Islam is a religion that encourages travel and tourism. Muslims are permitted to travel to different parts of the world to seek knowledge, education, gain a better life, and perform Umrah or Hajj.
However, travelling for a religious duty or leisure is subject to Islamic Law guidelines. In the event of potential danger, Muslims are required to abstain from travel.
Additionally, the Holy Prophet (SAW) recognized and preached the significance of travel bans and quarantine in areas that are plagued with disease. The reason behind his sage advice is to prevent the further spread of disease.
The Prophet Muhammad said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Due to the pandemic, inbound and outbound flights were suspended in all countries. Halal tourism countries and destinations such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, and so forth were among those that stopped flight movements.
Even more, entry into Islamic religious destinations and places in Saudi Arabia, including Makkah and Madinah, was strictly prohibited. Moreover, Umrah and Hajj rites were put on hold until further notice.
Unfortunately, the suspension of inbound and outbound flights led to substantial direct and indirect losses to Halal tourism destinations. Such losses have had a significant adverse effect on the Halal travel & hospitality companies and the tourism industry.
Likewise, the cancellation of Hajj and Umrah generated substantial negative economic and financial implications for the Halal hospitality industry.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the halal industry in both positive and negative ways. The halal food and halal pharmaceutical sector were among those positively affected by the pandemic.
Conversely, the halal tourism and halal cosmetic industry were affected negatively due to lockdown and travel restrictions and decreased income and spending power. We pray that He showers us with His mercy and infinite blessings during these unprecedented times.