“I respond to Your call O Allah! I respond to your call. You have no partner. I respond to Your call. All praise, thanks and blessings are for You. All sovereignty is for You. And You have no partners with You).”
Hajj is considered the fifth and important pillar of Islam. Every year millions of Muslims from all over the world gather at Makkah mukarama to attend this annual religious event. Hajj symbolizes unity, equality, and submission to Allah. Pilgrims, regardless of their background, wearing identical white garments, emphasizes the equality of all before God. The rituals performed during Hajj trace the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim and his family, fostering a deep connection to Islamic history. The experience promotes spiritual cleansing, humility, and a sense of community, reinforcing the fundamental principles of Islam. Hajj not only fulfills a religious obligation but also nurtures a sense of shared identity and spiritual renewal among Muslims worldwide.
The dates for Hajj 2024/1445H are expected to occur on Friday, June 14, until Wednesday, June 19, 2024.
This year Turki Al-Sheikh, who leads Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Entertainment, revealed the fresh logo for Riyadh Season 2023. The logo has six lively colors, representing each month of the festival and their unique contributions. The theme for this year is “Big Time!” Which reflects Riyadh’s ambitious goal to make the festival even more exciting and culturally engaging.
The Ministry for Hajj and Umrah is exploring the option of offering an affordable Hajj package for local pilgrims in the upcoming year, allowing payment either in full or through installments. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has revealed that the first group of pilgrims is set to arrive in the Kingdom on May 9, 2024. Additionally, they have outlined that the issuance of Hajj visas will take place between March 1 and April 29 of the following year.
Following are the countries that have released the date for the registration:
Qatar: 20 September-20 October 2023
Kuwait: 1 October-13 November 2023
Oman: 23 October-5 November 2023
The UAE: 15 December-21 December 2023
Pakistan: 27 November-12 December 2023
Bangladesh: 15 November-10 December 2023
Bahrain: 1 October 2023-20 February 2024
Every country has certain procedure for hajj registration for its citizens according to their quotas and guidelines provided by the committee.
The Saudi government has allocated 179,000 Hajj seats to Pakistan, which will be distributed equally between government and private schemes.
Applicants can select from three different Hajj packages based on their needs.
Here, we will go over everything you need to know before applying for Hajj 2024:
Hajj applications can be submitted by using passports valid until December 16, 2024. Additionally, the processing of Hajj applications is possible through passport application tokens. The government scheme anticipates about 89,605 Pakistani participants, and a ballot will be conducted if applications exceed the specified limit.
Notably, for the first time, women can embark on the sacred journey without the customary need for a male companion. The sponsorship scheme will allocate twenty-five thousand seats based on a first-come, first-served approach.
Following are the basic Hajj facilities that will be provided to the Pakistani pilgrims under Government Hajj scheme 2024:
The sponsorship program targets Pakistani citizens residing abroad, requiring payments in US dollars. Participants have the option to designate a representative. Travel fees for individuals from the northern and southern regions stand at $3,800 and $3,765, respectively.
However, for the short hajj pilgrim’s package, the sponsorship scheme will cost $4,015 for the first region and $4,050 for the second.
Following are the necessary guidelines for the people intended to apply for Hajj registrations:
Holders of NADRA-issued CNIC and passports valid until December 16, 2024.
Passport application token also accepted.
Visit the Ministry’s website or contact a designated bank.
Mandatory deposit of Hajj application and expenses at a designated bank.
Select the same Hajj package for all group members.
Package change is not allowed during the stay in Saudi Arabia.
Men and women who performed Hajj between 2017 and 2023 (except
Accompanying men per Mahram.
Sponsorship Scheme exempt from this restriction.
Women’s conditions for independent Hajj:
Must provide an affidavit:
Permission from parents/husband.
Part of a women’s group.
No concerns about potential disturbances or dangers during Hajj.
Pilgrims over 80 years old must be accompanied by an attendant.
Sponsorship Hajj Scheme Seats:
25,000 seats reserved on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Required Information for Sponsorship Scheme:
Name, ID card, and contact details of the pilgrim, along with the specified amount in the Ministry’s dollar account in Pakistani banks, sent from abroad.
Regular Hajj Scheme Seats:
Remaining seats allocated through a draw.
Fitness Certificate for Departure:
Mandatory for all pilgrims.
Overseas Pakistanis can submit a medical fitness certificate from abroad or provide a simple affidavit at the bank affirming their health.
The affidavit should state their commitment to obtaining a medical fitness certificate from Pakistan before the Hajj flight.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has announced that applications will be accepted from November 27 to December 12 2023. The Hajj draw date will be announced later.