The Folawiyo Foundation would be sponsoring several Muslims to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 Hajj pilgrimage. The move was in line with the legacy of the foremost philanthropist and Baba Adini of Nigeria, Alhaji Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo who died nine years ago.
Hajj is a religious duty that every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must undertake at least once in a life time.
The preparation for the pilgrimage climaxed last Friday as the selected intending pilgrims were hosted to a special prayer at the Lagos Central Mosque, Idumota, Lagos after the Jumaat service.
Leading the prayer for the intending pilgrims, Sheikh T.O Gbajabiamila prayed for the soul of the late Baba Adini and the entire Folawiyo family for sustaining the legacy and philanthropic idea of the late sage.
The Amir of the group, Alhaji Gafar Abolore told the pilgrims that the weekly tutorial on hajj rites which commenced in March ended with the special prayer urging them to use the next couple of weeks to step up preparation before the airlifting of pilgrims in the state commenced.
Folawiyo foundation funds every aspect of the 45-day trip, including flights and hotel accommodation.
As a philanthropist, the late Baba Adini, was active in several social and religious (particularly Muslim) endeavors. He funded the establishment and construction of mosques in most parts of the country, including the Lagos Central and Surulere Central mosques in Lagos and the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna. He also funded the Bab Es Salam Home for orphans in Lagos.