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Killing, kidnapping, religious leaders’ failure –Sheik Eleha

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  • Cleric tasks Nigerians to put total trust in Allah, not human

 

The spate of killing, kidnapping and other vices in Nigeria is a result of failure on the part of religious and political leadership in the country. Chief Imaam, Daarul Istiqaama Fil Kitaabu Wa Sunnah, Sheikh Abdul Waheed Eleha, who disclosed this at the second Ramadan Program of the Platforms Montessori School (PMS), Ota, maintained that the religious leaders have abandoned the divine duty of calling people to righteousness. The political leaders too, he said, have little or no mercy for those who they govern. There is little or no difference anymore between religious and political leaders. The too have failed the people in assisting them to get favours, which God wants for them.

“While some political leaders have taken their heartlessness to a new height, the religious leaders who are supposed to bring succor to people also confuse them that prosperity is a sign of righteousness. Hence, people tend to do anything to get rich quick,” he said. Tasking people to put their absolute Trust in Allah alone, the cleric maintained that only this could save them from disappointment inherent in putting trust in human being. Pouring eulogies on management of PMS, Sheikh Eleha called on other schools to emulate the feat recorded by the school in providing free medical test and drugs to Muslims and non-Muslims as well as free food to fasting Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Propritress of the school, Hajjia Fateemah Adeola-Yusuf, noted that the school known for its academic standard across the Ota axis, stands higher far above its peers in insrilling morals and practical life training in pupils. “Allah, Subhanahu Wataala, used us (The Platforms Montessori School’s – PMS – second Annual Ramadan Program) to cater for over 320 Muslims and non-Muslims.

We are overwhelmed,” she said. “We pray onto Him, Aaza Wa-Jaala, to cleanse our intention, which is basically for Him alone, and to accept this effort as an act of Worship from us. Aamin. “We also express profound gratitude to our esteemed parents, diligent teachers, lovely pupils, guardians and stakeholders for being useful parts of the successful story.

“Through your efforts and ours, well over 320 fasting Muslims were offered free Iftar; hundred of Muslims and non- Muslim received free medical test and Drugs; as well as spiritual diet (lecture) on TAWAKUL – Absolute Trust (in ALLAH) by A-Sheikh Al-Imaam Abdul Waheed Eleha. “The feedback we got over these and others, which include health talks by Dr. AKIN from British Standard Hospital, is overwhelming. And we say, TO ALLAH, ALONE, BE ALL THE GLORY! Alhamdullilah waShukran Jameelan,” she said.

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    November 12, 2019 at 10:06 am

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14,285 Niger State pilgrims get N67m NAHCON refund

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14,285 Niger State pilgrims get N67m NAHCON refund

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Refund made to some intending pilgrims that have paid their money but could not travel due to  health challenges, pregnancy or some other personal issues as well as refund for the return ticket of a dead and a missing pilgrim that couldn’t come back to Nigeria

 

 

total of 14,285 pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj operations from Niger state have received N67 million refund from National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Acting Executive Secretary of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai who declared this at the Chanchaga Local Government Secretariat during the official flag off of the refund, maintained that the refund was made to some intending Pilgrims that have paid their money but could not travel due to  health challenges, pregnancy or some other personal issues as well as refund for the return ticket of a dead and a missing Pilgrims that couldn’t come back to Nigeria.

Makun Lapai added that the refund that came from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), was also for some services not rendered to Pilgrims while in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia,

The Acting Secretary urged all 2019 to go to their Local Government of payments with their International Passports and collect the refund.

He advised the Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers to be upright in discharging their duties as they are  given two weeks to complete the exercise in order to meet up with the NAHCON dateline.

The official commencement of the refund has started all over the State with official flag off and some symbolic presentations at Chanchaga in Zone B, Bida in Zone A and Wushishi in Zone C.

Meanwhile, preparations have commenced for the 2020 hajj operations.

The NAHCON said on Saturday that it had retained its 95,000 slots for intending pilgrims for the 2020 hajj.

NAHCON made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen by its Head of Public Affairs, Fatima Usara, in Abuja.

Usara said the agreement was reached during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada and the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, Saleh Benten.

