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    Haram expansion to accommodate 1.2m more worshippers

    By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR - Aug 17, 2011

    JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will lay the foundation stone for a new expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday, it was announced on Tuesday.

    The new project, covering 400,000 square meters, will create prayer space for an additional 1.2 million worshippers.

    “The new project, named the King Abdullah Expansion, will be carried out using the most advanced mechanical and electrical systems,” said Muhammad Al-Khozaim, vice president of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques Affairs. “Once completed, the new facility will be able to accommodate nearly 1.2 million worshippers,” he said.

    The new expansion will also have basic facilities including modern garbage disposal systems and security monitoring systems. Sunshades will also be established on the northern courtyards of the mosque. The new annex will be linked with the existing mosque and masaa with a series of bridges. It will also be provided with air conditioning systems and electric stairs.

    Al-Khozaim disclosed plans to expand the mataf (the circumambulation areas around the Holy Kaaba) and provide air-conditioning for all parts of the Grand Mosque, adding that the two projects would be carried out shortly along with the new Haram expansion project.

    Speaking about other projects implemented at the directives of King Abdullah, he said the newly expanded masaa (the running course between Safa and Marwa) could now accommodate 118,000 pilgrims per hour instead of 44,000.

    He described the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Towers as one of the largest real estate projects in Makkah. It comprises six residential towers and a five-star hotel. The frontal towers are 28 stories high while the rear ones are 35 stories. Side towers are 45 stories while the hotel tower is 60 stories. The entire complex with 11,000 rooms and suites can accommodate 35,000 pilgrims.

    Al-Khozaim commended the king for taking the initiative to implement a number of vital projects for the welfare of pilgrims. They include the Mashair Railway connecting Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah, the Haramain Railway to link the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, the Jamrat bridge complex, the Central Zone Development project, the King Abdul Aziz Road, new ring roads in addition to flood drainage projects in the holy sites.

    The Jamrat Bridge project, which was carried out at a cost of SR4.5 billion, was instrumental in preventing stampedes during the stoning ritual. It is designed to accommodate 5 million pilgrims. The Mashair Railway will become fully operational before the upcoming Haj in November. The metro service will operate 17 trains with 12 coaches in each train. A train will carry 3,000 pilgrims.




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    Steep rise in sheep prices during Eid

    By ARAB NEWS - Aug 31, 2011

    RIYADH: The prices of sheep have gone up by more than 80 percent in some markets in the Kingdom, Al-Madinah newspaper reported Wednesday quoting buyers and animal traders.

    According to the daily, the market experts attributed the steep rise in the animal prices to the lack of animal farms in the Kingdom and the hike in the prices of fodder, especially barley.

    Dealers expect the prices of sheep to rise further with the advent of Eid Al-Adha when animals are sacrificed according to Islamic rituals.

    The newspaper said the citizens were shocked by these prices, which were exaggerated and unprecedented. It said many people postponed their buying with the hope that the prices would come down during the last days of Eid.

    In Riyadh, the prices of various species of sheep ranged from SR500 to SR2,400 while at the beginning of Ramadan they were between SR250 and SR1,000.

    According to some customers, the price rise was caused by greedy traders who wanted to exploit the Eid season and other special occasions to make quick gains.

    Other customers believe that the remarkable increase of animal prices was due to the high demand and low supply.

    Saeed Al-Hammadi, a Saudi, told Al-Madinah that the sudden hike in the animal prices was another burden on the citizens, especially the low-income group. "We hardly finished buying Eid requirements for our children and family when we were shocked by the unbelievable rise in sheep prices," he said.

    He recalled that last year the sheep prices also went up but this year the increase was phenomenal. He said the price per head of sheep ranged from SR850 to SR2,600.

    Marzouq Al-Otaibi, whose occupation is animal husbandry, said it was normal for prices to go up during high seasons such as the Eids, while Miteb Al-Otaibi, who too raises animals, said lack of rain and the high prices of fodder were negatively influencing the prices and that was affecting the consumer.

