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Date may vary subject to flight confirmations and the sighting of the Moon Early booking means best planning. Plan ahead and book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. We will operate on first come first serve basis. Booking deadline Friday 4th August 2017. Hajj prices are guaranteed if full payment is received before Ramadan After the beginning of Ramadan prices will be subject in inflating air ticket prices and cost of accommodation.

Dear Brother / Sister
Assalamu Alikum, it is with great pleasure that I enclose the Hajj 2017 Itinerary.

Introduction

At Easy Hajj we appreciate that for most people the Hajj is a hard earned trip made only once in a lifetime. We regard pilgrims as honoured guests. For many people the Hajj means a new beginning. We aim to reduce as many of the practical hardships as possible that are often encountered by pilgrims in order to set them free to utilise their time in the worship of Allah and observance of the rituals.

We at Easy Hajj are committed to making your journey as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Our prime objective is to offer a quality Hajj package where inevitable difficulties are kept to a minimum, customer service is maximized and all this without missing out on the spiritual aspects of the journey.

By Saturday 16th Zul Hijjah 1438 H (7th September 2017), you will be picked up again by the air-conditioned coach for your return flight to London.

Please refer to www.easyhajj.com to view your flight details. (Dates and allocations to be confirmed after Ramadan), around 1st August 2017.

  • Check in at LEAST 4 hours before departure.
  • (Please note that reading and printed materials taken into Saudi will be subject to further search and research on the source and the content. Sometimes the Saudi authorities will keep it for a day or two or sometimes even more to look into it. So please, do not carry anything that might create problems for you in the airport).

After arrival at Madinah airport the Pilgrims will be taken to the waiting hall in the airport. Please expect a waiting period of between two and four hours depending on the number of Pilgrims coming at that time. When your turn comes, customs agents will call you to the booth, they will check your visa and get some information from you and then they will ask you to pick up your luggage (your luggage will be in the same room that the custom agents are in). You will pick up your luggage and proceed to the checkpoint where they will conduct a routine search of all the bags.

Once you are done with bags, you will proceed to a check point were they will take from you the bank draft and give you a voucher sticker instead. This voucher sticker includes your bus fare for your transportation during the Hajj Rituals. The Muallim drafts are charged for services that the Muallim provides while you are performing you Hajj, and as the services are rendered at each location the sticker is removed from this card and the bar code scanned to document that the service was rendered to you.

From 23.08.2017 – 27.08.2017, you will reside at 4 stars hotel less than 5 minutes walk to Al-Haram Al-Nabawi Al-Shareef. Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah.

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During your stay in Madinah:-

You will be praying at Masjid Al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). You will be taken by our guide to visit:-

  • Al-Baqe’a Cemetery (Men only)
  • Quba’a Mosque for offering prayer
  • UhudMountain (The Uhud’s battle)
  • The Mosque of two Qiblahs (Qiblateen)
  • The Seven Mosques (The Trench’s battle)

Going to Makkah for Hajj

Enter into Ihram at Al- Miqat (station of Ihram) falls on the way. You may enter into Ihram from the hotel. It is allowed to do so before Miqat but not after that point. As such we request that you perform Ghusul (Ihram shower) at the hotel before leaving to Makkah.

Preparation: You should have your hair cut (if needed), unnecessary body hair removed, moustache trimmed and nails pared. Then take a bath with the intention of Ihram or do wudu (ablutions) if bath is not possible.

Two Nafls: Offer two rak’ahs of nafil prayers. Intention (Niyyah): Make the intention to perform Hajj.

Talbiyah: After the intention, recite Talbiyah three times. Pronouncing Talbiyah once is imperative (Fard) and pronouncing it more than once is Sunnah.

The following are the words of Talbiyah which you should memorize before leaving for this sacred journey because you have to pronounce them frequently:

TALBIYAH

“Labbayk, Allahumma Labbayk
Labbayk La shareeka laka Labbayk.
Innal-hamda wan-n’imata laka wal-mulk.
La shareeka lak.”

