HUNSo AND PREMIER BANK LAUNCH HALEEL, AN UMRAH AND HAJJ INSTALMENT PAYMENT SERVICE, IN MOGADISHU
Mogadishu, 25 March 2022: On Friday, Hajj, and Umrah Network Somalia (HUNSo) and Premier Bank launched Haleel Service in Mogadishu, a joint venture that will make Hajj and Umrah more accessible and convenient. The service is available during the Umrah months of the Hijri calendar, which begin in Muḥarram and end in Ramadan of the Islamic calendar.
Customers who want to perform Umrah during Ramadan will be able to subscribe to an annual payment through Haleel Service.
Mr. Yunus Osman Ahmed, Head of Operations at Haleel Service, said the service will help anyone with financial resources who cannot afford to pay for Hajj and Umrah all at once but can do so in instalments.
“We are delighted to inform Somalis that the Haleel Service will be available starting today. Haleel Service fulfills the dream of parents and families who want to visit Allah’s house. As we all know, every Somali who is alive and healthy wishes to perform Haj and Umrah, and we have made it easy for everyone to do so”Mr. Yunus says.
The Service provides access to interest-free financial loans and a well-planned and simple payment system.
Sheikh Abdinafi Moalim Hashi, chairperson of the Hajj, and Umrah Network Somalia HUNSO – and a member of the Haleel Service Board of Trustees stated that the service was launched just in time for the community to benefit from it during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.
“It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to hajj or hajj with me (in reward).” As a result, now is the ideal time to engage in such valuable worship. We have also expanded this service in light of the country’s and many parts of the world’s economic situation, the COVID-19 epidemic, which has hampered Hajj and Umrah performance for two years, and the holy month of Ramadan is coming soon you will reap more rewards” Sheikh Abdinafi states.
Applying for the Service is simple.
“Anyone who meets the requirements and has a Somali passport or a passport with a valid Somali residence permit will be able to apply for Umrah” notes Sheikh Abdinafi.
The Service provides straightforward payment options.
Mr. Ahmednur Mohamed Abdi, Head of Public Relations at Premier Bank, there are two ways to use Haleel Service: pay in cash all at once or pay an advance of at least 30 per cent of the total value of the package chosen by the customer and pay it in installments over the course of a year.
“Premier Bank is pleased to be able to assist our clients in taking advantage of this golden opportunity. Anyone with an identity card/passport, an employment card, proof of income, and financial security or guarantors can apply for a bank loan” Ahmed Nur explains.
The government is also in favor of such a noble initiative.
Speaking at the launch of the Haleel Service, the Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mr. Omar Ali Roble, said that any services that encourages, supports, and facilitates access to the Two Holy Mosques for Somalis is part of his ministry’s policy.
He stated that the Haleel Service is part of the solution and that it will alleviate the financial and technical challenges that many people face when visiting Allah’s House. As the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs is generally responsible for facilitating the fulfilment of religious duties, he expressed that the companies involved in the Haleel Service will be supported.
Haleel Service is the first of its kind in Somalia.
This service is available at Premier Bank’s branches in Mogadishu and Haleel Service agents, please contact us at 9955 or WhatsApp: +252 61 5545061