    Obaid bin Muhammad, an animal trader, said the merchants had no hand in the price hikes. "We buy sheep at high prices so we sell them at high prices too," he said.

    http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article496183.ece
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    Those preparing to go to hajj should expect to pay more for the sacrifice than the previous years.

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    Haircut costs on the rise

    FAISAL ABOOBACKER PONNANI

    DAMMAM: The cost of a haircut has not escaped the recent hike in prices of goods and services in the Kingdom. Now a good haircut can cost you around SR15 to SR20, compared to the usual SR10.

    These increased rates are due to the high cost of equipment and disposable items, say barbers. Barber shops in the Eastern Province are now required to adhere to strict new municipal health and safety regulations to avoid heavy fines.

    Barbers have to dispose of used razors and any other equipment which come in close contact with a client’s skin. They are also now required to wear uniforms.

    Municipal authorities have distributed instruction manuals to all barbershops in the region regarding maintenance of hygiene. Authorities have also instructed barbers to hang out the prices for each service they provide.

    It used to be SR5 to SR10 at Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi run barbershops, but now the price has doubled. “This price rise is due to the high cost of disposables and if we have to follow the instructions of the municipality, we have no choice but to increase the rate,” says Shashi, an Indian barber, who runs ‘Tiptop’ barbershop in Dammam. “As a result of the price rise, we have lost some of our regular customers, especially those from the lower income group,” he says.

    “I now cut my hair only once every two months,” says Ali Maqbool, a Pakistani national. “Prices have doubled for everything including a haircut. We are living on minimal salaries and we do not have the luxury to pay double for a shave or haircut,” he says. His salary of SR600 is not enough to meet the expenses of his family of six members back home.

    Noorudheen, a Bangladeshi laborer, says he is planning to get a military cut so that he does not need another haircut for at least two months. “My income is just SR400, with which I have to meet my expenses and that of my family back home. So every riyal counts. I cannot afford to pay double for a haircut every month,” he says.

    Barbers say that the authorities are now conducting frequent checks and issuing warnings and fines for violations. After the first warning, if there is a continued breach of the regulations, barbers can have their shops closed down.

    They say that the authorities are maintaining a log book at every barbershop to note their visit. Barbers face fines of SR500 for offenses.






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    Those going for hajj should expect to pay more than the previous years.

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    Saudi goes hi-tech for hajj pilgrimage

    11/6/2011


    The annual hajj pilgrimage that draws millions of Muslim faithful to Mecca has gone hi-tech this year, with the Saudi authorities calling in latest electronic aides to help control the vast crowds.

    Coping with the world's largest annual human assembly poses a security headache for Saudi Arabia -- guardian of the two holiest Muslim shrines in the cities of Mecca and Medina, the birthplaces of Islam.

    The ministry of religious affairs sends 3.25 million text messages each day to the mobile phones of pilgrims to inform them of correct procedures for the hajj rites so as to "prevent that which is harmful," according to ministry official Sheikh Talal al-Uqail, cited by the official SPA news agency.

    The messages managed by more than 3,000 clerics, translators and administrators aim to correct "errors" made by some pilgrims, the report said.

    At the same time, Saudi authorities follow and manage the movement of the swarms of pilgrims by means of electronic monitors which track each and every pilgrim during the five-day hajj, according to Saudi Minister of Hajj Fuad al-Farsi.

    The religious police meanwhile post videos and documents for the guidance of pilgrims on video-sharing website YouTube, accessible at http://www.youtube.com/user/movieshajj.

    And for the first time this year, the hajj is being streamed live on YouTube in cooperation with the Saudi government. The stream can be seen at youtube.com/hajjlive.

    More than two million Muslims flocked Saturday to Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of the hajj.

    There were no immediate reports of major incidents as security officials focused on crowd control. "Things are going well and according to plan," interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told AFP.

    The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all those who are able to make the journey.


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    First there was a rip of agency in UK taking hajji's money and running away. Now we have this scam this year in US that promised visas it didn't have and took the money and ran. Muslims should check with Hajj ministry in Saudi about an agency before buying their Hajj packages.

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    Mecca-bound Muslims jilted by travel agency


    November 02, 2011

    Hundreds of Muslims hoping to go on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca have been left stranded by a Chicago travel agency that had promised to deliver the proper visas for travel.

