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Hajj:  Kaduna completes  airlift of 3,544 pilgrims back home

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Hajj:  Kaduna completes  airlift of 3,544 pilgrims back home


The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, said it has transported all its 3,544 pilgrims back home from Saudi Arabia.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi, stated that last batch of 390 pilgrims arrived Kaduna, at exactly 1:01am aboard Fly Nas Airline, on Saturday.

“The return of the last batch of our pilgrims today signifies the end of the airlift from Saudi Arabia,” Abdullahi stated.

He said that the Director General, Bureau of Interfaith, Sheikh Jamilu Albani, Overseer of the board, Imam Hussaini Ikara, and other officials, were among those who returned on board the last flight.

“Two airlines, Med-View and Fly Nas, transported Kaduna state pilgrims this year.

“During the return journey, Max air transported 2,710 pilgrims, while Fly Nas transported 834.”

According to him, 3,545 pilgrims performed hajj from Kaduna state out of which one died in Makkah.(NAN)

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Hajj: NAHCON charges contractors to speed up work

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Hassan gave the directive at a meeting with contractors handling various Hajj Development Levy Projects to assess  the level of work accomplished so far, according to the Head of Public Affairs, NAHCON, Fatima Usara.

Usara said in a statement in Abuja that the meeting was aimed at assessing the level of work with a view to speeding up work at the sites.

 The spokesperson said that the meeting was to determine if there were any circumstances hindering completion of the projects.

“The constructions include   hotel accommodation for camping of intending pilgrims before travelling, and construction of clinics, event centres, mosques and perimeter fencing.

” Work at  several sites in all the geopolitical zones are  at advanced levels while some have been completed,”  Usara said. .


Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Indonesia tells Hajj pilgrims to stay home amid COVID-19 uncertainty

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The Saudi authorities have not yet given access to pilgrims from any country,’’ Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said on Tuesday.

“Because of that, we won’t have enough time to prepare, especially in terms of the protection of the pilgrims,’’ he told an online news conference.

Indonesia has a Hajj quota of 221,000 pilgrims for this year, according to the government.

The Hajj is due in late July this year, but the kingdom has not yet announced whether it will be called it off.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia began the gradual reopening of the prophet Mohammed’s mosque in the city of Medina, one of Islam’s two holiest sites, two months after it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since late February, Saudi Arabia has suspended the Muslim Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Indonesia recorded 609 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the national tally to 27,549, the country’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto said.

The death toll rose to 1,663, after 22 additional deaths were reported overnight.


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Hajj 2020: Kwara pilgrims board allays fear of cancellation

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The Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board  has allayed fears of prospective pilgrims on cancellation for this year’s Hajj (pilgrimage) to Saudi Arabia.


The board is reacting to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has paralysed socioeconomic and religious activities worldwide.

Alhaji Mohammed Jimoh, the Executive Secretary of the board, gave this indication during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in llorin on Wednesday.

According to him, the Saudi Arabia Authority nor the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria are yet to make any pronouncement on the cancellation of 2020 Hajj exercise.

The Saudi Arabian Government and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria have not make any official pronouncements on the cancellation of the 2020 hajj exercise,” he said.

The executive secretary therefore expressed optimism on the possibility of conducting the 2020 Hajj.

Jimoh therefore urged all intending pilgrims from the state for 2020 exercise not to lose hope of performing their spiritual retreat.

He gave assured that the board would not relent at giving current, timely and accurate information regarding the 2020 pilgrimage to give the intending pilgrims first hand information.

The executive scribe also advised the intending pilgrims and entire Muslims to intensify prayers to Almighty Allah to bail Nigeria and the whole world out of the of COVID-19 protracted crisis.

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Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Scholar urges Muslims to use Hajj, Umrah fare to feed poor

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Prof. AbdurRazaq Alaro, a Professor of Islamic Law at the University of Ilorin, has urged Muslims to substitute the money meant for Hajj and Umrah to feed the poor and needy in Nigeria.


Alaro, who gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday, called on all privileged Muslims to take advantage of Ramadan in reaching out to the needy.

He said doing so would attract bountiful rewards than performing this year’s Umrah or Hajj.

Alaro urged them to feed the needy from the money they had reserved to cover up for this year’s Umrah, pointing out that “feeding the needy attracts more bountiful reward than performing this year’s Umrah”.

The don said that the country was full of people who were hungry as a result of the lockdown.

He stressed that most people live from hand to mouth even before the lockdown as they depended on daily paid job and never expected the lockdown to last this long.

“It is a good act if you have been blessed and don’t be miserly. One of those things one has to wish he does is Ibadah of Islam.

“One of the Ibadah of Islam is going on Hajj and Umrah; Hajj is compulsory to some scholars as well as Umrah.

“But it is only supposed to be performed once in a lifetime as subsequent ones are regarded as voluntary but has lots of bountiful rewards.

“This is a very lucrative opportunity. Please look within your neighbourhood and extend your hands of support to orphans, widows, your relatives both nuclear and extended.

“Buy them food, give them money this period and expect a bountiful reward to accompany this act,” he said.

Alaro observed that this year’s Umrah would not be performed due to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

He disclosed that the two holy Mosques in Makka and Madina had been shut down as people were instructed to pray at home.

The scholar, however, admonished wealthy Muslims to remain focused as the reward of this year’s Umrah was not lost.

“You can follow Ibn Mubarak’s statement that we’ll receive a more bountiful reward than performing this year’s Umrah if we feed the needy and perform Umrah another year.

“And by the grace of Allah, may this pandemic end very soon,” he prayed.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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