sponsored hujjaj.
A total of 84 South Africans were due to have left Jeddah on Thursday, but busses laid on by the Muassasah arrived late in Azzizia to take the pilgrims to Jeddah airport. There was a second bungle when the driver took them to the wrong terminal and as a result, the group missed their flight home. However, 12 other hujjaj from Rasools Travel who were on the same flight, did manage to make the flight and travelled on to Cape Town on Friday.
"A total of 84 South Africans had been scheduled to be on the Ehtihad flight on Friday evening, but only the 12 from Rasools Travel managed to get to the airport in time to make the flight," secretary general of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc), Shaheen Essop, reported on Friday morning. "The problem was due to a small bungle by the Muassasah who should have sent a bus at 5am to collect the hujjaj. Instead, the bus only arrived at 12pm."
As the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj draws towards an end this year, the fiasco in South Africa regarding Hajj lives on.