NAHCON reads riot act to state pilgrims’ boards, tour operators

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has read the riot act to States’ Muslim pilgrims welfare board in Nigeria over fear of improper utilization of funds for Hajj and Umrah services. The commission also warned Licensed Tour Operators over high number of complaints received from 2019 pilgrims on services being rendered not being commensurate with package paid for, stated that it would look into the complaints. Giving this hint in a statement, NAHCON declared that the pilgrims boards must also run separate accounts for Hajj and Umrah. Stating its…

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Boko Haram not Islamic sect, group tells media

Media organizations in Nigeria and abroad should desist from addressing Boko Haram insurgents as Islamic sect, an international group, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (IOC), has said. What the Boko Haram members do, a document of the IOC sighted by New Telegraph on Thursday showed, is “a criminal act; it has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.” Secretary General of the group, Eyad Madani, had earlier said during a three-day visit to Nigeria that activities of Boko Haram “are anti-Islam.” The IOC scribe said: “The OIC has issued statements that…

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Zakat Foundation surges beneficiary states to 21

Z akat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has said that it surged the number of states where Zakat was distributed from 17 in 2018 to 21 this year. The foundation also said that it disbursed N220 million to over 2,647 beneficiaries. Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr Sulaiman Olagunju, who, according to a statement, said this at the grand finale of Zakat distribution in Lagos State, maintained that the “organisation had empowered 2,647 people amounting to over N220 million under its 2019 Zakat distribution.” “I am pleased to inform that the…

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How Hajj commission coughed out N2.4bn for Abuja office construction

F resh fact has emerged on how the National Hajj Commussion of Nigeria raised N2.4 billion out of the total sum of N2.987 billion spent for the construction of its new Headquarters in Abuja. . The facility, a document of NAHCON sighted by New Telegram showed, cost the commission N2.4 billion, representing 97.6 per cent of the total amount, while the Federal Government allocated N587 million representing, 2.4 per cent for the construction. Head of the public affairs division of NAHCON, Fatima Usara, had, while confirming the development to newsmen,…

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MSSN demands better safety, security for girl-child

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has advocated the strengthening of safety and security for girls across the world against exploitation, dehumanisation and other forms of unfair treatment. The association particularly condemned all acts of violation of the rights of Muslim girls in Nigeria and demanded the immediate end to the acts. The MSSN made the advocacy and condemnation in a statement by its National Public Relations Officer, AbdulAzeez Oladejo, in respect of this year’s edition of the International Day of the Girl Child. It noted that in 2012,…

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Rites in Islam not based on Qur’an, Sunnah sophistry, delusion –Don

A professor of Middle Eastern, North African and Cultural Studies, Afis Oladosu, has declared that any religion rite that is not based on Quran and Hadith is indulgence in sophistry and delusion. Oladosu, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, who said this in a document sighted by New Telegraph juxtaposed the Ashura celebrations between the Sunni and Shia Muslim sects against the ideals of Islam and the tradition of Prophet Muhammad. “It is settled in orthodox Islam that the day of Ashura, which is derived from the Arabic word ‘Ashr’,…

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Zakat: LEMU Lifts 203 indigents with N50 Million

The Lekki Muslim Ummah, (LEMU) has lifted  no fewer than 203 indigent Nigerians with N50 million, just as it called on well-meaning Nigerians to take the issue of charity with all the seriousness it deserves in order to address  the problem of falling living standards of most Nigerians. New Telegraph gathered that over 300,000 applicants applied for empowerment from the faith-based organization  but a total of 203 comprising the poor, the needy, the sick and the less privileged in the state and beyond benefitted from the Zakat distribution. Speaking during…

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Spiritual warfare: Muslim group supports military against Boko Haram

The Muslim Congress (TMC) has declared readiness to be part of the plan by the Nigerian Army to use re-orientation, prayers and other “spiritual” means to starve the Boko Haram terrorist organisation of members. The group offered to support the agenda of the military to adopt a ‘spiritual’ approach to combating the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, had said at a recent seminar that the military would adopt “spiritual warfare” approach in tackling the menace of Boko Haram, a comment that had been…

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Embrace integration to promote unity in diversity, Cleric tasks Nigerians

Nigerans have been charged to embrace integration to promote unity in diversity irrespective of our Tribal, Ethnic and Religion differences. Founder of Morkaz Salam, Ojokoro, Shaykh Moshood Ramadhan Jubreel Al-ketuwy, who declared this in a special sermon also underscored the need for the Federal Government to tap on natural resources that Nigeria is blessed with, especially Agriculture for economy to boom. Shaykh Moshood made the call during Friday sermon in commemorating the 59th, Independence Anniversary of Nigeria. He used the medium to draw the attention of Federal Government of Nigeria…

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Stakeholders demand religious freedom in schools

The Muslim Stakeholders Forum has asked the Kwara state government to enforce the rights of all students in the state to religious freedom, irrespective of the original ownership of their schools. The forum is made up of Muslim organisations like the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters of Nigeria (YOUMBAS), Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) as well as retired public officers, university lecturers and clerics. Speaking to newsmen in Ilorin against the backdrop of a recent judgment of the Court of Appeal won by the state…

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