Hyderabad: The Telangana State Haj Committee today on Tuesday at 11:30 am will hold the Qurrah or Draw of lots to select the pilgrims who will be provided free accommodation at Nizam Rubath in Makkah for the Haj season of 2018.
As many as 1,286 pilgrims will be provided free accommodation in three buildings in Makkah during the Haj season. The qurrah or draw will be held to select the pilgrims from 42 districts of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the Telangana State Haj Committee said.
Deputy Chief Minister of Telnagana Mohammed Mahmood Ali will preside over the function organized to select the Haj Pilgrims who will be selected for free accomdation at Nizam Rubath in Makkah, Saudi Arabia during the Hajj. Husain Mohammed Shareef, in-charge of Nizam Rubat along with Telangana Haj Committee Chairman and other members will also be present on this occasion.
Out of 1,286 seats, 10% seats are reserved for the family members of Nizam. Draw will be held for the remaining 1,254 seats. A total of 3,400 pilgrims from Telangana, 2,356 from Maharashtra and 891 from Karnataka will be included in the draw of lots. “Only the Haj pilgrims of Azizia category will be allotted accommodation”, Telangana State Haj Committee said.
The Telangana State Haj Committee had earlier released online the Haj 2018 waiting list containing the names of provisionally selected pilgrims on its website. The waiting list containing the cover numbers of 318 pilgrims from Telangana can be accessed on the State Haj Committee website.
A waiting list after the draw of free accommodation at Nizam Rubath will also be displayed on the Telangana State Haj Committee website. "In case a pilgrim selected in the draw cancels his or her application others mentioned in the waiting list will be given a chance", the state Haj committee office said.
Coinciding with Eid al Adha, Haj is the annual ritual to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and his son Prophet Ismael. The likely date of Wuqoof e Arafat - the key ritual of the Hajj, is August 20 or 19. As the Islamic calendar is based on sighting of moon, the final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted. Last year, Wuqoof e Arafat was on August 31, 2017.
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