She said that the MoU was signed on Dec. 5, preparatory to the 2020 hajj exercise.

“Prior to the signing of MoU, Ambassador Dada had conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s gratitude to King Salman Bin AbdulAziz and the Saudi Arabian authorities for compensating families of the five dead and six injured Nigerians in the 2015 crane crash accident in Makkah” she said.

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Scholars, security experts task FG, Nigerians on terrorism, kidnapping

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Concerned by the spate of insecurity in the country, Islamic scholars and security experts have called on the Federal Government and all Nigerians to be more security conscious, saying religious practices are best perform in a peaceful atmosphere. 

The scholars, who also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to launch an intelligence surveillance on sponsors of Boko Haram, saying that the ongoing war against the terrorists cannot be won except efforts are being made to expose and deal with the sponsors of the terrorism in the country.

Speaking at the Quarterly Da’wah Workshop organised by the Lekki Muslim Ummah in Lekki, the security experts many of whom are retired generals, brigadier-generals and security intelligence officers who have served in foreign peace missions, said there was need for the federal government to intensify strategies to tackle security issues in the country, saying that Nigeria would be seen as failed state if the military also fails in their war against terrorism.

Speaking on the theme of the workshop entitled: “Dealing with the Insecurity in the Nation”, General Muhammad Ibn Umar Adeka (Rtd) described the lingering security challenge in the northeast as worrisome. He said problem ought to have been nipped on the bud, calling on President Buhari and  Army Cheifs to go  beyond attacking the foot soldiers of the terrorists group and go after sponsors of the group in the country, saying the best approach to tackling Boko Haram menace are launching an attack on the sponsors.

General Adeka said that Nigerians should continue to wonder where the supposed poor and hungry Boko Haram terrorists are getting weapons, foods and others in spite of the continued onslaught by the Nigerian Army on them.

He said Nigerian Army should embark on surveillance with a view to exposing the sponsors of the group suspected to be highly placed individuals in the country.

He said: “It is a strategy in the military, when the enemies are being fought, you also look out for and block the possible means of where your enemies can get power. You must also fight their means of survival. We can’t continue to fight their foot soldiers without dealing with their sponsors who frequently empower them against the state.”

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Lagos Secretariat Mosque tasks Muslims on trust

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The Management of Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque (LSCCM) has called on all Nigerians particularly those entrusted with public funds to manage the resources with fear of Allah, saying everyone will give account of his stewardship.

Speaking at the Annual General meeting of the mosque held at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multi-purpose Hall, Alausa,  the Executive Council Chairman, Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen, who gave the charge while rendering account of his stewardship in the management of the mosque’s resources, said Allah would question everyone entrusted with public funds.

Tajudeen commended the past and present commissioners of Ministry of home affairs for their innumerable contributions to the progress and development of the mosque, adding that the job that the Secretariat community places on the exco is enormous, tasking and quiet challenging.

But he said: “Despite the challenges, members of the EXCO were highly determined and prepared to confront the job head-on and triumph. Alhamdulillah with Allah’s guidance and support we have been able to record credible achievements worth reporting and celebrating. It just a third of the journey as we still have two more years to strategically deliver, meet and surpass your expectations in sha Allah.

“Having hit the ground running immediately after our inauguration on 27th September 2018, we put in place strategic plans and ensured compliance with underground rules that are sacrosanct for attainment of our laudable objectives for the Mosque. The strategic thinking and brainstorming sessions, though stressful, have yield satisfactory results.

He noted that the exco institionalised prudence, economic and judicious use of Mosque resources to exclusion of all forms of financial indiscipline, wastage and environmental infractions.

“It pertinent at this junction to add that as part of the Exco commitment to cost cutting strategy and additional dedication, all refreshment for servicing the meetings were donated on rational basis by members, who also resolved in their little capacity to forfeit allowances occurring to them from stipends received from the office of the Chief of Staff to further boost the monthly revenue of the Mosque.

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NAHCON: Why NSCIA, JNI nominees’ names missing from Buhari’s list

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NAHCON: Why NSCIA, JNI nominees’ names missing from Buhari’s list

The names of representatives of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Jammatul Nasiru Islam (JNI) were missing on the list of 16 nominees sent for the National HGajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON’s) by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate based on delay to submit those names b y the two major Islamic organizations. 

