Safe and Trouble Free Hajj & Umrah

ABH October 3, 2012 0

Every year over 45,000 British pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. Unfortunately, there is accumulated evidence that these pilgrims experience significant problems and hardships due to ignorance and lack of understanding of the needs of good preparations for the journey.

Mental, spiritual, physical early preparation and awareness of health & safety issues are vital to perform Hajj & Umra in safe and best possible manner. So, it is highly recommended that prospective Hajjis must get education and training about all aspects of Hajj and Umra before leaving for Saudi Arabia.

If you are planning for Hajj or Umra, please:-
Make sure you take enough money with you to meet the expenses during the Hajj.
Make sure your passport and visa for Saudi Arabia are in order. Take a photocopy of your passport and keep it with you at all times. Use an accredited travel agent to book travel and accommodation. Be clear about what is included in your package.

Make sure your return ticket is confirmed. Take out full travel insurance to cover illness, injury and loss of money, baggage and tickets.

It is compulsory for you to be inoculated with the ‘quadrivalent’ meningococcal vaccine (ACWY Vac), which protects against four different strains of meningitis.

Make sure your passport and visa for Saudi Arabia are in order. Take a photocopy of your passport and keep it with you at all times. Use an accredited travel agent to book travel and accommodation. Be clear about what is included in your package.

Buy your Ihram and learn how to put it on.

Ladies must be accompanied with a Mahram. A Mahram is a male member of your immediate family: a father, a husband, a son or a brother.

It will be better if you join a group instead of going alone.

Please be aware of the pickpockets. Always use safety money belt to keep your money and documents with you.

Food is cheap and freely available in Makkah. So, do not take any food with you.

You need to protect yourself from the sun, dehydration, exhaustion, foot problems, and respiratory and bronchial illness.

If you are taking medication you should take an adequate supply with you, accompanied by a doctor’s certificate describing the medicine.

Always carry your hotel’s or accommodation address and your muallam’s card with you. In Mina and Arafat, you will be living in tents. Make a note of the number and the direction of tents to avoid getting lost.

Ensure that you carry enough food, water and an umbrella, while you move to Mina, Arafat and Muzdalfa during Hajj and also when travelling to Madina from Makkah.

People can get lost and separated from their family or friends. You should make a note of the location of your camp and tent and agree a meeting point with family and friends in case you become separated. Always carry your hotel’s or accommodation address and your muallam’s card with you. In Mina and Arafat, you will be living in tents. Make a note of the number and the direction of tents to avoid getting lost.

Take your mobile phone with you. It could be very handy and useful to get in touch with your family and friends during Hajj.

Performing Hajj is physically demanding and requires patience and thought to safeguard your and others’ safety amongst over 2 million Hajjis around you. You got to be extra careful particularly at the stoning of the Satans at Mina and circumambulation of the Kabbah. The crowds can be particularly daunting for the elderly or frail.

In case of any difficulties, you may contact British Consulate-General in Jeddah for help at the following numbers:
Ph: (02) 545 622 5550
Fax: (02) 622 6249

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