umrah-tour-busThe Association of British Hujjaj (pilgrims) UK (ABH) a National Hajj and Umrah specific organisation expresses its deepest sorrow and sadness at tragic deaths of a substantial number of Umrah pilgrims in a series of road accidents that took place on the Makkah-Madinah highway in the recent days and months.

“It is highly regrettable that every year a large number of innocent pilgrims are losing their precious lives in such terrible circumstances. Horrific scenes of the accident’s aftermath and pictures and reports coming through caused immense grief and distress. We would like to send our condolence and sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased pilgrims.” said Khalid Pervez, General Secretary of the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK.

The journey of over 300 km between Makkah to Madinah takes more than five hours. The long distance driving by bus drivers in warm weather and lack of sleep and rest can be lethal and are considered as contributing factors in most of the tragic road accidents.

ABH strongly urges the relevant authorities to take this issue with extreme seriousness and take appropriate actions to ensure the safety of pilgrims from around the world while they are performing Hajj/Umrah.