2018 Hajj fares: NAHCON hikes pilgrims’ initial deposit to N1.5m

  National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has hiked initial depot to be paid by intending pilgrims for 2018 Hajj to N1.5 million. Executive Secretary of the commission, Alhaji Abubakar Nalaraba, who declared this, added that prospective pilgrims will pay the initial depot of N1.5 million on or before March 31. Blaming the new biometric data capturing policy by Saudi Arabia for the hike, Nalaraba who led other officials of the commission on a visit to Emir of Lafia, maintained that Saudi authorities have introduced some taxes and innovations which…

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Islamic convention underscores unity for Muslim scholars, Ummah

  National Convention conveyed by the Majlisu Tajdidi Tadamunil Muslimeen Association (MTTM), an amalgamated body of four like-minded Dawah organisations in Nigeria has called on all Islamic organisations to come and join the struggle for the unification of Ummah. This move, the convention of organisations, which include The Muslim Congress (TMC), Jama’atut Tajdidil Islamy (JTI), Organisation of Tadamunil Muslimun (OTM) and Jama’atul Muslimeen Foundation (JMF) said, was the only way to bring back the lost glory of the Muslim community. The communiqué signed by the Deputy National Chairman, MTTM, Malam…

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2018 Hajj: NAHCON jittery as Saudi slams March 31 deadline for registration

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has slammed the March 31 Hajj registration deadline on Nigeria, setting jitters down the spine of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). National Commissioner in Charge of NAHCON’s Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who declared this in Lagos, maintained that Riyadh had mandated Nigeria and other countries to conclude Hajj preparations immediately after Shaaban (8th month of the Islamic calendar). The NAHCON, Ibrahim said, is worried over the low turnout of intending pilgrims for registration ahead of the 2018 pilgrimage exercise.…

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Controversy greets alleged mosque’s demolition plan at PG Medical College

No provision for mosque, church’s permanent structure in College’s master plan – Governing Council   Controversy has greeted the alleged plan by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Ijanikin, Lagos, to pull down the only mosque within the college. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), which made the allegation, stated that the Muslim community of the College had been using a makeshift mosque for about 10 years until October 28, 2015 when they applied for a permanent space to build a befitting structure. The management of the college, however,…

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Hajj 2018: Fears over biometric data capturing

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Buhari tasks NAHCON on quick resolution   The confusion over biometric data capturing for 2018 Hajj operations has degenerated as more intending pilgrims from Nigeria expressed fear of being excluded in the scheme. Saudi Arabia had included the biometric data capturing as a part of conditions for all intending pilgrim to participate in this year’s Hajj rites, a move that has been seen by many as a threat, due to time factor and availability of centres, to thousands of intending pilgrims in the country. President Muhammadu Buhari had already met…

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Muslim students condemn FG’s silence over non-academic staff strike

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed displeasure over the silence of the Federal Government on the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by non-academic workers of universities in Nigeria. The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a statement, complained about the alleged poor attention paid to the striking workers by the Federal Government. His reaction is coming few days to the organisation’s Sisters Empowerment Programme and Campus Interactive Forum scheduled for February 24th and 25th respectively. According to him, the ongoing strike had…

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Nigerians’ 2018 Hajj participation faces threat

Operators pick holes in Saudi’s new immigration policy The Nigerians participation in this year’s Hajj operations is facing threat, Hajj and Umrah tour operators have said as they picked holes in the new immigration policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which, among others, mandated biometric verification for all intending pilgrims. Declaring that the policy is exposing intending pilgrims to various challenges, the operators expressed concern over the newly introduced biometric data capturing by the Jeddah. Saudi Arabia had, in 2017, modified its immigration laws to make biometric verification compulsory…

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Muslim scholars, CAN seek Inter-Religious Council’s return

Religious leaders including the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul- Lateef Abdul-Akeem and Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, among others, have urged concerned stakeholders to resuscitate the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), especially at the national level. This position taken towards addressing the rising spate of insecurity across the country was made known in Lagos at the fourth edition of the International Conference on Love and Tolerance organised by an international Foundation- UFUK Dialogue Foundation. Themed; “Countering Violent…

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Lagos hemp smoking pupils, signs of parental, religious failure – Cleric

The hemp smoking pupils arrested in Lagos are signs of failure by both parents and religious leaders. Chief Imam and Missionary of Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters (YOUMBAS), Ogun state and Republic of Benin, Sheikh Najeemdeem Adesina Yusuf Aduralongba who said this in an interview with New Telegraph, maintained that the news was enough to show that parents and leadership of religious groups are losing out to peer pressure in battle for children upbringing and formation. The Lagos State Government had last Friday arrested three pupils of Atunrashe High School,…

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‘Recession persists till govt gets people out of poverty’

Despite being technically out of recession, Nigeria remains in economic conundrum till the government gets people out of poverty. An Islamic scholar, Alhaji Ahmed ‘Tunde Popoola, FCA, said this in a paper at an event organized by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), that the government needs to go back to address the building blocks of sustainable, inclusive and rapid economic growth and development. “As we discuss the management of our economy, it will not be out of place to benchmark our performance against the objectives spelt out…

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