CBHUK (The Council of British Hajjis) was founded in 2006 after concerns were raised over the welfare of British pilgrims during Hajj 2005. These included failed promises by some tour operators and general lack of preparedness by the pilgrims themselves.
Our Mission :
Working for the welfare of British pilgrims and overseas travellers by engaging and working with industry stakeholders to enhance and enrich the pilgrimage experience.
We continue to represent the British Muslim community on matters pertaining to Hajj & Umrah travel and work closely with Licensed Hajj & Umrah Organisers and industry stakeholders.
Our work also entails working with key government departments such as the Department of Business and the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office as well as agencies like the City of London Police, Trading Standards and the Civil Aviation Authority.
CBHUK was a founder member of the British Governments Hajj Task Force setup by Baroness Warsi in 2012.
Our CEO, Mr Rashid Mogradia co-founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hajj & Umrah with Yasmin Qureshi MP and an inaugural meeting held in Parliament on 7th March 2018, where CBHUK was appointed Secretariat to the group.
In 2019, a historic Memorandum of Understanding signing took place between the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) and the National Committee for Hajj & Umrah (Saudi Arabia) for mutual cooperation on Hajj & Umrah matters at the Makkah Chamber of Commerce headquarters in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia in the presence of HM Consul-General Mr Seif Usher and Chairman of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce H.E. Hisham Kaaki.
CBHUK hosts regular Hajj & Umrah seminars and webinars ensuing British pilgrims receive training prior to undertaking their journey of a lifetime. This is in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to enrich and enhance the pilgrims experience.
In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 , we hosted The Hajj Awards (formerly Hajj & Umrah Excellence Awards)
In November 2021, we hosted Umrah+ Connect 2021 which was the first major B2B Umrah event to take place in the World since the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Umrah+ Connect is dedicated to the Umrah market and aims to re-connect the industry to a bright future. the event connects with leading DMC’s, Airlines, Hoteliers, Umrah companies and more.
Our events would not be possible without the support of world leading brands, speakers and well wishers – Thank you to everyone who continue to support us.
Jan 2018, CBHUK won the Best Community Organisation Award 2018 at the British Muslim Awards.
May 2018, our Founder and CEO was recognised as a ‘Trailblazer’ and listed in the Power 100 Muslim Parliamentary Review for his work at CBHUK.
May 2018, CBHUK finalists at the Fusion Award 2018
Feb 2019, CBHUK won the Social Inclusion Group of the Year 2019 at the British Muslim Awards
Jan 2020, CBHUK is Highly Commended at the British Muslim Awards
We are a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England & Wales (No. 1146323).