The South African Hajj & Umrah Council (SAHUC) aims to provide logistical and Co-ordinated assistance which is Non Discriminatory, Spiritually Uplifting and creating the conducive environment for fulfilling the obligations and needs of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims whilst ensuring Equitable Access and equal rights for all South African citizens.
In dedication to its duty to the South African Muslim Community in general and the Pilgrims in particular, the policy of the SAHUC shall be guided by the spirit and understanding of Hajj as contained in the Holy Quran and as exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad (Sallal laahu Alayhi Wa Sallam – May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).
Hajj is one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam, which in practice demonstrates the principles of the Oneness of Allah and the unity and equality of humankind.
The Institution of Hajj, its rites and rituals, is an affirmation of an ideal, which we cherish in our lives – a society where every human being shall have equality of opportunities in an environment without discrimination based on race, colour or class.
Aims & Objectives
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council shall:
Promote and encourage the performance of Hajj and Umrah according to the values, norms, principles and procedures prescribed by Islam.
Conscientise and educate Muslims throughout South Africa on all aspects relating to the performance Hajj and Umrah.
Promote and oversee the well-being of South Africans undertaking the sacred journey to the Holy Cities of Makkah Al Mukarramah and Madinah Al Munauwarah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
Establish relationships with all bodies and persons both locally and internationally who can contribute towards achieving the aims and objectives of SAHUC and that subscribes to the tenets and principles of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.
Liaise with the relevant Government Ministries and other Official Authorities in Saudi Arabia with respect to Hajj and Umrah and to act as the representative of all South African Pilgrims in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
Receive representations from and consult with all interested bodies and persons involved in various aspects pertaining to Hajj and Umrah;
Liaise and co-operate with other international Hajj and Associated Missions;
Take effective measures in order to develop and implement sound policies and objectives in order to assist and solve both internal and external problems of South African citizens when undertaking the sacred journey of Hajj and Umrah;
Take such steps as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of the aims and objectives as set out above;
Exclusively utilise and apply its resources and activities to only promote the aims and objectives of SAHUC, in a non profit manner and with an altruistic and philanthropic intent and shall not enter into any profit making schemes or business;
Not have or be seen to have any interest or share in any business, profession or occupation carried on by any of its members;
Not knowingly become party to or knowingly permit itself to be used as part of any impermissible arrangement in terms of Part 11A of Chapter 3 of the Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962 or be part of a transaction, operation or scheme as envisaged in terms of s103(5) of the Income Tax Act No. 58;
Not use its resources directly or indirectly to support, advance or oppose any political party. of 1962.
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) as formed by mutual agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SA) and the Ministry of Hajj from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia back in 1995.
The purpose of such formation was due to the increasing issues that were occurring where Hujjaj were either left stranded or were provided with in-efficient service from the then operators or group leaders.
The Ministry of Hajj together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SA) saw the need for one body to deal with the agreements and administration of Hajj and Umrah matters for South Africa.
The founder members of SAHUC were invited by Foreign Affairs to participate in the formation of the organisation. At the time, political parties were among the civic structures that formed the core base of membership.
SAHUC has gone through many iterations over the years and today we find 29 member organisations from civic groups in South Africa – all Muslim based and subscribers to the tenets of the Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaah.
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council is a voluntary non-profit association formed for the purpose of promoting and overseeing the welfare, well-being and interests of the South African Pilgrims who undertake Hajj and Umrah.
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council is the only body that is legally recognised by the South African Government.
SAHUC is an unincorporated association not for gain and is a body corporate which:
1. Exists in its own right, separately from its members
2. Shall continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office bearers.
3. Shall be able to own property and other possessions.
4. Can sue and be sued in its own name.