Hajj & Umrah pilgrims’ plight must be taken seriously

Hajj & Umrah pilgrims’ plight must be taken seriously
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Published August 3rd, 2010 - 12:34 GMT

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The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) a National organisation expresses its grave concern about the plight of a large number of Hajj & Umrah pilgrims who are suffering from extreme hardship, difficulty, mental anguish and financial exploitations at the hands of some unscrupulous and rogue Hajj tour and travel operators.
These tour operators exploit the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims by charging extortionate and unjustified prices for the Hajj and Umrah packages, which is a total rip-off and most pilgrims were bitterly disappointed and distressed by the substandard services and lack of guidance they received and degrading behaviour of their tour operators.
It is a disgrace that these rogue tour and travel operators are preying on vulnerable pilgrims at such an important time in their lives. The situation has worsened significantly in the last few years, therefore ABH strongly urges all the concerned Governments and specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to crack down on those who are responsible for this growing culture of deceptive, immoral and illegal practices in Hajj and Umrah travel and tour industry.
Religious scholars and other relevant organisations are also urged by ABH to take their responsibilities seriously and make all the efforts to ensure their welfare and wellbeing of the guests of Allah swt. It is also extremely vital to set up permanent arrangements to help and protect the pilgrims by eliminating the malpractice and fraudulent activities of unscrupulous tour and travel operators and others from the Hajj & Umrah industry in order to allow pilgrims to perform their religious obligations in peace and harmony.

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