President had on Monday submitted the list for Senate approval pursuant to Section 3 Sub-section 2 of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Act 2006.

The Senate, he noted, “may wish to note the names of representatives of the Jammatul Nasiru Islam and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs will be sent to the Senate subsequently.”

Meanwhile, the list of the nominees as contained in a letter addressed to the President of Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary, reads; “I am pleased to forward for confirmation by the Senate the under-listed names of nominees for the positions of Chairman and members of the NAHCON.

“This nominees are: Sikiru Hassan, representing Osun, South-West- Chairman; Abdullahi Magaji, Executive Commissioner, Operation Inspection and Licensing, Bauchi ,North-East; Nura Yakassai, Executive Commissioner, Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, Kano -North West; Momoh Imonike, Executive Commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library, Edo, South-South and Halima Jibril, (Mrs), part-time member, representing Niger, North-Central.

“Other part-time members are Abba Jatto, Bornu, North East; Garba Umar, Sokoto,North-West; Ibrahim Ama, Ebonyi South-East; Sadiku Musa, Delta, South-South and Akintunde Olayinka(Mrs) Ogun, South West.

“Others are representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which includes: Shehu Dogo, Ministry of Aviation, Nura Abbarimi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rabiu Isa, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“Others are Zainab Sheriff, Ministry of Health, Aminu Yerima, Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS) and Ibrahim Ishaku, representing Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).

“The Senate may wish to note the names of representatives of the Jammatul Nasiru Islam and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs will be sent to the Senate subsequently.

“While I look forward to the usual expeditious consideration and confirmation by the Senate, please accept distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, political players in the country have been advised to de-emphasise material wealth as a criterion for eligibility for political offices.

The Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) gave the advice in a communique after its fourth General Assembly held recently in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The umbrella body of Muslims and Muslim organisations in the south-western part of Nigeria also charged the faithful who belong in the various political parties in the land to set aside their differences and unite in the pursuit of matters relating to Islam and national development.

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Pilgrims to pay N1.5m deposit each as countdown to 2020 Hajj begins

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Intending pilgrims for 2020 Hajj are to pay a deposit of between N1 million and N1.5 million deposit each as countdown to the operations begins.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), New Telegraph gathered, has begun the allocation of quota to pilgrims boards in 36 states across the Federation.

Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board, which confirmed the allocation, noted that it secured 1,472 hajj seats from the National hajj commission for 2020 hajj exercise.

Each of the pilgrim, he said, is to pay a deposit of between N1 million and N1.5 million, pending the official announcement of the fares by NAHCON.

Fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, the state capital, the Director Operations of the state’s pilgrims welfare Board, Ahmed Labbo, maintained that the board had already distributed the seats to 27 Local Government Areas of the State for sale to prospective intending pilgrims in the state.

The state Governor Muhammad Badaru has authorized the board to commence the 2020 hajj preparations, he said.

The materials for the work, Labo added, were distributed to zonal offices for the preparation of the hajj exercise,

“N1.million to N1.5 million has been proposed as hajj deposit for the state’s intending pilgrims pending the announcement of next year’s hajj fare by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON),” the Director Operations pointed out.

Pilgrims from the state are allowed to pay the proposed initial deposit through the thirteen zonal officer’s of the state pilgrims welfare board, he said pilgrims shouldn’t pay money to any individual or group, Mr Labbo said.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State government has warned intending pilgrims in the state and their coordinators to be wary of fraudsters.

Chairman of the state pilgrims’ welfare board (Muslim wing), Professor Sayed Malik, gave this warning while briefing newsmen in his office at the Hajj Camp, Olodo, Ibadan.

Malik hinged this warning on complaints from intending pilgrims concerning registration for the next hajj exercise.

He stated that the board did not give any condition different from the existing ones for the registration and did not authorise any individual or organisation to collect hajj fare on its behalf.

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MS Muslim students demand education funding’s monitoring

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The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has charged government at all levels to provide adequate funding for the education sector and monitor such funding so as to ensure its optimal use by the benefiting schools and higher institutions.

