As rites of the 2023 Hajj begin tomorrow, over two million Muslims participating in the exercise have been urged to abide by the rules to ensure a hitch-free pilgrimage. A total of 95,000 Muslims from Nigeria are among pilgrims who will converge on the plain of Arafat tomorrow.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has reiterated its commitment to transport all pilgrims that registered for the 2023 Hajj within the season’s time frame.
With a total of 14,875 pilgrims from Nigeria already airlifted to Saudi Arabia as at yesterday afternoon when the Flynas flight departed to Madinah with 419 Sokoto pilgrims, the outbound exercise has been smooth since the inaugural flight on May 25, 2023.
Pilgrims are those who are on a journey to heaven. Pilgrims are not distracted, but focus to the heavenly vision. Heaven is for committed pilgrims who hold the things of this world with a loose hand, knowing that their final destination transcends this earth.
It needs no emphasis to state that the hajj rites that would be accepted by the Almighty from His servants are the ones which are prosecuted with lawful means. In other words, a governor who diverts public fund into providing Hajj seats to some Muslims with the intention to maintain their political patronage would suffer double jeopardy.
No fewer than 200 intending Pilgrims from Lagos State will depart Nigeria for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform the 2023/1444 A. H. Umrah (lesser hajj) exercise.
23 Dec 2022
The State government, through its Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has formally fulfilled its promise to refund the money of 564 intending pilgrims that applied for refund of Hajj fare paid between 2019 and 2022 after their inability to perform the last spiritual exercise. The refund exercise, which held on Tuesday at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas…