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.
Nassor Abdalla Shabibi from Hajj 2015
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 traveling in a pickup 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.
Mustapha Ajani from Hajj 2015
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.
Sherif Magee from Hajj 2015, Sherif Magee from Hajj 2015
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.
Mohamed Abdool Haleem from Hajj 2015
We wish to send you a sincere “thank you” for all of your assistance during our recent trip to Umrah in December of 2015. Absolutely the best again. It was invaluable to us and we all realize and appreciate it greatly. Professionalism and efficiency of Sara International was Most comforting and reassuring us and we had a peace of Mind, that help us in performing our Umrah, Prayers and Duas. We very much appreciate your guidance through out the trip and performed our Umrah according to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallaho Alayahe Wasallam. From the Day one, We loved the Way you planned the Umrah Tour. All Air Transportations, and Ground Transportations were perfect, on time and we did not have any problem anywhere. We loved the Tour you took us to see the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah Sharif and explained each and every places in details. Not too many people do that. The hotels ” Hayat Regency”, we stayed in Makkah and Madina Sharif were excellent, very close to Haram Sharif and loved the professionalism and comfort they provided to us. This was our “Third Trip” to Hajj and Umrah with Imam Zameer Sattaur sahib and wish to do more in future also. In she Allah. My other two Family Members, Dr. Aftab Shaikh, MD ,Hanif Contractor and their family also conveys their sincere thanks to you. Me and My Wife are so happy about Last Umrah trip, we keep talking about it and also recommend them to travel with Sara Intenational if they are planning for Hajj or Umrah in future. May Allah Bless you and your family and reward you with Jannah for doing this Noble work. Thanks Again.
Iqbal Contractor from Hajj and Umrah 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
The most important thing to keep in mind when going for Hajj is to lower your expectations before you depart the U.S. This is why Hajj is often easier the second time around, because you know what to expect. Many factors are outside of any group’s control, and no matter what group you go with, Hajj will always test your patience. The best thing about going with Sara International are the Shaykhs that accompany you. They ensure that you perform the Hajj properly, instead of what is most convenient to them. They are knowledgeable, accessible, friendly, and available to answer any questions you have. This is an amazing journey, and Sara International’s accommodations (in the VIP package) are the closest possible to all the Holy sites of worship, allowing you to focus on what’s important. May Allah swt bless you with a prosperous Hajj. Ameen!”
Omar from Hajj 2009
“Alhamdu Lillah, I was fortunate to perform Hajj with SIT 2007-2008. Being pleased with the services,( May Allah SWT also be pleased) I went back with SIT for Umrah in 2009. The service and spiritul guidance provided by SIT from the inception of booking the Blessed trips to the completion of Hajj and to our return to New York was just superb. There were no shortage of food, medical assistance nor overall help on both trips. Accomadation,transportation and time management(Group and individual activities) were all excellent. May Allah SWT reward Imam Zameer, his family and staff, the many Shaiks and doctors that accompanies him, the local Shaiks in Saudi that he invites to enlighten us, the ever always available Scouts that SIT provides the group in Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to going with SIT again upon Allah SWT’s invitation. Salaams, much love and respect.
Faneesa Singh from Hajj 2006, 2007 and Umrah 2009
“Jazakum Allah Khayran for sending this email to allow us to thank you for making it easier for us to perform Hajj last year. May Allah reward you and all the staff (including the staff in NY, the scholars, and the scouts) who worked so hard to make it possible for us. We wish you and all your staff a Happy Ramadan and may Allah bless you and assist you in planning Hajj for the Muslims.”
Laila Malih from Hajj 2009
“Sara International fulfilled all promises made to us for Hajj. We were very pleased with all services. I highly recommend this company and have recommended them to family/friends. We plan to use them again in the future, insha’Allah.”
Fareen Malik from Hajj 2009
“Sara arranged my Hajj; this is a different experience for everyone; ALLAH, swt allowed me to be able to experience the following: i was able to see the footprints of Abraham casted in iron; i was able to touch the KABAH and finally i was able to touch the Black Stone; if ALLAH, swt never invites me back to His house i can honestly say that Sara made it possible for me to forefill this pillar of my faith, the journey of my LIFE Time! Thank you SARA “
Charlene Ross from Hajj 2009
“Imam Zameer was very nice to me. He personally talked to me on the phone and answered all the questions. I and my wife were very impressed when Imam Zameer helped us out of way. We faced less troubles when we were expecting a lot. The whole journey from Orlando/Frankfurt/Jeddah was excellent.”
Sheikh Ijaz Ahmad from Hajj 2009
“I solemenly believe this organization is a reputable company spending time in Allah’s path and doing for good deeds for Akarat for the whole Muslim ummah and in the service of all Hujjaj. I recommend them.”
Farid & Meher Khan from Hajj 2009
“Overall the service is good…[but] in life there are always no guarantee of 100 % satisfaction; nevertheless I did enjoy my trip & returned quite satisfied despite the minor setbacks. Mission accomplished & that’s all that matters!”