(Here we come, O Allah, here we come!
Here we come. No partner have You.Here we come!
Praise indeed, and blessings, are Yours the Kingdom too!
No partner have You!)

As soon as Talbiyah is pronounced, you are entered into the state of Ihram and all the obligations of Ihram start which are the same in Umrah or Hajj. One should continue reciting Talbiyah in a loud voice and it should be pronounced thrice each time. Women have to recite Talbiyah in subdued voice if men other than her immediate relatives are around.

Prohibitions of Ihram

All pilgrims, in the state of Ihram, are forbidden to cover their heads (for men), hunt, argue, cut their hair or nails, kill flies, mosquitoes and lice, use perfume, or engage in sexual relations. A woman may wear any dress for Ihram as long as it does not show her adornments, or cause temptation to men.

Arrival in Makkah

While moving to Makkah, which is about 420 kilometres away, you should be in the prescribed state of Ihram and should continue proclaiming Talbiyah as often as you can. When you enter Makkah, you should be reciting Talbiyah with great enthusiasm and fondness.

Accommodation during your stay in Makkah will be in Azaziah. The reason for the choice of using the building in Azaziah over those close to the Haram is that we will spend most of our time away from the Haram and at the tents. Additionally, all the buildings surrounding the Ka’abah have been demolished to allow more space for the crowds entering the mosque. The Jamarat is located only 10-15 minutes walk from this location. The Haram is 4km from Azaziah and the tents are 6-7km. The only rituals performed at the Haram are the Arrival Tawaf (Tawaf Qudum) and Ifada Tawaf. Males and females will be accommodated separately in the same building in Azaziah. The number of people per room will be determined by the size of each room. We will operate on a first come first served basis (Early booking will be in a less occupancies room).

You will reside at Makkah Al-Mukaramah Al-Azizyah Al-Shamalia *Sidqi Street (The way to Jamarat) *Al- Ma’erefa Street *Opposite to Talha Ebn Obied Allah’s School *Beside Hamzah Mosque.

مكة المكرمة * العزيزة الشمالية * شارع صدقي المؤدي إلى الجمرات * شارع المعرفة * أمام مدرسة طلحة بن ُعـبيد الله * بجوار مسجد حمزة

The apartment is situated 10-15 minutes walk from Jamarat. Feel free to use the apartment during your stay in Mina at anytime. Rest and freshen-up after returning from Jamarats. After a short rest, you make your way to Al-Haram (Ka’abah) to perform Tawaf Al-Qudom (Arrival Tawaf) and Sa’ae. After performing Al-Tawaf and Al-Sa’ae, head back to the accommodation.

Going to Mina: Tuesday 29th August 2017 (7th Zul Hijjah 1438H) Mina’s Days

  • Put on Ihram garments again from the accommodation (There is no need in going to Miqat again).
  • Make intention for Hajj
  • Remain in during the Tarwiah Day (8th Zul Hijjah) and perform the 5 prayers starting from the Zuhr prayer and ending with the Fajr prayer on the day of Arafat.
  • All the prayers are shortened (except Maghrib and Fajr) and offered at their proper times.

Going to Arafat Thursday 31st August 2017 (9th Zul Hijjah 1438 H) Arafat’s Day (The most important day of the Hajj rituals)

      • After Fajer prayer in Mina, proceed to Arafat.
      • The Imam leads Zuhr and Asr prayers, combined and shortened, at Zuhr time with one Azan and two Iqamah.
      • Time will be spent in prayer and supplications until sunset

Muzdalifa

      • At Maghrib time, without offering Maghrib prayer, leave for Muzdalifa (Al-Mashar Al-Haram).
      • Offer Maghrib and Isha. (Isha is two Raka’a) prayers together at Isha’s time with one Azan and two Iqamah.
      • After prayers, pick up pebbles for throwing at Satan at the Jamarat in Mina later on. (In our case, pick up 70 pebbles).
      • Stay overnight in Muzdalepha. It is permitted for weak (woman, the old, the ill etc.) to leave Muzdalepha after midnight (Moonset).

