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PHOTOS: Speaker Gbajabiamila meets Aisha Buhari indoors in Mecca


Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives met indoors with Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives shared photos of the meeting on his official Twitter handle on Friday.

Both Gbajabiamila and Buhari, who are on Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, prayed for unity peace and progress for Nigeria.

“With the First Lady @aishambuhari in Mecca. May Allah answer our prayers for unity peace and progress for our beloved country,” the Speaker tweeted.

The Speaker had also shared photos of himself with some lawmakers, political leaders and Nigerians while on Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The Speaker also received prominent Saudi Leader, Sheik Rabie Bin Hawsawi in Medina on Wednesday.


Arafat: 80 Islamic scholars enlighten Nigerian pilgrims

No fewer than 80 Ulamas (clerics) will preach to Nigerian pligrims on hajj ethics as they joined over 1.8 million other pilgrims from across the world in Muna on Friday.

The pilgrims would be in Muna for three days to under go series of hajj rites culminating in Arafat on Aug.10.

The Coordinator of the National Ulama team, Imam Ahmed Sahad, disclosed this on Friday in Makkah during the 2019 Hajj Pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders.

The occasion was organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to brief the public on the journey so far in the course of the 2019 pilgrimage.

According to him, the team has carried out series of  programmes to enlighten the pilgrims, to ensure they keep in tune with the principles of Islam.

In his opening remarks, the acting Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, listed Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar among the clerics.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the membership of Abubakar into the team in appreciation of his gesture.

84-year-old Imam of Yelwa central mosque hid about 300 victims of a Jos crisis thereby saving them from being killed.

Muhammad urged members of the team to enlighten the pilgrims on the ethics of hajj to ensure an acceptable pilgrimage.

“Hajj is multi institutional and needs the support of other stakeholders in the society to succeed.

”I urge you to work as a team, to give the pilgrims teaching that will not confuse them, no scholarly debate, don’t involve the pilgrims beyond their comprehension.

“This is to make sure the pilgrims get value for their money,” he said.

The acting chairman, who said that the commission had concluded arrangement for a successful Hajj this year, called on the stakeholders to join hands with it to accomplish the task.

He also called on the pilgrims to tolerate one another in Arafat and imbibe the preaching of the clerics to have a satisfactory pilgrimage.

”There may not be enough space for every pilgrim, therefore, it becomes important that pilgrims must tolerate one another in ensuring they attain acceptable Hajj,” he said.

The Head medical team in the commission, Dr Ibrahim Kana, advised pilgrims to take adequate water to avoid dehydration and other related challenges.

In his address of welcome, the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, retired Justice Issa Dodo, lauded NAHCON and its staff “for a good job” in Hajj activities and called on them to enhance the tempo.

A member of the National Ulama team, Khadijah Gambo, stressed the need for NAHCON to ensure that pilgrims were enlightened, on the ethics of hajj, three months before pilgrimage to avoid “embarrassing situation.”

The Commissioner in charge of operations in the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Saleh, said the number of Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year, increased by 15 per cent.

Many Islamic scholars and top members of staff attended the occasion.

NASFAT missioner urges pilgrims to internalise lessons of Hajj rites

Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, Chief Missioner, Nasrulahil Fatih Society (NASFAT), has urged Nigerian Muslims currently in the Holyland to internalise the lessons of Hajj rites.

The Chief Missioner, who doubles as the Amirul Hajj of NASFAT, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria from Makkah on telephone on Wednesday.

Onike urged the pilgrims to internalise all the Hajj rites, which he said were mostly symbolic in nature (Q2:177).

He also advised them to use the opportunity of the spiritual rebirths to remember their country, Nigeria, in prayers to overcome its current insecurity challenges.

Onike listed the goals of Hajj rituals as quoted by Sheikh Ibrahim Hindy, to include: “tapping into deep human emotions and providing the opportunity to transform behaviour positively.

“Connecting us to a purpose larger than ourselves, to a community larger than ours and to a legacy and history of greatness: the legacy of Abraham.’’

Onike listed the goals of Hajj rituals, quoting Sheikh Ibrahim Hindy as saying: “Tapping into deep human emotions and providing the opportunity to transform behavior towards the positive.

“Connecting us to a purpose larger than ourselves, to a community larger than our own, and to a legacy and history of greatness: the legacy of Abraham”.

Onike said in the last 11 days, in the Muslim world, he has been eating, drinking and sleeping on the same rug and praying with fellow Muslims from other parts of the world.

“I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana. We are truly all the same brothers, (Ibrahim Hindy, 2018),” he said.

According to him, Islamic rituals are not aimless in purpose, but rather seek to evoke emotions in the hearts of believers.

“It’s not just a bunch of mechanical exercises, but means of attaining good relationship with our creator and our fellow human beings,’’ Onike said.

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