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We at Al-Hidaayah, understand that for many people Hajj travel can be a daunting prospect. This is why it is important that you have the right help at hand every step of the way. Since the year 2000 we have been facilitating Hajj Tours for over 5000 pilgrims. This year, Hajj 2015, we will continue to provide the high standard service that our fellow Hajj pilgrims have been accustomed to. Before we launch our Hajj packages we personally ensure that all of the arrangements and logistical details have thoroughly been taken care of. Our Hajj packages have been evolving over the last 15 years as a result of combining our experience with valuable feedback from thousands of pilgrims. Rest assured, more than 90% of those who travel with us do so based upon recommendations.
We want you to completely immerse yourself in the Hajj 2015 experience whilst we endeavour to try our utmost to take care of your every need to enable you to take advantage of this life changing experience. Our Hajj 2015 team is very motivated and combined with decades of experience and commitment you will find our asset very valuable on this journey of a lifetime.
The sole objective of your endeavour is to attain an accepted Hajj, the reward for which is no less than Paradise. With the aim of attaining this momentous aspiration, necessary measures must be taken in order to ensure that you can maintain an unwavering focus throughout the entire journey.
Hajj can be a very daunting prospect, so it is important that you have the right help at hand every step of the way. We personally ensure that all of the arrangements and logistical details have scrupulously been taken care of. The dedication of our highly experienced and professional team will allow you to be at ease; ensuring that you will be completely taken care of. This will allow you to enjoy and completely immerse yourself in the Hajj experience, enabling you to take advantage of this life changing opportunity.
We have great respect for what we have been entrusted to do. We consider every aspect of our packages and have curated each and every one of them from scratch. Every year when we plan our Hajj tours, we feel as if we have been preparing for this journey since the company formed at the turn of the century.
1 Tour Guide to 25 Pilgrims.
When you choose to travel with Al-Hidaayah, you travel as a team. Our very experienced tour guides will go to great lengths to ensure that your journey of a lifetime is as smooth and hassle-free as can be. All of our guides are fluent in English and some also in Arabic.
We work with a highly experienced and reputable Saudi company. They take care of almost everything - logistics, transport, hotels, etc. We have worked with this company for 15 years and they have proved to be very reliable - always delivering what they promise.
We want to educate all of our pilgrims to ensure that Hajj does not become a set of empty rituals. We want this journey to be a turning point in your life. We do this through education and inspiration. From the Pre-Hajj seminar, to the extensive literature, and the lectures and Q&A sessions in Makkah and Madinah - all of this adds so much more to the Hajj experience.
Having lead many Hajj tours over the years, each year presents its own challenges and difficulties, but one thing that remains constant is the overwhelming feeling that is felt when all the pilgrims stand on the plains of Arafat with their hands outstretched hoping for their sins to be forgiven.
With everything being stretched to the limit during Hajj, even the 5 star hotels sometimes fall short of the service that you would expect! To minimise any problems, the Advance Team precedes the group at each stage of the journey. They ensure everthing is ready and ‘check-in’ processes are as smooth as possible when you arrive at your hotel, the Shisha building or the Mina tents.
Mr Imran Zia
As our dedicated senior doctor who travels with us from the UK, he will take care of your physical well-being. Mr Zia has been travelling with us for the last 7 years and is a consultant in emergency medicine at a London hospital. In the event of any illnesses or injuries during the Hajj days, Mr Zia will be on-hand for any medical advice required.
Shaykh Dr Ahsan Hanif
Shaykh Wajid Malik
We accommodate all our pilgrims in the ‘VIP’ European area, which is about a 10-minute walk from the Jamarat, making stoning very easy, especially for the elderly, infirm and sick.
Pilgrims from the UK are normally accommodated almost an hour walk away from the Jamarat, making the stoning ritual strenuous for most and impossible for others.
During the days of the rites of Hajj, the majority of time will be spent in the tents in Mina.
You will also be required to go to the Jamarat to perform the stoning almost everyday - therefore the location of the tents is one of the important aspects of any Hajj package.
In the tents in Mina we will provide mattresses, blankets, pillows, a 24 hours supply of hot and cold drinks, and 3 meals a day.
