Allahu Akbar! HAJ NEWS 1445Hijriah/ 2024



Scout leader speaks 6 languages to help Hajj pilgrims​

The 70-year-old scout leader Abdulwahed bin Abdulmalik Khayyat has been serving pilgrims at the Al-Aziziyah Camp in Makkah for over 25 years. (SPA)
  • Khayyat’s fluency in six languages – English, Hausa, Urdu, Indonesia, Persian and Arabic – enables him to effectively assist pilgrims from diverse nationalities
MAKKAH: The Hajj season brings people together in a spirit of faith, solidarity and volunteerism, among whom 70-year-old scout leader Abdulwahed bin Abdulmalik Khayyat stands out for his exceptional service and multilingual abilities.
Khayyat’s fluency in six languages – English, Hausa, Urdu, Indonesia, Persian and Arabic – has enabled him to effectively assist pilgrims from diverse nationalities and backgrounds at the Al-Aziziyah Camp in Makkah for over 25 years.
He said commitment drives him to continue ensuring pilgrims receive the support they need during their spiritual journey, adding that age is no barrier when the spirit of service remains steadfast.
“Serving pilgrims is not just about providing assistance; it’s about building a community and fostering a sense of responsibility among volunteers,” said Khayyat.
He pointed to the motivational impact of experienced members on younger scouts. “Seeing older members share the honor of service motivates young scouts,” he explained. “Their sincerity and enthusiasm push them to offer exceptional service.”
Khayyat’s story is a testament to the enduring spirit of volunteerism and the profound impact one individual can have on a global congregation of pilgrims.




Muslim World League (MWL) Chief warns against disregarding Hajj regulations and issuing uninformed fatwas​

MAKKAH — Sheikh Mohammed Al-Issa, secretary general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), delivered a significant speech at the Grand Hajj Symposium on Monday.

In his address, Dr. Al-Issa emphasized Saudi Arabia's unique role in securing the Hajj, guaranteeing its peacefulness, and fully assuming responsibility for these tasks.

Dr. Al-Issa highlighted the importance of distinguishing between legitimate facilitation and undue leniency, stressing that customization of fatwas to fit personal preferences should be avoided.

He reiterated that regulations set forth by authorities are obligatory and must be strictly followed by all involved. Ignoring these regulations, he warned, could lead to serious risks and consequences; therefore, Sharia law incorporates discretionary punishments to uphold order and prevent chaos.

Disregarding established regulations, Dr. Al-Issa noted, results in endless complications, as each group might attempt to establish its rules for Hajj. Issuing fatwas on Hajj regulations without adequate knowledge, he added, constitutes an inappropriate infringement on the sanctity of Hajj procedures.

He concluded by reaffirming that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is uniquely qualified to ensure the safety and tranquility of Hajj, bearing full responsibility for this sacred duty. "The state managing Hajj deeply cares for the pilgrims, consistently demonstrating successful and organized event management."


Here are the KEY POINTS from the conference and speech by Dr. Taufiq Al Rabiah, Minister of Hajj and Umrah regarding this year's Hajj 2024

1. **Arrival of Pilgrims**:

" Pilgrims from various countries around the world have arrived smoothly and efficiently." Alhamdulillah!

2. **Adherence to Regulations**:

"I emphasize the necessity for pilgrims to adhere to regulations and instructions and to cooperate with all relevant authorities to ensure we can serve them in the best possible way."

3. **International Awareness Campaign**:

"We have launched an international campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of violating Hajj regulations and falling for fraudulent campaigns in over 20 countries worldwide."

4. **Volunteer Participation**:

"More than 10,000 volunteers are participating in the Hajj and Umrah system."

5. **Makkah Route Initiative**:

"The Makkah Route Initiative has facilitated the pilgrimage for pilgrims by transporting their luggage to their accommodations. We expect over 250,000 pilgrims to benefit from this initiative."

6. **Electronic Application**:

"Pilgrims from 126 countries around the world can now apply for Hajj electronically without intermediaries or travel agencies to prevent fraud."

7. **Jamaraat Bridge Preparations**:

"The preparations for the Jamaraat Bridge have been completed, supported by overhead canopies and air cooling with cold mist to reduce temperatures."

8. **Training for Service Providers**:

"More than 120,000 workers serving the pilgrims have been trained, with over 2,500 training workshops conducted in multiple languages to provide the best services."

9. **World’s Largest Cooling Station**:

"The largest air cooling station in the world has been prepared to cool the atmosphere for the pilgrims."

10. **New Buildings in Mina**:

"Eleven new buildings have been constructed in Mina to accommodate 37,000 pilgrims."

11. **Focus on Worship**:

"Hajj is solely for worship and not for political slogans."

12. **Domestic Pilgrimage Campaign Prices**:

"The prices for domestic pilgrimage campaigns this year are lower than last year."



Fasting on the Day of Arafah for non-pilgrims is a highly recommended Sunnah which entails a great reward;
Allah s.w.t forgives the sins of two years
It was narrated from Abu Qatadah that :
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was asked about fasting on the day of 'Arafah and he replied: It expiates for the past and coming years.


The Quranic verse in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:153) teaches the importance of patience:
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer.
Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”