Friday 1st September 2017 (10th Zul Hijjah 1438 H)

Return to Mina to spend the next three days. You will throw the Jamarat and perform Qurbani (Zabiha – Slaughtering). Some of the Holy places can be very crowded, particularly at the stoning of the Satans at Mina. The crowds can be particularly daunting for the elderly or frail. Pilgrims can become easily separated from their family or friends. Please make a note of the location of your camp and tent and agree a meeting point in case you do become separated. The performance of Hajj is physically demanding even if you are fit. After stoning Jamarat, you will leave for Makkah to do Tawaf Al-Ifadah and Sa’ae to complete Hajj rituals.

What to expect in Madinatu Al Hujjaj (Hajj Terminal)

After arrival at the Hajj Terminal the Pilgrims will be taken to the waiting hall in the airport. Please expect a waiting period of between ten to twelve hours depending on the number of Pilgrims coming at that time. When your turn comes, customs agents will call you to the booth, they will check your visa and get some information from you and then they will ask you to pick up your luggage (Your luggage will be in the same room that the custom agents are in). You will pick up your luggage and proceed to the checkpoint where they will conduct a routine search of all the bags.

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Please note the following:-

      • When you receive your tickets, you must check them carefully and notify us immediately if you think any details are inaccurate. We are not liable to you for any problems, which arise if you do not advise us.
      • Qurbani (Zabiha) is NOT included in the price (cost approximately £75 – £80 per Hajj).
      • On arrival, the Saudi authorities will take your passport in exchange for a receipt. The Pilgrim Guides Establishment will hold it for you while you are performing Hajj and return it to you on departure. We strongly advise that you carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. It is also useful to keep with you the addresses and telephone numbers of your accommodation (Provided in the back of your ID).
      • The Saudi Authority DO NOT recognise dual nationality and may, therefore, confiscate second passports. Pilgrims should be aware that the Hajj authorities might also group them according to the nationality of the passports they carry. This could result in separation from family and friends if you carry a different passport to them.
      • Pilgrims travelling on non-British passports are not entitled to consular assistance from the British Consulate-General. British nationals who choose to travel on non-British passports should ensure that all British visas or endorsements are clearly shown in that passport.
      • Any documentation required to re-enter the United Kingdom should be obtained before leaving the UK, to prevent any delays in returning.
      • You MUST wear the ID card at all time starting from HeathrowAirport.
      • For security reasons, please do not peel off the sticker in the back of your passport.
      • If you are taking medication, you should bring an adequate supply, accompanied by a doctor’s certificate describing the medication. This will help avoid problems with Customs.
      • Minimise your load, because we are moving a lot. You can buy any clothes (Western OR Arabic traditional) from Saudi Arabia and it is very cheap compared to UK (Currency exchange is approximately £1 = 4.5 SR).

Your pilgrimage enjoyment is our prime consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you required further information. May Allah SWT accept your Hajj, give the best of rewards and make it easy for you. Ameen!

Yours sincerely

Easy Hajj LTD

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money-box_03If you wish to take part in saving for the next hajj trip. There is NO interest and NO added charge for taking part. For example, from now until Hajj (at the time of writing), there are 8 months remaining. If you are choosing our package, for these 8 months, you can make 8 consecutive deposits of £449 (once a month into our bank account, notifying us of when you have done so, we will keep a record of this (please keep all bank receipts!)). This would total in the £3599, with a bit of spare change left over! (That’s as little as £112/week, just over £16 /day) which could make saving for hajj a whole lot easier.

For many Hajj can be an expensive trip even if it is a once in a lifetime trip. This is why it is so important to plan well ahead financially. If you are careful with your finances and perhaps give up some material comforts, you can easily save enough money to cover all the costs involved in Hajj.

For example giving up cigarettes for a year, depending on how much you smoke can save you up to £1000 a year as well as your health, which is a gift from Allah. Other comforts including chocolate, newspapers or even holidays can be put aside for just one year of your life to be replaced by a once in a lifetime journey.

