Haj

  • J&K: Haj flights to begin form September 20, says Peerzada 5 days ago

    Jammu: Haj flights from the state will resume from Saturday and around 3,750 people are expected to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Mohammad Sayed said on Wednesday. "The flight for 3,575 Hajjis would be started from September, 20 and...
  • Haj pilgrims from three states to depart from Hyderabad September 4, 2014

    Hyderabad: Haj pilgrims from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka will fly to Saudi Arabia by 18 flights from September 14. Nearly 6,000 pilgrims from the three states will leave for Jeddah in the special Haj flights of Saudi Airlines to be operated till September 22. While pilgrims from Telangana will...
  • First batch of Haj pilgrims from Kashmir departs August 27, 2014

    Srinagar: The first batch of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir for Haj 2014 left the summer capital of Srinagar on Wednesday on a direct flight to Madina in Saudi Arabia. The 275 pilgrims boarded the Air India flight from Srinagar to Madina at the Srinagar International Airport on Wednesday morning. This year,...
  • Bihar govt reviews preparations for 6,667 devotees going for Haj pilgrimage August 6, 2014

    As the start of annual pilgrimagefor Haj draws closer, the state government on Thursday reviewedarrangements for the 6,667 pilgrims from Bihar who will begoing to Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year. Presiding over the review meeting about preparations for the Haj pilgrimage, the Minority Welfare Affair Minister Naushad Alam directed officials...
  • CM Jayalalithaa requests Centre to enhance Haj quota to Tamil Nadu July 26, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday requested the Centre to enhance the Haj quota for Tamil Nadu this year as the state has received a huge number of applications from pilgrims and many were left disappointed. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said the Tamil...
  • First flight from Bhopal carrying Haj pilgrims on September 17 July 17, 2014

    The first flight from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrims will take off from here on September 17. "A total of five flights will take off from Bhopal's Raja Bhoj airport to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage during September 1721. A total of 1200 pilgrims will fly from here...
  • Haj pilgrims to get 5star level facilities at 'Rubaat' in Saudi Arabia May 7, 2014

    About 250 Haj pilgrims of the then Bhopal royal estate will get fivestar like facilities this year at Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of AuqafeShahi (royal properties), had recently decentralised its work and formed a...
  • Madhya Pradesh allotted Haj quota of 2,957 pilgrims April 10, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh has been allotted a Haj quota of 2,957 pilgrims from the Central pool for 2014. This was stated by Madhya Pradesh Haj Committee Chairman Sanawwar Patel in Bhopal on Thursday. He said the Central Haj Committee had earlier alloted a quota of 2,613 to the State but later it...
  • Azam Khan urges Centre to restore Haj quota of Uttar Pradesh March 27, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday requested the Centre to reconsider its decision to decrease the Haj quota of the Uttar Pradesh. "I have written a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid asking him to reconsider the Centre's decision to decrease Haj quota of the state," state Minority Welfare ~~amp;amp; Haj Minister, Azam Khan said in...
  • Eid alAdha celebrations across UAE today October 15, 2013

    Dubai: Eid alAdha, a Islamic festival of over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, is being celebrated across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday. The UAE's close proximity to the Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, makes the Eid all the more exciting in the country. It is during the Eid that the...
  • UP legislator's wife murdered in Delhi October 9, 2013

    An Uttar Pradesh legislator's wife was murdered at her home in Delhi on Wednesday morning, police said. Rehana, 40, wife of Haji Aleem, a legislator from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was at her New Jafrabad home in east Delhi, while her husband was away for Haj pilgrimage, police said. The police suspects...
  • Haj flight from Bhopal with 237 pilgrims departs for Mecca September 27, 2013

    Bhopal: The first Haj flight this year with 237 pilgrims on board from Bhopal left for the holy city of Mecca from Raja Bhoj International Airport in Bhopal. A total of total 237 Haj pilgrims including 120 males and 117 females left for Mecca last night but the main attraction among...
  • Omar Abdullah reviews arrangements for Haj pilgrimage August 23, 2013

    With the first batch of Haj pilgrims scheduled to leave for Saudi Arabia next month, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday directed officials to ensure all facilities to the faithfuls to make their stay and travel hassle-free and comfortable. "All facilities should be ensured to the 'Aazmeen-e-Hajj' (Haj...
  • First Haj flight to take off from Varanasi's Babatpur Airport on September 7 August 9, 2013

    The first flight carrying Haj pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh to Saudi Arabia will fly from the Babatpur Airport in Varanasi on September 7, officials said on Friday. Subsequent flights will take off from Lucknow and New Delhi on September 9. The chairman of the Uttar Pradesh state Haj committee and Urban Development...
  • Court verdict awaited on quota for Muslims: Khurshid June 24, 2013

