Launch of the National Hajj and Umrah (Health & Safety) Awareness Week at the House of Lords
Over 2 million pilgrims will be converging in Makkah (Saudi Arabia) in mid-Novemember from all over the world, including about 25,000 from Britain, to perform Hajj. The Government of Saudi Arabia requires all countries to conduct necessary educational programs to enhance Hajj related Health & safety awareness of their pilgrims before they arrive in the Kingdom in order to enable them to perform Hajj in a safe and best possible manner
The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (A.B.H) a National Hajj & Umrah specic organisation who has already been carrying this task in the UK for many years is once again launching A National Hajj and Umrah (Health & Safety) Awareness Week at the House of Lords on 6th October 2010 to raise awareness of pre-travel Health & Safety issues amongst prospective Hajj pilgrims.
Members of House of Lords, Members of Parliaments, community dignitaries, diplomats from Muslim embassies in the UK and representatives from the press & media will be present at this prestigious event.
There is accumulated evidence that these pilgrims experience significant difficulties and problems due to ignorance, lack of awareness of pre-travel Health & Safety precautions and understanding of the needs of good preparation of the journey. The British Pilgrims are at greater risk of accidents and infectious diseases due to crowded conditions at ceremonies, accommodation sites and public transports. The tragic deaths of British pilgrims during stampedes, traffic accidents and meningitis outbreak in recent years sent a shock-wave throughout the community.
Therefore, the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (A.B.H) strongly urges the relevant Government departments and the Muslim organisations in the UK to make every effort to protect the British Hajj pilgrims from facing hardship and difficulties.