Posts Tagged Hajj

Project Launched to improve checkpoints for pilgrims arriving in Makkah

Security checks for getting inside Makkah specifically during Hajj Season and peak Umrah Seasons (Ramadan) is always strict, as entry in to the Holy City is restricted for Muslims only. With plans to rapidly increase the number of visitors coming into Saudi Arabia, the Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah, which should reduce waiting times significantly.

Improvements at Al-Shumaisi Road (Makkah to Jeddah Road)

It is anticipated that the security-control center on Al-Shumaisi Road, which links Makkah and Jeddah, is underdoing development and should be fully operational before Ramadan (15 % of the work has already been completed as yet) . Development work includes increasing the number of traffic lanes to 16, updating the center’s technological infrastructure to increase efficiency, and integrating several government services under one roof.

It is expected that the facilities will include administrative offices, a mosque, a civil defense center, a Red Crescent center, and a building housing other government agencies.

Improvements at Al-Nawwariyah (Northern Makkah)

MRDA spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki said that the authority has also begun development of a security-control center in Al-Nawwariyah in northern Makkah, adding that the new service facilities at the improved centers will also benefit residents of Makkah. Those facilities will include administrative offices, a mosque, a civil defense center, a Red Crescent center, and a building housing other government agencies.

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Facts About the Holy Kaaba

Every year millions of people visit the Holy Land to preform pilgrimage (Hajj and Umrah). However many of us are unaware of the interesting information about the holy landmarks that we love so dearly. Hence we have embarked on a mission so bring some of the lesser known facts about the holy places in Makkah and Madinah. We are starting our series with facts about the Holy Kaaba.

Fact about the Internal Walls of Kaaba

  • The wall directly adjacent to the entrance of Kaaba has six tablets which have inscription.
  • There are more inscriptions on other walls.
  • Along the top corners of the wall runs a green cloth which has embroidery of gold Quranic verse on it.

Walls of Kaaba - Facts About the Holy Kaaba


You can pray in any direction when inside Kaaba

Muslims always wonder about the blessed situation when they are granted entry inside the Kaaba. Besides imaging what it would be like, one of the first questions that come to mind is: “Which direction do i pray in when inside Kaaba?”

The answer is simple: When you step into Kaaba, you can pray in any direction you want.


Kaaba used to have Two Doors and a Window

Kaaba had two doors, one for entering and the other one for exiting. It also had a window, on the side of it. Currently, there is only one door, while the other place where door used to be could be seen during the sand storm of Hajj 2019.  The storm was so heavy that it fully lifted the black cloth (Kiswa) from Kaaba, and revealed the place where door once use to be in Kaaba.

Door of Kaaba, Masjid Al Haram, Makkah

This door was built by Abdullah bin Zubair (RA). In 64 Hijri, when Abdullah bin Zubair (RA) was selected as a Caliph, he built this door as per the directives from Ayesha (RA).

Ayesha (RA) said that it was the wish of Muhammad (PBUH) to have two doors of Kaaba as people could enter from both sides of doors. Due to lack of finance, Muhammad (PBUH) was unable to complete it but Abdullah Bin Zubair (RA) later completed it.

In 75 Hijri, When Banu Ummaiyah again captured the Makkah city under the leadership of Hajjaj bin Yousuf, Kaaba was reconstructed into the shape we see it in today’s age. And then Hajjaj bin Yousuf closed the door, which is also known as the hidden door of Kaaba.


Kaaba used to be open to everyone

The Holy Kaaba was opened twice a week for anyone to enter and pray. But now due to the rapid expansion in the number of pilgrims and other factors, the Kaaba is now opened only twice a year for dignitaries and exclusive guests only.


Door Inside Kaaba

There is a golden door inside Kaaba that opens to an enclosed staircase that leads to the roof of Kaaba. The roof is made of stainless steel capped tad wood.

Door Inside Kaaba that leads to the Roof


Plaques commemorating the rulers who renovated it

The interior of the Holy Kaaba is lined with marble and a green cloth covering the upper walls. The walls of the Holy Kaaba are plaques each celebrating the rebuilding of the House of Allah by the ruler of the day.


More Facts Coming Soon!