    Mumbai: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday expressed hope that the Supreme Court would grant relief to the centre on its decision to provide 4.5 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to minorities and backward classes. "The matter is pending before a constitution bench of the Supreme Court...
  • Centre should get Haj pilgrims' quota restored: Azam Khan June 15, 2013

    Lucknow: Terming as "unfortunate" Saudi Arabia's decision to reduce Haj pilgrims' quota, Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan on Friday said the Centre should make all out efforts to restore the quota. Khan said the quota reduction would dishearten those who have completed all formalities and are waiting to undertake the...
  • Pakistan's Supreme Court issues notice to exPM Gilani April 10, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani and other officials to respond to allegations that the previous Pakistan Peoples Partyled government closed a probe into corruption in organising the Haj pilgrimage. A threejudge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, which is investigating...
  • Saira: My wish is to go for Haj with Dilip saheb January 15, 2013

    Mumbai: Saira Banu is extremely joyous after performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia with her husband and Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar and says now she wishes they get an opportunity to go for Haj together. "It had been a wonderful experience. We had always wished to go to Umrah and by god's...
  • Pics: Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu leave for Haj January 3, 2013

    Legendary yesteryear actors Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, his wife, were seen leaving for the annual Haj pilgrimage at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Kumar recently turned 90. ...
  • Barack Obama greets Muslims on EidulZuha October 27, 2012

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama have extended their best wishes for a joyful EidulZuha to Muslims in America and around the world. "We also congratulate the millions of peaceful pilgrims who are performing the Haj, including thousands of American Muslims," Obama said in a...
  • Khurshid cancels Haj pilgrimage amid speculation of cabinet reshuffle October 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is embroiled in a controversy over allegations of misappropriation of funds by his trust, has put off his Haj pilgrimage, according to sources close to him. His decision to put off the weeklong visit for Haj also comes amid speculation of an impending reshuffle...
  • Kerala: Haj pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia October 6, 2012

    Malappuram: The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from here on Saturday. Almost 300 pilgrims were seen off by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed from the airport here. The state Haj Committee had selected 8,229 pilgrims from 49,403 applicants this season. The committee has also...
  • WHO issues guidance on SARSlike virus, gears up for haj September 26, 2012

    Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged health workers around the world to report any patient with acute respiratory infection who may have traveled to Saudi Arabia or Qatar and been exposed to a new SARSlike virus confirmed in two people so far. The United Nations agency put out...
  • Hyderabad: 360 pilgrims back out of Haj August 9, 2012

    Hyderabad: The Haj pilgrimage is almost two months away but already cancellations have started with hundreds of people backing out due to the steep rise in costs. According to officials, as many as 360 have opted out after applying. The declining value of the rupee in the international market has...
  • Haj is not for making profits, says Supreme Court July 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said private tour operators (PTOs) engaged in travel and stay arrangements of Haj pilgrims going to Makkah and Madina could not undertake their enterprise with an eye to profits. "Haj is not for making profits," said the apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam...
  • SC reduces VIP quota for Haj pilgrimage July 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has slashed the quota for subsidies for the Haj pilgrimage given to dignitaries and the Haj Committee of India. The Supreme Court has slashed the VIP quota to 450 seats from the earlier 3,050 seats. In total, there were 11000 reserved seats, and 3050 were...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to PM on Haj quota July 14, 2012

    Chennai: Complaining about "woefully inadequate" allotment of Haj quota to the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to enhance the number. In a letter to Singh, she said the state Haj Committee had received 12,000 applications this year, but the...
  • UP govt wants centre to increase Haj quota May 16, 2012

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is going to ask the central government to increase the quota of Haj pilgrims from the state, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow on Tuesday. He said this at a lottery draw held to pick names of pilgrims who would get the chance to go...
  • Akhilesh wants UP quota of Haj pilgrims to be hiked May 15, 2012

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said better facilities would be provided to Haj pilgrims this year and he would write a letter to the Centre to increase the state's quota of pilgrims. Describing Haj quota of the state as "insufficient", the Chief Minister, after inaugurating a lottery...
  • SC ruling on Haj subsidy evokes mixed response May 9, 2012

    HYDERABAD: Haj is the journey of a lifetime for all practising Muslims. As such, the Supreme Courts order that the government should phase out Haj subsidy over the next 10 years has some Muslims worried in the city. Though the ruling wont affect the Qurrah or draw of lots that...