And Pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men for the sake of Allah, (upon) every one who is able to undertake the journey to it; and whoever disbelieves, then surely Allah is Self-sufficient, above any need of the worlds. (Aal-e-Imran, Chapter 3, Verse 97)

excercise is the miracle pill

training guidelines

Below are some guidelines for the handling of the hajjis. It covers

be firm, but not a drill sergeant


  • Introduce yourself and before you start walking, check if anyone has any ailments other than what was stated on the form they completed
  • If they have any, politely ask them to please proceed home and return 1 week after completing their meds course.
  • They won’t be missing out.
  • Engage them constantly with small talk to distract them
    • Most of them have not walked more than two kilometres in a while
    • The distance covered will be 5km, so don’t mention the distance to them
  • Monitor them constantly by moving back and forth in the group, and place your faster walkers in the back of your group in the second half of your walk.
  • As said above, monitor them constantly and check in on them to see if they are ok.
    • You have to check in on them yourself, some hajjis are shy and won’t speak up
  • Ask that nobody carries water bottles or bags over their necks as it will make their load heavier. This will only occur later in their training
  • Keep the walkers together (that is, don’t have splinter groups)
  • When they become use to the pace, increase slightly
  • If at any point anyone has a complaint (serious one), stop and see to the hajji and make a judgement call if it is serious

be firm, but not a drill sergeant


  • Do not attempt to treat hajjis yourselves (those with High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Diabetes etc.
  • There is a reason we have medical backup
  • Do not allow hajjis to wander off on their own as you could be inviting disaster
  • Even though all the hajjis are adults, when attempting any road crossings, you need to make sure they adhere to your instructions at all times
  • Unfortunately, you cannot allow hajjis to carry food with them (this is not a picnic)
  • Most of all do not be a drill sergeant
  • Remember these are the guests of Allah

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Dr Nasir Jaffer, a sports physician, formulated the argument that by improving the physical health of hujaaj by walking, it will vastly improve their ability to cope with the vigorous physical and psychological demands of the journey.