HAJ, MANAGEMENT OF HAJ AFFAIR AND INDIAN MUSLIMS
Haj is one of the pillars of Islam. The performance of the pilgrimage is incumbent
upon every Muslim once in his life time, if he be an adult, free, sane, well in
health and has sufficient money for expenses of the journey.
first place of worship that was founded for mankind, was that Macca - Blessed,
and a guidance to human being."
It is an established fact that
every Muslim wants to perform Haj at least once in his life time. And the pilgrimage
to Macca is a service due to God from those are able to journey there.
is noticeable that many Verses in the Ouran with regard to Haj bear testimony
to the importance of Haj.
In India, which is a secular country every body
is at liberty to profess one's religion and manage one's religious affairs in
the manner one likes. Central and State Haj Committees have been established to
mange such affairs. All persons desiring to go on Haj are required to apply to
such Haj committees. Selection of Haj pilgrims is made through draw of lots. Next
to it comes provision for proper and comfortable journey. Another problem is to
arrange for proper accommodation for the Hal' pilgrims. Chairman of the Cerntral
Haj committee and other members have a vital role to play in such matters. Various
facilities, including medical facilities etc.are being provided to the Hajees
'but still they have to face many a difficulties and there is ample scope for
further im rovement.
- System of inviting
- Draw of lots.
- Complaints by the pilgrims regarding
- Unsatisfactory performance of Haj Committee.
character of the members of Haj committee and their attachment with religious
- Inadequate representation of religious groups in Haj Committees.
Only such person
be nominated to Haj committees who are associated with religious affairs and lead
their lives in accordance with Shariah.
There should be no political interference
in the nomination of members of Haj Committees.
Haj affairs should be kept
away from politics, political parties, favouritism and nepotism.
should maintain proper accounts and should not commit any irregularities.
Funds of the Haj committees be utilized for making better arrangements for the
Hajees and other welfare activities.
Haj Committees, being answerable
to the Indian Muslims, must not have such persons or elements on their rolls who
are not competent to render religious services.
Hajees should be exempted
from Airport tax and they should be allowed further concessions in Air/Sea fares.