Some of Our Hajj 2016 Packages
I am writing to express my gratitude to Sara International and all its staff for the dedication that you put in trying to help us perform our Hajj.
Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah, I was able to accompany the group for the hajj in 2015. My name is Nassor Shabibi and I am from Minneapolis, MN.
I want to highlight a few things Sara did that I think helped me personally during the hajj.
The daily updates via text messages kept me informed and yet allowed me to be able to concentrate on my ibaadah without worrying about missing important things with regards to the arrangements.
The accommodations, Alhamdulillah, were as comfortable as you had promised both in Makkah and Madinah. In Aziziyah, the Sara Towers were as comfortable as many Hotels, mashaaAllah.
The group leaders were very helpful and all of them were available to all of us. I would like to make a special mention and thank Imam Hamza for his willingness to answer our questions at anytime and help leading us in many of the rituals. Jazaak Allah Kheir Brother Hamza.
MashaAllah, the scouts were most welcoming and helpful. They were there for us and helped us with so many logistical questions from where we could get a cup of tea to carrying our luggage between hotels. Jazaak um Kheir, my sons.
Any organization takes its ques from the leader. In this instance, I would like to personally thank Imaam Zameer for helping me personally when I missed my plane because of my forgetfulness (may be because of my old age, Alhamdulillah). I always pray that Allah will reward you for this gesture, whenever I remember our phone conversation after I realized that I had missed my plane. You assured me that, InshaAllah you will do your best to help me, and Alhamdulillah, by the will of Allah, you were able to arrange for me a flight as soon as it was available. In the meantime you checked on me to make sure I was taken care of by your staff. Jazaak Allah Kheir Brother Zameer.
I could go on with many other important things that contributed towards me being able to perform my Hajj (may Allah accept it from me and all others – Ameen), but I would like to conclude that InshaAllah, if I was to go again, may Allah bless me to be part of your group again.
Please convey my sincere gratitude to your staff who mashaAllah, were very kind not only to me, but to the many people that were with us in hajj 2015.
I pray that Allah continue to bless you and give you the chance to help many more who want to fulfill their Hajj obligation.
I, along with my wife and mom went to the 2015 Hajj with Sara International 5B Package. Let me start this testimonial with a reminder first: Please remember that this trip you plan to make is NOT a VACATION, rather a trip to visit the house of Allah and a chance to recondition and reconnect one’s faith with Allah. Don’t let 1-5 stars reviews entirely control your decision because it’s only subjective. You will have great things your experience and at times you’ll have hardships because of the millions of people on the same trip, so my best advice is BE PATIENT and not judgmental, for we are all guests of Allah at his house. Sara International (SI) staff are very nice and seem to be like one big family. The overall application process and preparation for my travel was handled very well by the SI Staff. Each and every time I called their office, I had someone answer all my questions calmly and patiently. I never felt rushed or left on hold when I called their office, and trust me I called a lot for every question I had and they knew me by name from day 1. when we travelled to Saudi, the SI receiving crew worked hard to accommodate everyone’s needs as best they can.
We went on tours in Mecca and Madina and it was very educational. Daily lectures from group leaders and staff and I highly recommend you go to these once a day meetings because you get a lot of updates as well about your trip. Those with wheelchairs and disabilities were taken care of and also assisted by fellow hajjee’s and staff
We had a great time with our group and it made the hajj even more memorable. I would highly recommend Sara international for your hajj and umra travels. Please remember to be patient and humble during your trip in shaa Allah. Look forward to umrah or hajj again in the near future.
Thank you Imam Zameer Sattaur and Sara International Staff for coordinating our 2015 Hajj trip.
My name is Mohamed Abdool Haleem from Skeldon Corentyne Berbice. I am a member and the treasurer of the Skeldon Masjid, No.79 Corentyne Berbice. It was my long desire to complete the Hajj and by the grace of Allah I was granted the permission to do so in 2015. I was so happy that I was able to complete it at this time, since my Brother and his wife along with my nephew and his wife and other family members was also on this trip. Sara international through the CIOG was responsible for my hajj arrangements, I must say I was happy to choose Sara international and CIOG for this, the service was second to none and even in difficult situations they manage to keep their standard and arrangements promised. Sara international and the CIOG will be there for you, choose them for your hajj.
I had been dreaming and planning to go to Hajj for some time but the usual issues of modern life had proven to be obstacles. I had made my intention once again in 2015 and it seemed that the same old obstacles had reared their heads again and by the time the coast had become clear I could not find any Hajj Travel group that was still accepting applications from pilgrims. Alhamdulillah I came across Sara Travel and they were not only still accepting applications but they also had several packages one of which was the perfect fit for my schedule. The price for our package was also unbelievably reasonable! The application process was very straight forward including making the necessary payments.
Preparation for the Hajj by Sara was very informative and they took us through the step by step of the Hajj and what to expect so that nothing came as a surprise. The in person seminar in New York as well as the constant emails and online educational videos definitely put us in the proper perspective as to what the Hajj was all about. The abundant materials we were given all proved to be most useful.
In Medina, Mecca and Mina, all the preparation, instructions and advice we had been given proved to be very useful and I can personally admit that one of such advice kept this particular pilgrim safe and healthy throughout the entire Hajj. The lodging and feeding arranged by Sara at every stage of the Hajj far exceeded what I had anticipated for such a complex endeavor.
I remain highly impressed by the young local guides recruited by Sara International that helped us at every step of our Hajj. Even with the language barrier they always went out of their way to arrange transportation and give useful advice to pilgrims regarding how to navigate around the destinations during the Hajj.
I will also make special mention of two Imams that even though were not my group leaders always went out of their way to see to the welfare of any of the pilgrims.
Imam Taha guided us through our first visit to the Kaaba, his patience with each of the pilgrims and our transportation crew was very evident. At Arafat, he gave a very comprehensive and inspiring dua and he took it upon himself to counsel the pilgrims and spray us with cooling water as we waited for quite some time for our transportation to Muzdalifah. On a very busy night on our way from Mecca to Mina with several road blockages and difficult to find transportation we were faced with a long trip on foot back to Mina. Imam Tamer Osman however arranged transportation for us and several other pilgrims even though he was not our group leader and this pilgrim volunteered and had the experience of a lifetime travelling in a pick up truck with other very happy pilgrims that were filled with gratitude.
May Almighty Allah accept the duas of members of Sara International and all those who went out of their way to give us a truly meaningful Hajj in the year 2015 and Insha Allah if we do not meet again on another Hajj, may Almighty Allah allow us to meet in Jannah.
Brother Mustapha Ajani,