The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has again cautioned Nigerian pilgrims to concentrate on acts of worship while in Saudi Arabia which is the primary purpose for embarking on Hajj.
The Commission further counselled its pilgrims to follow the instructions of their respective pilgrims’ welfare boards or Tour Operator Companies, as the case may be, in their own interest.
The pilgrims were also advised to abide by rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia, especially on crowd control.
“Pilgrims are cautioned to desist from joining any group or organisation from any part of the world that intends to hold political/religious demonstrations or campaigns”.
Neither should they engage in political discussions detrimental to sanctity of the host country, nor allow themselves to be cajoled into joining any group that plans to violate Saudi Arabia’s Hajj guidelines.
Should this happen, affected pilgrims are directed to report the persons to their state officials or to call NAHCON help line on this number: 920008251
It is pertinent to remember that displaying banners or pamphlets with political undertones whether on Muna tents, buses, pilgrims’ accommodations is not allowed.
“Only Islamic literature is to be carried along,” the Commission advised.
Similarly Islamic scholars were urged to guide pilgrims elaborately on this matter.
NAHCON noted that the warning has become necessary considering the fact that Hajj season is approaching its peak, a time when pilgrims from several nations of the world converge to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam.