Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,
Never in the annals of history were all monetarily eligible and physically robust Muslims of the world able to perform Haj. In future too only a select few would perform Haj; that is as per the divine design. Yet, each one of us enjoys the privilege to constructively aspire to be part of such 'select few'. Keeping pace with the world price index Haj expenses are going up year after year. In India, it takes an average Muslim around seven to eight years to save up for Haj. During this period, many persons often save money in unsystematic and traditional manner. They believe that money kept under the bed, pillow, in the pot or even in bank locker is not only safe but also such methods of saving are free of Riba.