    The faithful make their way to Mecca, a procession that millions of Muslims have walked in a ritual of shared sacrifice dating back thousands of years.

    Rukhsana Imtiaz, of Brownstown, Mich., was supposed to be in the middle of the pilgrimage Wednesday night with her husband.

    "Going for Hajj is a lifetime decision," Imtiaz said. "We searched the internet and we found this website and everything was very promising, very nice, so we just went ahead and booked our package through this agent."

    They and several hundred other Islamic faithful from across the country, had made arrangements with VIP Travel Services, whose website has Hajj-2011 on the front page and proclaims it is "a company you can trust."

    VIP packages offered at almost $4,000 per person. Economy travel at almost $3,000 listed as sold out.

    Imtiaz said she and her husband paid $5,000 each and set up care for their three children. "We try to teach them that we're Muslims and we live in a free country and now they're looking at their mom and dad and their fellow Muslims have been cheated by their own fellow Muslim," Imtiaz said. "It's embarrassing."

    ABC7 traced VIP Travel to a North Side strip mall but found it shuttered, the door locked and the office empty.

    Then the wife of the travel agency owner showed up and invited the I-Team inside to speak with her husband on the telephone. Rashid Faridi told Chuck Goudie that the necessary visa's were not issued for 272 of his Hajj travelers.

    GOUDIE: "What's going to happen to the money paid by the 272 people?"

    FARIDI: "Right. We are trying to do that..."

    Faridi was on the phone because he had just wrapped up a meeting in New York with some of the jilted Hajj customers, who have now posted their meeting video on You Tube.

    The marooned Muslim worshippers have also started a website that accuses VIP Travel of running a "Hajj scam."

    "I think he was in over his head," said former VIP Travel employee Ayub Rangoonwala

    Rangoonwala said the travel agency did not intend to cheat anyone but that the owner promised more visas then he obtained.

    "When we weren't getting the visas and it was becoming frustrating and customers were becoming inpatient and kept on asking the same questions," Rangoonwala said. "I was advised not to answer my phone, but because I wanted to pass along as much information as I could to the customer I would pick up my phone and if he would see that he would get upset and angry and yell for no apparent reason."

    The Saudi embassy in Washington has accredited about a dozen travel agencies across the country. On Wednesday, the Saudi information director said, "VIP Travel is not an approved Hajj travel agency. All travel agencies wishing to engage in Hajj travel, must comply with Saudi rules and be approved by the Ministry of Hajj. Vip Travel is not. The embassy became aware of VIP Travel after the consulate section received numerous complaints about VIP Travel."

    "I don't know if there's a black market or if he was buying them through a wholesaler, if there is an authorized wholesaler," Rangoonwala said.

    Faridi told ABC7 that some visas were being sold for up to $2,000 each even though it is illegal to buy Hajj visas at all according to Saudi officials.

    "It's because of them that this is happening," Imtiaz said. "If they hadn't put such strict rules on how to get a visa, this would not be happening. If there was not agents involved in getting those visas I don't think we'd have a problem or anything like that."

    Most of those who didn't receive visas have had their passports returned to them.

    Getting their money back is another thing. The airfare, hotels and ground transportation were all prepaid.

    According to an email Faridi sent to the I-Team, he claimed to be in Saudi Arabia Wednesday night trying to retrieve the funds. But his email also said, "We are in big trouble."

    http://www.viptravelrate.com/HAJJ-2011.html

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victims-of-VIP-Travels-Hajj-Scam-2011/283918641629936

    http://www.saudiembassy.net


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    thanks for this very informative post.It will be beneficial during the hajj pilgrimage.

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    Two arrested and £400k seized in Hajj fraud investigation

    28 August 2014

    Two men were arrested and an estimated £400,000 was seized a travel agencies in East London yesterday ( Wed 20 Aug) as part of an ongoing investigation into Hajj fraud.

    The investigation by Birmingham City Council Trading Standards and City of London Police, saw searches on two travel agencies suspected of selling Hajj packages with false or no travel protection.

