Pilgrims advised to abide by Saudi rules and regulations

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Intending Muslim pilgrims from Kwara State to this year’s Hajj have again been charged to abide by the rules and regulations of the Saudi Arabian Authority during the exercise.

The State Amir Hajj and former Grand Khadi of the State Shariah Court of Appeal, Retired Justice Idris Haroon gave the charge while answering questions from VON Correspondent, at the Hajj camp, Ilorin.

Justice Haroon described Hajj as a spiritual service to Allah and enjoined the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and their irrespective homes.

The Amir Hajj noted that the pilgrims might be exposed to alien conditions while in the Holy-land, stressing that such a situation demands tolerance and understanding as parts of the exercise.

Retired Justice Idris Haroon also encouraged the Muslim pilgrims to be morally upright, disciplined and emulate the virtues of Islam by refraining from any acts that could affect their worship.

He also urged the state contingents to follow the directive by the state officials and adhere to their instructions to avoid contravening Saudi Arabian laws.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajia Fatimah Abolore-Jimoh stated that the inaugural airlift of the intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia would commence by Midnight.

Hajia Abolore-Jimoh therefore, directed all the intending Muslim pilgrims from the state to immediately check their names at the Board premises, while those with their names pasted, should converge on the Board premises this evening and bring along their luggage for the airlift.

The state intending pilgrims are billed to travel with Saudi Arabia designated carrier, Fly-Nas Air, which they travelled with last year.