Pilgrims’ movement to Muna begins today
Over two million pilgrims partaking in this year’s hajj will begin, from today, to move to Muna, a suburb of the city of Makkah in preparation of the basic rites of the spiritual engagement. And for pilgrims from Lagos State, arrangements have been perfected to transport them in batches starting from after Friday prayer today.
This is to ensure that none of the members of state contingent to this year’s Hajj miss any of the fundamental aspects of the pilgrimage.
According to the traditions of Hajj, those who are performing Hajj are expected to observe the Zuhr (Noon) Prayer at Muna on Saturday, the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah which marks the commencement of Hajj.
Home Affairs Commissioner and Lagos State Amirul Hajj, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef disclosed this at a prayer session during the week in Makkah.
He explained that the decision became imperative sequel to the directive and arrangement made by Saudi authority to ensuring hitch-free hajj exercise.
He said: “The Saudi authority has advised that states and countries with more than 100 pilgrims to this year’s Hajj must move to Muna in batches. Our target is to ensure that the over 2,000 pilgrims from Lagos State get to Muna before the noon prayer on Saturday.
“In our own case, we have made provisions for free buses to convey all the pilgrims to Muna. The movement would commence on Friday after Jumat service on Local government basis giving priority to our women folk first.”
Dr. Abdullateef explained that three buses would be stationed at each of the hotels (Al Olayan Royal Hotel, Roya Kudi Hotel and Al Reyada Karim Hotels) where Lagos pilgrims are accommodated.
The pilgrims are expected to perform the ritual bath and put on their Ihram (the white garment) with the intention of performing Hajj before leaving for Muna.
Being in a State of Ihram indicates that the individuals are set to perform Hajj. The pilgrims are expected to abide by the rules while in the state of Ihram.
The Amirul Hajj also implored the pilgrims to adhere strictly to charting the prescribed words of exhortations from the moment of Ihram until the symbolic stoning at Jamrah on the morning of Eid.
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