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Pilgrimage cancellation: MURIC appeals to Muslims to remain strong in faith

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to Muslims who had planned to perform the 2021 Hajj to remain committed in faith, as their dreams will be realized as soon as COVID-19 recedes.

MURIC, an Islamic Civil Rights Organization, made the call in a statement, signed by it’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in Lagos.

Newsmen reports that Saudi Arabia on June 12, restricted the annual Pilgrimage, to Citizens and Residents and set a maximum of 60,000 Pilgrims in response to the Corona Virus pandemic.

It was also reported that the Saudi Government said those wishing to perform the Hajj must be free of chronic diseases, be vaccinated, and between the ages of 18 and 65.

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola

MURIC said: “We reiterate our position that this is a postponement, necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic. It is not a punitive measure against the Nigerian Government or disciplinary action against Nigerian Muslims.

“Hajj 2021 has been postponed, the same way several events of a massive gathering of people have been postponed in many parts of the world on account of the Corona Virus pandemic.

”We urge all those affected by the postponement to strictly follow guidelines issued by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON)

Authorities, from time to time.

“We also commend NAHCON for being proactive. It is on record that the Commission has already told intending Pilgrims who wish to collect the money paid for this year’s Hajj to come forward.

To that extent, therefore, MURIC commends NAHCON for being transparent and accountable without being forced to do so.

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