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Published On: Thu, Jul 17th, 2014

2014 Hajj: Cleric urges intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors

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The Chief Imam of Apo Legislators’ Quarters in Abuja, Sheikh Nuru Khalid, on Wednesday, urged this year’s intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to be good ambassadors.

Khalid enjoined the pilgrims in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja to portray the country in good image while in the Holy Land.

He advised them to shun acts capable of projecting the image of the country in negative light.

The cleric also urged the pilgrims to imbibe the spirit of love, forgiveness and to always help one another, especially in times of difficulties.

He said: “According to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), `No one is a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.”

Besides, the imam urged them to tolerate each other during the exercise.

“Pilgrims should try as much as possible to obey the laws and traditions of the Holy Land to avoid any breach and embarrassment.

“They should also comply with the laws as stipulated by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria,’’ he said.

Khalid called on all stakeholders in the Hajj operations to carry out their duties diligently in order to ensure hitch free exercise.

He tasked Hajj officials to render assistance to all intending pilgrims who might need it.

“Hajj performance is not a one man show; it is something that involves complimenting one another for it to be successful.

“So, the pilgrims should cultivate the habit of assisting and tolerating one another,’’ he said.

He also called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for successful Hajj operations in 2014 and beyond.

He expressed confidence that this year’s Hajj would be better than the previous operations by the country. (NAN)


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