British Pilgrims Unable to go Haj Due to Visa Problem

September 16th 2014 / News

POLITICS Passport 1As the fiasco over Haj visas continues, Haj & Umrah Complaints has received emails from members of the public exasperated that they are unable to go to Haj as their spouses—though in possession of UK residence permits—have foreign passports.

Many of these potential pilgrims have been preparing for years to go on a once-in-a-life-time pilgrimage. Preparations were made months ago, holidays booked in advance and children left with relatives to go on the blessed trip. What is making the issue further difficult, they say, is that the Saudi embassy in the UK is not providing any information. Here is one moving story:

My wife holds a foreign passport and she has not gotten her visa while I hold a British passport and I got my visa, our flight was yesterday and we missed our flight. We had been making Haj preparations for so many years and when the time came to go we were told that my wife is not issued with a visa from that time she has been so down and crying all the time and it’s affecting her health as she is not eating properly and being very quiet at all times. I am very worried about her health. I hope she gets her visa so that we can perform our Haj.

My travel agent is also trying his best. He goes to the embassy everyday but the Saudi embassy in London don’t give single bit of information about what’s happening and what they are going to do. It is so frustrating and stressful when there is no information given. The embassy people keep on saying insha-Allah just to give false hopes. May Allah have mercy on them and make them think Haj is fardh act every Muslim has to perform at least once in their lifetime.

I have left my young child with a relative in a different city with the hope that we will be going for Haj and he is not with us at the moment. I work and I have to plan my holidays well in advance. My holiday is getting wasted as we still do not know when will she get her visa and I won’t be able to get holiday off work at the last minute.

We have already paid for our ticket which is a loss to us. We have been saving money for so many years to perform Haj. My wife gave me the full support to work hard so that we can go for Haj and I worked hard to earn for Hajj. I hope you understand us and do something about this please pass it to some senior who can consider my difficulties.

May Allah grant my wife her visas, Ameen. I have full faith in Allah He is the Giver and He will surely Give me…

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