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Deadline for Payment for Intending Pilgrims Set by Osun for Monday




The completion of payment by intending pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj exercise is required by Monday, February 12, according to Olawale Isola, the Chairman of Osun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, in order to participate in this year’s pilgrimage.

Hajj, a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is a religious duty that must be carried out by every adult Muslim at least once in their lifetime. This pilgrimage, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, takes place from the 7th to the 12th day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar.

Isola delivered this message during a meeting with intending pilgrims at the Osun State Government Secretariat in Osogbo, Osun State on Saturday.

Isola, who is also the Deputy Imam of Osogbo Central Mosque, disclosed that the board has received approximately 1,350 passports from the intending pilgrims thus far. He urged other interested individuals to make their payments before the stipulated deadline.

Discussing further, Isola emphasized that the Hajj operation requires sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication for a fulfilling pilgrimage. He stressed that intending pilgrims must prioritize spiritual matters over materialistic pursuits.

He stated, “We urge all intending pilgrims from Osun to demonstrate patience as the Hajj operation demands sacrifice, patience, and steadfastness. It is a journey of devotion to serve and worship Allah, not for material gains. I implore them to refrain from engaging in transactions for material possessions until after the Arafah ritual.”

He further added, “Prioritize participating in all activities and familiarize yourself with the rituals of Hajj. After the Arafah ritual, you may proceed with purchasing items. Any activities not pleasing to Allah, such as conflicts or disturbances, should be suspended for the sake of Allah.”

“The total Hajj fare for our Muslim brothers and sisters for the 2024 Hajj operation is N4,899,000, and we encourage and urge them to make their payments by or before the 12th of this month. Those who have not made any payment can do so before February 12, and those with outstanding balances should settle them as well.”

He also urged them to submit their international passports promptly, and those awaiting their passports can visit the office to obtain a letter to expedite the process.

The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has set N4,899,000 as the final cost for the 2024 Hajj exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a payment deadline of February 12, as announced by the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Malam Jalal Arabi, over the weekend, reported Taofeek Lawal, Assistant Director of the Public Affairs unit of the state board.