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Hajj: Journalists urge pilgrims to comply with timing for stoning satan

The Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation, has advised pilgrims to comply with the new modalities adopted by Saudi Hajj Ministry for the stoning ritual in Jamarat. This was contained in a statement released in Makkah, Saudi Arabia by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed.
Muhammed said in the statement: “Nigerian pilgrims should comply with the new guidelines issued by Saudi Hajj Ministry for the stoning of jamarat.”

During a meeting with Nigerian officials and other African countries in Mina on Monday, the Saudi Arabia Hajj Ministry official, Sheikh Mohammed, said arrangements have been concluded to assign guides who will lead a cluster of 250 pilgrims at a time to the jamarat and back.

Moahmmed said two guides from the state pilgrims’ boards and Saudi Hajj Ministry will lead the group to perform the stoning rituals and also lead them back to their tent.

Sheikh Mohammed “threatened that pilgrims who violate the arrangement will be made to face the consequence while their state officials will also be held responsible”.

The Independent Hajj Reporters thus “called for urgent alliance among hajj information dissemination machinery in Saudi Arabia to take the message to pilgrims’ accommodations”.

The statement also called for concerted efforts among state pilgrims welfare boards officials, the enlightenment unit of the National Hajj Corporation of Nigeria, preachers, pilgrims’ guides and the national media team to urgently embark on sensitization campaign on the issue before the commencement of movement of pilgrims to Mina.

“Pilgrims should be made to understand that the measure being adopted is geared towards their safety and comfort. The penalty that will be meted out for violators should also be spelt out clearly to them, so that those who wish to toe the line of disobedience will understand the likely consequence of their actions,” the civil society said.

“While we commend the enlightment unit of NAHCON for its timely information dissemination strategy, we urge them to fuse their machinery with those of states pilgrims’ welfare boards especially on this issue of jamarat timing,” the statement said.

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