The State of Travel
in the Mideast
Al Mu'adhdhan Hajj Group
Travel Agents who specialize in the Middle East:
Hajj Khalil Ghani
Give a little background on your agency
: where are you located, what is
your specialty, etc.
1. Have conducted hundreds of workshops
on Hajj to ensure proper
preparation of perspective Hajjis.
2. Have recruited and led hundreds of Hajjis to the Bait Allah.
3. Have ongoing promotion to increase the awareness of Muslims of their
obligation to perform the Hajj.
4. Have conducted seminars on Hajj for the Philadelphia School Board
teachers enrolled in cultural diversity classes.
5. Have conducted seminars on Hajj to graduate students at Cheyney
University enrolled in Humanities class.
6. Have been catalyst in unifying several Hajj groups in Philadelphia
bring about unity and reduce the cost for perspective Hajjis.
Specialty: Hajj and Umrah Travel
Why should people use a travel agent
instead of just going online and
buying a ticket on their own?
A travel agent can offer personalize
service for your travel needs to help
insure, "What you want is what you get.".
How is the war in Iraq and/or the Israel/Palestinian
problem reflecting on
travel to the Middle East?
Because our travel is associated with the performance of religious duties,
we have not been affected by these world issues.
What kind of clientele (where from)
do you mainly deal with?
Mainly Pennsylvania but our clientele includes people from all over
Where are your people traveling to
and why?(i.e. are people going to Egypt
for tourism, or the UAE for shopping/business.).
We offer a side trip after the Hajj
Saudi Arabia) usually to Egypt for
shopping and sight-seeing.
Have you noticed any trends in travel
to the Middle East from your area?
Because of the nature of our travel,
our travelers go to fulfill their
Islamic religious obligation. The trend is to make the trip in an effort
please their Lord.
Where should people consider going
(where they currently aren't going) and
Many of our travelers do not want to mix their religious travel with
travel. Others accept the option for travel to other places after their
How is traveling on land through countries?
Because of the mass number of people in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj
travel is slow but rewarding. Travel during Umrah (a lesser religious
experience) is easy. The main barrier to travel during both periods
is the language barrier.
What are the best times of years to
visit the Middle East? Why?
Any time of the year is a wonderful
Hajjah Fatima Abdul-Malik
Al Mu'adhdhan Hajj Group
4816 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141
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