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PMB, Sultan, Govs, for MUSWEN’s N5bn Islamic centre

President Muhammadu Buhari and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar will on Sunday November 18, lead prominent Islamic leaders to Ibadan for the fund raising of N5bn International Islamic Centre for the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN).

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NAHCON reads riot acts to licensed tour operators/states over violation of Saudi Immigration laws

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, met with members of the Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHOUN) and some State Pilgrims Welfare Boards’ Executives on issues relating to breach of Saudi immigration laws.

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Shiites/Military clash: Bring all perpetrators to book, U.S. urges FG

The United States Embassy cautioned both the federal government including the security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN popularly known as Shiites to exercise restraints in order not to escalate the crisis. In a statement sent to Vanguard Facing the Kaaba, the United States Embassy in Nigeria stated that it was concerned by the fatalities as a result of the clashes, urging the government to investigate the clashes and bring all perpetrators of the clashes to book.

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Will this President stop the killings?

Again, we are heartbroken.  We are grief-stricken by yet another wanton killing, avoidable deaths.  The latest from Kaduna and Abuja.  We have not forgotten the pogrom in Plateau, the homicide and in Benue and the Boko Haram bloodshed around the corridors and hinterlands of States in the North-East. These are wounds that may not heal fast especially among the immediate affected families. We reel from the daily occurrence of these sad incidents. Sadly too, the figures of deaths emanating from these developments seem not to worry occupants of Aso-Rock.  Oga Femi Adeshina and his boss will like to argue that several killings have been with us from the time past.   If truly they have been with us, we had that conviction in May 2015 that this government will do everything in its power to keep these tragedies away from us.  But we have nonetheless continued to face a pandemic of killings, slaughtering and gun violence.

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Touching lives through Sadaqatul-Jariyah

Given that Charity is not mandatory and has no preset limit, it is strongly encouraged in hundreds of verses in the Quran. Various verses of te Holy Qur’an pontificate the act as a means of obtaining God’s mercy and forgiveness (24:22, 92:17 to 92:18), cleansing the souls of impurity (9:103), and attaining superior degree faith (30:38, 76:8 to 76:9, 90:10 to 90:16). In fact, one area that we should reflect properly on is one that states, Aljazahu-li Ihsana, ilaa-li ihsan.  No one does any atom of goodness, except that he is paid back with goodness. As human beings, we all enjoy numerous blessings of Allah in our lives and the only way we can show gratitude to Allah for His blessings is to pass some of the blessings on to our fellow humans beings. If we take a critical look at Quran Chapter 93, we will realise that we have greater respsibilities to the less fortunate than we think we have.  In the same way, causing avoidable pain and suffering to the defenseless and innocent creatures of Almighty Allah is not justifiable under any circumstances. Sadaqatul jariyah is a good deed or action that attracts continuous rewards. It rewards will not onlybe beneficial in this life, but also in the hereafter.

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NAHCON’s roundup visits in 2018 Hajj

Towards the end of 2018 Hajj operations, the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) engaged in interactive meetings with a select number of states. Present at the consultative meetings were officials of the pilgrims boards and other interested pilgrims. The states visited were Adamawa, Kaduna and Osun, the later chose to pay the visit to Ummul Judd, Makkah NAHCON office instead.

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We’ll benefit more under one indivisible ummah — Faisal Zuglool

Faisal Zuglool, an Islamic scholar, an educationist, a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Economist, and the founder of Penckers International School, a British curriculum based Islamic school, in Isolo, Lagos State has said it was not the plan of Allah to have a divided ummah. Zuglool in this exclusive interview with Facing the Kaaba highlighted several benefits of remaining one indivisible Muslim community as well as providing qualitative education with core Islamic values. Excerpts.

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