- The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has airlifted 34,978 pilgrims in 90 flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise
- The airlift of pilgrims is expected to end Friday, August 17
- The Hajj 2018 proper is expected to commence with the movement of the nearly two million pilgrims
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has transported 34,978 pilgrims in 90 flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.
Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed on Wednesday, August 15, by the commission’s command control unit, which disseminates each airlift from various international Airports in Nigeria.
The airlift of pilgrims which is expected to end this Friday, August 17, is being carried out by two local airlines, Max and Medview, and a Saudi Arabian owned Flynas Air.
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Apart from the pilgrims being airlifted from the 36 states, Abuja and the Armed Forces, about 20,000 pilgrims travelling through various private tour operators are also being airlifted by various international airlines.
The Hajj 2018 proper is expected to commence on Sunday with the movement of the nearly two million pilgrims from their various accommodations in Makkah to the tent city of Muna.
The pilgrims are also expected to proceed to the plains of Arafat on Monday, August 20, where they will spend the whole day in supplication and prayers.
From Arafat, pilgrims are conveyed in buses to Muzdalifa, an open space between Arafat and Muna where they will spend the night.
The two million pilgrims are then expected to proceed to Jamarat, for the first symbolic stoning of the devil ritual.
However, Aliyu Tanko, NAHCON’s logistics chief, said the stoning ritual will be done based on turn by turn arrangements.
Tanko who undertook a tour of Muna and inspected the facilities put in place for Nigerian Pilgrims told reporters that “all pilgrims are expected to return to their tents from Muzdalifa and await their turn after which specific guides will lead them along specified routes to the Jamarat”.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and president general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, August 12, as the first day of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah.
This was contained in a statement released on Sunday, August 12, by the deputy secretary general of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu.
The statement said, after due consultation with scholars, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) and the Fatwa Committee of the NSCIA, it was decided that the dates of Dhul-Qa’adah be adjusted to make Sunday, August 12, 2018, the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah, 1439AH.
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