In view of the demands of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) planning their Haj pilgrimage in 2018, the Haj Committee of India has decided to extend the date of submission of original passports of NRI Haj pilgrims to April 30.
In this connection, Dr Maqsood Ahmad Khan, Chief Executive Officer of the Haj Committee of India has issued a circular stating, “The last date of submission of original passport for NRI pilgrims is hereby extended upto April 30.”
“It is hereby notified that the pilgrims must adhere to the last date for submission of original passport for NRI pilgrims as prescribed by Haj Committee of India,” it added.
The reference number of the circular is HC-13/205/2018/4744.
Haj Committee of India makes arrangements for Indians and the NRIs who have been selected to perform the sacred pilgrimage at Mecca.
NRIs have been instructed to contact offices of State Haj Committees (SHCs) of the Indian States in which they reside for submission of their passports. The earlier last date for submission of passport was April 15.
Haj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca and is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey and can support their family during their absence. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. Haj of 2018 will be performed during August.