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Hajj, Sallah ram not compulsory for the poor – MURIC



Hajj, Sallah ram not compulsory for the poor – MURIC

As Nigerian Muslims warm up to join counterparts all over the World for the Eid-il-Adha festival, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned them to spend within the limit of their incomes. MURIC, which said this in a statement, also came down hard on pilgrims who embark on hajj to change teeth to gold and for other primordial reasons.

The group declared as unIslamic, practice by some people who borrow money to slaughter ram for the festival. “Just like hajj, the sacrifice of ram is only for those who have the wherewithal. It is not mandatory. This dogma of compulsory annual sacrifice is sheer bunkum,” Director of the human right group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said. “We urge every Muslim bread-winner to be wary of the dire consequences of overspending. Allah does not place a burden heavier than any soul can bear on him or her (Qur’an 2:286). The Glorious Qur’an warns against extravagance and calls spendthrifts brothers of Shaytan (Qur’an 17:26 – 27).

“It is even our piety that Allah needs, neither the meat nor the blood of the rams which we sacrifice reaches Allah (Qur’an 22:37).” We must distance ourselves from this culture of waste. What pride is there if we borrow money to slaughter ram but whistle for our dinner for weeks after the festival? “What wisdom lies behind wasting money on sacrificial ram or festival clothes when we are yet to settle our children’s school fees? Which one should come first: the children’s education or Salah ram and clothes? We must get our priorities right,” he said.

On embarking on hajj for primordial reasons, the group said; “Hajj is a spiritual journey for closeness to Allah. What is your business in a golden teeth shop? Why must you change your dentures to gold in Makkah or Madinah? “Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) carry a golden teeth? Must you adorn your teeth with gold just to announce your hajj status? Is your hajj a publicity stunt or a spiritual exercise?” The statement further declared: “Nigerian pilgrims who are currently in Saudi Arabia are strongly advised to get the hajj message right.

Hajj should not be commercialized. It is not for a shopping spree. “Please go to Dubai if your intention is to go shopping and leave Makkah and Madinah for genuine worshippers. While it is true that purchases are allowed in the holy land, this should be after the hajj and it should be done moderately. It is not your business to buy up all goods and merchandise inside a Saudi shop just because you want to share out gifts on your return from hajj.

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