Bibi Juman from Hajj 2009
“This was my second Hajj and was a Hajj-e-badal for my father. I do not have any complaints, you are going there to perform hajj, not a picnic, you can rate your package with as many stars you like, but you can not rate your Hajj. The only thing you can do is pray that Allah would give you alot of rewards for it. This was my second time there, Sara Travel delivered what they promised. If Allah takes me there again (which i am praying for) and if i am able to afford Sara’s package i will choose them again. Praying for a repeat trip, I am a very greatful sister. Jazak Allah Khair.”
Shahla N. Qureshi from Hajj 2009
“I thank Allah for blessing me with an easy and successful Hujjaj. Although my Hajj was not difficult for me Allah left my eyes and heart opened to see the difficulties in others, and I came to realize that Hajj is not to be played with no matter how well you prepare yourself, Hajj will push you to the extreme and your faith in Allah will bring you back.”
Sabrina Wajid from Hajj 2008
“Alhaumdullilah , me my husband and my son performed hajj with Sara international, it was a special experience, throughout this sacred journey we guided well from the group leaders. I thank all of them for their help.”
Sabira Ghauri from Hajj 2008
“Just want to let you and the rest of the brothers and sisters who helped in organizing Hajj 2008 know that I appreciate all the efforts that was put into it. I was truly amazed and spiritually dazzled for the whole three weeks I spent in Makkah, Madinah, Mina, Muzdhalifa, Arafat and other places-Truely the best days of my life were those three weeks spent in those places. I prayed to Allah SWT to accept our Hajj and reward all the positive efforts by all involved in the monumental tasks of organizing Hajj and Umrah with Jannah Firdouz Inshallah.
Al Hajj Musbah Olapade from Hajj 2008
“I came upon Sara International Travel via an internet search . I sent an email and received a very quick and professional response. Based on my initial and follow-up contacts with Sara representative(s), I decided to commit to use their Umrah/Hajj services. Al Hamdulillah, Allah led me to the right source. I made Umrah/Hajj in 2008. Sara provided various resources to assist us in this undertaking: live and (live) video seminars to educate us about the Umrah/hajj rituals/requirements and the time frames involved in the various visits to historical locations in the Mecca and Medinah areas. Additionally, the Group Leader(s) were well informed and provided the knowledge to facilitate proper Umrah/Hajj performance. May Allah grant the best of rewards to Sara International and all of its staff for contributing to the best of our “journey of a life time”
Idris Abdur Raqqib from Hajj 2008
“As this was our first trip to perform Umrah, We were very excited and prayed to Allah (SWT) everything would go well. As it turned out it was The Greatest experience of a lifetime, Alhamdulillah. One we will be sure to remember forever. Our journey began in Makkah where we performed our Umrah.(May Allah (SWT) accept our Umrah and Duas in this Holy Place.) It was an honor to be part of the Sacred Knowledge Retreat. It was an honor to have sat among the Grand and esteemed Sheikhs of the Holy Cities, Mashaallah. Alhamdulillah what a blessing, we will always cherish these memories. We toured all the Holy and Sacred sites in Makkah, Medina Syria and Jordan. Everyone in our group was kind, generous, courteous and polite. We thank Imam Zameer for organizing this tour. We pray Allah (SWT) bless him and his family, and may his business have Barakat and prosper to great heights.Ameen. We highly recommend Sara travel to our family and friends and to everyone who decides to go for Hajj and Umrah We also want to thank Shaikh Faisal for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with us. May Allah (SWT) bless him and his family and elevate him to even greater Status. Ameen. We pray to Allah (SWT) to take us to his Blessed House again soon. Inshaallah.”
