By Haroon Balogun
Dr Ishaq Yusuf, Chairman, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, on Thursday advised intending pilgrims to 2016 hajj to uphold the tenets of lslam as they prepare themselves for the holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Madinah. Yusuf gave the advice during a seminar held at the Central Mosque, Kobiti in Abeokuta.
Yusuf, represented by a Board member, Alhaji Rasheed Mayaleeke, said that the state was known for keeping the tenets of Islam during the hajj rites in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Muhammed. (s.a.w) He said that the seminar became imperative to educate the intending pilgrims on the rites and customs of the hajj and for them to understand what were expected of them as pilgrims.
The chairman harped on the fundamental principles and operational concepts of hajj and other relevant issues such as: the mode of accommodation, feeding, transportation of the pilgrims while in the holy land; and the expected dress-code, particularly, among females.
He highlighted the stages of the exercise to include the pre-hajj, Arafat day, the movement to Musdalifah where Salat Magrib and Ishai would be observed and the trek to Jamurat to throw pebbles. He disclosed that the Saudi-Arabian authorities would be responsible for the feeding and accommodation of all pilgrims at Arafat.
He, however, cautioned the intending pilgrims to exhibit high senses of morality while relating with one another both in Mecca and Medina as Muslim faithful. He also warned them to avoid illicit relationship with their Mahram (male or female companions) as this could undermine the essence of the hajj of both parties.