Mumbai: In an important relief for the pilgrims embarking on Hajj 2019, the Haj Committee of India has made important changes in the Medical Fitness and Screening criteria regarding chest x-ray and blood report.
"The Haj Committee of Indis in its meeting held on January 27, 2019 has decided that, instead of submitting Chest X-ray report and Blood report the pilgrims may submit Medical Screening and Fitness Certificate from registered Medical Practioners MBBS/Government Doctor as per past practice", the apex body managing the Hajj affairs in India said.
The Haj Committee of India further said that the changes were made after representation it received from different quarters that the pilgrims are facing difficulties in obtaining Chest X-ray report and Blood report respectively.
The Haj Committee of India has also upoloaded on its website Medical Screening and Fitness Certificate. The pilgrims are asked to get it signed from a registered medical practioner. The pilgrims should make it sure that their Haj Cover Number and other important details are written correctly.
Coinciding with Eid al Adha, Haj is the annual ritual to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and their son Prophet Ismael. The likely date of Wuqoof e Arafat - the key ritual of the Hajj, is August 09 or 10. As the Islamic calendar is based on sighting of moon, the final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted.
Meanwhile, the Haj Committee of India with the help of state Haj committees has completed the Haj draw or Qurrah process and has asked all the selected pilgrims to deposit the advanced payment. The last date to make advanced Haj payment is Februray 05, 2019.
If a pilgrim fails to make the payment before the due date, his application will be cancelled and pilgims in the Haj waiting list will be given chance in his or her place. The Haj Committee of India will release the Haj 2019 waiting list any time after February 05.
Once all the formalities and application process is completed, the Haj Committee of India will then release the Haj 209 flight schedule from various Haj embarkation points in different states.
(with thanks of ummid.com)