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Does anyone accompany the group from the UK?

Yes, our Hajj Facilitators will accompany the group from the UK, and throughout the Hajj 2016 experience

Do you provide any religious guidance?

Our aim is to insha'Allah help prepare the pilgrim for the 'Journey of a Lifetime'. Led by Shaykh Muhammad Yaseen, our team will be on hand to offer total guidance and support at every stage of the Hajj 2016 experience. Prior to departure we will be arranging Hajj seminars that will teach the rituals of Hajj & Umrah; detailing the legal and spiritual aspects of the fifth pillar of Islam. We will also hold regular lectures throughout Hajj 2016 with comprehensive question and answer sessions.

How can I book my seat?

In order to confirm your booking, we will need a deposit of £1,000 per person, which can be paid through online banking, cheque, or cash. You will also need to ensure that you agree to our Terms and Conditions, as well as completing our mandatory Hajj 2016 Booking Form.

What documents will I need to ensure confirmation for my Hajj trip?

All the relevant information required from you is specified within our intuitive Hajj 2016 Booking Form. In addition to this we will also need you to:

  • Accept and agree to our Terms and Conditions;
  • Complete a Saudi Arabian Visa Application Form;
  • Provide a 'Testimony of Shahada' if you reverted to Islam;
  • Provide a signed medical certificate for vaccination against Meningitis;
  • Provide an English copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • Provide a copy of your child's birth certificate (if applicable);
  • Provide a valid passport (that is valid for at least 6 months after your Hajj 2016 trip);
  • Provide four passport sized photographs (your name and passport clearly printed on the back of each photo);

How do I arrange my sacrifice (Qurbani)?

You can either arrange your own sacrifice (Qurbani), or alternatively we can arrange it for you. We estimate it to cost around £80 during Hajj 2016.

Are Hajj drafts included in the package price?

Yes, the Hajj drafts - as required by the Saudi government - are inclusive with our Hajj 2016 experience.

Is room occupancy guaranteed?

Once you have confirmed your booking, your requirements for room occupancy will be honoured. Please note, occupancy based on room size (double and triple occupancy) only applies to hotels in Makkah and Madinah, if you require special arrangements for Aziziyah also, then an additional charge of £405 (per unused bed) will need to be paid.

Can a woman travel without a mahram or husband?

A condition of Hajj is that all women must be accompanied by either her husband or a Mahram (a male that one cannot marry according to Islam). Therefore we are unable to accept any bookings from females that are travelling alone.

How are the men & women accommodated?

In Makkah and Madinah, room occupancy is based on the requirements specified at the time of the booking. In Aziziya, unless speficied, men and are women are segregated in separate rooms. In Mina, men and women are segregated in separate tents that are close to one another.

Are you an officially registered Hajj Tour Operator approved by the Ministry of Hajj?

Essential Islam is a branch of Sara International Travel Inc, who are an officially licensed tour operator.

Who are Sara International Travel?

Sara International Travel Inc. (USA) was founded in 1994 and is America’s most personal Hajj company. Over the past years Sara International Travel’s team have focused and dedicated themselves to providing exceptional and reliable Hajj and Umrah services to its customers (in the USA, UK, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean).


Want to speak with one of our Hajj 2016 experience team members? Drop us a line and we’d be happy to answer any questions!

07788 788 007