The service rendered by Jeddah based Indian Hajj Welfare Forum in Mina for the last 10 years is appreciable indeed!
An umbrella organization of around 20 Kerala based socio cultural associations, this Indian expatriates forum represents volunteers from all walks of social life -starting from poor laborers, wealthy business men and professionals- who are dedicated to the solitary objective of serving the guests of Allah by extending a helping hand to fulfill their rituals with ease and comfort. Serving every needy pilgrim regardless of their nationality, has been an undying passion to these volunteers who willingly sacrifice their holiday comforts every year while seeking nothing other than reward from the Almighty.
It is worth mentioning that they are maintaining this laborious task in the midst of many difficulties This kind of service becomes an ideal model to emulate not only for Indians representing other states, but the entire expatriate community staying in Jeddah as well. Despite the goodwill from top officials of the Indian Consulate, it is regrettable that the support from Indian Hajj Mission has been lukewarm . While Saudi NGOs like WAMY is keen to provide identity cards and other necessities like uniforms etc, Indian Hajj mission has not at all been bothered to help them with such facilities.
The volunteers being recruited by Indian Hajj mission every year end up helpless and incompetent usually because of their inexperience and lack of language skills.
In view of the above, It would be a great help if our Hajj mission and Consulate authorities reconsider their position vis-a-vis Haj welfare forum and recognize the kind of selfless service being rendered by their compatriots. Just a helping hand by providing jackets, identity cards and other facilities for hajj volunteers in the coming years would make a big difference! (Saudi Gazette 26 Nov. 2010)