Disreputable Hajj & Umrah Tour Operators
For most of us going on The Hajj is a once in a lifetime experience,but what should you know before booking your Hajj or Umrah trip. Also what if something goes wrong whilst you are on your journey.
I myself had a bad experience this Febuary when I booked a Umrah trip with Mohammed Arif of Haji Tours in Levenshulme. I had been told my hotel was the four star Dar Al Eimaan Grand but upon arriving in Makkah in my Ihraam fatigued after a long delayed flight we were met by their middle man Rana Tariq at the hotel and told it was fully booked and he had got us a room in a nearby hotel which turned out to be a poor 2 star standard hotel.
For many Hajj and Umrah pilgrims their trip is thankfully a memorable and trouble free occasion. However, you may have heard reports about some pilgrims who have suffered at the hands of disreputable travel organisers. Lets look at things to consider before and while booking your trip. Let me also explain what to do if you end up dissatisfied with your trip.
In the UK, anyone who offers for sale (other than occasionally) package tours must comply with the Package Travel Regulations (PTRs) 1992. The majority of Hajj and Umrah trips will fall under the PTRs.
Nour Domestic Violence
Nour is a charity which aims to tackle the silent, yet prevalent social issue of domestic violence (DV) in the Muslim community by using Islamic literature from both the Qur'an and the Prophetic teachings as a platform to refute and condemn DV. Their objectives as a charity are to open the lines of communication and facilitate the access between individuals and our team of Islamic, legal and professional advisors, so that they may receive counselling and advice which is sensitive to their faith. They also allocate clients with a caseworker to assist in their situation.
They endeavour to eliminate the complacent attitude towards DV in Muslim communities by educating, creating awareness and campaigning against DV via seminars, community talks and workshops. Their final phase is to provide an aftercare package for the DV survivors and their children to include social and psychological support. Their philanthropic motivation and ambition for the outreach to victims of DV is rooted within the teachings of Islam, but Nour will be accessible for all and there will be no racial, religious or gender discrimination of DV victims. They hope that the culmination of the services that Nour provides will be a source of strength, support and solace for the survivors of DV. Their website is - nour-dv.org.uk and their address is- Domestic Violence Charity, PO Box 62954, London, N9 1BT.
Solace for Revert Sisters in Difficulty
SOLACE is a support service for revert sisters in difficulty, regardless of whether they have been Muslim for 2 weeks or even 20 years; it supports them when they are going through life's problems alone, suffering in silence, or even no longer enjoying their Islam. SOLACE is there to listen to them, empower them, and develop a mutual personal development plan which is realistic and person centric, and which will help them reach their short and long term goal. SOLACE aims to provide a personalised, short and long term support system for revert sisters in difficulty and to provide a safe space for revert sisters to discuss their difficulties in a supportive and confidential environment and support and empower revert sisters to identify and set realistic goals that are personal to them and enable sisters to explore their faith as a source of knowledge and comfort in an open and engaging environment as well as empower sisters to get the full support that they need by working with a range of diverse supportive services across the UK. SOLACE aims to ensure that no revert sister goes through difficulties in her life unsupported, by providing the holistic support she needs to move forward and by enabling her to strengthen and maintain her faith and closeness to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.
If you would like to contact SOLACE, you may do so in the following ways: