The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims, has strongly condemned the culture of corruption and exploitation promoted by some rogue and unscrupulous Hajj service providers which is tightening its grip. These service providers are indulging in all sorts of malpractice and exploitation, which is causing extreme hardship, trauma, financial exploitation, and mental anguish to the innocent and vulnerable British Hajj pilgrims including sick, elderly and the disabled.
British Hajj pilgrims are angry and frustrated about the persisting price hike and obscene prices they are being charged by the Hajj service providers in UK. In contrary, accommodations prices are being dropped up to 80% in Makkah during this year’s Hajj compared to previous years due to the decline in the number of pilgrims. It is a total rip-off compared to similar travel packages to other travel destinations around the world, in view that many pilgrims are likely to have spent their life-savings to fulfil their desires and wishes to perform their religious obligations.
The worsening situation of exploitation of vulnerable pilgrims has emerged as a challenge for the authorities. Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK strongly urges that the Hajj service providers must not be allowed to take undue advantage of vulnerable Hajj pilgrims in this civilised and democratic society. Relevant authorities should take stern action to eliminate malpractice, immoral and unethical activities of the rogue Hajj service providers in order to allow the British Hajj pilgrims to perform their religious obligations without undue financial stress, hardship or difficulty.