Ismail Pathan from Umrah 2008
“As this was our first trip to perform Umrah, We were very excited and prayed to Allah (SWT) everything would go well. As it turned out it was The Greatest experience of a lifetime, Alhamdulillah. One we will be sure to remember forever. Our journey began in Makkah where we performed our Umrah.(May Allah (SWT) accept our Umrah and Duas in this Holy Place.) It was an honor to be part of the Sacred Knowledge Retreat. It was an honor to have sat among the Grand and esteemed Sheikhs of the Holy Cities, Mashaallah. Alhamdulillah what a blessing, we will always cherish these memories. We toured all the Holy and Sacred sites in Makkah, Medina Syria and Jordan. Everyone in our group was kind, generous, courteous and polite. We thank Imam Zameer for organizing this tour. We pray Allah (SWT) bless him and his family, and may his business have Barakat and prosper to great heights.Ameen. We highly recommend Sara travel to our family and friends and to everyone who decides to go for Hajj and Umrah We also want to thank Shaikh Faisal for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with us. May Allah (SWT) bless him and his family and elevate him to even greater Status. Ameen. We pray to Allah (SWT) to take us to his Blessed House again soon. Inshaallah.” Ismail Pathan from Umrah 2008 ”
Ahmad AlSharif from Umrah 2007
“Bismillah hir Rahman Nir Raheem Was Salatu Was Salam ‘Ala Rasulillah. Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT blessed me with the opportunity to visit His Home in Makkah. Allah SWT blessed me with the opportunity to visit the Best of His Creation in the City of Lights, the City of the Prophet, SAW. I was quite pleasantly surprised with the entire experience. First of all, I have to thank Allah SWT for this great bounty and favour He bestowed upon me, as I am not worthy of it. I also have to thank the staff of Imam Ghazali Institute and its founder, Imam Zameer for facilitating such an experience. I got exactly what I wanted from this Sacred Knowledge Retreat and much more. For anyone that has sat at the feet of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi [one of the teachers at the Dawrah program], may Allah preserve him, they will know exaclty what I mean when I say that I am at a loss of words to describe the experience. Truly, it is something that can only be felt, and you can’t read about it any book. He is a living embodiment of the sunnah of the Prophet SAW. To learn about adab and the virtues of salawat from Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razzaq, was another uplifting experience. Shaykh Faisal really took the time to make sure everyone’s questions were answered at a level they could relate to, and that is something everyone really appreciates. Perhaps what really was amazing about the whole trip, was our visit to traditional ‘ulema in Makkah, and Madinah. ‘Ulema that are connected to the traditions of the Prophet SAW and the saliheen. I could have never thought in my life that I would meet the Shaykh of the tribe which was entrusted with the Keys to the Holy Sanctuary, the Ka’ba. Not only did I sit with him, and get a chance listen to him, but I was also favored by his du’a. He also gave all the students advice on healing, as he is an expert in Prophetic Medicine. To sum up, the Dawrah Sacred Knowledge Retreat was much more than an ‘umrah trip. It was much more than a purely “knowledge” retreat. It was a lot about practice, and a lot about reviving and boosting our level of Iman. Once again, I am indebted to Allah SWT, whom we can’t truly ever thank. And I pray that He allows me to participate on this trip again. And I also make du’a to Allah SWT, that He grants the same opportunity to those who were unable to attend to go next year, inshaAllah. ”
Ahmad Khan from Dawrah 2008
“The trip was one to remember for life, the people were of varying backgrounds and excellent company. Everything was provided for with the organizers of unusual generosity. The accommodation was very good and food of equal standard. The organizers set an excellent balance for education, entertainment and ziyarah. It was surprising in that the people we came to meet came to meet. Seeing these people was enough of a reason to travel to Hijaz and Shaam. A trip to cherish. ”
Mohamed Zaheer Yaqoob from Umrah & Dawrah 2007
“May Allah (swt) bless you and your family and reward you for all your effort to make the Hajj possible for many. I just wanted to say Thank You! for making it possible for us to perform the Hajj with ease and comfort. I have seen how difficult it is to organize such a trip and what a daunting task it is. May Allah (swt) give you the tawfiq to continue in His cause. My family appreciates all you have done for us and we make du’a to Allah (swt) to make it easy for you on future trips. Also, please thank Syad, Imaam from Westbury, Br Kem, the scouts and all the others who made the trip a success. ”
Nazir Hassan from Hajj 2004 and 2006
“I was fortunate enough to be called for my first hajj this past year. The first thing I prayed for before leaving New York was that Allah (swt) make this Hajj easy for myself and my family. I could not be happier with how it went. There was absolutely no stress and nothing to worry about while traveling with Sara International Travel. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Jeddah, everything was organized and taken care of for us. I had heard many horror stories of how many hours people would spend in the Jeddah Airport, and on the buses to Makkah and Madinah. We experienced neither. IN addition to all of that, the trip was very educational and informative. Imam Zameer and his staff of scouts held many educational meetings and seminars to help the hujjaj have a better sense of understanding of why exactly we were there. Also they were always available to answer any questions we had, or talk about any of our concerns. Overall my first Hajj experience was truly an unforgettable one, and a large part due to Sara International Travel. Thank You. ”
Mallick Family from Hajj 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
“I loved it, i had a chance to visit BaytAllah and do my Umrah aswell as visiting Khatamun Nabi’een Muhammadur Rasoolallah SallAllahu Ta’Ala Alaihi Wa Alihi Wa’Salaam. So just that in itself is one of the greatest experiences in my life if not THE greatest experience of my life after becoming a Muslim, which is of course indeed the greatest experience one can have alhamdulillah rabbi’l alameen. I was surrounded by alot of great brothers and one month was over in the blink of an eye. I can’t give enough thanks to Imam Zameer, Shaikh Abdallah and Shaikh Faisal who all took time and put alot of effort into this and are indeed the ones who made this trip what it was. And not to mention all the Shuyukh that we visited and that came to see us. Not many people get this chance to see all of these great shuyukh, especially not here from the west. The trip was also an eyeopener for me when it comes to what direction i am going in when it comes to al-Islam. May ALLAH Azza Wa’Jall bless you all and make you prosperous. I pray that He subhanahu wa ta’ala guide us all into all truth ameen. Allahumma Salli Ala Muhammad Wa Alihi Muhammad Wa Ajjil Farajahum. JazakAllah Wassalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatallahi wa Barakatuh. ”
Isa Johanson from Dawrah 2007