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Ramadan blues

By Sulaimon Salau
26 March 2023   |   1:00 am
The Saudi Arabian authority is planning to accommodate nearly three million worshippers at the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah during Ramadan.

Pilgrims observing Jumat prayer at Haram in Makkah.

Makkah To Host Three Million Pilgrims
The Saudi Arabian authority is planning to accommodate nearly three million worshippers at the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah during Ramadan.

President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Dr. Abdulrahman Al Sudais, announced the launch of the largest operational plan for the holy month. He said the programme focuses on the worshippers’ journey, from their arrival in the outer courtyards of the Two Holy Mosques to circling the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque and walking between the hills of Safa and Marwa, as well as directions to prayer areas and spaces for Itikaf, or reflection.
Al Sudais said that maintenance of the Kaaba’s sound systems has been completed, and equipment for live broadcasts of the call to prayer is ready. The Assistant Director General for Digital Awareness and Director of Awareness Centres, Ismail bin Abed Al Awaidi, said educational services and Ramadan programmes were also ready.
Al Sudais had earlier published a list of the imams who will lead the Taraweeh, night prayers that take place during Ramadan.
 The Adviser and Assistant President for Women’s Development Affairs at the Grand Mosque, Dr Al Anoud Al Abboud, said services have been perfected for female pilgrims during Ramadan.
She said that the agency is responsible for the cleanliness, safety and comfort of prayer areas, the provision of Zamzam water and development plans for women’s services at the Grand Mosque.
Amjad Al Hazmi, under secretary of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Covering of the Holy Kaaba, said the kiswah will be inspected on a daily basis and maintenance carried out by Saudi specialists if required.
Communal iftar tables and performing itikaf, when pilgrims spend long hours at mosques, will resume for the whole month. The charity-sponsored iftar tables were banned for two years during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pilgrims can take dry food to break their fasts but free iftar spreads are available. Only those with a valid permit issued through the government’s Eatmarna app (now called Nusuk) will be allowed to perform Umrah.

Dapo Abiodun Urges Muslims To  Pray For Nigeria
THE Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated Muslim Ummah in the state for witnessing another month of mercy and forgiveness, urging them to pray for Nigeria in the holy month.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, noted that Ramadan remains one of the holiest months in the Islamic/Hijra calendar, when Allah opens His doors of mercy, urging the Muslims to avail themselves with the virtues of the month.

He said the month also signifies a period to increase one’s good deeds and improve spiritual activities for the pleasure of Allah, calling on the adherents of Islam in the state to use the month for spreading kind words and show love to the less privileged.

The Governor further enjoined Muslims in the state to pray fervently in Ramadan for peace, progress and unity of the country, particularly at this time of political  transition in the country.

Abiodun, who declared that his administration would continue to make Ogun a safe haven for the residents and investors, urged Muslims in the state to always put Ogun in their prayers, assuring his second term would usher in more goodies of democracy and good governance.

While noting that Nigeria as a nation is passing through socio-economic challenges, the governor expressed optimism that the Holy Month of Ramadan would be a great spiritual upliftment and harbinger of ease after hardship.

MICA Alimosho Usrah Talks National Challenges
Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA), Alimosho Usrah holds its yearly Ramadan lecture today at the Hajj Camp, Samuel Street, Vulcanizer Bus Stop, off Akowonjo Road, Egbeda, Lagos. Time is 10:00a.m.

With “Our Time, Our Challenges” as theme, guest speakers include Fadeelat Sheikh Issa Sodiq Assodiqiy Al-Mudeer, Da’was-Salam College of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Idimu, Lagos. He will be speaking on the topic: Moderation in Worship.
Second lecturer is Ustadz AbdurRazak AbdusSalam (Abu Umar Al-Faruqi) and will speak on the topic, Hope in Times of Despair. Other highlights are: Quranic recitation competition, Iftar, children funfair, free medical check up, NIN registration among others.

Relatedly on Sunday, April 2, 2023, another series of lectures will be held focusing on topics such as Common Orthopedic Problems: Causes, Preventions and Treatment; Hope in Times of Despair and Moderation in Worship. Venue is MICA Islamic Center, Benevolent Seed Academy, Perfect Peace B/s, Olugbode, Lafenwa-Itele Road, Itele-Ota, Ogun State. Expected as guest speakers are Executive Secretary, Lagos State Bursary Board, Alhaji Abdur Rahman Lekki Sulaimon; Mudeer, Darul Arqam, Ustadz Lukman Saalih Muhammad; and Consultant, Orthopaedic Hospital Yaba, Dr Sodiq Alatishe.

UNILAG Muslim Alumni Holds Lecture On Responsible Citizenry
With National Transformation: Between Responsible and Responsive Citizenry as theme, the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) will hold its 28th Ramadan Lecture today At Prof. Nurudeen Alao Hall (DLI), UNILAG Campus, Akoka, Lagos starting 10:00am. Speakers at the event are Principal Partner, M.A. Banire & Associates, Dr. Muiz Banire and Grand Mutti, Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO), Shaykh Dhikrullahi Shafii.

Chairman/CEO, Yinka Folawiyo Group, Alhaji Tijani Babatunde Folawiyo will preside over the lecture as chairman, while the Chief Host Vice-Chancellor, University of Lages, Prof. Folasade T. Ogunsola. UMA President, Prof. Khalid Adekoya is the host.

YUMSON Celebrates Muslims As Forerunners Of Nation Building
Yusrah Muslim Society, Nigeria (YUMSON) holds the 28th edition of her yearly Ramadan Talk on Sunday, March 26, 2023.The theme of the lecture is “Our Religion, Our Right, Our Nation: Muslims As Forerunners of Nation Building. The event holds at Idayat Central Mosque Premises, Old Iso Pako, Araromi, Iwo, Osun State, from 10.00am prompt.
The Guest Speaker is: Dr Sadiq Oyesanya Oyekolade, Lecturer, Tai Solarin University of Education. Chairman of the day is Director, Baitul Irshad Global Academy, Olodo, Ibadan, Alhaji Taofik Oyelere Lawal.

My All For Allah At Admonition Islamic Centre
The Admonition Islamic Centre (AIC) holds it’s 1444A.H Ramadan Lecture, My All For Allah, on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the University of Lagos Auditorium, Akoka, Lagos. Guest Speakers are: Chief Missioner, Ansarudeen Society Worldwide, Imam Abdurrahman Ahmad; Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof. Is’Haq Oloyede; CMD, National Orthopaedic Hospital Gbobi, Lagos, Alh. Mustapha Alimi; and Managing Director, Lotus Bank, Hajia Kafilat Araoye.

MSSN Kosofe Visits Hospital, Cemetery
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Kosofe Area Council has lined up activites to maximise rewards during the on-going Ramadan fasting. The activities include Quran project, visit to cemetery, and visit to hospital among others. They are being held at weekends throughout the fasting period.

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