As the 2022 Hajj comes to a close in Saudi Arabia, the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) has been praised for helping pilgrims on their journey of spiritual ecstasy.
About 1,132 South Africans have been accredited for the Hajj this year, while others have been granted mujamala (courtesy) visas to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
According to some Hajj pilgrims, Sahuk played a very important role in assisting them in various aspects of their Hajj.
This was stated by the President of SAHUC Shaheen Essop. Citizen that it is their duty to help, in whatever way they can, to facilitate the journey of the pilgrims on the Hajj.
Essop said the SAHUC team arrived in the kingdom weeks before the first pilgrims completed the preparations for the Hajj.
The first South African pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia on 9 June.
“Some of those who make the pilgrimage for the first time showed a slight nervousness on the faces, but Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) we managed to help them overcome these fears. The SAHUC team went through the process of comforting them.”
“It’s a recurring aspect throughout the journey. SAHUC, so to speak, with Hujaj from A to Z,” said Essop.
Essop added that minor issues have been resolved.
“The problems we faced on the day of Yawmul Arafa (day of Arafa), the intrusion into the camps from some of our other African countries, was a small setback, but Alhamdulillah, we managed to overcome that too.”
Essop also paid tribute to a member of the SAHUC mission who passed away in Saudi Arabia before the Hajj.
“Unfortunately, during this period, we lost our brother Farid Musa, one of the missionaries who was with us for a very long time, and Alhamdulillah, we make dua (pray) that Allah will accept him and grant him the highest stages of paradise.”
Essop thanked all members of the SAHUC team, including doctors, nurses and missionaries, who were instrumental in making this year’s hajj a success.
Essop also called on Almighty Allah to grant every pilgrim from South Africa and around the world an accepted Hajj.