The Lagos State officials have commenced the movement of 2269 Lagos pilgrims from the city of Makkah to Muna on Thursday as part of preparations for the official commencement of the Hajj ceremony.
Speaking at the Lagos House in Makkah on the exercise, the Lagos State Amir-ul-Hajj and leader of the delegation, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef urged the pilgrims to make use of the education and series of advice given to them in the course of the journey for the hajj ritual.
According to him, Hajj is five days, which started with the pilgrim’s movement to Muna, where they are to spend a day before going to Arafah, saying “After fulfilling the rites of Arafah, which include supplications, reading of the Holy Quran and observing Subh, Zuhr and Asr Salaat. They are to move to Musdalifah where Salaat Maghrib and Ishai will be performed alongside the picking of pebbles”.
He further explained that on fulfilment of these rites, pilgrims will be led back to Lagos Tent to wait for their turn for the throwing of pebbles at Jamarat in accordance to the time table approved by the Saudi Arabian Authority.
“The throwing of pebbles will continue for three days when the pilgrims are expected to have completed the major rites of Hajj and will be going back to Makkah”, he said.
Dr. Abdul-Lateef assured pilgrims of the commitment of the Lagos officials to give their best to the operation in order to have a hitch-free exercise while seeking their cooperation.
He reminded the pilgrims on the need to be patient, tolerant and humble as the life that will be experienced in Muna is completely different from that of Makkah and Medina.
While enjoining the families of the pilgrims to stay calm and fast on Arafah Day, he implored the pilgrims to take more time to pray themselves, family, Lagos State and Nigeria, and particularly the success of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration.