By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani As the 65th Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) with the theme, Halleluyah enters day fifth day, the General Overseer of the ministry Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has revealed that his mother gave birth to him as her fifth child after she had initially stopped having babies, having gotten three females and a male. He disclosed this during his sermon tagged, 'Jericho must fall,' adding that his birth has brought many souls to Christ, including those who were at the deliverance service. "My mother gave birth to three girls and a boy and she said that she would no longer have any other child. But later, the only son my mother had died and she was persuaded to have one more child to try her luck if she could get another boy. She agreed and I was given birth to", he said. Pastor Adeboye, in his...

The Hajj Season (2)

Some of the scholars said ‘enter houses by the gates’ is a euphemism for having intercourse with women through the right entrance or opening, and not through the posterior opening of the alimentary canal. Some said, the meaning of ‘enter houses by the gates’ is when you ask question concerning religion, you should seek the opinion of Muslim scholars, the Ulemaa, and not the ignorant among people. The scholars have said a lot,  on the meaning of this part of the verse, even though a  clear meaning is discernible from the context of the entire verse. Hajj is the prince of devotion as it encompasses all forms of worship. In it is sallah, offering,  avoiding angry conversation, and fasting of one without sacrificial animal. In Hajj is zikr, du’aa; bodily, financial and spiritual worship are all embodied in Hajj. Allah has made Hajj obligatory from the time of Adam (AS). Adam had done...
There was mixup last week in the two documents I was working on for part 3 of this piece: the one was a speech that formed part of my presentation as a discussant in the paper delivered by Dr Usman Bugaje, and the other the template upon which this series is based. In haste to catch my flight from Istanbul to Abuja I put the last paragraph in the piece which even if I was able to present my prepared speech I would not have read that part since Alhaji Fola Adeola was absent at the occasion. I regret any confusion that might have created in the minds of my readers especially those who were present at the event. Hajj is a multi-billion naira sector of our economy. I am, however, more interested in refining its workings and processes. I am particularly interested in making Hajj operations comfortable, efficient and...
“Hajj in Islam”, according to Dr Bugaje, “is neither fun, nor joke, nor a past time for self-aggrandizement, which unfortunately it has been made to appear today.” He said as “one of the five pillars of Islam,”  Hajj is an opportunity for the pilgrims to learn from each other what will advance the cause of the Ummah socially, politically, financially and whatnot; in as much as “the Qur’an explicitly states” the objective of Hajj: “so that they can witness that which is of benefit to them.” (Qur’an 22: 27-28).  These benefits abound, Bugaje said, in “every generation”, as Hajj will provide it with “its needs and capacity to excel” and become “a model for others” to emulate. (Qur’an 3:110). Dr Bugaje established a number of cases in African history where, “in the last 1000 years”, Hajj has played roles “in state building, social integration” as well as being a potent...
Islam is built on five pillars one of which is pilgrimage to the House for those who are able to undertake the journey. Hajj is obligatory on Muslims once in a life time. The Ancient House, The Ka’bah, is situated in Makkah of the present Saudi Arabia. The original building was destroyed by the Flood of Prophet Noah (Nuh), may Allah’s peace be upon him. Allah then appointed it, showed and guided His Prophet, Ibrahim, alayhis salaam, to rebuild it, sanctify it for those who compass it round or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves therein in prayer. Allah, moreover, made it a place of assembly, a well-deserved United Muslim-Nations General Assembly, where adherents of Islam converge annually for worship, to compare notes on the situation of their brethren around the world in the economic and political spheres. (Al-Baqarah, 2:125,198) Isma’eel (Ishmael) assisted his father Ibrahim (Abraham)...
by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi Every vision that God gives you is bigger than you, and you cannot run a Divine vision based on your intellect or human plans neither can you finance it with your savings. God does not expect you to complete your divinely-given assignment by your human resources. Many people stop pursuing their God-given visions because they try to sponsor them by themselves only to find out that they cannot. Looking into the scriptures, we see that everyone who fulfilled a God-given mandate had to depend on God for supernatural manifestations To properly depend on God for your resources, you must: • Understand that there is a reality of divine resources. • Realize that divine resources differ from natural resources and that the extent of their effects also differs. • Learn to connect and stay connected to divine resources Indeed, there is a reality of God meeting our needs at all times....
This peace should have been published a fortnight ago but for the arrangement of umrah with which we were engaged. Well it is not late to have it now when many are already observing I’tikaaf and are about to end it . I’tikaaf means being engaged in certain form of devotion to Allah at  a certain time and place. That is I’tikaaf. The verse in Al-Baqarah (2:187) speaks about I’tikaat being observed in mosques; and this is where the scholars disagreed on the mosque in which this form of devotion, I’tikaat can be observed. Al-masaajid could be mosques in which all prayers, including or excluding Jumu’ah, are observed. There are mosques in which all prayers are observed but Jumu’ah. On Fridays the people praying in these mosques will have to converge in a larger mosque elsewhere in order to observe their Jumu’ah. Also, there are other mosques in which all prayers...
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...