The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims board intending Umrah pilgrims are to leave Nigeria for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 in order to perform this year lesser hajj.
This was disclosed today by the Board Secretary, Mr. Ishola Rahman in his office while briefing the management team of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on the calendar for this year lesser hajj operation.
Mr. Ishola stated further that the pilgrims are to be conveyed by two air carriers – Etihad and Emirate. “Those going with Etihad are expected to arrive at the airport by 6 am and to leave by 9 am while those travelling on Emirate are expected at the airport by 9 am to leave by 12 noon. We deemed to arrive the Kingdom on Thursday, 23rd 2019.
According to the Board Secretary, pilgrims should observe the time rules in order to make the checking in easier and smooth.
“We have taken time out to organize one day seminar for the pilgrims where all the dos and don’ts of Umrah had been taught and to ensure that no one fall victim of the laws of the holy land”.
The Chairman of the Board, Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf warned pilgrims against all banned and contraband items and cautioned them against carrying overload while pointing out that pilgrims are only entitled to two 23 kg bags with 10kg hand bag.
He also enlighten them on the basics of Umrah and the dos and don’ts of the holy pilgrimage especially making sure that they present themselves as good ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos in particular.
Dr. Tajudeen urged the pilgrims to keep their properties safe, particularly their international passports and the visa printout as misplacing it could jeopardise their journey to the holy land.
He also analysed the major differences between Umrah and Hajj, adding that both journey provide opportunity for spiritual prayers, requests and thanks giving at the most respected Islamic nation in the world.
The board Chairman further enjoined the pilgrims to pray for Lagos State Governments, both incumbent and incoming.
Meanwhile the pilgrims are to spend 10 days in the Kingdom before returning back to Nigeria on 6th or 7th June, 2019.
By Fatima Sanda Usara To start with, Saudi Arabia has made its stand clear t…