Islam prescribes that all financially and physically capable Muslims perform a pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime. Besides commanding his/her companions to perform it, the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam) advised them to prepare for it (including finances), and taught them the specific way in which each of the rituals involved was to be performed.

Muslims prepare for it as if they were leaving this world altogether. First, they have to pay off their debts including the zakat due on their wealth; to return whatever was given them in trust; and have enough savings to bear the expenses of the journey (such as travel, Hajj tax, and lodging) and the sacrifice (of an animal). Besides this, they also have to provide for their families and dependents during their absence. They must have earned and saved enough to cover these expenses. No Hajj is valid if it is performed “on credit.” Every Muslim must make Hajj a priority and plan to perform it as soon as possible at least once in a lifetime.

If a person plans to perform Hajj in 2 years, assuming Hajj costs today of £3599 per person, then the person needs to put aside and invest £4.90 per day or invest annually £1799, quarterly £449 or monthly £149.9. The intending pilgrim may consider investing little more than these amounts to cover rising costs or lower investment return. For a husband and wife, simply multiply these amounts by two.

As Muslims are strongly discouraged to incur debt, this approach of savings, investing and spending on future needs can also be used for other purposes such as saving for a car, college education, child’s marriage, and Umrah.

It is wise to begin saving early and as such we at Easy Hajj have set up a saving scheme on behalf of our customers. Through weekly, monthly or even quarterly installments by standing order or direct debit, pilgrims can build up their Hajj fund with Easy Hajj.

Date may vary subject to flight confirmations and the sighting of the Moon Early booking means best planning. Plan ahead and book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. We will operate on first come first serve basis. Booking deadline Friday 4th August 2017. Hajj prices are guaranteed if full payment is received before Ramadan After the beginning of Ramadan prices will be subject in inflating air ticket prices and cost of accommodation.

Special Remarks (Disclaimer)

      • All children will occupy their own beds.
      • Prices based on 4 people sharing a room in Madinah and variable room sizes in Makkah.
      • Package price does NOT include Qurbani.
      • All prices published are per person.
      • Meet and assist at the airport upon arrival if travelling on our group set dates. Pilgrims travelling on own dates will incur additional costs and may need to make their own way to the accommodation.
      • An experienced Imam (Muallim) will guide you throughout your pilgrimage for Sha’riah assistance.
      • In Mina each person will receive a convertible sofa bed and coverings with combined pillow.
      • Excursions to historic places in Madinah will be guided by knowledgeable and experienced multilingual guides speaking both English and Arabic.
      • Fares and accommodation may change without prior notice if necessary due to circumstances beyond our control. All fares are correct at time of printing.
      • Airline fares are special Hajj fares and are not exchangeable or refundable once ticket is issued.

All the building surrounding the Ka’abah are being demolished to allow more spaces for the crowds entering the Mosque. Coupled with sharply increasing fuel costs, this has lead to a substantial increase in the cost of services for Hajj. Even those closest to the Haram will have a considerable walk but they will paying a premium with little benefit.

Package Description

In response to a noticeable gap in the Hajj market for affordable trips for those on tight time constraints, Easy Hajj have designed the ‘Saver Express Package’. This package is perfect for those of you who only have a limited period of leave from work and need to perform affordable Hajj within that short time. This package consists of only 11 working days.

The trip will start with an international flight leading to Madinah via Cairo avoiding the busy and infamous Hajj terminal in Jeddah. We will be supplying every member of the Easy Hajj group with I.D. badges to make it Easy to keep track of the group. It is advisable for everyone to wear these from the time of meeting in Heathrow until we leave the airport in Madinah. You will spend four days in Madinah and then immediately board an air-conditioned coach taking you straight to Makkah to perform arrival Tawaf and then to the accommodation in Aziziah then to the European Camp where you will find your tent and spend the five most important days of Hajj performing the rituals.

By Thursday 16th Zul Hijjah 1438 H (7th September 2017), you will be picked up again by the air-conditioned coach for your return flight to London so you won’t miss out on any national holiday time.

