Which things do I need to talk along with me when I go for Hajj?
Provision of free hand bags and pouches is included in the package. The essentials like sandals, safety pins, personal clothes, nail-clipper, multipurpose knife, small shampoo bottle, soap dish, Vaseline, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb/hairbrush, small scissors, toilet paper, water bottle, umbrella, passport and plane ticket, pocket Quran, everyday use medicines for cough, flu cold, etc., sunglasses, face towel. You may want to take along your camera as well to capture the famous historical places in Saudi Arabia that you would visit during your stay. We advise you to take the mentioned things with you, yet you may add or remove any articles according to your needs and requirements.
What is the Expected date of Hajj and the climatic conditions in the coming month of Hajj?
10-ZUL HIJAAH—1433 is expected on 26th September, 2015, subjected to the citation of moon. The weather in Saudi Arabia remains hot in September and November. To stay comfortable throughout your stay during Hajj, you are recommended to take one set of clothes for each day. The limitation of space and physical exertion will demand you to get refreshed when you are done with your day's activities.
How would I know the destination from one ritual to the next during the hajj days?
It is best to thoroughly go through the guide-book once before you leave for Hajj. To ease any sort of difficulty, a religious guide proficient in English will be there for you. However, for the clarification about the rituals of Hajj, you may benefit from the pre-Hajj seminar where your questions will be entertained too.
How much money should I take with me?
The need of money varies with the individual. A few hundred pounds will suffice your needs. Moreover, it is advisable not to take travelers' cheque with you, as you might not be carrying the passport when the cheque needs to be cashed. You may take Pounds with you and get them exchanged when you reach the destination or you may get the Pounds converted into Riyals before departure.
How much I do need to pay for my lunch/dinner or what is the average cost per meal?
Lunch/Dinner will be served to you during the 5 days of Hajj (except at Muzdallifah), as it is included in the package. Additional meals will ask you for payment and the average cost per meal is around £3 or 20 Riyals. During the days of Hajj, tea and other refreshments shall also be provided to you.
Is it permissible if I want to take Zam Zam water with me, back to UK, for my relatives and friends?
It is permissible for you to take the water of Zam Zam with you. 10 liters/person of water is allowed which is not included in the excess baggage.
Can females go to perform Hajj without mahram?
In the time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), it was not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram, keeping in view the safety and protection of the women. The journeys today are much easier than they were in the older times, especially the group journeys like Hajj. Therefore, it is allowed for women to go and perform Hajj without a mahram. If a female is going alone or with another female, she needs to make sure that she is in the company of a group where she feels secure with her life, faith, honour, property and respect. You can see more details about Mahram rules here.
I hold a work/student visa in UK. Is it possible for me to apply for Hajj visa?
Yes, you are eligible to apply for Hajj visa if you currently hold work/student visa. You need to provide proof of residence by sending a copy of driving license or utility bill copy or the copy of council tax along with your passport.
Can I apply for Hajj visa if I hold UK visit visa?
You must be a UK resident if you want to apply for Hajj visa from there. If you hold visit visa then you can apply for Hajj visa from the country you belong. More details on Hajj visa can be found on this page.
Is the cost for sacrifice (qurbani) included in the package?
No, the cost of sacrifice is not included in the package. You need to pay £85 for that in Saudi Arabia.
Can I wear Ihram after reaching Jeddah?
Askthescholar.com gives a very detail account that surely will answer your question. The generally agreed rule among scholars is that no one-- whose primary intention is to perform hajj or 'umrah--is allowed to cross the meeqaat except in a state of ihraam. Should he or she do so, they ought to offer a sacrifice. However, there are some modern scholars who are of the view that they are allowed to put off the intention until such time that they arrive in Jeddah, and then from there they may assume ihraam. You should only resort to this exceptional ruling if you are faced with the following situations: 1. you are flying from a city where you cannot possibly assume ihraam; 2. you are unable to assume ihraam in the plane; this would not be the case in Saudi Air Lines, since there are facilities for doing so in the plane itself.
If you are flying from a city such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, or even London, you may assume ihraam without hardship. Therefore, I would not consider it permissible in such cases to put off the ihraam.
If, on the other hand, your primary intention is to visit your relatives or friends, you are allowed to assume ihraam from Jeddah.
Perhaps another option to follow may be to fly to Madinah first, and to assume ihraam for 'umrah from either Madinah or Dhul hulayfah (if you are traveling by road), by following the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH).