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The Hajj ("pilgrimage") is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult male Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world. The state of being physically and financially capable of performing the Hajj is called istita'ah, and a Muslim who fulfills this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah). The word Hajj means "to intend a journey", which connotes both the outward act of a journey and the inward act of intentions.

al Haram mosque during Hajj, 2008
al Haram mosque during Hajj, 2008
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Islamabad: For the first time, transgender boy scouts from Pakistan could be heading to the Hajj pilgrimage in Islam's holiest city, signalling growing acceptance of the stigmatised minority in Pakistan. The Pakistan Boy Scouts Association accepted its first 40 transgender members when they took the oath ...
Islamabad: The government is taking all steps to make sure that the Hajj balloting process is as transparent as possible, the Senate was told on Friday. Minister for religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf told the House during questions that Hajj pilgrims are selected through ...
The confusion over biometric data capturing for 2018 Hajj operations has degenerated as more intending pilgrims from Nigeria expressed fear of being excluded in the scheme. Saudi Arabia had included the biometric data capturing as a part of conditions for all intending pilgrim to participate in this year's ...

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has released over N820 million (N820,283,965) as refund to state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards and agencies for 2017 Hajj operations. The refunds consist of about N181 million for pilgrims and officials of states that could not travel for the pilgrimage ...
It started with revelations by victims of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. Now Muslim women are speaking up about their experience of assault during the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca. "I've experienced it [sexual harassment in Mecca] twice," Salma Omar, a 33-year-old teacher and ...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has allocated 1,600 Hajj seats to Taraba for the 2018 Holy Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. ... He said although the commission was yet to announce the price for the 2018 Hajj seats, about 150 intending pilgrims in the state had already deposited their ...
Riyadh's ambassador to the Arab League, Ahmed Qattan, has reiterated his country's rejection of the "politicization" or "internationalization" of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. "Attempts to internationalize the Holy Places of Mecca and Medina are part of a wider conspiracy," Qattan, who also ...
The Kogi Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board says 717 slots had been allocated to the state for this year's Hajj by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. The Executive Chairman of the board, Lukman Abdullah, a Sheik, who disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja, said that the figure was far less than the 838 slots ...
This year, Riyadh has allowed Islamabad to implement the last year's agreement of enhancing Hajj quota, which will enable a total of 184,210 Pakistanis to perform the pilgrimage this year. The previously announced quote was 179,210 people. Talking to The Express Tribune on Saturday, an official privy to ...
An estimated two million Muslims undertake Hajj to the holy city of Mecca every year. Many women have also challenged the idea that wearing the hijab keeps women safe from assault and harassment. In Islam women are encouraged to cover their hair and body in public in order to preserve decency and ...
Islamabad: Saudi Arabia government has informed Pakistan's Ministry of religious Affairs that Hajj quota for the country has been increased for the year 2018 according to which at least 5,000 more people from Pakistan will be likely to perform Hajj. The increased quota will be distributed among private ...
Muslim women are using #MosqueMeToo to share their experiences of sexual harassment during the Hajj pilgrimage and other religious settings. Egyptian-American feminist and journalist Mona Eltahawy first talked about her experience of sexual assault during Hajj in 2013. She is behind #MosqueMeToo ...
Islamabad: At least 5,000 additional people from Pakistan are likely to perform Hajj this year as the quota for the country has been increased. According to sources, Pakistan's Ministry of religious Affairs has been informed regarding the increase in Hajj quota by the Saudi Arabia government.
Islamabad: Minister of Defense Khurram Dastgir Khan has slammed media reports calling for the "internationalisation" of the Muslim holy pilgrimage (the Hajj). In an interview with Arab News, Dastgir said: "We are determined not to be misled or waylaid by such stratagems. The custody of the Two Holy ...

