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Rise up

Posted by Yacoob on April 11, 2014

All of these were taken minutes ago. Can you guess where this is?

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Glimpses from Madinah

Posted by Yacoob on September 20, 2013

Since most of the Hujjaaj from South Africa are / will be visiting Madinah first, here’s a collection of images from that blessed city to help us visualise the awesome experience they will have.

I took 13 of these, and the rest came from various other sources. Feel free to share with others, and if you’ve been to Madinah and have posted your pictures anywhere, add in your links in the comments, and tell everyone a bit about the impact Madinah had on you.

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Dirty money

Posted by Yacoob on June 25, 2013


Source: “Africa – where laughing is the only reaction” Facebook group

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Fair fight?

Posted by Yacoob on May 31, 2013


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Cape Town – through the years

Posted by Yacoob on April 3, 2013

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My castle on the hill

Posted by Yacoob on December 26, 2012

Aside from the famous ‘table’ part of Table Mountain (in Cape Town), the mountain range has many other areas of interest – one of which captivated me for years. A few months ago, I finally made a trip up to it: the King’s Blockhouse – situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.

According to this source:

“Following the first British occupation of the Cape in 1795, the existing Dutch line of defence, known as the “French line”, was extended by the addition of three blockhouses up the slopes of Devil’s Peak. These included the Queen’s Blockhouse, on the Zonnebloem Estate, the Prince of Wales, above present-day De Waal Drive, and the King’s Blockhouse further up the mountainside. The first two have since fallen into a state of disrepair but the King’s Blockhouse, a massive stone structure 7m square, located on a prominent point on the Devil’s Peak, was retained in use as a signal station for communication between Table Bay and False Bay. The line was further strengthened in 1814 when several additional redoubts were built, and at one stage served as the official boundary between Cape Town and the country districts beyond. The King’s Blockhouse was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 4 February 1938.”

So for those in Cape Town (or those who’ve visited), if you’ve ever gazed up at Devil’s Peak and noticed this castle-like structure on the hill, that’s the history behind it.

It’s a pretty easy hike – starting at Rhodes Memorial, and running for about 45 minutes in total, with only a little section being quite steep.

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Glimpses from Cape Town

Posted by Yacoob on June 4, 2012


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Glimpses from Makkah

Posted by Yacoob on May 16, 2012

A collection of a few shots from Masjid-al Haram in Makkah.

(You can view the gallery by clicking, or for larger versions, right click the shot you want and open it in a new tab / window).

Sources: Pictures 1,2, and 6 are from other people, but 3, 4, 5 are mine.

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Posted by Yacoob on January 8, 2012

A few signs from my recent trip to the Middle East:

Top left: A sign warning Hujaaj against begging. The English isn’t too great, but you get the message.

Top right: A fast food place near the Haram in Makkah, catering for pilgrims not so well off (of which there were many). To give you an idea, the prices quoted there are in Saudi Riyals, and one riyal is worth just over 2 South African Rands.

Middle left: No explanation needed. But despite fine efforts like this, it seems that smoking is still big in the country.

Middle right: I don’t know why, but I have a strange liking for this advert. I don’t know exactly what it’s advertising, but one of the logos on the poster is for the Saudi mobile operator Mobily.

Bottom left: Taken in Cairo, referencing the revolution that took place in Egypt a year ago.

Bottom right: Taken in Palestine, referencing the Palestinian attempt to gain recognition at the United Nations late last year.

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Six of the Best

Posted by Yacoob on May 31, 2011

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