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Haj Committee should be autonomous

New Delhi: On March 8 a conference on Haj and Awqaf affairs was held in central office of Jamiatul Ulama Hind (JUH). Inaugurating the conference Maulana Mahmood Ahmad Madni, secretary general of JUH said that the government of India is constitutionally bound to make good arrangements for Muslims so that they can perform Haj pilgrimage in a good manner.

Though Haj arrangements had been entrusted earlier to the government since 1934, now it is under the foreign ministry which had constituted committees such as Haj Committee, India Haj Mission, but these are powerless committees. Citing the Malaysian ‘Tabung Haj’, an organization which, besides the Haj arrangements, caters to 72,000 widows and makes them able to perform Haj, he said that in our country also there should be one such organization. Regarding Haj subsidy he said that it is not needed. Rooms should be hired in Makkah for a long time wherein Hajis can stay. This, not only will end corruption but will solve other problems too.

Resolutions passed at the conclusion of the conference demanded that with required amendments in Haj Act, Haj Committee of India should be given the status of a free and autonomous corporation. And with collaboration of Haj Committee services of air lines should be obtained which provide their services in the best manner. State Haj Committees also should be set up as soon as possible in states where they are not existing. In Khadimul Hujjaj delegation ulma also should be included. It was also demanded that for the purpose of checking of non Muslims like Qadianies, going to Haj it is essential to include such a column in Haj forms by which their inclusion can be checked. JUH chief Maulana Qari Usman also addressed the conference.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 19

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