    The tour operators are suspected of selling package holidays, including Hajj pilgrimages, by either falsely claiming to have Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) protection or selling unlicensed packages with no ATOL protection, leaving customers exposed if something went wrong with their trips.

    The operation, led by Birmingham Trading Standards, saw City of London Police detectives and Trading Standards officers from Birmingham and Newham gain access to a residential property in east London before moving down the road to conduct a separate search of a travel agency. Neither of the traders at the two properties searched were legally permitted to sell these trips.

    The two men, aged 37 and 42, were taken to a local police station for questioning and were later released on bail.

    Tens of thousands of British Muslims will have booked trips to Saudi Arabia in October to make the pilgrimage to the Mecca and celebrate Hajj.

    However, in the coming weeks some of them will unfortunately find out that once-in-a-lifetime trips have either been soured by sub-standard hotels and travel arrangements or completely destroyed by criminals selling scam Hajj packages for non-existent flights, accommodation and visas.

    All travel companies selling packages involving flights and accommodation must be ATOL accredited to ensure people are protected and insured against unforeseen circumstances.

    The raid comes as the City of London Police, the National Policing Lead for Fraud, and Birmingham Trading Standards continue with their national Hajj fraud campaign -http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/news-and-appeals/campaigns-and-initiatives/hajj/Pages/default.aspx , focused on preventing Muslims falling into the clutches of fraudsters offering scam packages to Mecca.

    Throughout July and August police officers from forces across the UK have been going out into their Muslim communities with crime prevention advice to help prevent people becoming victim to Hajj Fraud.

    City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is also the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime , said: “Hajj fraud damages and, in some cases, completely destroys people’s dreams of making a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca.

    "Tackling this problem continues to be a major priority for the City of London Police and this operation with Birmingham Trading Standards highlights our determination to disrupt any operation that we believe is a threat to Muslims who are looking to book Hajj packages in good faith .”

    Sajeela Naseer, Head of Trading Standards for Birmingham City Council, said: “ Yesterday’s action by our Trading Standards officers and the City of London Police has maximised our effectiveness in tackling Hajj package tour fraud. The visits related to businesses which we believe are defrauding and misleading their customers, one of which has already been previously warned.

    “We have been successfully prosecuting such operators for a number of years, and through our investigations we are identifying many more operators like these who are trading nationally through the internet or advertising.

    “As we believe this is an under-reported but widespread problem, the National Trading Standards Board responded by establishing a National Task Group led by Birmingham City Council to help tackle these illegal activities. This has enabled us to adopt a co-ordinated approach working with different local authorities and the City of London Police to clamp down on the perpetrators. ”

    Andy Cohen, Head of ATOL at the CAA, said: “Any UK travel business selling air packages, which includes Hajj pilgrimages, must have ATOL protection; it’s as simple as that.

    ATOL is the Government backed financial protection scheme, which gives air travellers the peace of mind they won’t lose their money and will get home safely - even if the travel business they book with goes bust.

    “Sadly, we have seen cases of businesses selling Hajj package deals that either don’t have the ATOL protection they should have, or are falsely claiming to have ATOL protection when they are not a registered ATOL company. This potentially leaves consumers booking with these companies at risk of being left out of pocket.

    “It is really important customers look beyond the price and check and double check that the travel business has ATOL protection - and ensure they receive an ATOL certificate once they pay any money towards their trip.”

    Councillor Ian Corbett, Newham Council’s Mayoral Advisor for Environment and Leisure, said: “ This is a great example of joined up working between local authorities and the police to ensure honest law-abiding citizens are not ripped-off by opportunist crooks who try to make a profit out of their clients' desire to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage.

    “We urge anyone making travel arrangements, to Mecca or the rest of the world, to check that their travel agent is ATOL registered. Any resident who suspects a company in Newham is carrying out fraudulent activities should contact our trading standards team on 020 8430 2000.”

    Anyone who has concerns about Hajj travel packages or thinks they may have been a victim of Hajj fraud can email hajjhelp@birmingham.gov.uk or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the website: www.actionfraud.police.uk.


