The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) a National Hajj specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims welcomes the announcement of setting up a TV channel by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
“This was a long awaited project which is extremely vital to promote peace and harmony across different nations of the world and remove any misconceptions about Islam”, said Khalid Pervez, General Secretary, ABH
Through this satellite TV Channel along with other important tasks that the OIC is planning, a focus should be on the welfare and wellbeing of millions of Pilgrims from around the world who perform Hajj/Umrah every year. This can be done by increasing their awareness of Hajj/Umrah related health and safety issues and importance of needs of good preparation through the educational programs on this satellite TV Channel.
There is accumulated evidence that a large number of Hajj/Umrah Pilgrims experience significant difficulties and problems due to ignorance and lack of awareness of pre travel health and safety precautions. The tragic accidents that took place during Hajj in the past where a substantial number of Hajj Pilgrims lost their lives caused tremendous amount of grief and distress to the Muslims throughout the world. We can prevent the occurrence of these tragedies by educating the prospective Pilgrims through the programs of this channel.
Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK alsoexpresses its extreme concern that a vast majority of the Hajj/Umrah Pilgrims are suffering from extreme hardship, mental anguish, and financial exploitation at the hands of some Hajj/Umrah service providers.
It is a disgrace that these service providers are preying on vulnerable pilgrims including sick, elderly, and disabled cheating and charging them at extortionate and unjustified prices for the Hajj & Umrah packages. Through this TV channel, OIC should address this issue as part of their future plan to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of millions of Guests of Allah (SWT) from around the world.