The pilgrimage to the Sacred House of God is the fifth pillar of Islam after the two testimonies, establishing prayer, paying zakat, and fasting Ramadan, and it is an individual duty for every adult and capable Muslim, for once in a lifetime. The rites of Hajj begin according to the Hijri calendar from the eighth day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, until the last days of Tashreeq, which coincides with the thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments manages and organizes Hajj affairs in the UAE, takes care of pilgrims citizens, and provides them with the finest services to perform rituals with ease and reassurance.
The Department of Hajj and Umrah organizes the affairs of the Hajj campaigns and sets the necessary controls for licensing the campaigns, organizing their work, and evaluating the performance of the official mission and the organizers of Hajj trips, until the end of the Hajj season and the return of the pilgrims to the homeland.
Procedures for applying to perform Hajj
Due to the current circumstances accompanying the spread of the “Corona” pandemic, the Office of Pilgrims Affairs in the United Arab Emirates announced that it will not participate in the Hajj season of 1441 AH corresponding to 2020 AD, after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to limit the Hajj for this season to a limited number of pilgrims inside, in order to limit from the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Saudi Arabia’s decision came within the framework of preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus and to preserve people’s health and lives, which is one of the most important purposes of Islamic law.
The procedures for Hajj, in normal circumstances, within the UAE are summarized in the following steps:
Choose one of the approved campaigns
Signing the Hajj contract with the campaign
Submit the required documents
Get the necessary vaccinations
Receipt of the Hajj permit from the campaign
Selecting and booking campaigns
Citizens wishing to perform the Hajj must choose one of the campaigns approved by the Hajj and Umrah Department. The campaign can be selected by visiting the website of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments to select the appropriate campaign and submit the required documents, which include the following:
A copy of the first and last page of the passport
A copy of the Emirates ID card
Medical examination required for Hajj
As for the residents, they must complete the Hajj requests with the responsible authorities in their country based on the instructions of the Ministry of Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hajj campaigns provide brochures that contain comprehensive information on how the procedures are going so that the Hajj applicant can reserve his place so that this is the first step in the Hajj. In the event of any dispute between the pilgrim contractors and the campaign organizers, a complaint can be submitted to the Hajj and Umrah Department in the authority, or to the official Hajj delegation and its committees designated to look into complaints and settle disputes.
Early electronic registration of pilgrims
The early electronic registration with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has been closed for this year due to the decision of the Hajj Affairs Office in the UAE not to participate in the Hajj season of 1441 AH. However, in the usual situation, Hajj and Umrah campaigns register pilgrims through the "early registration system" with the authority, after completing the documents required of each pilgrim, and then comes the step of filling out the personal information form that the campaigns distribute to pilgrims.
Pilgrims must undergo the necessary medical examinations and obtain all required vaccinations such as the meningococcal quadruple vaccine, the seasonal influenza vaccine, and the pneumococcal vaccine from any licensed health center. The pilgrim must also make sure that the medical certificate is stamped by the responsible doctor before submitting it to the campaign management, which sends it to the competent authorities.
For more information about vaccinations, please visit the Abu Dhabi Hajj Pilgrims Immunization Program page.
Receipt of Hajj permits
The campaign offices register electronically with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments after completing the files of pilgrims, and following the electronic procedures issued by the Ministry of Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to obtain the necessary permits.
The pilgrim receives his passport and the necessary permits from the campaign office, in addition to an awareness bag distributed by the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments. Most of the campaigns also organize educational and awareness sessions to prepare the pilgrims for travel and to perform the rituals. Pilgrims are informed about the dates of gathering and travel that must be adhered to to facilitate all procedures.
The official Hajj mission of the UAE
The official Hajj mission of the UAE consists of several committees that work to coordinate and organize the affairs of Hajj and pilgrims with the aim of providing the finest services to the pilgrims while they are in the Holy Land and performing the rituals. The most prominent services provided by the mission include the following:
Preaching and legal fatwas during Hajj:
The Preaching Committee provides religious guidance to pilgrims during their performance of the Hajj rituals and answers their questions and inquiries about it, as well as providing them with books and publications that help them better understand the provisions and etiquette of Hajj.
The official Hajj mission of the UAE provides free health care services to all pilgrims of the country. The mission includes mobile treatment rooms that reach pilgrims in need of health care in their places of residence. The mission also provides special care for pilgrims who need continuous follow-up of their health, or receive appropriate treatment at the hands of Medical and nursing cadres accompany the mission, as the number of medical teams accompanying the campaigns varies according to the number of pilgrims in order to provide the best medical care for pilgrims.
The official mission sets an emergency plan for evacuating pilgrims based on the permanent deployment of buses near them, in anticipation of any emergency. This plan is developed by meeting with campaign officials in Makkah Al-Mukarramah to inform them of the procedures in the event of any emergency.
The committee of the official Hajj mission inspects the campaigns of pilgrims in Mecca, Mina, Medina and Arafat, and prepares daily reports on each campaign.
Published by Marry Bell