Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has urged the State Intending Pilgrims to the Holy land of Mecca to be focused and be good ambassadors of the State and the Country.
The Deputy Governor gave the advice today while Speaking at a One-Day Seminar and Special Prayers Organised for Year 2023 Hajj Intending Pilgrims held at De-Blue Roof Agidingbi, Ikeja Lagos On Sunday.
Hamzat who charged the Pilgrims to Comport themselves very well in the Holy Land and stressed the need for them to understand and obey the Saudi Arabia Laws so that they will not fall victim to their laws.
He said “All we are telling our Pilgrims is to be focused, obedient, cooperate with the staff, listen to them, just follow their instructions and make Lagos State proud “.
Dr Hamzat stated that they should know that they are going for spiritual exercise and not social engagement. He therefore charged to take advantage of the Pilgrimage to seek God’s intervention and pray for themselves, the State and the nation.
He said the State Government has made adequate and proper arrangements to ensure that the Pilgrims get First Class infrastructure and support at the Holy land.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Shakirudeen Ayinde Gafar said the event marks another milestone in the history of Hajj operation in Lagos State and was designed to empower intending pilgrims with all traveling information for them not to run foul of the Nigerian and Saudi Arabian laws, both at home and abroad.
He added that Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and a demonstration of total submission to the commandment of Allah, which enjoin a Muslim to at least embark on this spiritual journey once in his/her lifetime.
He said, “It is a known tradition in the history of hajj operations in Lagos State, to organize a one – day seminar for overall enlightenment and special prayers for a successful, itch-free and complete fulfillment of hajj rites with zero records of casualty”.
The chairman appreciated the Governor and the Deputy Governor for their unflinching and egalitarian support towards having seamless and comfortable hajj experiences for the State pilgrims contingent at all times.
In his lecture, with the theme: “Procedure of Performing Acceptable and Rewarding Hajj”, Chief Missioner Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Kano Branch, Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani Bello urged all intending pilgrimage to be dedicated, shun any act of immorality and comport themselves in the Holy Land.
He added that there is a reward for those who are going for the pilgrimage purposely in accordance to the commandment of the Almighty Allah.
The cleric noted that intending pilgrims should not be wayward in their ways when in Mecca, they should be obedient, never argue and ensure that they make provisions for their households before their departure to the holy land”.
Sheikh Bello urged them to go to Hajj with good minds, good deeds, love of mankind and make their requests in the name of Allah and not doing otherwise.