Thursday, 30 April 2009

Haj 2009: Qurra deals a bad blow to pilgrims from Hyderabad

Syed Akbar
Hyderabad, April 29: The Andhra Pradesh State Haj Committee on Wednesday selected 6,222 persons for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca later this year. The Committee conducted a draw of lots (qurra) for the Haj 2009 season. Departing from its regular tradition, the committee this time left the qurra to the Central Haj Committee in Mumbai. The results were displayed online for the benefit of local pilgrims.

This time a record 23,687 people applied for the Haj 2009. This is more than the number of applicants last year. Like last year Hyderabadi pilgrims received a jolt as only 1,404 applicants were selected. As many as 11,529 people had applied for Haj 2009 from Hyderabad, which has almost one third of the total Muslim population in Andhra Pradesh.

The following are the statistics (district-wise break-up) provided by the AP State Haj Committee executive officer, Mr Muhammad Siddque:

Adilabad (211), Anantapur (347), Chittoor (305), Kadapa (344), East Godavari (63), West Godavari (70), Guntur (434), Karimnagar (190), Khammam (123), Krishna (237), Kurnool (510), Mahbubnagar (264), Medak (264), Nalgonda (152), Nellore (221), Nizamabad (302), Prakasam (174), Rangareddy (364), Srikakulam (7), Visakhapatnam (64), Vizianagaram (14) and Warangal (158).

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