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Cater For Family Needs Before Embarking On Hajj, Imam Advises Pilgrims

The Chief Imam of Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque has urged those embarking on pilgrimage to make provision for their family at home before moving to the holy land for their Hajj. He also admonished them to be of good conduct and adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of their host country.

This was disclosed at a one-day seminar organized for the intending pilgrims by the New Crescent Inter- national Travels Limited over the weekend in Lagos. Imam Aro explained that intending pilgrims should cater for the financial needs of those to be left behind at home, saying the essence of performing Hajj is to strengthen the faith in Allah, seek forgiveness as stipulated in the pillars of Islam which is the pilgrimage to the Holy land.

The cleric said that the Hajj should be performed in line with the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed which mandates that the Muslim faithful should converge on Muna, Mount Arafat on the ninth day of Dhu al- Hijja which is the twelfth month in the Islamic calendar to perform Hajj.

Imam Saheed Aro reminded the intending pilgrims on what to do during the Hajj period which included praying at Mount Arafat, throwing pebbles, and visitation to the Holy Mosque in Mecca before returning back to the country.

Addressing the pilgrims on the level of preparations for the Hajj exercise. Alhaji Sanni said that one hundred and seventy pilgrims would be on their train for this year’s Hajj add- ing they would be lodged in five-star and three-star hotels around the holy mosque in Mecca and Medinah.

According to him, the group would airlift pilgrims in four batches starting from the 16th of this month, (June 2023) 19th, 20th, and 21st of June 2023.

Alhaji Sanni pointed out that all necessary arrangements have been made in Mecca, Medina, and other locations to achieve comfort for the pilgrims, saying that they would be given two meals every day for their period of stay in the Holy Land.

He warned against possession of prohibited items such as kola nut, advising the pilgrims that they should pack their luggage themselves and desist from assisting other persons in carrying their bags or baggage throughout their journey.

Some of the pilgrims who spoke with newsmen at the seminar ex- pressed excitement and joy for the level of preparation and welfare package lineup for them by New Crescent International Travels Limited for smooth stay in the Holy land. They expressed appreciation that despite challenges occasioned by the crisis in Sudan which brought about an increase in the fare, the New Crescent International Travels Limited did not add to their charges.

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