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Hajj 2023 applications to start soon: Haj Committee of India

Haj Committee of India Monday said the application process for Hajj 2023 will start soon - most probably in the next few days. Read More

Tuesday January 3, 2023 10:22 AM, ummid.com News Network

Hajj 2023 applications to start soon: Haj Committee of India

Hajj 2023: Haj Committee of India Monday said the application process for Hajj 2023 will start soon - most probably in the next few days.

AP Abdullakutty, Chairman of Haj Committee of India, had earlier said that the online application process for the annual pilgrimage will start with the New Year i.e. from Sunday January 01, 2023.

Eager pilgrims rushed to the Haj Committee of India website on the first day of the New Year without getting any information on regarding Hajj 2023.

However, talking to ummid.com Haj Committee of India officials said the process has been delayed but it will start “very soon”.

 

“The Haj Committee of India is preparing to start receiving Hajj Application Form (HAF) in the next few days”, he said.

When asked about the delay, the officials could not explain any reason.

Haj Embarkation Points

India had earlier decided to cut the cost of Hajj 2023 by at least Rs.100,000, and also decided to increase the Haj Embarkation Points so that pilgrims can embark to Saudi Arabia from the nearest airport.

The Haj Committee of India is likely to publish Hajj 2023 Plan (Hajj 1444 AH Plan) and Schedule in 2-3 days. Once the Hajj application process is published, the aspiring pligrims will know the last date of application, Hajj flight schedule, list of embarkation points, Hajj Advance Amount Payment details and other related information.

India Hajj Quota 2023

Saudi government distributes pilgrims’ quota based on the population of Muslims in the respective countries. Saudi Aarabia is however not yet declared the Hajj quota for the year 2023 (1444 H).

More than 2.5 million pilgrims perform Hajj in normal days. However, the Kingdom curtailed the number of pilgrims in 2020, 2021, and also in 2022 owing to the health concern and the Covid-19 Pandemic.

In 2021, the Holy city of Makkah received around 60,000 pilgrims, while in 2020 only 1000 selected pilgrims performed Hajj whereas in 2022 a total of 1 million pilgrims performed the Hajj.

It was earlier reported that Saudi Arabia will most likely restore the quota of pilgrims for Hajj 2023 (Hajj 1444H) to pre-Pandemic level as the intensity of Covid-19 has ceded. If this happens, about 02 lakh pilgrims will be able to perform Hajj from India.

Hajj 2023 dates

More than 2.5 million Muslims from all across the world perform Haj in normal days. This includes a quota of about 02 lakh pilgrims from India.

Hajj is performed every year in the last month of Islamic Calendar Dhul Hijjah.

The final date of Hajj 2023 will be decided after sighting of the new moon. However, as per the astronomical calculation, Day of Arafah or Youm ul Hajj or Hajj Day, observed on 9th of Dhul Hijjah, will most likely be on Tuesday June 27, 2023.


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