Hyderabad: As many as 1154 Haj pilgrims were selected through computerized draw of lots (Qurra) for free accommodation in the Rubath of Hyderabad in Makkah Mukkaram KSA at Chow Mohalla Palace today.
Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali inaugurated the draw amidst a galaxy of eminent personalities. Speaking on this he said that Telangana state stood first in the matter of providing services to the Haj pilgrims. He said that ship voyage would commence within a couple of years and pilgrims could save their hard earned money.
TS Haj Committee Chairman Masiullah Khan said that those selected in the draw would be provided free accommodation in Makkah Mukaarrama.
Executive Officer Telangana State Haj Committee Prof. S. A. Shukoor said that 1154 Haj pilgrims have been selected from out of 6647 pilgrims from the erstwhile Nizam state. Altogether 1286 pilgrims would be provided free accommodation in three buildings in Saudi Arabia.
MA Faiz Khan, Member of Nizam’s Waqf Committee, said that he had recently visited Saudi Arabia and initiated the efforts to acquire Rubath buildings in Madeena Munnawara, which, if completed, would be useful for the pilgrims.
Compensation for some more buildings had to be obtained from Saudi authorities, by which more buildings would be acquired for the convenience of the pilgrims.
Hussain Shareef, Nazir of Rubath in Makkah, said that he had been successful in his efforts to provide rights to the rightful. He announced that this year he could not provide free food to the pilgrims in Rubaths.
Advisor to the Government A. K. Khan were among those present on the occasion. (INN)