Buhari Returns To Abuja From Daura

A file photo of PResident Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after spending a week in his home town of Daura, Katsina State to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir.

While in the state, the president hosted his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Conde.

He also commissioned some projects executed by the Katsina State government and the Nigerian Airforce.

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The president who touched down at 10:29 am on Saturday, was received by the Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Inspector General of Police and Permanent Secretary of the FCT, among others.

Eid-El-Kabir Celebration Brings Us Together As One Family, Says Sanwo-Olu’s Wife

Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla and APC State Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun during the Eid-el-Kabir

 

The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Monday called on Nigerians to embrace togetherness and mutual cooperation, saying such remains critical to engender peace and prosperity for the nation.

Speaking at a special Eid-El-Kabir celebration held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja put together by the State Government, Dr Sanwo-Olu said Nigerians must draw lessons from the significance of the festive season to always uphold peace, help the needy and have abiding faith in God.

“Today’s festival brings us together not as Muslims or Christians but as one family either by blood or by friendship.

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“The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Unto Him) said; “Togetherness promotes goodness and separation causes misery. Allah supports those living together, eat together and do not separate because surely the Blessings (of Allah) lie in togetherness.

“Islam has not only preached but has also laid down rules and practices, which help to promote unity and togetherness. For example, the Jama’h (congregational) prayers and the Hajj are meant to foster togetherness.

“Togetherness and mutual cooperation bring prosperity to all. This creates a bond of friendship and helpfulness to one another in times of need. It gives rise to strength and power to face an enemy.”

She stated that the celebration was in remembrance of the command given by Allah to Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Dr Sanwo-Olu said the fulfillment of the noble command of Allah to Ibrahim signifies the faith he had in him, and that it was important for all to rely solely on God and strictly follow His commandments.

“This act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s commandments. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

“The symbolism is in the attitude, a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us,” she said.

While urging Muslims to eschew all traits of disobedience to God, Dr Sanwo-Olu said they must be willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently, adding: “It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.”

While thanking God for the peace and harmony in the State, Dr Sanwo-Olu urged residents to continue to live as one, saying that it is in doing so that the State Government would remain focused to deliver on its promises and as well bring developmental changes.

Earlier, the First Lady was at General Hospital in Epe to felicitate with mothers who just delivered their babies including those who delivered through Caeserean Section.

In his lecture at the celebration on the four golden lessons of Eid-El-Kabir, National Amir of The Muslim Congress (TMC), Dr Luqman AbdulRaheem said the season was basically reminding the people of the need to have sound faith in Allah, submission to the will of Allah, nation building and hospitality.

He said the sacrifice, as commanded by Allah, was not for Ibrahim to kill his son, rather it was to sacrifice his son in his heart, which he did.

Katsina Emirate Celebrates Eid-El-Kabir With Durbar Festival

Muslim faithful in Katsina State on Monday gathered to commemorate the Eid –El-Kabir Sallah with colourful cultural display and Durbar festival.

The festival marks the 10th most precious and holy days contained in the Muslim Month of ‘Dhul_Heejah’  among the faithful.

This particular Durbar is popularly called Hawan Sallah by the people of Katsina.

It is being celebrated twice in the year and attracts thousands of people from within and outside the country.

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Eid-El-Kabir

Eid-El-Kabir, also known as the “festival of the sacrifice” which is marked by Muslims with prayers, thanksgiving and animal sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.

The occasion is also an opportunity for the Muslims to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice, and values like service, compassion and being there for neighbours.
In Nigeria, residents have trooped to the mosques to perform Eid prayers.

For them, the celebration is also a time for loved ones to come together to pray, charity, social gatherings, festive meals and sharing of gifts.

Muslims Celeberate Eid-El-Kabir

President Muhammadu Buhari (C),the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde (5th from R) and others at the Eid Prayer Ground in Daura

 

It is Eid-El-Kabir and Muslims around the world are celebrating the occasion which marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Eid-El-Kabir, also known as the “festival of the sacrifice” which is marked by Muslims with prayers, thanksgiving and animal sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.

The occasion is also an opportunity for the Muslims to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice, and values like service, compassion and being there for neighbours.
In Nigeria, residents have trooped to the mosques to perform Eid prayers.

