Saturday 6 August 2016
London, United Kingdom
Aspiring British Muslims embarking on the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage were given training on how to perform the rituals for the Journey of a lifetime at the London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre in partnership with the Council of British Hajjis.
Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan, Director General of the London Central Mosque urged pilgrims to learn the rituals of Hajj so that they can gain maximum benefit from this act of worship as Hajj touches peoples hearts and changes them for the better. He thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz for hosting the pilgrims and services provided to them and the the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the development of the two holy cities of Makkah & Madinah and Masjid Al Haram to accommodate the faithful.
Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) offered travel advice and how to stay safe during Hajj. With millions performing various rituals of Hajj at the same time at the same place, he stressed the importance of following instructions from the Tour Operators and Saudi Officials on the ground for a smooth journey. The Council also offered health and safety advice preparing pilgrims for the Journey of a Lifetime. Mogradia thanked the Saudi Embassy in London for their continued help and support to British pilgrims and the Islamic Cultural Centre for a fruitful partnership in educating pilgrims.
The City of London Police offered Hajj Fraud prevention advice to pilgrims to book with reputable and licensed tour operators and asked the community to report unscrupulous tour operators & fraudsters to Action Fraud and Trading Standards so that the authorities could take action against them.
After the main speeches a Seminar was held by Head Imam Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat in which he went through a presentation on 'How to Perform Hajj'. Hajj is a journey of faith and one which every abled Muslim male and female, who has the financial means, is mature and sane must perform at least once in their lifetime. Around 19,000 British pilgrims are expected to travel to Makkah, Saudi Arabia for Hajj. This year Hajj takes place 12th-16th September.