Make Hajj arrangements complaint free
UNFORTUNATELY, it has become a sort of perennial feature every year that the Hujjaj on their return express their outcry over the ‘lack of arrangements’ made for them by the Ministry of Religious Affairs on the holy land. Apart from this, allegations of corruption in Hajj arrangements are also surfacing over the last few years, especially the convictions of one former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and the former DG in embezzlement case not only shook the confidence of the public but also brought bad name and embarrassment to the country.
However, since the installation of present government, efforts have been made to extend maximum facilities to the Hujjaj like the Hajj package has been reduced yet we believe much needs to be done to provide better medical, transport and accommodation facilities to the Hujjaj. In addition, delay in the flights of PIA to and from Saudi Arabia needs to be checked. In this regard, President Mamnoon Hussain, while talking to Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, gave a timely direction to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, to remove all the irritants that cause discomfort to the pilgrims. Indeed, it is the responsibility of the government to make the best possible arrangements, yet those embarking upon the holy journey should not forget that Hajj is a journey and act of worship and there is always trial in worship no matter what form. Those who depart with the mindset that the Hajj is supposed to be easy, get impatient and start complaining at the slightest inconvenience. Hence, pilgrims need to begin their journey with the knowledge and intention that this is a voyage of trials and not one of luxury. While we expect that the government makes best possible arrangements for the Hujjaj, we hope that those travelling to the holy land will also demonstrate utmost patience and focus more on the Hajj rituals rather than finding faults in Ministry’s arrangements.
HURMAT GROUP OF PUBLICATIONS