The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj specific organization working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims, expresses its joy and satisfaction, and congratulate Hajj pilgrims from around the world on completing a safe and peaceful Hajj season this year.
It is a great relief that, by the blessings of God, this year’s Hajj pilgrimage was free from any major incidents or tragedies as last year Hajj where thousands of innocent Hajj pilgrims lost their lives in such terrible circumstances. Horrific scenes of stampede aftermath of that disaster caused a huge amount of grief and distress amongst the Muslims around the world
ABH extends its heartiest gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for improving the infrastructure and facilities around the Holy places and for their tremendous work to ensure that pilgrims performed Hajj pilgrimage safely and peacefully with ease and comfort.
In the past, most of the tragic incidents which occurred during Hajj and Umrah were due to the lack of awareness and ignorance of the vital life-saving health and safety precautions and information. A vast majority of pilgrims are from rural areas of the country of their origins and for the very first time in their life they exposed to a daunting crowd of over 2 million people around them.
Harsh weather, blazing sun, exhaustion, fatigue, lack of coordination, planning and discipline amongst themselves make it impracticable to avoid unnecessary hardships and difficulties and to prevent any catastrophe.
ABH strongly urges all relevant countries to ensure that the pilgrims are trained and aware of all aspects of performing Hajj/Umrah in a safe manner before leaving their country of origin. This will allow the Kingdom to save a huge amount of resources allocated towards ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of the Hajj/Umrah pilgrims. These measures can help pilgrims to perform a safe Hajj in the best possible manner and to prevent any future Hajj disasters.