    How to protect yourself and your loved ones from Hajj fraudsters


    If you are booking a flight-based package make sure your travel company is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

    A legitimate ATOL logo will have a four or five digit number and can be checked online at: http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx.​

    ATOL protection is the Government backed financial protection scheme and means if your travel company collapse while you are in Saudi Arabia, you will be repatriated at no further cost. The CAA will also do everything possible to ensure you can finish and enjoy your holiday without disruption. ​​​​

    http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/ad...ajj-fraud.aspx


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    There are con artists in every country who try to rip Muslims off during the Hajj season. It's important to do full and proper research into the company before making any travel plans. Do not trust what others are saying as you don't know the source of their information. Do your own research, if you can then ask those who have done business with them and check their legitimacy.

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    No Hajj for 200 Bangladeshi Pilgrims


    September 30, 2014



    Dreams of over 200 pilgrims to perform holy hajj have been shattered as 17 hajj agencies deceived them by not arranging their visas and air tickets.


    The cheated hajj aspirants are now wandering in and around Ashkona Hajj Camp for the last few days hoping that the government will take measures to send them to perform the holy rituals.


    Hajj officials said the victims have no chance to perform hajj this year as the Saudi Embassy has already stopped issuing visas for pilgrims and the last flight with pilgrims departs today.


    “We are visiting the camp for the last four days with a flicker of hope. We are passing sleepless nights,” said Eman Ali Sardar, one of the victims hailing from Pabna.


    He said they are nine in the group and all are cheated by Hajj agency Al-Nayeem International which took Tk 2.5 lakh on an average from each of them.


    “I sold a piece of land and arranged money to perform hajj, but my hopes are now crushed,” said septuagenarian Abu Bakar Siddique, another victim.


    They said they came to hajj camp last Friday being informed by their hajj agent that they would fly on that night. But none came to bring them from the camp to the airport, they added.



    Eman said a staff of Al-Nayeem received the call after they repeatedly tried to reach him, and demanded more money for arranging tickets. “We sent Tk 2.19 lakh to the agency through Mu’allim, but to no avail,” he added. Some other victims from other groups also shared the same experience of being cheated.


    Meanwhile, 480 others will also not be able to perform hajj as they did not get clearance from the immigration police on various grounds.


    “With government assistance, we are arranging air tickets for those cheated pilgrims who have visas,” said Nasir Uddin Ahmed, deputy secretary of Religious Affairs Ministry, adding that they have already sent 73 such pilgrims.


    However, Officer-in-Charge of Khilkhet Police Station Nazrul Islam yesterday said police have arrested the manager of Al Nayeem agency on Sunday and seized 65 passports.


    Meanwhile, Mohammad Assaduzzaman, Bangladesh hajj counsellor in Jeddah told The Daily Star over the phone on Sunday that they have received allegations from over 100 pilgrims that several hajj agencies are not arranging proper accommodation and food for them.


    He said they will send reports on the allegations against the agencies to the ministry after completion of the hajj.


    Out of 98,757 pilgrims, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has successfully completed flying 49,378 hajj pilgrims till Sunday, confirmed the hajj counsellor. Saudi Arabian Airlines will carry the rest.


    Around 95,000 pilgrims went to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj till yesterday. There are around 2,000 pilgrims still staying in the hajj camp and Saudi Airlines will carry them today.


    Biman will operate its post-hajj return flights from October 8 to November 8, while Saudi Airlines will operate return flights from October 9 to November 17.

    Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/

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    Umrah firms warned against supplying fake Zamzam bottles


    1.15.15

    The Ministry of Haj recently detected the distribution of Zamzam bottles inconsistent with the specifications of the King Abdullah Bottled Zamzam Water Project, which the ministry distributes to the pilgrims on their departure from the Kingdom.

    A ministry source said that the official body has warned Haj and Umrah firms against promoting the sales of these fake bottles to worshippers inside their lodgings.

    “Further search operations and investigations revealed that the fake bottles are being supplied by unlicensed individuals at pilgrims’ accommodations,” the source said.

    The National Water Company (NWC) is the sole operator for the Zamzam water project which, in compliance with the requirements of the air cargo security committee, allows pilgrims to carry 5-liter bottles of the sacred water through the Kingdom’s airports.