For them, the celebration is also a time for loved ones to come together to pray, charity, social gatherings, festive meals and sharing of gifts.

In Daura, Katsina State, where President Muhammadu Buhari is marking Eid-El-Kabir, Muslims had trooped to the prayer ground early in the day to pray with.

The President along with the visiting president of Guinea, Alpha Conde and the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, joined them for prayers at the Eid ground.

 

Daura, Katsina State

Muslims in Daura, Katsina State, at the Eid ground for prayers. President Muhammadu Buhari along with the visiting president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, and the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, joined them for the Eid Prayers.
Muslims in Daura at the Eid Prayer Ground

Across the nation, the Muslim Faithful started the celebrations by gathering at Eid Prayer grounds and Mosques for prayers.

President Muhammadu Buhari (C),the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde (5th from R) and others at the Eid Prayer Ground in Daura

 

Abuja

Muslims in the nation’s capital Abuja participating in the Eid prayer and other festivities. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun

Jos, Plateau State

Muslim faithful at the Fibre Mosque, in Jos, Plateau State.

 

Benin, Edo State

The chief Imam of the Benin central mosque, Alhaji Abdulfatai Enabulele, leads the Eid-El-Kabir prayers

 

Tiv/Jukun Crisis: Governor Ishaku Appeals To Warring Groups To Sheath Their Swords

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file photo)

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has appealed to the Tivs and Jukuns in the state to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

He made the appeal in a statewide broadcast while wishing Muslims a happy Sallah celebration.

According to him, his administration has consistently synergised and engaged with the leadership of the two faiths in the state in a bid to finding religious fulfilment.

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He, therefore, appealed to the groups to see each other as brothers and sisters, adding that violence does no one any good.

Speaking further, the governor reminded Muslims in the state of the need to make sacrifices and imbibe the great lessons of humility and tolerance as exemplified by the great prophet of Islam.

Sudan’s Muslims Mark First Post-Bashir Eid With Muted Celebrations

Sudanese Muslims buy livestock at a market in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on August 11, 2019, as they mark their first Eid Al-Adha feast without Omar al-Bashir as a ruler in three decades. 
Jean Marc MOJON / AFP

 

As Muslims in Khartoum marked their first Eid al-Adha feast without Omar al-Bashir as a ruler in three decades, the mood was upbeat on Sunday but the menu stayed frugal.

Months of bloody anti-regime protests created a historic opportunity for civilian rule in Sudan but also saw prices soar, putting a damper on celebrations.

In Khartoum markets, the price of a sheep — a must in the Feast of the Sacrifice which is considered the holiest day in the Muslim calendar — has doubled since last year.

“You used to be able to find a sheep for 3,500” Sudanese pounds ($60), said Mohamed Abdullahi, a farmer who lives on Tuti, a rural island wedged between the twin cities of Khartoum and Omdurman, where the Blue and White Nile meet.

This year he paid 8,000 pounds, an amount he couldn’t really afford even after raising the selling price of the milk from the few cows he rears on a small plot by the riverbank.

“I have three children, I had to bring them something for the feast,” the greying 43-year-old said.

In Khartoum’s Bori neighbourhood, considered one of the cradles of the protest movement that brought down Bashir earlier this year, an Eid market known for its low prices is witnessing record turnover.

“There’s a lack of cash in Sudan at the moment. Here we are using electronic payment cards a lot, to make it easier for the people,” said one of the traders, Maki Amir.

“Many people feel happy because of the revolution and the peace that was signed last week, that’s why they want a real Eid celebration,” he said.

Sudan’s economy was sent into a tailspin when the oil-rich south seceded in 2011 and the past eight months of turmoil — which initially erupted with protests over a tripling of bread prices — have taken a further toll.

Still mourning

As buyers swarmed the huddled sheep on the dusty open market ground and inspected the animals’ teeth, the haggling was sometimes acrimonious.

Some men looking to buy a sheep to slaughter blamed traders for taking advantage of the power vacuum to raise their prices.

The traders retorted they were being taxed by the government more than ever before.

Since the last devaluation of the pound in October by the then Sudanese authorities, the currency has plunged by a further 70 percent against the dollar on the black market.