Services covered by cost

Requirements

      • British passport valid for at least six months.
      • Four recent passport size colour photos.
      • All other passport holders must have proof of residency in UK.
      • A quadrivalent Meningitis vaccination against ACWY.
      • Pilgrims with non-Islamic names must have a declaration of faith certificate from a registered Islamic Centre attesting their embracement to Islam.
      • For those over 45 years old, we have our own group of unaccompanied ladies (Disabled Ladies Group).
      • Elderly people must be escorted by an able person at all times.
      • Hajj is unsuitable for pregnant women and as such we do not advise them to perform Hajj while pregnant. Please consider carefully before booking.
      • Children must be at least 8 years of age and any children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the trip and must occupy their own bed (no sharing of beds is permitted).

Payment Plans

Payment by installments: 50% of payment upon booking and the balance over a period of four months by (monthly standing order OR direct debit OR four separate cheques).

      • Non-refundable deposit of 50% of full package price to secure your place.
      • Full payment must be paid by 1st August 2017.

Our Banking Details

If you wish to transfer money to our account, please use the details listed below.
Please note: You must email us at hajj@easyhajj.com once you have submitted your payment, stating the payment reference details and your details.

Please use your FULL NAME as the reference for the bank transfer

Bank Name Islamic Bank of Britain
Sort Code 30 – 00 – 83
Account No 01009202
Bank Branch Edgware Road

Your contract is with easyHajj Ltd. Below are details of your and our obligations under the agreement. Please read them carefully. When you make the booking and we accept it, a legal binding is made.

1. Payment of Deposit

When we receive your completed Booking Form accompanied by the full payment, we will send you our Confirmation Invoice. There will be no contract between us until the Confirmation invoice has been sent and it acts as our acceptance of the booking in accordance with the contract outlined in this fair Trading Agreement which is subject to English Law and Jurisdiction.

2. If We Change Your Booking

As you will appreciate, your pilgrimage arrangements are planned many months in advance and on rare occasions it may be necessary to make modifications to them and we reserve the right to make such changes at anytime. In the majority of cases such changes will be minor but if they are of a more substantial nature we will do our best to advise you prior to your departure.

3. Our Responsibility

You will appreciate that many people and companies over whom EasyHajj Ltd. have no control are involved in the planning and provision of your pilgrimage. EasyHajj Ltd. has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the suppliers of services provided are of an acceptable standard.

4. Delays

We cannot accept any liability for any delay in your flight to or from the UK whether the cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling of times by the airline, the airport authorities and / or the action of air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, strike or action, industrial action or otherwise.

However, in certain circumstances you may be able to make a claim under your travel insurance policy.

* We do not offer any travel insurance but we recommended that you should consider taking travel insurance for your trip prior to your departure.

5. What You Must Know

When you receive your tickets, you must check them carefully and notify us immediately if you think any details are inaccurate. We are not liable to you for any problems which may arise if you do not advise us.
You must ensure that you have fully complied with any travel health requirements, such as vaccinations.
Although we provide religious guides, we stress you are responsible for the proper performance of your pilgrimage. You must ensure that you are fully aware of all the rituals of the pilgrimage and how to perform them.

6. Behavior

You must not behave in a way which causes distress, injury or annoyance to others or creates risk of danger or damage to property. If you do so, you may be evicted from your hotel or apartment and therefore we have no liability to you. We will not refund any portion of the cost of your pilgrimage.

7. Brochure Information

We have compiled the information in this brochure as accurately as possible. However, since we include so much detail and since the brochure is prepared up to 12 months in advance there may be occasions when an advertised facility may be altered or withdrawn for reasons outside our control during your own particular pilgrimage e.g. planned ziyarat may be changed; or room furniture and facilities may differ during the peak Hajj periods. It is important to bear in mind that your expectations of the pilgrimage must be reasonable and must be based on what we have said to you in this brochure. We do not accept any liability for any disappointment which you may feel as a result of unrealistic expectations.

