Haj 2022: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, after chairing the Haj review meeting here in the national capital on October 22, said the selection process would be based on the Covid-19 vaccination status of the pilgrims as per the guidelines fixed by the Governments of India and Saudi Arabia.
“Selection process of Haj pilgrims will be done according to complete Covid-19 vaccination with both the doses, guidelines and criteria by Indian and Saudi Arabia Governments during Haj 2022,” said Naqvi.
He also mentioned that all women who had applied for ‘Mehram’ (male companion), would be exempted from the lottery system.
“The applications of around 3,000 women who had applied for Haj 2020 & 2021 under without ‘Mehram’ category will be eligible for Haj 2022 also if they want to perform Haj next year,” Union Minister added.
The official announcement of Haj 2022 would be made in the first week of November, he added.
Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all able Muslims are expected to complete at least once in their lives. Muslims must always remain calm in Ihram due to the state’s religious significance, even when exhausted by the journey they undertake.