ISLAMABAD – The Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has officially announced the commencement of Hajj 2024 training workshops starting today (Monday).
The Ministry announced the implementation of training programs at the district level through seven camps managed by the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Officials have outlined that the training will be carried out in two phases, with the first phase concluding before Ramadan and the second phase beginning after Ramadan.
During these workshops, attendees will receive comprehensive training covering various aspects of Hajj preparation, ritual comprehension, and addressing potential challenges. Chief Hajj Trainer Nasir Aziz Khan will oversee the training; ensuring participants are well-prepared for their pilgrimage journey.
To facilitate convenient participation, the detailed training schedule will be conveyed to successful intending pilgrims through mobile messages and the dedicated Hajj app. This innovative approach allows attendees to participate in workshops at convenient local venues.
An exciting aspect of the training involves an immersive learning experience, utilizing model tents resembling the Mina Valley. Through 3D videos and interactive sessions, participants will gain a realistic understanding of the pilgrimage journey.
Overall, the Ministry’s initiative aims to empower intending pilgrims with essential knowledge and skills for a successful Hajj experience. With structured training programs and innovative learning methods in place, attendees can embark on their pilgrimage journey with confidence and readiness.
It is to be highlighted that Pakistan had secured approximately 179,000 seats for the upcoming Hajj, and half of these will be filled by private Hajj operators.
As far as the details of the upcoming Hajj are concerned, the government has introduced a short Hajj package, ensuring completion within 25 days. Priced at Rs 80, 000 more than the Long Hajj package, the cost for Short Hajj stands at Rs 1,140, 000 for individuals from the southern region(Burewala, Bhakkar, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Jhang, and Dera Ghazi Khan) and Rs 1,150, 000 for those from the northern areas (Mansehra, Naran, Kaghan, Gilgit, Chilas, Passu and Karimabad).
For the Long Hajj package, pilgrims will have an extended journey lasting up to 42 days, with eight of those days spent in Medinah. Departing from southern parts like Karachi, Quetta, and Sukkur, the cost of this experience is Rs 1,065,000. For those departing from the northern parts (Mansehra, Naran, Kaghan, Gilgit, Chilas, Passu, and Karimabad) the cost is slightly higher at Rs 1,075, 000.
Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, obligatory for all Muslims who can afford it. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Pilgrims perform a series of rituals, symbolizing unity, equality, and spiritual cleansing.