The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has organised a special prayer at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque, Old Secretariat, GRA, Ikeja, to seek Allah’s favour towards bringing the year 2022 holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reality.
Speaking at the session, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic Matters, Alhaji Ahmad Abdullahi Jebe, said the prayer was held in response to the call by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on all State Pilgrims Boards to seek Allah’s intervention on the inability of intending pilgrims outside Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj exercise since Y2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Jebe, therefore, expressed hope that the prayers offered to Allah would be answered in its entirety and the spiritual rites accomplished this year, just as he appealed to the clerics and hajj guides to show absolute commitment and dedication to the task ahead, saying the intending pilgrims deserve the best of service delivery.
On the recent appointment of new Board members, he revealed that the State government had ensured that competent Muslims with track records and experience on Hajj administration was appointed to the Board.
While affirming that the Board members and Secretary are directly in charge of the Hajj and Umrah operations, he urged the Ulamah and Hajj guides to cooperate fully in order to help the State achieve success in the forthcoming Hajj exercise when the Saudi Government opens her doors for foreign intending pilgrims this year.
Also speaking, the Board Chairman, Engr. Shakir Ayinde Gafar, said that there was no doubt that the intense spiritual supplications rendered during the session will make their prayers acceptable to Allah.
He, however, sought the cooperation and support of the clerics and hajj guides in respect of the task ahead, adding that with patience and dedication to duty, the much-anticipated success would be achieved.
Gafar also assured everyone that there will be fairness and equity in the activities of the Board.Other Board members in attendance included Dr. AbdulKabir Paramole, Dr. (Mrs.) Fausat Dabiri, Alhaji Mojeed Sanni, Hon. Lolade Shonibare, Alhaji Yusuf Ara as well as the Secretary, Imam AbdulHakeem Kosoko.