Jeddah: Airfares from Indian cities to Jeddah and Madinah skyrocketed as scores of Umrah pilgrims are heading to the Kingdom to celebrate 12th Rabīʿ al-ʾawwal that corresponding into 30th November to commemorate Prophet Mohammed (PBHU) birthday which is known as Milad-Un-Nabi in South Asia.
Flights, especially from Hyderabad to Jeddah were already booked and even some thousands of people are waiting for seats, according to travel industry sources.
Interestingly, people who can’t able to make into Madinah before 12th Rabīʿ al-ʾawwal are preferring to spend remaining days of the Hijiri calendar month in the Prophet’s city.
Many people have been arriving in groups to celebrate the day from subcontinent, said tour operators. Due to high demand, all major airlines prices to Jeddah have been on surge.
The umrah package, which costs 32,000 INR from Hyderabad is now hovering anywhere above 55,000 INR due to 12th Rabīʿ al-ʾawwal , tour operators said.
There is significant increase in rush of Umrah pilgrims from Hyderabad as compared with other cities, they added. The faithful from besides Hyderabad, districts such as Nizamabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad are also opting for Saudi for religious tourism ahead of Prophet Birth Day.
“There are pilgrims who are willing to bear almost double the cost for Umrah package”, said Mohammed Masrat of Al Kubra Travel operator in Hyderabad.
According to Islamic scholars, Prophet Mohammed had never celebrated his birthday. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Asheikh has warned against celebrating the birthday of the Prophet saying that it is a superstitious practice that was illegally added to the religion.
“It is a bida (a sinful religious innovation) that crept into Islam after the first three centuries when the companions and successors of the companions lived”, he said during one of his sermon earlier.