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Digital Distributor of Mobily Sims in Pakistan

Ibadat.pk is happy to announce that, it has now joined hands with Mobily Telecom (KSA) to distribute sims for Hujjaj and Umrah Zaireen traveling to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Keeping in line with our core aim to facilitate any / all religious travelers, Ibadat.pk has taken up this special corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in collaboration with the Telecom Giant, Mobily. Complementary SIMs for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims, is a deed done purely assist of pilgrims in an effort to ensure  that their traveling remain “tension free” even before they leave for pilgrimage.

In-order to get a sim, kindly fill the form below and our representative will get in-touch with you to guide you further. For individual travelers requesting a sim, proof of travel to Saudi Arabia will be required (which can be emailed or what-sapped to the representative who calls)

Request a Mobile Sim


Important Notes about the sim

Please note the following very important points:

  • Only one sim is permitted for one visitor – as per rules of Saudi Government
  • Mobile numbers are provided on the sticker at the back of the Sim card pack
  • The mobile sims can only be activated once the visitors reach Saudi Arabia
    • Sims will be activated by providing biometrics
    • Most convenient location to activate sims is the Hajj terminal at the Airport. Zain Teams will be there to take biometrics and help in activation of the sims
    • Hajj Organizers: If you have a group of over 10 passengers then let us know the hotel name and we will send Mobily activation team to the hotel
  • Children below the age of 16 cannot be provided a sim
  • Once the sim is activated – visitors cannot change their numbers or get a new sim
  • To recharge- it is necessary to note down your border ID. Border ID is written down by immigration officer near the visa page when entry is stamped.

Religious Tour Operators

All Hajj and Umrah operators are welcome to collect Sims for their groups from offices of Ibadat.pk, Karachi.

Individual Travellers

If you are an individual, going for Hajj or Umrah, you can come and collect your Sim from our designated partners offices. You can fill the form above and we will guide you to the nearest collection office.

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Hajj 2019 – Photo Contest

Hajj 2019 – Best Picture Contest

Hajj 2019 Photo Contest

Ibadat.pk is pleased to announce Photo contest in collaboration with Zain Telecom Saudi Arabia (for the upcoming Hajj season). In an effort to show you that Zain Telecom has the best network coverage throughout Saudi Arabia, and the fact that you can take a picture or video anywhere and upload instantly, we are bringing you this Photo Contest. However please note that you don’t have to be a customer of Ibadat.pk or a user of Zain Telecom in-order to enter the contest.

Summary:

  • Contest Dates: 15th July – 31st August, 2019
  • Eligibility: This competition is open to all submissions from Hujjaj travelling for Hajj in 2019
  • Announcement of Winner: The announcement of winners, along with the posting of the winning photograph on Ibadat’s FB and Instagram page.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

  1. Allowed to take pictures that are Hajj related and interesting. Whatever is significant, unique, interesting and can be related to Hajj will be eligible for selection in the contest.
  2. Share those pictures (with a short description) on your Facebook and Instagram (Instagram being optional but not compulsory), with the hashtag #IbadatPk
  3. Make sure the pictures are public so we can view them
  4. Like our Facebook page – Ibadat.Pk (Like Button Needed)
  5. Tag us in the photo by using the following tag @ibadat.pakistan (will help us get a notification and your chances for selection in the contest will increase)
  6. Once the photos are submitted using the above process – We will select the photo according to the criteria. Photos that are selected by us will be published by us (ibadat.pk’s facebook and Instagram accounts)
  7. The photo that gets the most likes and shares will win

Pro Tip: In-order to improve your chances for winning the contest do the following things in-order to win: Once we publish the photo on our page:

  • Tag friends in the photo posted on Ibadat.pk’s FB page.
  • Share that post on your timeline.

Once we select the photo and share the post on our page, we will notify you by commenting on the picture submitted so that you can share with your friends and family.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • All images shared with the hashtag #IbadatPk will become Ibadat.Pk’s property and can be reused by us
  • Images shared after the deadline will not be included in the contest
  • All the requirements mentioned above in the submission process should be followed in order to enter the contest.
  • The decision of the Ibadat.pk community management will be final
  • The profile of the person sharing the image should be genuine.
    • The person claiming the price will need to have a Pakistani bank account or come to our office for collection
    • Needs to prove that identity is the same as face-book account

PRIZES:

