Haj pilgrims

Pilgrims back home as Haj 2017 comes to close

Pilgrims back home as Haj 2017 comes to close

More than 2.35 million pilgrims have completed Haj this year, fulfilling their religious duty in peace and unity at the holiest city in Islam, Makkah.

Sep 05, 2017, 10:27 AM IST

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims

India has a Haj quota of 1.70 lakh. Out of this, 1.25 lakh pilgrims travel through Haj Committee of India, while the rest through private tour operators from 21 embarkation points.

Jul 24, 2017, 17:48 PM IST

Haj committee providing orientation to Kashmiri pilgrims in Srinagar

The Haj Committee of India has initiated an orientation training programme for Kashmiri pilgrims ahead of this year`s `Haj` to Mecca.

Jun 15, 2017, 14:53 PM IST

First batch of Haj pilgrims from Telangana leave for Jeddah

The first batch of 340 pilgrims left from Telangana for Saudi Arabia on Sunday to perform the Haj pilgrimage.

Aug 21, 2016, 20:27 PM IST

First batch of Haj pilgrims from J&K to leave on August 10

Nearly 6,500 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir would perform Haj this year and the first batch would leave for Saudi Arabia on August 10, officials said on Thursday.

Jul 29, 2016, 00:37 AM IST

Mecca stampede: We will provide all help to Indian nationals, says Sushma Swaraj

After the stampede tragedy in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that the government would provide all help to Indian nationals.

Sep 24, 2015, 20:18 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi expresses shock over stampede deaths in Mecca

 Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday expressed deep shock and distress over the deaths and injuries in a stampede in Mecca.

Sep 24, 2015, 19:00 PM IST

No political propaganda during Haj: Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia will not allow any political propaganda during this year's Haj and those trying to violate the pilgrimage's sanctity will be arrested, the crown prince has said apparently referring to attempts to use Islam's holiest site to highlight the situation in strife-torn Syria and Yemen.

Sep 19, 2015, 15:49 PM IST
Traumatised by Mecca crane crash tragedy, pilgrims ask for accountability

Traumatised by Mecca crane crash tragedy, pilgrims ask for accountability

Jumaa Ibrahim and his wife Hasnaa Karam, a Syrian couple in their early 60s, arrived in Mecca on Friday, and headed straight to Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba.

Sep 14, 2015, 15:52 PM IST
Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

 The collapse of a construction crane that killed 107 people at Mecca`s Grand Mosque was "an act of God" and not due to a technical fault, an engineer for the developer said Saturday.

Sep 12, 2015, 20:00 PM IST

Haj flights in MP from Aug 31, 3,000 pilgrims to fly

Nearly 3,000 Haj pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh will start leaving for their journey from August 31.

Aug 26, 2015, 23:41 PM IST

First batch of J&K Haj pilgrims to leave for Medina today

 The first batch of Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will leave from here directly to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia from August 17, officials said on Wednesday.

Aug 17, 2015, 00:36 AM IST

MERS-CoV infection: Action plan drawn up for Haj pilgrims

Health Ministry has drawn up an action plan for minimising MERS-CoV infection to Haj pilgrims who are likely to take the pilgrimage from August with Saudi Arabia still looming under the threat of the disease which has reported 455 deaths from 26 countries till June 18.

Jun 30, 2015, 14:00 PM IST

Indian launches Urdu mobile app for Haj pilgrims

 An Indian scholar has launched an Urdu mobile application for smartphone users which provides information related to Haj and Umrah pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia.

Jun 17, 2015, 14:34 PM IST

Centre assures of better facilities of Haj pilgrims this year

The Centre on Tuesday assured Haj pilgrims of better facilities this year by taking corrective measures to deal with problems faced by them last year when the state-run Air India was accused of mishandling their travel, causing long delay.

Jun 09, 2015, 15:03 PM IST

Haj pilgrims stranded at Ahmedabad airport for over 18 hours

Around 215 Haj pilgrims were stranded for more than 18 hours at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport here on Thursday, after two Bhopal- and Indore-bound Air India flights got delayed, the passengers said.

Nov 06, 2014, 22:45 PM IST

Indian volunteers form largest group to serve Haj pilgrims

Over 2,000 Indian volunteers this year provided selfless service to Haj pilgrims, forming the largest expatriate group that lent great support in organising a successful and incident-free pilgrimage.

Oct 19, 2014, 12:02 PM IST

All arrangements in place for 1.36 lakh Indian Haj pilgrims

With 1,36,000 Indian pilgrims set to perform Haj this year, India on Monday said all preparations have been completed to ensure that the faithfuls perform a hassle-free pilgrimage.

Sep 29, 2014, 16:22 PM IST

Indian consulate launches app to guide Haj pilgrims

A free smartphone application launched this year by the Indian mission here that guides Indian Haj pilgrims to their accommodations has become a huge hit with even the Saudi government looking at ways to adopt the novel app.

Sep 29, 2014, 16:06 PM IST

Haj pilgrims tested for Ebola at Jeddah airport

 Haj pilgrims arriving at Jeddah`s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) are being screened, tested and given preventive medication against the Ebola virus, media reported Monday.

Sep 22, 2014, 17:17 PM IST