Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

University President’s Message

- 2018/10/24

Praise be to Allah the Almighty who says: “and proclaim unto mankind the pilgrimage. They will come unto thee on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine.” And peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions…

Countries and states around the world take most pride in their civilizations, and what their civilizations produce from science, wealth, and edifices. And for that purpose, countries compete and overcome one another, one country might outdo the other today, the other might surpass the next day. However, this blessed country — KSA — has all unequalled reasons of dignity, which can never be surpassed, for it encompasses the holiest spots on earth: The holy cities of Makkah and Al Madinah Al Munawwarah.


O my beloved Makkah your grandeur is timeless


مكَّتي أنتِ لا جلال على الأرض يداني جلالها أو يفوق

You embrace all the meanings of charm and elegance


ما تبالي بالرشاقة والسحر فمعناك ساحرٌ ورشيقُ

Words cease to bear significance in your presence


سجدت عندك المعاني فما ثم جليل سواه أو مرموقُ

Eternity walks in your sacred precinct bridging the gap between past and future


ومشى الخلد في رحابك مختالاً يمد الجديد منه العتيقُ


Allah, the Almighty, has made this blessed country up to this honor, as it harnessed all its resources to the service of the Two Holy Mosques and the pilgrims. However, the country didn’t only employ strictly material resources, as it utilized science to solve the problems of Hajj and Umrah. From this standpoint, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah was founded, to become a scientific destination for all relevant matters of Hajj, Umrah and visitations, and the holy cities of Makkah Al Mukaramah and Al Madinah Al Munawwarah

Umm Al Qura University is proud of embracing such a unique Institute, and is more proud of the fact that the political leadership of this country is giving this institute huge importance, and is depending on its researches and studies in its developmental projects at the holy sites. The main objective is to overcome all difficulties and employ all means to pave the way for the pilgrims to perform the rites of pilgrimage safely, peacefully and with tranquility throughout their stay at the sacred places.

This introductory booklet, with its elegant shape, is only a tip of an iceberg of accomplishments of this blessed Institute. The Institute has a long honorable record of successes, breakthroughs, and scientific outcomes since its foundation in 1395 AH as a small research unit and till this moment; as it has become the only leading institute in the world which is mainly concerned with Hajj, Umrah, and visitation researches and studies. This has earned the Institute the title of “the House of Expertise”, as described by HRH Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz – May Allah mercy his soul, a title that our grand Institute and University rightly deserve. We, at the University of Umm Al Qura, are working around the clock in order to make this University and its colleges and research institutes among world-class universities, in the context of the scientific movement witnessed by the KSA universities and our great university witnesses as well. Our university is now assuming its well-deserved place among national and international universities.

Finally, I extend my thanks to the staff of the Institute for their huge efforts in bringing out this booklet in such a distinguished shape. And I pray to Allah that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah will always find success in implementing its anticipated role, and that Allah help us fulfill our duties towards it.

God Bless,

Dr. Bakri Bin M’atoog Al-Assas

Umm Al-Qura University President