ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government has taken a significant step in facilitating Hajj pilgrims by introducing an online Hajj 2024 cost calculator.
With the aim of providing clarity and precise expense estimates, this online tool addresses the confusion surrounding the diverse payment categories introduced for the upcoming pilgrimage.
As aspiring Hajj pilgrims eagerly await the opening of Hajj applications, the calculator is a simple tool designed for pilgrims so that they can simply select their Hajj category and get accurate information about the costs associated with their Hajj journey.
Those who intend to perform Hajj may find the calculator here which is available on the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony’s website.
A significant reduction of one lac rupees in government Hajj expenses was announced by the federal government recently. Moreover, the government has also announced a 30kg baggage allowance per pilgrim, a move designed to facilitate pilgrims.
Federal Minister of Religious and Interfaith Harmony, Aneeq Ahmed has recently disclosed that Pakistan has secured 179,000 Hajj seats, with half allocated to private Hajj operators.
As far as the timelines are concerned, the government will start accepting Hajj applications from November 27th to December 12th. A novel addition exclusively introduced this year is the Short Hajj package, allowing completion of the religious ritual in 20-25 days. In contrast, the Long Hajj spans 38-42 days with about 8-day in Medinah stay though the Short Hajj Package is comparatively more expensive than the Long Hajj package, a practice accepted globally due to peak season and expensive residence rates.
The annual Hajj, a holy pilgrimage in Islam, takes place in the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Pakistan, with its significant Muslim population, plays a vital role in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Thousands of Pakistani Muslims undertake the sacred journey to Mecca, fulfilling a religious obligation. During the last year, the federal government had decided not to conduct any balloting as there were few applicants and everyone who applied was given the opportunity to perform Hajj.