One of the biggest challenges faced by the pilgrims is the extremely lengthy coach journeys during the days of the Hajj rites. Often journeys of only a few miles can take 6-8 hours, making it perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences for many pilgrims.
For our pilgrims that are accommodated in the VIP tents close to the Jamarat, transportation to the various Hajj sites is by the Makkah Metro Train Service. We have been using these trains for the last three years, and the journey times between the various sites were extremely short. Journeys that could potentially take 8 hours are cut down to a mere 15 minutes!
'Shifting' or 'Non-Shifting'?
Some tour operators provide packages that retain their accommodation in Makkah during the days of Hajj (8-13 Dhul-Hijjah), they call this ‘Non-Shifting’.
All of our groups will have access to our building located in Shisha. We are of the view that this is far more useful than having a hotel in Makkah. Why? Well for the 5 or 6 days that you spend in Mina, it is extremely difficult to make your way to Makkah due to the heavy traffic congestion and roads being gridlocked as a result.
Many UK groups offer accommodation in Aziziyyah. This also poses the same problems as it is located too far from the Mina tents and, thus making it very difficult to access. The building that we have in Shisha is literally 20 minutes walk away from our Mina tents. That means that you can go there at any time to use the bathroom facilities, freshen up and rest. As the facilities in Mina are very basic, the Shisha building is an excellent alternative that you will have easy access to at any time.
The important thing to remember is that the stay in Mina is part of your Hajj Rites, the easily accessible accommodation we provide in Shisha is designed to alleviate a little pressure and provide facilities for simple refreshment and comfort.
For the 2 Week Deluxe and the 3 Week Deluxe packages, we will offer flights to Madinah operating either direct, non-stop or connecting via Jeddah, by transferring onto a domestic flight.
For the 10 Day Deluxe Package and the 3 Week Essential Package, we will offer flights to Jeddah.
All flights will return from Jeddah.
Yes, around 15 organisers accompany the group from the UK, most of whom have performed Hajj many times. All of our organisers are fluent in English as well as a few who are fluent in Arabic.
We also have a Saudi team that joins us once we arrive in Saudi Arabia, who have decades of experience in organising Hajj.
Yes, we try to organise regular lectures whilst in Saudi Arabia, covering the rites of Hajj in detail. Al-Hidaayah staff will be with you throughout the trip and are available to answer any questions.
The money that you use to pay for the Hajj must be from Halal sources. It is stated in a Prophetic tradition, ‘Indeed Allah is Pure and accepts only that which is pure.’
A medical doctor, who accompanies us from the UK, will be available for advice and to prescribe medicine during the days of the Hajj rites. Most medicines are available over the counter, but if you need to go to hospital, you would be entitled to free medical treatment at government hospitals.
As there will be 4 or 5 people in each room, the male and female pilgrims will be split into separate rooms. Therefore you will be unable to stay with your family members during these few nights. The accommodation will be basic, yet functional with air-conditioned rooms.
Although the 2 Week Deluxe package is shorter, the period of stay in the hotels in Makkah and Madinah fall on peak dates attracting extremely high rates. The 3 Week Deluxe package stays in Makkah when the hotel rates are slightly lower.
Unfortunately Al-Hidaayah cannot make any provisions for vegetarians or people with other special dietary requirements for the meals served during the Hajj days. Meals served in the hotels normally have a variety of dishes and will usually include some vegetarian dishes, however we cannot guarantee this.
No, during the days of the rites of Hajj we will not have access to any hotel facilities. However you will have access to our building in Shisha, which is located about 20 minutes walk from our Mina tents.
We can arrange the sacrifice for you; it will cost approximately £85. You will be given the precise information upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Men and women stay in separate tents in Mina. The tents are normally adjacent to each other.
All pilgrims must travel on our flights both into Saudi Arabia and also back to the UK.
No, you may book online (www.hajj.al-hidaayah.travel) or post your booking form and deposit to us. All valuable documents should be sent to us using Special Delivery. Likewise we will return all valuable documents via Special Delivery.
Everything will be done according to the Quran and Sunnah, insha Allah.
Yes, but under no circumstances will men be allowed to enter the women’s tent, and vice versa.
The flight dates are not changeable.