The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a national Hajj/Umrah specific organisation working for the welfare and well-being of pilgrims welcomes the directive issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on increasing efforts to provide the best services and facilities to pilgrims. The King also said the best arrangements should be in place at the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, holy sites, on the roads, at the airports and seaports so that pilgrims perform their rituals and prayers in peace and comfort.
This directive by King Salman will help improve present Hajj and Umrah arrangements. There is a strong need for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to also set up a more holistic strategy to address the pilgrim health and safety issue. Many of the tragic incidents which occurred in the past at Hajj and Umrah, leading to the loss of thousands of lives, were due to the lack of awareness among pilgrims. Pilgrims are not well-informed about the health and safety procedures, including awareness of avoidable hardship during the performance of Hajj or Umrah, specifically when they are amongst a crowd of up to 2-3 million people.
Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK extended its full support to the idea of the Hajj/Umrah curriculum approved by prominent scholars around the world for training and educating prospective pilgrims. This training should be made compulsory for all prospective pilgrims. Pilgrims must be made aware of all aspects of the pilgrimage, including up-to-date health and safety precautions before they leave their country of origin to perform Hajj.
The entire Hajj and Umrah performance process can be made safer and more comfortable by promoting awareness of vital, life-saving information among prospective pilgrims. This awareness can prevent loss of innocent human lives, spread of avoidable infectious diseases and experience of other hardship and difficulties. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can also save a huge amount of resources that they are putting in towards ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of the pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.