Friday, 15 December 2017

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.

Hajj Operators

Umrah Packages for March/April 2010

Latest News & Updates for Hajj and Umrah in South Africa

Haj: tabloid must apologise

Published by Voice of the Cape on Thursday, 15 December 2011
A daily tabloid newspaper has been slapped on the wrist by the Press Ombudsman after it published three scathing articles about a local haj operator whom it accused of scamming one hujaaj of his haj money. In October this year, the Daily Voice newspaper reported that Aslam Toefy from Dhuyufullah Haj and Umrah Travel had stolen R78 000 from Abdullah Damon, for a haj package he did not deliver as promised.

Damning Hajj Dossier Unveiled

Published by Channel Islam on Thursday, 17 November 2011

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.

Senior Mufti calls for the disbanding of Sahuc

Published by Channel Islam on Thursday, 17 November 2011

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.

Gulf International Tours fights to clear name

Published by Voice of the Cape on Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Local travel agent, Gulf International Tours (GIT), has distanced itself from any individuals trading under its name who have allegedly taken hujjaj to Makkah this year or accepted money or passports for haj visas that would have been sourced outside the official haj quota. Speaking to VOC on Tuesday, the company who had not been accredited for haj this year, said it was pursuing legal action to protect its good name from any "unscrupulous" practises that have allegedly been commited in its name.

Khidmatul Awaam hajis finally home

Published by Voice of the Cape on Monday, 14 November 2011
The last of the 72 Khidmatul Awaam (KA) hujjaj who were missed their flight due to a bungle with busses in the Kingdom, finally arrived home on Monday, the operator confirmed. There were mixed reactions from the hujjaj who arrived back on SA soil three days later than expected. For some of them, the delay had a positive spin as it gave them more time in the holy city of Makkah.

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.

Emotions high as hajis return

Published by Voice of the Cape on Monday, 14 November 2011
Smiles and warm embraces greeted the 50 pilgrims that arrived from the Saudi Kingdom on Monday at Cape Town International airport viaTurkish Airlines. The hujjaj, travelling with the Al Anwar Haj group, were welcomed by a massive crowd of 300 people, who flooded the international arrival terminal and emotions ran high as they welcomed their loved ones back.

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.

KA hujjaj enroute

Published by Voice of the Cape on Sunday, 13 November 2011
After a two day delay brought on by a bungle with busses, 72 hujjaj from Khidmatul Awaam (KA) left Jeddah on Saturday evening on three separate flights. According to both the haj operator and Shaheen Essop, secretary general of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc), the hujjaj were due to land at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg by Sunday morning.

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.

72 SA hujjaj delayed

Published by Voice of the Cape on Friday, 11 November 2011
Although the first two groups of South African hujjaj arrived safely at OR Tambo in Johannesburg on Thursday, a group of 72 pilgrims travelling with Khidmatul Awaam (KA) was less fortunate. While the group had been ready to depart from Azzizia outside Makkah by 8am, the busses that had been sent by the Muassasah to collect them and take them to Jeddah airport failed to arrive on time. As a result, the group missed their return flight home at 6pm on Ehtihad Airline and now have an anxious wait for alternate flights.

"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."

Cape Town hajis home Saturday

Published by Voice of the Cape on Wednesday, 9 November 2011
While the first South Africans will leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday after the conclusion of this year's haj and are expected to land in Johannesburg on Friday, the first big group of hujjaj heading to Cape Town will only land on Saturday. According to Noor Khan of the South African Hajj and Umrah Council's Western Cape branch, a preliminary return schedule shows that some 1,200 - 1,800 hujjaj from Cape Town will land between 12 and 21 November.

Advocacy groups question SAHUC's mandate

Published by Channel Islam on Wednesday, 9 November 2011

As the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj draws towards an end this year, the fiasco in South Africa regarding Hajj lives on.

There has been a call for the disbandment of self appointed regulator, TheSouth African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) by Hajj advocacy groups Hajj Watch and Friends of the Hujjaj