Saudi eases restrictions, raises hope for 2020 Hajj

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has published plans on easing of coronavirus restrictions, raising hope for 2020 Hajj operations. The Kingdom is to rsume some economic and commercial activities, and return to “normalcy,” as per the approval of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced. It, however, said that the suspension of Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca or visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina continues to be enforced. This decision, the ministry said, would be reviewed regularly in light of health-related developments. The Minister of Health Tawfiq…

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Al-Ilory tasks Muslims on kindness to others

Arenowned Islamic scholar and Mudeer of Morkaz, Agege, Sheikh Habeebullah Adam-Abdullah Al-Ilory, has tasked Muslims to be kind to everyone, noting that a kindness to others is a kindness to self. He said this while leading the Islamic rites at the burial of Editor, Saturday Telegraph, Mr. Waheed Bakare. The cleric who also extolled the virtues of the late Editor was described as a father figure to Bakare. Represented at the funeral by the Chief Imam of Oluwakemi Central Mosque, Imam Ibrahim Ayuba, thr Islamic scholar, in a special sermon,…

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MMPN, Muslim News admonish Muslims on charity

…distribute palliative to media men, others An non-governmental organisation, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) and Muslim News have admonished Muslims not to abandon charity piety and other virtues after Ramadan. Chairman of MMPN, SouthWest/Lagos chapter, Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba, and the Publisher of Muslim News, Rasheed Abubakar, said this during the distribution of palliatives to Muslims who are fasting including Muslim media men in Lagos. Stating that the distribution of drink was done in partbership with Guinness Nigeria Plc the Muslim News publisher stated that  non-alcoholic malt drink, Malta…

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Countdown to Eid-el Fitri begins as Muslim heightens search for Shawwal Crescent today

Countdown to Eid-el Fitri has begun as Muslim faithful in Nigeria joined counteroarts across the World to heighten search for Shawwal crescent today. The President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, has already commissioned a search team for this operation, with which the fasting will be terminated in the next 48 hours or less. Tasking all Muslim faithful to join the team in the search for Shawwal crescent today, Friday, May 20, 2020, the Sultan noted, in a statement by NSCIA,…

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340 Nigerian lesser Hajj pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia

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340 Nigerians who have gone for Umrah – lesser Hajj – are stranded in Saudi Arabia. Th pilgrims, the Kingdom said in a correspondence between her and Nigeria, have already signified interest to be airlifted back to the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who confirmed the development, maintained that Nigeria’s logistics challenge has been responsible for the delay in the repatriation. Official of Saudi Arabia put the total number of Nigerians who the Kingdom planned to repatriate at 11,260, he maintained that only these 340 Nigerians have…

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Ramadan: Firm urges Muslim faithful to pray for Nigeria’s co-existence, harmony

With the commencement of the last ten days of Ramadan fasting popularly called ‘Night of Holy Majesty’ or Lai latul qaudri, Mouka, the beddings and mattresses manufacturer, has urged Islamic scholars, leaders and believers, to sustain virtues of love, brotherhood, tolerance and care, which Ramadan preaches. It stated that Muslim faithful should pray vehemently for peace, harmony and co-existence of Nigeria at this period of novel Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The company, in a statement,  explained that Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayer, reflection and communal co-existence is the ninth…

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COVID-19: Muslim lawyers decry operators’ calls for Hajj bills’ payment

The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) has queried the consistent advertisements in the print, electronic and social media by some hajj and umrah tour operators inviting members of the public to make payments or deposits towards the performance of hajj and umrah rites this year. It urged the regulatory agencies and security agencies such as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing), the police, the State Security Service, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related…

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Ramadan: FUMCI distributes food items to Muslims

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An Islamic charity and dawah organisation, Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiatives (FUMCI) has called on Muslims in the country to fervently pray to Almighty Allah to cleanse the world of the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed over a million lives worldwide. Amir (President) of the organisation, Mallam AbdulMuiz Zubayr made the call on Saturday during the distribution of food items such as 4kg of rice, beans and cassava flakes (garri) to fasting Muslims and non-Muslims residents in Lagos. While speaking to newsmen, Amir Zubayr said the intervention which was part…

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Ramadan: Sultan, ex-Lagos Deputy Governor seek prayers to end COVID-19

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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar and former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, have called on Muslims faithful and Islamic schorlars to use the Ramadan period to pray and work towards a solution to the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world. While the Sultan who doubles as the leader of all Muslims in Nigeria stated this in a statement on the website of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Adebule made the call in a message to felicitate with the Muslim world on the commencement…

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Women group feeds 2,000 Muslims

An Ilorin-based Non-Governmental Organisation, the Pious Muslim Women has declared plans to feed about 2000 Muslims across nine states during this year’s Ramadan fast as part of the group’s appreciation to Allah. Founder of the NGO, Dr. Hamdalat Yusuf, who said, added that this is the sixth in the series for the group since 2014 when it was established. The group, she added in a statement, also congratulated all Nigerian Muslims on this year’s holy month of Ramadan, noting that Ramadan is one of Allah’s special favours for humanity and…

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