Hajj: 1,091 Kaduna pilgrims return from Saudi Arabia – Official



The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Sunday that a total of 1,091 Kaduna pilgrims had returned from Saudi Arabia after performing 2019 Hajj.

The Board Public Relations Officer, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi  announced the arrival of second batch of the state’s pilgrims in a statement issued in Kaduna.

Abdullahi said the airline carrying the pilgrims arrived Kaduna International Airport on Sunday at 4p.m with 545 pilgrims via Max  airline, while 546 had earlier arrived.

He disclosed that the  expected date of next flight was August 28,  via Max Airline

Abdullahi said all pilgrims would be given five litres of Zamzam water while claiming their luggage at Hajj Transit Camp, Mando, Kaduna.

The Nigeria News Agency report that a  total of 3,544 pilgrims performed hajj from Kaduna State this year.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide

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Hajj: NAHCON charges contractors to speed up work



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. .

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



More than 200,000 Indonesians hoping to attend the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year have had their plans cancelled by the government amid lack of certainty because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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



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



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.

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