    The King Abdullah Bottled Zamzam Water Project aims to provide pilgrims with the holy water in an organized and efficient manner. The project produces 5,000 cubic meters of Zamzam water daily and 200,000 plastic bottles with a volume of 5 liters each at a total cost of SR700 million.

    The project was inaugurated during the holy month of Ramadan in 2009 and includes 42 distribution points.

    http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/689736

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    Holy Makkah Tours fined over £70K after admitting misleading customers



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    A travel firm and its director have been ordered to pay £71,417 after admitting they had misled customers over their Hajj and Umrah packages.

    Birmingham City Council prosecuted Holy Makkah Tours Limited following an investigation by Trading Standards as part of a national project to tackle Hajj and Umrah fraud.
    Holy Makkah Tours Limited – which traded from Birmingham and London – and its director Mohammed Suba Ibn Nozir, 44, pleaded guilty to seven offences each last year.Manager Shamshu Miah, 54, pleaded guilty to one offence under the legislation.The company was fined £11,000 and ordered to pay £5,600 in costs at Birmingham Crown.Nozir was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £5,600 in costs, and was disqualified for two years from holding any directorship.

    Under Proceeds of Crime Act he was ordered to pay £31,217.15 with all payments to be made within 3 months.
    Miah was handed a £1,000 fine and ordered to pay £1,500 towards costs.Holy Makkah Tours Limited did not hold an ATOL licence, which is a legal requirement for travel firms selling package holidays.Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “This case highlights the need for people booking any holiday to be aware that internet-based travel firms have to adhere to the same codes of practice as those based on the High Street

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    “It is also a great example of how working closely with our local authority partners has helped us bring a successful prosecution.“Trading Standards is here to protect Hajj pilgrims from being ripped off by unscrupulous travel providers. We know it’s important to take action to protect pilgrims and to ensure there is a level playing field for all businesses.”Holy Makkah Tours Limited is still trading.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/07/22/hol...ing-customers/

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    Hajj travel firm and director ordered to pay £43K after misleading customers

    A Hajj travel firm and its director have been ordered to pay £43,000 after being convicted of misleading customers over ATOL protection.

    The Birmingham Mail reports that Islam Freedom Limited was found guilty of several offences last year following an investigation by Trading Standards.


    The company, based in Newham, was linked to Holy Makkah Tours, another firm which traded from the same address as well one in Birmingham. Both firms were prosecuted by Birmingham City Council after being investigated by Trading Standards officers.


    Islam Freedom Limited’s website stated customers could “book with confidence” as their packages were ATOL protected. ATOL licences are a legal requirement for travel firms selling package holidays.


    A Trading Standards officer found the site was still displaying an ATOL logo on February 19, 2014. When they called to enquire about a Hajj tour, they were advised that the company was ATOL bonded. But Islam Freedom Limited’s ATOL licence had actually expired on March 31, 2013.


    The company and its director, Shah Shahin Chowdhury, were found guilty of five offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at a hearing in August last year.


    At Birmingham Crown Court on August 17 the company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs, while a nominal order of £1 was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act against Islam Freedom Limited.


    Chowdhury, 44, of West Bromwich, was also fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs. He was also disqualified from holding any directorship for four years and ordered to pay £13,000 within three months pursuant to a confiscation order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


    Holy Makkah Tours Limited and its director, Mohammed Suba Ibn Nozir, previously admitted seven offences under the same legislation and were ordered to pay a total of £71,417 at Birmingham Crown Court on July 19.


    Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham City Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “This case highlights the need for people booking any holiday to be aware that internet-based travel firms have to adhere to the same codes of practice as those based on the high street.


    “It is also a great example of how working closely with our local authority partners has helped us bring a successful prosecution. Trading Standards is here to protect Hajj pilgrims from being ripped off by unscrupulous travel providers. We know it’s important to take action to protect pilgrims and to ensure there is a level playing field for all businesses.”

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/08/18/haj...ing-customers/

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    Every year someone tries to con the hajjis in UK. Muslims there need to be more cautious of such fraud among them.


 

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