A Hajj Health & Safety Awareness Campaign was launched at the House of Lords by Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) a National organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of Hajj/Umrah pilgrims.
The purpose of this launch was to raise awareness of the health and safety issues amongst the 25,000 prospective British pilgrims who will start travelling next month to join over 2 million other pilgrims from around the world in Makkah . Members of the House of Lords, Members of Parliament, government officials and community dignitaries were present to support this prestigious event.
In his welcoming remarks, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham went on to highlight the importance of this event saying, “By launching this awareness campaign it will enhance Hajj related health & safety awareness amongst prospective British pilgrims. It is important that pilgrims must be aware of all aspects of Hajj to enable them to perform Hajj in the safest and best possible manner.”
Steve McCabe, Member of Parliament praised the hard work and continuous efforts made by the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK to help and protect the British Hajj pilgrims from hardship, difficulties and he assured his full support to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims.
Khalid Pervez, General Secretary of ABH UK expresses his grave concern about the hardship and difficulties experienced by the pilgrims due to lack of awareness of vital and life-saving health and safety precautionary measures needed to be taken to perform a safe Hajj in comfort. He continued, “Authorities from around the world must learn lesson from last year’s Hajj disasters and to set up strategy to help and protect Hajj pilgrims in order to protect them from becoming casualty in any future Hajj tragedy.”
Senior doctor Dr Syed Raza Hussain strongly urges the prospective pilgrims to safeguard against infectious diseases such as meningitis and Coronavirus. Pilgrims are at a high risk of contracting lethal and deadly diseases, including meningitis and corona virus, due to crowded conditions at ceremonies, accommodation sites and on public transport.
Trading Standards and London City Police officials also assured the British Muslim community of their help and support towards combating the malpractice, corruptions and exploitation by the unscrupulous and rogue tour and travel operators. They said that the law enforcement authorities will do their utmost to help and protect innocent and vulnerable Hajj/Umrah pilgrims and to ensure the rule of law amongst the Hajj service providers from the UK.