"They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj). That they may witness things that are of benefit to them”

The Holy Qur’an [Al- Hajj: 27-28]

Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-'Alamîn (the mankind and jinn). In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqâm (place) of Ibrâhim (Abraham); whosoever enters it, he attains security. And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka'bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allâh, those who can afford the expenses (for one's conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves [i.e. denies Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah), then he is a disbeliever of Allâh], then Allâh stands not in need of any of the 'Alamîn (mankind and jinn and all that exists).

The Holy Qura’an [Al-Imran: 96-97]

The pilgrimage is (in) the well-known months, and whoever is minded to perform the pilgrimage therein (let him remember that) there is (to be) no lewdness nor abuse nor angry conversation on the pilgrimage. And whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it. So make provision for yourselves (Hereafter); for the best provision is to ward off evil. Therefore keep your duty unto Me, O men of understanding.

The Holy Qur’an [Al-Baqarah: 197]

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Whoever performs Hajj for Allah's pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born a new."

Sahih al-Bukhari 1521

Narrated `Aisha: (the mother of the faithful believers) I said, "O Allah's Messenger (pbuh)! We consider Jihad as the best deed." The Prophet (pbuh) said, "The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur."

Sahih al-Bukhari 1520

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (pbuh) fixed Dhul-Hulaifa as the Miqat for the people of Medina, Al-Juhfa, for the people of Sham, Yalamlam for the people of Yemen, and Qarn for the people of Najd. And these Mawaqit are for those living at those very places, and besides them for those who come through those places with the intention of performing Hajj and Umra; and whoever is living inside these places can assume lhram from his own dwelling place, and the people of Mecca can assume lhram from Mecca.

Sahih al-Bukhari 1529

Hajj & ‘Umrah Portal

The greatest trip on earth

Makkah sits in the western mountain of Saudi Arabia in a sanctuary roughly one hundred miles square.

Status & reward of hajj

Hajj is the fifth of Islam after declaration of faith, five daily prayers, Zakat, obligatory fasting during month of Ramadan.

Which type hajj to choose?

There are three types of Hajj: Ifrad, Qiran and Tamattu.

Hajj route

A pictorial guide on Hajj route depicting places that are required to visit by pilgrims as part of Hajj rites.

Security and Fraud

The hajj market

Millions of Muslims from all over the world travel to Mecca  to perform Hajj and Umrah. Hajj is time specific.

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.

What’s a shifting package?

Sometime you may notice that some agents advertise their package as shifting. What is a shifting package?

How to choose an agent?

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 guide

Country facts

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.

Society, culture & customs

Islam is practised by most people in Saudi Arabia and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)…

Recommended Travel Items

Although almost everything is available in Makkah; there is hardly any shopping outlet in Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat. Therefore, in these places it is very difficult to obtain an item when you are in need of. Also, during hajj you do not want to spend time in searching items. 

Before you book

Check if your trip is ATOL protected?

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.

Saudi Ministry of Hajj

Is your agent approved by the Ministry of Hajj?

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

Health Check

Find out health information and advice here

TravelHealthPro website comprise the travel health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). The site provides up-to-date health information. For the latest travel health advice, visit the TravelHealthPro website

Before You Travel

Check travel alert

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides country specific Foreign Travel Advice. Check their site before travelling. Your flight may be via another country. Please check update of that intermediary county as well.