MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

A Muslim pilgrim is seen taking a picture of his companion in Makkah during Hajj season. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 September 2017
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MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

JEDDAH: Two short films, “When You Don’t Know Where to Go, Head to Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashaer” have successfully embodied a vivid vision and a complete picture of the details of Muslims’ Hajj journey.
Unforgettable moments were documented by a young professional group of Saudis in creative footage through the support of the MiSK Foundation under the guidance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two films produced by MiSK on Makkah have generated a wide-ranging response and circulation on both TV channels and social media during the Hajj season.
The films were produced with new visual techniques and directing visions contrary to what viewers are used to seeing, in order to reflect a content that is presented for the first time during the Hajj season. They were accompanied with unprecedented media coverage during this Islamic event.
“When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashear,” highlight the greatness of this Islamic rite and conveyed the true image of Saudi Arabia’s efforts in different areas and through various agencies, government sectors and human cadres that served Muslim pilgrims.
The first film “Masher Al-Mashear,” — literally translates to feelings of the holy sites— addressed the mixed emotions and feelings of pilgrims during their presence in the holy sites to bring together the two meanings in one title, where it highlighted the meditative moments experienced by pilgrims throughout their spiritual journey.
The film involved high shots with a varied footage, whether aerial or on the ground, to take viewers on a virtual trip to the heart of the Hajj atmosphere with touching verses from the Holy Qur’an.

The second film titled “When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah” – an ancient name for Makkah — presents the entire pilgrimage in a quick presentation starting with the arrival of pilgrims in Makkah and then moving between the holy sites to complete the Hajj rituals.
In this film, hyperlapse — a technique in time-lapse photography that allows the photographer to create motion shots — was used for the first time to display footage from inside the Grand Mosque and holy sites.

Bakkah was filmed in eight different locations by 14 young Saudis who worked over 86 hours in seven working days to produce this film.
The success of these two films is an extension of MiSK’s role in supporting the creativity of Saudi youth and a confirmation of the ability of the country’s citizens to provide artistic content with international standards.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.