The announcement from the Ministry of Minority Affairs states that the deadline for submitting online applications for Haj 2023 is March 10. Beginning on February 10, 2023, applications must be submitted online along with supporting documentation.
Applications may be submitted by interested parties via hajcommittee.gov.in/haf23. Notably, on February 6, the Ministry of Minority Affairs announced a new Haj policy under which the application forms were made freely available and the cost of each pilgrim’s package was decreased by Rs 50,000.
While sharing the new Haj Policy, the Ministry said, “Wide choice of embarkation points & special arrangements are made for ladies, infants, divyangjan and elderly.” The Haj is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the most sacred place for Muslims.
All adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of performing the Haj are required to do so. Local media cited Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah in reporting that the country announced in January that there will be no cap on the number of pilgrims for this year’s Haj.
Speaking at the Haj Expo 2023, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah predicted that the number of pilgrims doing the Hajj this year will reach pre-pandemic levels and that there won’t be an age restriction.
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