The body gave the charge in a communique after its 2019 annual national conference held at the conference hall of the University of Ibadan central mosque.

The conference also featured the second edition of the National Conference of Muslim Students in Secondary Schools (NACOMSISS) and national quiz and debate themed ‘Nigeria Muslim Youth and Contemporary Challenges: Towards a New Education Strategy’.

According to the communique, the aim of the programme was to build the capacity of secondary school students, curtail the menace of the examination malpractice and encourage moral uprightness, family values, patriotism and unity among the ummah.

The MSSN urged teachers to take the issue of computer training beyond mere theory in government and privately owned schools and engage the students in practical trainings such as desktop publishing.

It decried the increasing rate of examination malpractice among students and urged the government to set up a task force to monitor and moderate activities of tutorial centres and extramural classes assisting this cause.

The body also joined the call on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management to reconsider its position on the expulsion of two Christian corps members from Ebonyi State camps on account of their religion’s way of dressing.

The MSSN, which called on the political class to be accountable to the people, underlined the need for the government to pass a bill that “exerts serious punishment on looters rather than recommending killing for hate speech.”

Urging the government to prevail on management of schools which deprive and often chastise female Muslim students for wearing hijab on their uniform, the MSSN described wearing of hijab by female Muslims as a religious obligation which enjoys the backing of the constitution  “as an inalienable right.”

It urged the government to go beyond rhetoric in addressing insecurity of lives and properties of Nigerians and urged religious leaders in the country to enlighten their followers about godliness and issues that promote the unity of the country.

In his address, the national president of the MSSN, Dr Taofeeq Yekinni, said the rationale behind the annual programme was to re-enact the culture of educational competitions which, according to him, has been downplayed in the Nigerian public education sector, among secondary school students.

He said the programme provided an avenue to develop the students’ potentialities in competitive skills.

The grand finale held on Saturday featured the final round of the debate competition, prize giving and a keynote address by the special guest of honour, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Other dignitaries at the occasion include the chairman of the Muslim Community of Oyo State, Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni; the chairman of the University of Ibadan Muslim community, Professor Yahya Kuta; the Chief Imam of UI Central Mosque, Professor Abdur-Rrahman Oloyede; Professor Wole Abbas and Alhaji Femi Abbas.

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2020 Hajj: NAHCON begins license pre-qualification for service providers

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…brings scheme to Nigeria for first time in 8 years

 

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has, for the First time, Inaugurated Hajj  Committee to Pre-qualify Licensing of Service Providers well ahead of time as a way of fast tracking 2020 Hajj Operation.

This, the commission said, is in 8 years the first time the it is conducting this assignment in Nigeria not Saudi Arabia.

“This is because the process is entirely digitalized, thereby saving cost and consolidating new dawn of transparency and prudence in efficient & effective Hajj Service delivery,” NAHCON said in a document sighted by New Telegraph.

The Committee was inaugurated by NAHCON  Acting Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad at Hajj House Abuja.

Some of the Terms of Reference of the Committee are to practically harness  resource management and eliminate allegations of corruption, to give opportunity to States to have list of companies ready for Inspection and negotiations; and to list names of service providers in Makkah, Madinah and Holy Sites (Masha’er).

Other reasons according to the commission are to Evaluate the documents and confirm integrity of the companies; to ensure no any litigation against any state with NAHCON or Saudi Arabian Authorities; to ensure the companies have valid documents and authorization to conduct this type of business with Nigerian Pilgrims in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The acting Chairman urged the Committee to be guided by fear of God and Pilgrims’ trust in order to secure best services in strict adherence to standards.

The Operations Commissioner Abdullahi Modibbo Saleh, introduced the Committee members.

Director Muhammad Hammajoda is to chair the eleven-member committee and he said they will conduct the job diligently and submit report immediately.

FCT, Oyo and Zamfara states will represent States Pilgrims Welfare Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

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Yobe gov offers cars, Hajj slots to winners of Qur’an recitation contest

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Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, has donated cars and hajj slots to the winners of the Qur’an recitation competition organized by the Yobe State Arabic and Islamic Education Board in the state.

The winners, according to a report, also went home with other prizes and gifts.