A deal was reached a week ago between the country’s generals and protest leaders to transition to civilian rule in just over three years.

The landmark constitutional agreement is to be signed at a ceremony on August 17 but, even if its provisions are implemented, the country remains on the brink of economic collapse.

On the capital’s walls, some of the protest murals have already been painted over and its streets were largely empty, many residents having left town to celebrate Eid al-Adha in their villages.

At the market in Bori, Amir Abdullah came to buy a goat for an expatriate friend who wants it donated to charity but he will not be able to afford one for himself this year.

He also said celebrating did not feel like a priority after so many protesters, an estimated 250, were killed in their efforts to take down the military regime.

“Eid is not the same for everybody. Now I’m still in mourning for those who lost their lives,” said Abdullah, sweat pearling on his forehead from the afternoon heat.

“Definitely, the situation is getting worse, there is no work, no income and no investment… but we have to stay focused on achieving the goals of the revolution: freedom, peace and justice.”

AFP

Eid-El-Kabir: Senate President Urges Muslims To Imbibe Virtues Of Obedience, Perseverance

Ahmed Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful, as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi, Lawan urged all Muslims to draw inspiration from “the exemplary virtues demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority”.

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More Than Two Million Muslims On Hajj Pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims perform the “Tawaf al-Ifada”, a mandatory circumambulation around the Kaaba (the Cube), Islam’s holiest shrine, at the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on August 11, 2019, following their descent from Mount Arafat.
FETHI BELAID / AFP

 

More than two million Muslims are participating in the annual hajj under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

The hajj, one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives.

It consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia. The annual hajj began on Friday.

“All of the arms of the state have been deployed (and) we are proud to serve as ‘God’s hosts’,” said security forces spokesman Bassam Attia.

“We feel cleansed by achieving this pillar of Islam and meeting people from across the world. It’s marvellous,” said Mohamed Jaafar, a 40-year-old Egyptian pilgrim.

‘A golden opportunity’

“It’s an indescribable feeling. You have to live it to understand it,” said an Algerian in his fifties completing the pilgrimage for the first time.

“It’s a golden opportunity and moment,” said his female companion.

Built in a desert valley, Mecca is home to the Kaaba, a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam and draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth.

Muslims around the world pray towards the Kaaba, which is located in the Grand Mosque, and pilgrims walk around it seven times.

Earlier on Friday, worshippers took part in Friday prayers at the mosque.

Pilgrims from around the world then headed on foot or on buses to Mina, a rugged district of Mecca at the base of Mount Arafat, where the faithful will spend Friday night.

A total of “350,000 air-conditioned tents have been pitched” in Mina, a Saudi official said.

Cooling mist sprays were deployed across the area as temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Mobile clinics and ambulances were on standby along the route, while Saudi Red Crescent helicopters monitored the pilgrims’ progress from the sky.

“The whole world is here… being here in Mecca is the best feeling,” beamed Mohamed Barry, a pilgrim from Britain.

Saudi officials said that 2.26 million pilgrims had arrived in Mina by late Friday, of which 1.86 million were from abroad, the state-run SPA news agency reported.

On Saturday worshippers will climb Mount Arafat, also known as the “Mount of Mercy”, for hours of prayers and Koran recitals.

After descending, they will gather pebbles and perform the symbolic “stoning of the devil”.

That marks the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, marked on Sunday.

Pilgrims then return to the Grand Mosque to perform a final “tawaf” or walk around the Kaaba.

‘Politicising the hajj’

This year’s hajj takes place to a backdrop of Gulf tensions following a series of attacks on tankers, the downing of drones and the seizure of ships.

Riyadh blames regional foe Tehran for the attacks on commercial shipping, accusations Iran vehemently denies.

Despite the absence of diplomatic ties between the two countries, some 88,550 Iranian pilgrims are due to take part in the hajj this year according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

As in previous years, Saudi authorities have been at pains to stress that the hajj is a religious event and have sought to prevent its politicisation.

Riyadh insisted its two-year embargo on Doha — which includes restrictions on Qataris travelling to the kingdom — would not affect the pilgrimage.