The prizes would be awarded to the winners 7 to 10 days after the submissions close. The winners would be announced on Ibadat.Pk’s Facebook page.
All the people participating in this photo contest are competing to win the following prizes:

  • 1st position: A cash prize of Rs.10,000
  • 2nd Position: A cash prize of Rs.7,000
  • 3rd Position: A cash prize of Rs. 5,000

In order to stay updated regarding this photo contest or future contests submit your details below:

 

Get a Mobile Sim


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Points to remember when making payment | Hajj Advice

Important things to consider when making payments for your Hajj Package

It’s great that you have decided to go for Hajj and you now want to confirm and pay for your package. Before you make the payment for your Hajj Package, you need to remember the following important points in-order to protect your payments (as Hajj is no longer cheap and you are paying substantial money):

Ensure that payment is made through a cheque / pay order / online transfer

When making payments for your hajj package, it is always advisable to pay through the above-mentioned commonly used methods. This will ensure that you have a paper trail and proof of payment to the Hajj Group Organizer. Any other method that provides a paper trail (like paying through mobile wallets) can also work. But it is imperative that you can trace your transactions.

Make the payments only in favour of the Hajj Group Organizer

It is extremely important to remember that the account title (on your cheque, pay order etc) / account name (if making online transfer / digital wallet transfers) is of the Hajj Group Organizer that you will be traveling with,

For Hajj, never make payments in favour of any other company or individual! This point can not be stressed enough.

We at Ibadat.pk will always tell you the name of the verified Hajj Group Organizer that you are being booked on. Furthermore, wewill never ask you for payment of Hajj Packages.

You should also verify that the Hajj Organizer is registered with the Ministry of religious Affairs.  All Hajj Packages listed on our website are by verified Hajj Group Organizers. However, for your own satisfaction you can follow the method of verification (as defined in our in-depth article on how to verify Hajj Operators) and do it your self as well before finalizing your bookings.

Ask for a receipt / invoice of your payment or deposit

Always ask for an invoice of the amount of money that is paid by you. Remember, there can be circumstances where, invoice may not be available. In these cases, always get a signed and stamped copy of the cheque you are giving, as a proof of payment. In cases of online transfer or pay orders, paper trail is very visible  so these methods are generally safer.

Understand package facilities that you have paid for and get them in writing before you depart

It is important to understand each and every facility that you have paid for as part of the Hajj Package e.g,

  • If you have selected a separate room for your family then you will be paying a higher price for it. Before departing have it in writing, that you paid for a separate room, so that there are no misunderstandings later.
  • If you have paid for a 5 star hotel (for eg Hilton Madinah), then it is essential that you get the same hotel or a similar hotel (i.e. a 5 star hotel). Please try and understand that, there are some times unavoidable circumstances when the same hotel (as mentioned in your hajj packages) might become unavailable at the very last minute even though rooms have been booked by your Hajj Group Organizer  (In Saudi Arabia –  such unavoidable circumstances should not come as a surprise as they are relatively frequent). In these case you should be offered a similar category hotel (that is another 5 star hotel).

Verify the published /listed hajj package price (in Saudi Riyal) is the same as the amount you are paying

When we say published price of the package, we mean the price mentioned in your hajj forms filled out by the Hajj Group Organizers.

You should also review prices as published in promotional material like brochure’s, flyers etc. It is very important to note that price in Saudi Riyal is what needs to be verified. Due to the recent economic crisis in Pakistan and the quickly depreciating Pakistan Rupee, many Hajj Group Organizers have released packages in Saudi Riyals. Even if they have not, you need to take into account the dramatic fluctuations.

Please remember,  prices in Saudi Riyal will stay the same throughout the booking period (of a particular season eg Hajj 2019). However, PKR prices may fluctuate due to our unstable currency.

Hence, always look for the published price in SAR.

Rate of Exchange at the time of payment is applicable

It is not necessary that a person makes the whole payment at once. Depending on the policies of the particular Hajj Group Organizers, many potential hujjaj make payments of their Hajj Packages at different times. How-ever it is important to note that, if the rate of exchange fluctuates in the time between when you make the initial deposit and the time when you make your subsequent deposits, then the new exchange rate will become applicable on the remaining amount that needs to be paid.

Hence it is advised that potential Hujjaj make complete payments as soon as possible, to protect them selves from the fluctuations.

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