Amirul Hajj of Lagos State, Dr Abdulhakeemv Abdullateef has called on Nigerians most especially those performing this year’s hajj to take advantage of the
period to pray for themselves, relatives and the country at large.
Dr. Abdul-Lateef spoke at a lecture he delivered in Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to unveil arrangements for the movement of pilgrims to Muna, Muzdalifah and Arafah for the Hajj rites.
The Amirul Hajj who is also the Lagos Commissioner for Home Affairs implored the pilgrims to pray for peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance saying that Nigeria is in dire need of prayers so that God will touch the minds of political leaders to govern the country with the fear of God.
“Nigerians should intensify their efforts now by praying for the country, the president and others at the helm of affairs at all levels of governance. After praying , let us work collectively and complement government efforts to ensuring sustainable
development”, he added.
According to the Amirul Hajj, hajj is one of the best deeds thatone can do during theseten days, explaning that fasting all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah keeps ones face away from (Hell) fire for a distance covered by a journey of seventy years.
Quoting Prophet Muhammad, the Amirul Hajj said that anyone who wishes to offer a sacrifice must stop cutting his/her hair and nails and removing anything from their
skin, from the beginning of the ten days until after the sacrifice has been offered.
“When you see the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered his sacrifice”
He said: “According to the sayings of Prophet, peace be upon him, fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth day of Dhul-Hijja) for those who are not performing Hajj is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the
Dr Abdullateef commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos for his consistent supports for the pilgrims.
Just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best ten nights out of the year, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other time.