"For Hajj are the months well known. If any one undertakes that duty therein, Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj. And whatever good ye do, (be sure) Allah knoweth it ..." al-Qur'an 2:197
Hajj has always been and it will always be a reality for all MUSLIMS.
But this year HAJJ has been a disaster for many Muslims who have planed this trip many years ago and they didn't made it due to THE SAUDI ARABIA EMBASSY AND FALSE HAJJ AGENCIES.
The Saudi Arabia Governments restricts VISA to MECCA, and when they finally issues VISA, It was too late for many Muslims to travel.
Despite all the negatives and Miss-judgments about ISLAM, It is one of the most peaceful and caring religion in the world. Islam do not support Terrorism or harming Innocent people for whatever reasons. Islam is built on disciplines and respect for all MANKIND regardless of race, gender or nationality.
Back to HAJJ ( Travel to the HOLY LAND OF MECCA TO PERFORM THE PILGRIMAGE);
HAJJ is now all about money and the religious aspect is fading. I can't imagine the Saudi Arabia Embassy here in Washington D.C will allowed or flow with those Agencies who one have to pay about $300.00 to secure a visa.Yes, is real and this has to be looked at some how. ISLAM is not hard or complicating, We made it look hard and that's wrong.
As I am writing this Blog, there are about 3000 (THREE THOUSAND) MUSLIMS stranding in New York Airport waiting for planes to fly them to MECCA. This is not how it should be, this is simply wrong and it need to be change now.Many Countries in Africa do not have Saudis Embassy, BUT THINGS WORK OUT WELL THIS YEAR. But what wrong with PILGRIMS from the UNITED STATES? Is this what we want to show the world? where are the Rulers? where are the so-call righteous followers? I am a believers in ISLAM, But this is wrong, no need to strand PILGRIM OR MAKE IT SO HARD TO GET A VISA AND TRAVEL FOR HAJJ.
The Saudis Governments can do better and yes they can.
All those PILGRIMS who are stranded in New York and can not travel to MECCA have took time out from there jobs and now what can they do? As we all knows how life is and how tense it can to put food on the tables for families.
There are so many things to find excuses for, but are the Saudi Embassy finding a way to make next year HAJJ simple and accurate? yes, there are ways to do it. Let stop this mess now and get it right.
If I have to write on this matter 24/7 to fix it, I will, till the Embassy get it right.It really hurts when One have to put this shoes on. But is for the better and improvements of all MUSLIMS in the world
Is the Embassy going to apologize to the PILGRIMS who didn't make it to HAJJ? I think they have to.