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Hyderabad's Nizam’s assets in Haramain, Saudi Arabia

Hyderabad: Grandson of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, who is chairman of Nizam Family Welfare Association, has appealed to the government of India to help in re-acquiring the lost Rabats (guest houses for pilgrims) by sending a deputation of the family members of the seventh Nizam to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, he said that the Saudi government has acquired the possessions of Rabats in Makkah and Madinah. The income from these properties can only be spent on acquiring new properties. If it is done so then 3000-4000 erstwhile Nizam state pilgrims would benefit from the new assets which, at the moment, helped only 263 pilgrims on a subsidy of Rs 30,000 in each case. Nawab Najaf Ali apprised that the Nizam had created waqf properties at Harmain for the benefit of poor pilgrims from the state. The manager of the property is supposed to maintain these as a caretaker. Hence he asked the government to take the matter seriously.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 18

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