Biometric Verification For Umrah Resulting In Misery For Pilgrims


Saudi government and their Hajj Ministry came up with a new rule imposed on Pakistani pilgrims wishing to perform will now must go through a biometric verification before they apply for any Hajj or Umrah visa. Visa applications without any biometric verification will be instantly rejected. The chaos among the pilgrims enraged when Saudi Authorities revealed that visa application that are already accepted will also fall into the category of biometric verification. This decision created a panic among the pilgrims who already had got their visa process completed but now they have to visit the biometric verification centers which has created a panic among the pilgrims.

It is reported by the officials that the organization that has been given the responsibility of the data of fingerprints of Pakistani pilgrims is a Dubai-based firm which is headquartered in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, i.e. Eitmad. It is also revealed that Dubai based office is chaired by an Indian director.

The local travel agents reported that the fee for biometric verification is 600 Pakistani Rupees. The foreign company is sucking millions from this so called mandatory procedure which is newly imposed by Saudi authorities for the verification of finger prints before apply for the Umrah visa.

The main problem is people from all over Pakistani plan to go for the blessed Journey of Umrah and they contact their local travel agents to get Umrah visa and other services that are required for the Umrah visit. The offices of biometric verification are located in federal capital and provincial capitals i.e. Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.

A representative of the concerned company said that one branch has the capacity of verifying 330 people on daily basis, while according to travel agents the proportion of visa requests is potentially higher than the capacity of these centers as they receive almost 6000 to 9000 Umrah applications on daily basis across Pakistan.

Now the pilgrims from rural area who are mostly aged between 55 to 70+ have to come verbally all the way from their home towns to the verification offices, to complete their visa procedures. This is getting worse day by day as not everyone can come all the way from their rural areas just for a thumb impression because a large proportion of people who visit Saudi Arabia for Umrah are elder and aged more than 70 years.

A protest also took place on Tuesday by local travel agents association in front of Karachi Press Club. The travel agents criticized the new condition of biometric verification. According to them, the biometric verification is a discomfort for both passengers and travel agents as they have already booked their customers flight tickets and their visas are issued before this new rule was implemented. They requested the government to play its role in terminating the new condition.

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Verse 60:8-9 of Holy Quran,

ALLAH does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, ALLAH loves those who act justly. ALLAH only forbids you from those who fight you because of religion and expel you from your homes and aid in your expulsion – [forbids] that you make allies of them. And whoever makes allies of them, then it is those who are the wrongdoers.

The above ayah gives the clarification for the use of force by Muslims against the non-believers. Using force is not conditioned for spreading the religion Islam; rather it is conditioned to those who harm the religion Islam or those who help enemies of Islam for harming the religion must be dealt with force. Or else, those who do not cause any problem or harm to religion Islam or to Muslims should be dealt with justice and kindness.

Verse 39:41 of Holy Quran,

Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for [the benefit of] his soul; and whoever goes astray only goes astray to its detriment. And you are not a manager over them.

From this ayah of Holy Quran it is completely clear that ALLAH Almighty has sent the fact and truth down in the form of religion Islam and the sacred Book Holy Quran. The message according to this ayah is that those who wish to get guidance should come to Islam and those who are not willing to do so; they are completely free.

Many Non-Muslims argue that the reason behind the spread of Islam is that Muslims want to rule the whole world and force upon others by their Islamic way of living life. According to Muslim belief ALLAH Almighty is the Supreme and The Only True God and He can do whatever He wants, So, the idea that ALLAH Almighty wants the spread of religion Islam through force is completely wrong because if He wanted people to become Muslim they would be Muslim, as ALLAH Almighty says in Holy Quran in Verse 10:99

And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?

Verse 16:125 of Holy Quran,

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. is one of the authorized Hajj and Umrah travel agent based in Pakistan offers a range of Cheapest Hajj Packages from Pakistan.



Verse 24:36-37 of Holy Quran,

[Such niches are] in mosques which ALLAH has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings. [Are] men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts from the remembrance of ALLAH and performance of prayer and giving of zakah. They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will [fearfully] turn about –

When anyone from amongst you sets out from his house (for the masjid) he must say softly to himself words of remembrance [of ALLAH] – words unconnected with the business and affairs of this world. He must set out calmly, sombrely, he must set out with (his heart full of) longing and wish [for ALLAH’S pleasure] and apprehension and fear [of ALLAH’S anger] and with humbleness and meekness towards ALLAH Almighty. For the more modest, the more submissive he is to

ALLAH Almighty, the more righteous and virtuous does he become in namaz and the greater becomes his reward, and the more righteous and nearer to ALLAH Almighty becomes the worshipper. But whoever is filled with pride, ALLAH Almighty will destroy him and will reject his deeds, for the act and deeds of the proud are never accepted. So let none of you fright the dust, nor find it distasteful to make Sajda in it, for there is not any kind of doubt that every one of you comes from it (i.e. mankind was created from dust).

ALLAH Almighty showers His Mercy upon the worshipper who approaches prayer in a state of humbleness and meekness towards ALLAH Almighty, in fear and supplicating Him with wish (for His Pleasure), and in hope (of His Mercy), making Namaz, his most significant consideration, dedicating his whispered utterances to ALLAH Almighty and his standing straight in worship and his ruku and his Sajda, fill his heart and his feelings and struggling to perfect his acts of ibadah (worship), for he knows whether he will perform another namaz after it, or whether he will be overtaken (by death) before he can perform namaz again.

A person should stands before ALLAH Almighty, sincerely, with deep feelings, hopeful for its acceptance and fearing its rejection, for verily, its acceptance is a reason for joy, while its rejection is a reason for sadness and wretchedness. Nothing could be more significant to you in Salah, or indeed in any of your actions [i.e. that ALLAH Almighty accepts them]. What is more deserving of your sorrow and misery, your fear, indeed your terror, you do not know whether your namaz will be accepted or not.

Verse 2:3 of Holy Quran,

Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. is one of the authorized Hajj and Umrah travel agent based in Pakistan offers a range of Cheap Umrah Packages from Pakistan.