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Hajj fare: Fresh deadline for N1.5m deposit payment expires next week

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Hajj fare: Fresh deadline for N1.5m deposit payment expires next week

 

All intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj must pay a deposit of N1.5 million by next week Wednesday, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has insisted.
New Telegraph gathered that officials of the commission, which had earlier extended registration deadline to April 25, are to meet with their counterparts at the pilgrims welfare boards from states to review compliance level to the deadline.
Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has, in line with this, advised intending pilgrims for the 2018 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in the state to pay their deposit of N1.5 million on or before April 25, 2018.

The advice, a statement signed by the Boards’ Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi explained, was based on the extension of deadline for the registration of pilgrims from March 31, 2018 to April 30, 2018 by NAHCON..
He stressed that the amount be deposited pending the announcement of total hajj package by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

He further explained that registration of intending pilgrims will continue up to April 25, 2018 to enable the Board meet deadline for closure of registration and remittance of all hajj deposits to NAHCON by April 30, 2018.
He added, “The Overseer of the Board, Imam Hussaini Sulaiman Tsoho Ikara has explained that the Board has since secured a befitting accommodation for its intending pilgrims in Makkah.”
About 2,200 intending pilgrims have so far registered with the Board out of 6,636 hajj seats allocated to the state by NAHCON.

Meanwhile, Muslim World League (MWL) chief, Mohammed al-Issa has said that Europe must increase its efforts to integrate Muslim immigrant populations and criminalise religious hate speech.
Al-Issa said the organisation, headquartered in Mecca, could assist in assimilation and the eradication of extremist ideology abroad.

“We believe that European countries, where there is much debate now, and other countries around the world … need to enhance national assimilation programmes and criminalise hatred and contempt for adherents of religions because this threatens the safety of the community,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Without giving specific details, he said MWL “has programmes and curricula that enhance national assimilation and which can courageously and forcefully confront all forms of extremism, as well as special programmes to thwart efforts to infiltrate the Muslim community.”
The MWL is very active in nations of Europe which have a large number of Muslim residents, such as Britain and France.
It also encourages Muslims to be more religiously observant and promotes global solidarity among the faithfuls.

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