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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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One of the greatest challenges regarding the forthcoming Hajj is how to meet the March 31 deadline for all payments for onward remittance to service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia recognizes only NAHCON which represents the Nigerian government in Hajj operations and ...
As the March 31 deadline approaches, only 500 out of over 1,200 intending pilgrims in Oyo State have completed their fare payment for the 2018 hajj. Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold, the Chairman of Oyo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ...

The government has extended the deadline by ten days for the registration of hajj pilgrims for the year of 2018 under private managements. The registration which begun on March 1 will now end on April 1, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs on Thursday. This year's hajj flights ...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Wednesday, inaugurated a 20-man team for inspection and negotiation of rates for 2018 pilgrims' accommodation in Saudi Arabia. The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, while inaugurating the team in Abuja, urged ...
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. It must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking that journey. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. The issue at ...
It may be recalled that the government had already selected 50 percent aspirants of Government Hajj Scehme by holding a balloting earlier this month. The ministry had promised to conduct another balloting for selecting 17 percent more aspirant for performing the sacred religious ceremony under government scheme after ...

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Mar, 2018 ):Specific Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs) have started fleecing intending pilgrims by offering thrice or even more higher packages than the government Hajj package despite the fact that religious ministry have not yet awarded quota to HGOs.
BAHAWALPUR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Mar, 2018 ):Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs will conduct two-days training session for Hajj participants at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur on April 4 and April 5. Hujjaj would be briefed about Manasik-e-Hajj and other relevant ...
The House of Representatives has urged the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to undertake a downward review of hajj fares for 2018 ... Though the commission has not fixed the total fare for this year's hajj, it had directed State Muslim Welfare Boards and agencies to collect deposit of N1.5 ...
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and related government entities work to ensure the comfort of pilgrims by offering diversified services. These include air conditioning and cooling solutions, which are especially important now that the since recent Hajj and Umrah seasons and Ramadan have lately coincided ...
Supkem's Abdullahi Salat told Friday Bulletin - a Muslim weekly news journal - that the debt had been incurred by their predecessors voted out of office late last year. Officials, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Star those intending to go for Hajj book their trips through travel agencies, which remit ...
The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ahmed Tsoho-Ikara, on Tuesday said only 1, 500 intending pilgrims, representing 22.62 per cent, have made part payment for the 2018 Hajj in the state. Mr. Tsoho-Ikara, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News ...
He said despite the increment announced by the Saudi Arabian Government, the President has directed the Hajj Board to maintain the fares. The Vice President made the announcement at the 50th anniversary to mark the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad by the Tijanniya Movement of Ghana ...
Hajj pilgrimage to Saudia Arabia is an annual event across the world and will continue to be so. The importance of its incumbency can be judged from the religious directive making it obligatory on the part of all Muslims, who according to the Holy book of the Quran and the Ahadith (sayings of Prophet ...
KUWAIT CITY, March 10: Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Fahad Al-Afasi announced setting up the Hajj Caravans Price Control and Monitoring Committee to ensure that prices charged by the caravans are affordable. The minister said the Higher Committee on Hajj and Umrah decided to set up the Hajj ...
In India, where some 180 million Muslims make up by far the largest religious minority, the Hindu nationalist-led government announced significant changes to its hajj policy early this year. "With immediate effect, there will be no (public) subsidies for the hajj," announced the Union Minister of Minority Affairs ...
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has charged states' pilgrim boards and travel agencies involved in the 2018 hajj operations to ... and finance, Dr. Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim said this in Ilorin at a sensitisation programme for stakeholders on Saudi Arabia new policies on hajj operation.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has called on intending Muslim Pilgrims from Gombe State to be ready for biometric data capturing for this year's Hajj. Abdullahi Muhammad, the Chairman of the commission, made the call in Gombe on Thursday while addressing Hajj officials and ...
Regarding the State Hajj dues, the meeting was informed that there was no enhancement in the dues and the Pilgrims would be charged as per the last year's Rate Structure. The dues include Accidental Insurance Premium, Admin/Maintenance charges, catering charges at Hajj House, transportation ...
El-Sawy led the first British Hajj group to Makkah in 1981, taking 47 Muslims from all different origins and ethnicities on the sacred journey. The “very simple” town of Makkah where El-Sawy landed with his first group of pilgrims has long since given way to a global hub with infrastructure capable of ...
What President Muhammadu Buhari told the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Bukar Ibrahim and the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, at the presidential villa recently explained the commitment of ...
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim women descend on Mecca in Saudi Arabia each year to take part in the Hajj, but in recent weeks some female worshipers have told CNN they experienced incidents of sexual abuse or harassment while participating in the five-day pilgrimage. Five women told CNN they ...
The Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha-Agwai, on Tuesday has urged the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to reduce the fares for the 2018 ... said the visit to the emir was part of state-wide advocacy to educate intending pilgrims on new innovations introduced by Saudi authorities for the Hajj.
The final registration process for the pilgrims who wish to perform Hajj this year under private management will begin on Tuesday. M Shahadat Hossain, general secretary of the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), announced the schedule at a press briefing on Monday. However, the last date ...
Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, had earlier announced during a meeting with the chairmen of State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and Agencies, in Abuja that the Saudi authority had fixed end of May 2018 as the dateline for the closure of all hajj registration and closing of ...
ISLAMABAD: The candidates who were not selected in the first round of balloting for the government Hajj quota should not withdraw their deposits from banks as the next round of balloting would be carried out once the Islamabad High Court rules in favour of the 17 per cent increase in the government Hajj ...
In a recent talk entitled 'Every Object Tells a Story', Arab artists and visual arts practitioners Mohammad Kazem and Abdulnasser Gharem, discussed how their commissioned artworks encapsulate the essence of the shared human experiences and the pilgrimage settings and landscapes during Hajj.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has slammed the March 31 Hajj registration deadline on Nigeria, setting jitters down the spine of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). National Commissioner in Charge of NAHCON's Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who ...
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday welcomed the Government of India's (GoI) decision to slash airfare for Hajj pilgrimage this year. ... “I welcome the decision of the central government and thank @narendramodi ji for substantially reducing the airfare for Hajj pilgrims from India from this ...
In this file photo, African pilgrims are seen in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah. Through the centuries, many African Muslims who have come to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj have opted to remain in the Makkah or Madinah. (AN file photo) ...
“Everyone is aware of the efforts of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to ensure a successful Hajj season. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia always organizes meetings and workshops to hear the proposals and ideas of all the Islamic countries about the Hajj,” he added.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Wednesday declared that it is still computing cost of various components that make up the total package of the 2018 Hajj fares. NAHCON Executive Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad who made this revelation at a one-day sensitisation and ...
“The Jigawa State pilgrims board received a total of N26.2 million from the National Hajj Commission to be refunded to pilgrims who performed last year's Hajj. “Some of the pilgrims who were not able to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj would be refunded their deposits,” Hashim said. He said the pilgrims ...
The final registration process of Hajj pilgrims for 2018 traveling under government management will begin on Thursday. The process will continue till March 11, said a press release issued by the Religious Affairs Ministry on Wednesday. Earlier on February 22, the ministry published a list of serial numbers ...
The Cabinet has approved the drafts of the National Hajj and Umrah Policy 2018 and the Hajj Package 2018, fixing the minimum cost for a Hajj pilgrim under government arrangement at Tk331,359. The approval was given in the regular Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister ...
The government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has extended all efforts to serve Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as part of its Islamic duty, and it will keep rendering such services for the sake of Allah's guests,"? Afghan - Saudi relation is time tested and Afghani ...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is worried over the low turnout of intending pilgrims for registration ahead of the 2018 pilgrimage ... Personnel, Management and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim said the Saudi Arabian authorities had mandated countries to conclude Hajj preparations ...
To support her, I started #MosqueMeToo and tweeted about my own experience of sexual assault during the Muslim pilgrimage, the hajj . In two days, my Twitter thread had been retweeted or liked thousands of times. It was shared in Indonesian, Arabic, Turkish, French, German, Spanish and Farsi.
The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) is anxious that no intending pilgrim from Nigeria is disenfranchised from undertaking Hajj 2018 due to misinformation or lack of it. That is why the commission embarked on a nationwide rigorous campaign to clarify some salient matters which many Nigerian ...
Sheikh I.C Quaye, the Chairman of the Hajj Board, has announced that the fare for this year's 2018 Hajj pilgrimage is GHȼ15,000.00, an equivalent of $3,450 dollars. He said the actual fare is GH¢19,500.00, but government has absorbed GH¢4,500.00 of the cost to enable more pilgrims to perform the Hajj.
“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has hiked initial depot to be paid by intending pilgrims for 2018 Hajj to N1.5 million. The problem now is that this exorbitant amount is expected to be paid on or before the March 31 deadline, which is next week Saturday,” an intending pilgrim, Sheik ...
Religious Affairs Minister Motiur Rahman on Thursday said the flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year will begin on July 14. This year, a total of 127,198 pilgrims – 7,198 under government management and 120,000 under private management – will perform Hajj from ...
... of their sponsored labour/low paid employees, who are being sent to perform the sacred religious obligation on the reserved seats. As per Hajj Policy, special seats have been reserved in Government'Hajj Scheme for labour/low paid employees sponsored by public sector organisations/corporate entities.
India on Tuesday announced a reduction in airfare for minority Muslims who wish to go on Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. “The decision is in line with our empowerment without appeasement policy,” Indian Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi told newsmen. The reduction in airfare will be available to ...
ISLAMABAD: In an interesting scenario lawmakers appointed on religious minority seats sent several people on Hajj through the Hardship Quota in 2017. A total of 1,001 people were endorsed for Hajj on the recommendations of parliamentarians from both the upper and lower Houses and the provincial ...
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Monday directed to refer all case pending in different high courts regarding Hajj balloting to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan ...
The government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has extended all efforts to serve Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as part of its Islamic duty, and it will keep rendering such services for the sake of Allah's guests,"? Afghan - Saudi relation is time tested and Afghani ...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is worried over the low turnout of intending pilgrims for registration ahead of the 2018 pilgrimage ... Personnel, Management and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim said the Saudi Arabian authorities had mandated countries to conclude Hajj preparations ...
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 ...


 

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