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Mahmood Ali flags off the first batch of Haj pilgrims

The first batch of 450 pilgrims left from Telangana for Saudi Arabia on Sunday to perform the Haj pilgrimage. The Air India flight carrying the pilgrims, clad in "Ihram" or special white clothing for Haj and amid chanting of prayers, took off from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mehmood Ali, Chairmen Waqf Board, Telangana State Alhaj Mohammed Saleem, Mr. Farooq Hussain MLC, Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin and many more flagged off the first flight for Jeddah. (Photo: Zabi)

Hyderabad: Mr. Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Dy. CM of Telangana State flagged off the first batch of 450 Haj pilgrims from Haj House, Nampally, Hyderabad on Sunday. Present on this occasion were Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel, Secretary, Dept. of Minorities Welfare, Mr. Mohammed Saleem, Chairman of Wakf Board, Mr. Farooq Husain, MLC, Mr. Baba Fasihuddin, Dy. Mayor of GHMC, Mr. Akbar Husain, Chairman, Minorities Finance Corporation, Mr. Waheed Ahmed, Advocate, member of Wakf Board, Mufti Khaleel Ahmed, Prof. S.A. Shukoor, Special Officer of Telangana Haj Committee and others.

Mr. Mahmood Ali told that this year, 2700 Haj pilgrims will proceed to Saudi Arabia from Telangana. He hoped that Govt. of India would increase the quota for Haj pilgrims this year. Prof. S.A. Shukoor, Special Officer of Haj Committee told that Telangana Haj Committee is fortunate that it is getting the opportunity of offering its services to the Haj pilgrims of Karnataka and AP in addition to Telangana.

Mufti Khaleel Ahmed highlighted the importance of Haj. A large number of Muslims bid farewell to the Haj pilgrims with tears in their eyes.

–Siasat News