In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
After having successfully delivered our 3rd annual Umrah Fund Programme during December 2019, I am delighted to announce the launch of the nomination stage for Umrah Fund 2020.
So far, we have been honoured to take 87 individuals to visit the House of Allah and benefit from the Umrah Fund Programme. Through your generous support, the Umrah Fund was able to fully subsidise the cost of the trip for 26 individuals that were nominated.
What is The Umrah Fund?
The Umrah Fund Programme awards selected beneficiaries with a fully funded trip to Makkah, Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. Those selected are individuals who have gone through some of the most horrific and traumatic experiences in their lives such as multiple bereavement, pregnancy loss, divorce, domestic violence, terminal illness to name a few. Through recognising their hardship and difficulties, we understand that a deep healing process is required.
What does the programme entail?
To find the solace that these individuals have been searching for, we have identified Umrah to be that process. Through answering the call of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), individuals are empowered to embark on the road to recovery, which not only uplifts them spiritually, but also reconnects them back with Allah, the One Who is the Greatest Healer and Giver of Ease.
The Umrah Fund aims to deliver a world-class programme through, not only encouraging change in individuals spiritually through the Islamic concepts of self-reflection (muhasaba), but also develop a sound management plan through embedding scientific principles of contemplation through cognition, post-traumatic growth and concepts of cognitive behavioural therapy in one-to-one’s and group discussions.
Those who are selected through your nomination will be required to complete a Pilgrim Diary log at the end of each day. The diary is used to engage pilgrims with their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. As the mind becomes more spiritually awakened during Umrah, this allows space for deep introspection of nominee’s current state of affairs in this world. Through being mindful of their personal trials, hardships and tribulations, nominees can assess and create a sustainable plan of action to move forward.
The programme also aims to conduct post Umrah sessions to ensure sufficient steps are taken to assist selected nominees maintain a longer lasting change.
How does a person get selected?
You can nominate anyone using our online submission form by writing about the reasons why the nominee would be suitable and can benefit from the Umrah Fund Programme. You can write about things like what hardships and struggles they have been through and how you think umrah can change their life. Remember the more details the better!
Once a submissions have been made, through a rigorous and impartial process, an independent panel score each submission. Once scoring has been finalised, those that score the highest are placed in to a shortlist.
As the nominations are generally a surprise, you being the nominator will be first contacted to determine the persons suitability for the Umrah Fund programme. This discussion will be about the persons mental health, physical health, mobility issues, ability to comprehend English, ability to participate in the programme, potential risk of harm to themselves or others and ability to travel on designated dates.
Who is eligible?
Nominees must be a UK resident, has not been to Umrah or Hajj in the last 3 years, is 18 years of age or over, is a Muslim and must NOT be nominating themselves.
Pilgrim Impact Stories
To read more about how the Umrah Fund Programme has had an impact on previously selected nominees, check out the Pilgrim’s Stories.
If you think you know someone who may benefit from Pilgrim’s Umrah Fund Programme then why not submit their story here.
Allah bless you,
The Pilgrim Team