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Adamu Aliero, declared that the essence of the hearing was to unravel the allegations of corruption against the commission in the affairs of fixing the 2017 Hajj fare and management of the Hajj exercise. But soon after his opening remarks and the commencement of ...
A number of women have spoken out against sexual harassment during Hajj, after a facebook post by a victim. On Friday, February 2, Pakistani national Sabica Khan shared her terrifying ordeal at the holy pilgrimage, reports StepFeed. "I was afraid to share this because it might hurt your religious ...
Islamabad: Ministry of religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has updated the monitoring mechanism to keep vigil on the Hajj Group Organisers' (HGOs) private package to ensure economy. According to official sources, the existing monitoring section of the ministry has been equipped to keep private ...
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has expressed concern over what he described as late preparations of Hajj operations by the state's Pilgrims Welfare Board. Mr. Masari made the remark while receiving the 2017 Hajj Report from the chairman of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Salisu Shinkafi, on ...
Hyderabad: Hajj subsidy to Muslims began way back in British rule. Later Independent India started giving it under Hajj Act in 1959. The subsidy is given to Indian Muslims going on the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Jordon. The pilgrims are sent to Jeddah direct from the airport and the ...
Islamabad: The Ministry of religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has requested the Saudi government to waive off Hajj dues for children under two travelling with their parents through Private Hajj Scheme. The request was made by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, who ...
Islamabad: The Hajj quota for Pakistan for the year 2018 remains the same at 179,210 as Saudi Arabia has turned down Islamabad's request to increase the same. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Thursday signed an agreement to this effect in Jeddah. Federal Minister for religious Affairs Sardar ...
Islamabad: The Ministry of religious Affairs (MORA) on Wednesday requested the Supreme Court (SC) to combine the multiple cases it is facing regarding the 2018 Hajj policy. A media outlet reported that the ministry, which is currently facing multiple cases in the Lahore and Sindh high courts regarding ...
Islamabad: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will tomorrow ink a Hajj agreement for 2018 featuring all terms and conditions and information regarding the holy journey for the country's pilgrims. An official of the Ministry of religious Affairs told The Express Tribune that Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar ...
The Executive Secretary of Adamawa Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Bobboyi, on Wednesday, said only 20 percent of 2018 Hajj pilgrims paid for the 2,601 Hajj seats allocated to the state for this year. Mr. Bobboyi told journalists in Yola, the state capital, that the dateline for payment was March ...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said on Friday that it has approved no fewer than 90 Tour Operators out of the 144 companies that applied for participation in the 2018 Hajj operation. NAHCON Head of Tour Operators' Unit, Alhaji Alidu Shutti who made this revelation in a statement, ...
Islamabad: Today, January 24, marks the last day for submission of Hajj applications in the country. The designated banks would continue receiving applications till working hours today. Balloting would be held on January 26. Branches of 13 designated banks have so far received over 325,000 ...
Srinagar: According to the Executive Officer State Haj Committee, provisionally selected Haj pilgrims have been asked to deposit advance Haj amount of Rs 81,000 each as first installment by January 31, 2018. He said that the payment can be deposited online on Haj Committee of India website ...
Abu Dhabi: The Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque Centre (SZGMC) has launched an engaging and interactive series of public talks and discussions which explore the historic collections and unique artefacts on display at the Hajj: Memories of a Journey exhibition, held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour ...
Islamabad: Various branches of 13 designated banks have so far received over 239,000 applications under government Hajj Scheme, said an official of the Ministry of religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. According to the spokesman, As many as 114 applicants falls in the category of 90 to 100 years.
Hajj Watch, an Islamic association has called on the Ghana Hajj Board to re-organise the current structure and designations of the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana before the 2018 Hajj season. It has also called on the board to weed out people who were trying to sabotage the activities of the board to create ...
Srinagar, Jan 18 (UNI) Not a single woman in Jammu and Kashmir, the only Muslim majority state in the country, has applied for the Hajj-2018 pilgrimage without maharam after the Centre announced that a group of four women above the age of 45 years can go for Hajj without maharam. Meanwhile, Haj ...
Former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) secretary Yasmin Lao has been charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged irregular housing accommodation for 3,000 Filipino pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj Season in 2014. Assistant Special Prosecutor Jorge Espinal ...
Senate yesterday began a fresh probe of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in respect of alleged extortion and imposition of charges, among other hardships inflicted on pilgrims. The upper legislative chamber, made the vow at the beginning of a two-day public hearing by its Adhoc ...
Former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao and chief-of-staff Norodin Lomondot have been charged in the Sandiganbayan with graft over alleged irregularities in the provision of housing accommodations for 3,000 pilgrims during the 2014 Hajj season. The Ombudsman ...
Hajj Committee of India (HCI) Chairman Mehboob Ali Kaiser told IANS that it was bargaining hard with Saudi authorities to keep the cost in check but local factors may ... Hajj 2018 is likely to be costlier than last year but not because of the abolition of subsidy that the government announced on Tuesday.
In a related development, four Muslims Associations, Ghana Muslim Association, Northerners and Zongos Concern youth Association, Ghana Muslim.com and Ghana Muslim Broadcast journalists Association also commended the Association of Hajj Watch by calling on the association to reorganize the ...
The Hajj committee has received 32332 applications (30373 in general category and 1959 in reserved category A, which is 70-year-plus applicants). ... Executive officer of the J&K Hajj committee on Wednesday said that draw of lots (qurrah) for all intending pilgrims has been fixed on 19 January from 12 ...
"People need to remember before making any decisions that all Hajj and Umrah travel operators needs to be accredited with SAHUC. We encourage the community to visit our website to see who is accredited and who not. The accredited groups have undergone a background check and have been fully ...
New Delhi, India - The Indian government has announced the end of a decades-long policy of giving subsidy to thousands of Muslims heading to the holy city of Mecca to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, India's minister for minority affairs, said on Tuesday that the move was part of ...
Islamabad: Minister for religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Monday said Hajj dues had not been increased this year in order to further facilitate the intending pilgrims. Talking to PTV, he said Rs 280,000 would be paid by the intending pilgrims of North region, while Rs ...
This was stated by Spokesperson Ministry of religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Imran Siddiqi during an interview with Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan. He said Hajj applications will be received from intending pilgrims till 24th of this month at thirteen designated bank ...
District consumer Protection Forum, Srinagar has directed J&K Hajj Committee to pay Rs 20,000 to a complainant for resorting to unfair trade practice. The order came after the forum presided over by Muhammad Ashraf Malik, PD&SJ, examined the evidence, and found the committee "guilty of unfair trade ...
Ahead of the preparation towards the 2018 Hajj, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the National Adilla Establishment in Madina have signed the 2018 Hajj services agreement in an ongoing pre 2018 Hajj in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. NAHCON's Chairman/CEO, Barr.
Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, the Hon Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs has been honoured with year 2017 Amir Hajj by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter. The award was presented to him during MMPN annual conference held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Multi ...
Lahore: Federal minister for religious affairs and interfaith harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf on Thursday said that the aged and disabled citizens will especially be facilitated under the Hajj policy. While speaking to the media, he said that 10,000 aged and disabled citizens would be sent to Hajj ...
Federal Minister for religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf Thursday said that aged and disabled citizens will specially be facilitated under the Hajj policy. Talking to the media here, he said that 10,000 aged and disabled citizens would be sent for Hajj through official quota, ...
Earlier, the leader of Nigeria delegation, Ibrahim, while reviewing the 2017 Hajj, observed that the tents provided for Nigerian pilgrims in Muna were inadequate, adding that there was the need to address the issue before the 2018 Hajj. She, however, applauded efforts of the Saudi Authority for the ...


 

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