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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There are two kinds of charity in religion Islam that are obligatory and voluntary, well known as Zakat and Sadaqah respectively. The concept of charity can be seen in most of the communities of world. The tradition of Islam has rigid laws that are associated with it. Charity in religion Islam is seen as strengthening of the ideal of Muslim community. Every Muslim in the Islamic community is seen to reside with unity as one people.

The Holy Quran states in verse 2:110:

And establish prayer and give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with ALLAH. Indeed, ALLAH of what you do, is Seeing.

Charity is central to every Muslim’s life. Muslims should make reference library in masjids, where Muslims can go and study and understand Islam. From the masjid, there should be proper management for the collection and distribution of all Sadaqah and Zakat. It would benefit the whole community if each masjid would incorporate a medical clinic free of cost which can meet after Friday Prayer (Jummah Namaz) or any other day. Muslims who are in need of emergency assistance and help can receive urgent treatment. ALLAH Almighty knows each and everything we do in open or hidden, ALLAH Almighty has His own way of punishment and judgment.

Verse 2:43 of Holy Quran,

And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].

Charitable giving (Zakaat or sadaqah) is highly commended in religion Islam as it is in most affective global traditions. It is through the act of charity or donation that one is elevated to a higher spiritual activity and feels the benefits and happiness of serving humanity. Ramadan of Holy Ramadan is the ideal and best time to give charity; any kind of giving it may be. One form of obligatory charitable giving, Zakat, is one of the five basic pillars of religion Islam. Zakat, means to purify, is giving alms to the needy and poor and it is obligatory for every adult able Muslim of sound mind and means. In the same way, many people choose to give Sadaqah, which are not obligatory but voluntary donations during Holy Ramadan another obligatory charity is paying Fitrana, that is given just before the Eid ul Fitr prayer at the end of Holy Ramadan.

Verse 2:274 of Holy Quran,

Those who spend their wealth [in ALLAH’S way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.

May ALLAH Almighty make us able to give charity and gives us sense of humanity and save us and guide us away from all devils that are eager to destroy Islam in us. Ameen is one of the authorized Hajj and Umrah travel agent based in Pakistan offers a range of Saudi Umrah Visa Booking from Pakistan.





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.