Makkah sits in the western mountain of Saudi Arabia in a sanctuary roughly one hundred miles square.
Hajj is the fifth of Islam after declaration of faith, five daily prayers, Zakat, obligatory fasting during month of Ramadan.
There are three types of Hajj: Ifrad, Qiran and Tamattu.
A pictorial guide on Hajj route depicting places that are required to visit by pilgrims as part of Hajj rites.
Millions of Muslims from all over the world travel to Mecca every year to perform Hajj and Umrah. Hajj is time specific.
How to understand a hajj package? Over the years the Hajj and Umrah market have grown very rapidly in many folds. More people now undertake pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca) than before.
Sometime you may notice that some agents advertise their package as shifting. What is a shifting package?
Choosing an agent is a vital part of Hajj and Umrah preparations. The Ministry of Hajj of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provides guideline as to what to look for when choosing an agent.
Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab state by land area (approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi)), constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula.
Islam is practised by most people in Saudi Arabia and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives.
The procedure to obtain a Hajj or Umrah visa is different than any other types of visas such as visit or tourist visa that are generally issued by any countries in the world.
By law, every UK travel company which sells air holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL Licence. You can check on-line if your agent holds an ATOL licence by clicking the link below.
An approved agent has four digit license number issued by Saudi Ministry of Hajj. Pilgrims can check if an agent is approved or not by the Ministry of Hajj by visiting ministry’s Hajj Portal at www.haj.gov.sa
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