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12 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I August 2008
Exploitation of Hajj
Pilgrims must stop
The Government last month hosting is turning into a nightmare. It’s not contractual obligations.
a summit to tackle problems faced acceptable and we want to put an end To help avoid rogue traders, pilgrims
by British Muslims making the Hajj to it. “We need to help pilgrims avoid are advised to Check the package
pilgrimage to Makkah alongside Travel booking with rogue travel agents and to operator holds an Air Travel Organiser’s
operators, community groups and get redress when they fall foul of those Licence (ATOL), Consider booking with
consumer organisations discussed with who break the law. a company that has been independently
the Government on how to protect people “Pilgrims who are defrauded by rogue recommended by friends or family, Keep
from rogue travel agents. travel operators must complain to the documents such as contracts, invoices
In recent years many pilgrims have been Police or Trading Standards, so we and letters in a safe place, as this helps
ripped off by a variety of scams, including: can take action to bring the criminals to with redress if things go wrong.
Paying for a five star hotel, but getting a justice. Pilgrims can check whether their
poor quality cramped room, Visas and “It is encouraging for the UK’s annual operator has an ATOL on the Civil
flight tickets not arriving, Last minute 25,000 Hajj pilgrims that so many people Aviation Authority’s website at http://www.
changes to flights, In extreme cases involved have come together today to find atol.org.uk or by calling 020 7453 6424. 2.
agents are simply disappearing - taking solutions.” Contact details for nearest local authority
pilgrims’ money with them. Hajj pilgrims from the UK have legal rights trading standards offices are available
Consumer Minister Gareth Thomas under the Package Travel Regulations from Consumer Direct on 08454 04056,
said, “Unfortunately, for some pilgrims and may be eligible for compensation if at http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk or
what should be the occasion of a lifetime a tour operator has failed to honour its from local town halls.
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said... Lane-Poole in ‘Speeches and Table Talk of the Prophet Muhammad’
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