All our accommodation in apartments and hotels are on shared basis – no individual rooms. The information relating to the hotels have been taken from the hotel brochures and have not been verified fully by EasyHajj Ltd. All hotel rooms have private bathrooms, the size of the rooms are usually smaller than those in Europe. The star rating is our own rating; it indicates the high standard of hotel offered by us.

8. If You Change Your Booking

If after your booking has been accepted you wish to transfer to a different pilgrimage within this brochure, change departure date or alter any detail on the booking form we shall do our utmost to satisfy your requirements. However, an alteration fee of £50 per person will be charged.

9. If You Cancel Your Pilgrimage

Should you or any member of your party be forced to cancel your booking once it has been accepted, a valid cancellation can only be made if you give written instructions direct to us. The instructions must be signed by the person who signed the booking form. If you cancel, a cancellation charge will apply; depending upon the number of days prior to departure EasyHajj Ltd. receives your notice of cancellation: The following table is the break down of the (Days Prior to Departure Date Written Advice of Cancellation Received) and (Amount You Must Pay)

More than 60 days

£100.00

45 to 59 days

20% of total pilgrimage cost

30 to 44 days

30% of total pilgrimage cost

15 to 29 days

50% of total pilgrimage cost

7 to 14 days

80% of total pilgrimage cost

0 to 6 days

90% of total pilgrimage cost

10. If You Have a Problem

In the very unlikely event of there being something not to your liking whilst you are on the pilgrimage that is in our direct control you must report immediately. This will give your representative an opportunity to correct the matter so that it does not spoil your pilgrimage. Unless there is a valid reason why you fail to report your complaint to our representative then we will not consider ourselves to be liable in respect of complaints which were not registered in reports. Your pilgrimage enjoyment is our prime consideration.

11. No Surcharges We guarantee there will be no surcharges added to the cost of your pilgrimage.

Hajj 2017 SEMINAR / BAYAN

Hajj Preparation

Are you ‘really’ ready for Hajj?

Dear Brother / Sister Assalamu Alikum

Don’t leave things to the last minute & always prepare yourself. Don’t waste your Hajj not knowing the basics. Stand before Allah ‘prepared’. Easy Hajj would like to invite you to attend our annual Hajj Seminar scheduled for this Sunday 6th August 2017 between 12:00 – 4:00 PM @ Park Crescent Conference Centre, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, Regent’s Park, London W1W 5PN (Map attached).

Following the success of the previous HAJJ Seminars, we are pleased to bring you more: Interactive lecture – video footage – Q&A – for all those with an interest in the performance of the Hajj.

A qualified lecturer will be giving the lecture from which you will learn about the Hajj before you get engaged with the actual performance. The philosophical and spiritual significance of Hajj will particularly be discussed as well as the practical details of this great journey to be undertaken by the fortunate ones. The seminar also provides video clips, demonstrations and illustrative maps for the rituals. This will transform the pilgrimage into being not only a spiritual journey, but also one of knowledge.

During the lecture and afterwards you will have an opportunity to view on video the actual rituals to be performed and the accommodation in Saudi Arabia before you place your booking. All programme features are available in two Languages: Arabic and English. Even if you decide not to go this year you are most welcome to attend this lecture.

You will find that our Hajj packages will suit a variety of needs providing a choice concerning length of stay and level of comfort leading to overall to ease of mind. We urge you to compare this package with other like for like packages. You will find that for the facilities on offer, our price is second to none. Hajj is more than accommodation in Makkah and Madinah. Hajj includes services from the moment of arrival at the airport till departure. For guaranteed services, reliable ground operators, and hassle-free arrangements contact EasyHajj at hajj@easyhajj.com or call us 0207 7286 2777 or 0772 5555 455.

Please forward this invitation to everyone you know. Please visit and refer the web address to friends. www.easyhajj.com. EasyHajj would like to thank you for distributing this email and raising awareness amongst Muslims of this service.

For Quality Hajj in comfort, EasyHajj is your guide.

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