But hajj official Hassan Qadi acknowledged “very few Qataris have come to Mecca for the pilgrimage”.

Saudi Arabia’s hajj ministry accused Qatar of “politicising the hajj and creating obstacles for Qatari pilgrims,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The scale of the pilgrimage presents vast security and logistical challenges, with tens of thousands of safety officers deployed.

Riyadh faced strong criticism in 2015 when some 2,300 worshippers were killed in the worst stampede in the gathering’s history.

Eid-El-Kabir: PDP Asks Nigerians To Remember Families Of Fallen Heroes

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A file photo of PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for support for the families of fallen heroes in the country.

It made the called in a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

“Nigerians should always remember the sacrifices of our fallen heroes by reaching out to their families at this trying time,” the party said in its Sallah message.

It also called for prayers and support for the nation’s gallant troops who are making sacrifices and putting their lives daily on the line in protecting the people.

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The party urged Nigerians to use the Eid-el-Kabir to imbibe the life of total trust in the Almighty God in all spheres of life.

According to the PDP, the Eid-el-Kabir indeed offers Nigerians great lessons on selflessness and absolute trust in God, as exemplified in the life of Prophet Ibrahim.

It called on all compatriots to use the occasion to particularly pray for the nation, reach out and share with the less privileged, the deprived, as well as victims of escalated insecurity in various parts of the country in the recent time.

The party also asked leaders in all walks of life, including public office holders, faith-based and community leaders, captains of industry and employers of labour to note that their positions were bestowed on them by God for service to humanity, and for which they must give account.

It prayed for the unity, peace, stability and development of the country and wished Nigerians, particularly the Muslim community, a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Eid-El-Kabir: ‘Extremism Is Like A Cancer,’ Buhari Challenges Muslims On Good Virtues

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A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

The President has said the greatest commitment to Islam is for Muslims to put its good virtues into practice.

In his Eid-el-Kabir message on Saturday, he asked Muslims in the country to make justice and righteousness the guiding principle of their everyday life.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the remarks in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

“Extremism is like a cancer, which must be detected and destroyed from its early stages of growth,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added, “We should be the mirror through which others see the good virtues of our faith.

“Islam is a religion of peace and we should avoid violent extremist ideas that give Islam a wrong name because our conducts leave more lasting positive impressions than what we say by word of mouth.”

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According to President Buhari, violent extremism is the greatest challenge facing Islam today and the only way to neutralise its evil influence is for the people to distance themselves from the activities and teachings of those who preach indiscriminate violence against innocent people.

He also advised parents to protect their children from the deadly exposure to violent extremists who manipulate and exploit such children for their evil agenda.

President Buhari noted that Boko Haram became a deadly force and a major security scourge because Muslim societies were indifferent from the beginning to the activities of extremist preachers.

He, however, assured Nigerians that his administration would uncompromisingly deal with terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of crime in the country.

Despite recent attacks by the insurgents, the President explained that Boko Haram has been “so militarily weakened and scattered” by the military.

He noted that the terrorists have lost the capacity to occupy any part of the country, adding that military personnel were getting more equipped and trained.

President Buhari, therefore, advised Muslims to be tolerant and continue to work for peace, unity, national integration, and peaceful coexistence.

FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir

FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir
A file photo of a crowd of Muslims at a praying ground.

 

 

The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday – August 12 and 13 – as public holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, declared this in a statement on Tuesday on behalf of the government.

She made the declaration in a statement signed by Mohammed Manga, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the office.

Ehuriah congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and in the diaspora, to use the period to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

She also urged Nigerians to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria for the growth and development of the nation.

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The permanent secretary reaffirmed the determination of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

She added that security agencies under the Ministry have been directed to ensure the provision of adequate security, before, during and after the Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.

Ehuriah also stated the government’s desire for all citizens to live a life of sacrifice, charity, and love for one another.

She wished Nigerians a happy, peaceful and fulfilling celebrations.

Eid-el-Kabir: Osinbajo Calls For Peaceful Co-existence

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Osinbajo

 

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to Nigerians to live in peace in the spirit of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

He made the appeal on Tuesday while speaking to journalists after a meeting with community leaders and constituents of the Bariga Local Development Area in Lagos.