The competition, it was gathered, drew participants from all the 17 local government areas of the state and the winners will represent the state at the national Qur’an recitation competition scheduled to hold in Lagos soon.

Maina Mohammed from Machina Local Government Area was the overall winner in the complete Qur’an and Tajweed, male category.

Malama Halima from Damaturu Local Government Area clinched the first position in the female category with each winner receiving a new Toyota car and an offer to perform hajj from the governor.

Governor Buni, who represented by his deputy, Idi Gubana, at the closing ceremony of the event, advised Muslims to always consider investing in the cause of Allah by rendering services for the good of humanity.

“We should also, as good Muslims, continue to associate ourselves with the noble ideals of the religion by spending our wealth in the promotion of all that is good and beneficial to the larger society and abhorring all that is forbidden,” he said.

The governor charged the winners of the competition to work even harder as they represent the state in the forthcoming national Qur’an recitation competition so that they could have a chance to represent the country at the international level.

“Your impressive performance would, therefore, inspire the upcoming generations and from there, our dream of becoming one of the most respected Islamic centres of learning would be realised.

“As for those participants who could not make it to the national level, I would like to urge them to take heart and work harder for the future,” he said.

The Executive Secretary, Arabic and Islamic Education Board, Mohammed Gujba, thanked the governor for his support which led the successful completion of the competition.

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2019 Hajj: 3,500 pilgrims get N36.58m refund for poor, unrendered services

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3,500 Nigerian pilgrims from the 2019 Hajj have been reimbursed with N36.582 million for services that are poorly rendered or not rendered to them during the operations.

The pilgrims, checks by New Telegraph showed, are from Kaduna state, NorthWest Nigeria.

The Kaduna state pilgrims board, a report by Hajjreporters read, confirmed the commencement of the payment of the sum of N10,452,32k each to over 3, 500 pilgrims that performed the 2019 hajj from the state.

The Head of Operation, Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Sani Dalhatu Musa, who confirmed this, added that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had already given the refund to the state’s Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

“We are starting refund tomorrow and each pilgrim will receive 10,452,32k as the refund of service not rendered which NAHCON has refunded to us,” he said.

Meanwhile, the national hajj commission of Nigeria has released the pilgrim’s registration guidelines for both states Muslim pilgrim’s welfare boards and Tour Operators pilgrim for 2020 hajj.

The new guidelines are to serve as direction for the sales of hajj seat to intending pilgrims that will perform the 2020 hajj seats.

According to NAHCON, “the guidelines were issued with a view to have an effective pilgrim’s database so as to maintain an adequate information system and proper coordination of Nigeria pilgrims in line with the commissions’ mandate”.

Part of the conditions spelt out to private travel operators by the commissions states that “All licensed tour  operators must provide registration centres in their offices and that such registration must be carried out within working hours.”

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Lagos to host over 1000 delegates for Quran competition

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At least about 1,000 delegates are expected to participate at the 34th National Qur’an recitation competition holding in Lagos State.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Otunba AbdulFatahi Olukoga, who disclosed this, said that Lagos State being the cosmopolitan state, is fully ready to organise the Qur’an recitation competition like other states of the federation that had successfully hosted the highly rewarding competition.

Olukoga, who described the competition tagged “Lagos for Qur’an 1441 (2020)” as annual event that brings together Muslim youths who have committed the Qur’an to memory from all the states of the federation including the federal capital territory, said that Lagos was doing everything possible to make the hosting of the  annual competition successful.

According to him, the winner of the national competition would represent Nigeria at various international competitions which hold in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other Muslim countries, adding that it was interesting to note that Nigeria had emerged the first in the international competition.

Noting that Lagos has last hosted the competition since 1992,  Olukoga, a former Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, said that part of the  challenges of hosting the competition in Lagos are that  the  influx  and the caliber of people coming into the state  for the competition  are usually intimidating  enough to engineer  provision for their stay  during the competition and  that the competition has grown enough to draw government attention awareness.

He explained that the competitions were in different categories with star prizes ranging from brand new cars, tricycles, cash and other consolation prizes for the winners and runner ups in the competition that will kick off on the 27th of December, 2019 and end on 4th of January 2020.

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