by Salifu Usman, Abuja The chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed has expressed displeasure over comments credited to Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) that hajj operation in the country has been commercialized. NSCIA had on Monday while reacting to the lingering controversy surrounding the hike in this year’s hajj fare, through a statement signed by its Director of Organisation, Isa Okonkwo, warned against the commercialization of hajj at the expenses of Muslim faithful and called for the urgent review of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Act. But speaking at the media interaction with members of the Nigerian Union of journalist (NUJ), FCT Council, yesterday, Mukhtar, who was represented by the secretary of the commission, Dr Muhammad Bello Tambuwal, said NSCIA were part of the process of fixing the 2017 hajj fare, and expressed doubt if the body could turned around to...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibada Following the controversy trailing the increase in the fares for this year's hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the intending pilgrims, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCA) has blamed the federal government for the purported increase. The NSCA President and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Sa'ad in a statement issued by Ustaz Isa Okonkwo, Director of Administration said government involvement was responsible for the high cost for obvious reasons. According to him, the  committee set up by the NSCIA under the leadership of Gen. A.B. Mamman (Rtd) to work out the modus-operandi of transfer had not been given the required support ,particularly in the area of statistics by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). He said hajj should not be commercialised at the expense of the masses who are struggling to fulfill their religious obligation, hence the need to explore the cheapest cost for a...
MSUE AZA,Kaduna Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has urged all Muslims never to return to abominable acts after the Ramadan Fast. JNI,reiterated call to the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manners of misfortunes, relief and succour to the economic challenges bedeviling the nation. In a statement issued by,Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu,JNI Secretary-General, while reminding Muslims of the most rewarding part of Ramadan fast,the last ten days and the need for Muslims to intensify spiritual exertions implored Muslims to intensify their generosities in giving alms to the poor,needy, the orphans and the handicapped in the society. According to the statement :"Especially that many families are finding it very unbearable, as a result of extreme economic challenges bedeviling the country" "Whilst wishing all Muslim faithful Allah's pardon in these sacred days and after, we pray fervently for His benevolent acceptance...
BY MALAM YUSUF ABDULLAH. In the name of Allah who states “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self - restraint (Al-taqwa)” Q2:183 May the everlasting peace and blessings of Allah be upon His noble servant our master Muhammad and his purified progeny. In the prophet’s sermon welcoming the Ramadan fast, he said: O people! The month of Allah has approached you with mercy and blessings. This is the month that is best of all months in the destination of Allah. Its days are the best of days; its nights are the best of nights; its hours are the best of hours. There is one night (Lailatul Qadr), in which the reward of righteous deed therein is multiplied to become as that performed in a thousand months” (equivalent to 83 years, four months) God is great! Fasting as a...
By PAUL UWADIMA, Abuja The wife of the governor of Kebbi State, and Founder Medicaid Cancer Foundation and CEO Medicaid, Dr Zainab Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has advised Muslims to give charity to the needy in this Holy Month of Ramadan. She gave the advice in Birnin Kebbi, when she  hosted the 2nd Women Ramadan Lecture Series where she also admonished the people to adhere to the religious injunctions in their private and public life. This is contained in a statement signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari and made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja, yesterday. According to the statement, the wife of the governor also commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for giving her the necessary support and encouragement in her role as his wife in carrying out the function of her office, describing him as her mentor. In his remarks, the Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The Zurmi Emirate Council in Zamfara State has distributed over N8.9 million to the needy as Zakkat to the people of the area. Making the distribution on behalf of the state governor, in Zurmi on Sunday, the deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, reminded people of the state that Zakkat is mandatory on every Muslim, who had the resources. He, therefore, urged all those who were supposed to make the annual offering from their wealth, such as money, animals and grains, to continue to do so, in order to improve the well-being of the poor. Speaking at the event which took place at his palace, the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, said a total of 378 persons would get N20,000 each. The emir, who is the chairman of the Zakkat Collection Committee of the emirate, also disclosed that 570 bags of assorted grains were collected from farmers which would be shared to...
BY Pastor James Abuh In life some may walk, others may run remember the same Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same day to reach Noah’s Ark. Your journey in life might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination.  Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son, His ten brothers saw a useless dreamer the travelers saw a slave, portifer saw a fine servant, portifer’s wife saw a good boy friend and a sex machine; the prison warder saw a prisoner, how wrong were all of them, God look at Joseph and saw a prime minister of Egypt in a waiting. Don’t be discouraged by what people value you, be encourage by what God sees in you. That house maid might be the CEO that will employ your child. That Gardner might be the president in the waiting. David was a simple...
So far, we have examined five of the six allegations levelled against the Executive Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The first four instalments have shown us just how empty those allegations are under scrutiny. Today, we will look at the remaining allegations and see whether they can withstand scrutiny. The sixth allegation from Ibrahim Sulaiman Yusuf’s group; the Nigeria Arewa Foundation, was that the Executive Chairman manipulated the choice of air carriers for the 2015 and 2016 pilgrims’ airlift. They claimed that he favoured foreign carriers to the detriment of local ones. They went further to describe the exclusion of some ‘reputable’ indigenous air carriers as unexplained. Let us, again, examine the facts. There has been an agreement between all countries and Saudi Arabia for decades to the effect that 50% of all foreign pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia by air must be airlifted by a Saudi airline....
BY MALAM YUSUF ABDULLAH. In the name of Allah who states “those to whom We have given The Book study it as it should be studied; they are the ones that believe therein; those who reject faith therein, the loss is their own” Q2: 121 Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His noble servant, our master Muhammad and his purified progeny. The piece for this week is on the Qur’anic recitation competition. This is not unconnected with the fact that we are in Ramadhan, the month of Qur’an. Secondly, such competitions are organised in many countries by schools and organisations. Before I draw the attention to the most important point in this regard, however, it is imperative to glance at the Shi’ah belief regarding the Noble Quran as recorded in Aqa’idul Imamiyyah by Sheikh Muzaffar -a great Islamic scholar from a prominent home of letters in Iraq- translated by a group...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Nigerian Christian Pilgrimage Commission (NCPC) has called on church leaders to set up pilgrimage committees in their various churches. Speaking at a meeting of key church leaders and pastors in Abuja, recently, the executive secretary, NCPC, Rev Tor Uja said with the committee in place, it would be easier to liaise with them on pilgrimage matters. Stressing that the committee members should be made up of committed men and women in the church, he also canvassed that some of the church leaders should serve as Pilgrimage Action Committees (PAC) which would soon be set up by the commission across the country. Uja equally tasked the church leaders to consider setting up a Christian Pilgrimage Operators in their churches which would be registered with the Commission so that they could participate in the pilgrimage process. He further enjoined them to participate fully in all the pilgrimage programmes of the commission. He...