The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) boss, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has felicitated with Muslims as the world celebrates Eid-el-Kabir.
He used the opportunity to encourage intended pilgrims not to lose hope but pray for life that they may be able to fulfill their dreams of performing hajj.
“I congratulate all Muslims across the world for being alive to commemorate another Eid-el-Adha, no matter the circumstance. Particularly to the Muslims chosen by the Almighty to perform the 2021 hajj, we rejoice with them and pray for their pilgrimage to be hajj Mabrur.
“May the 2022 hajj witness a return to normal times and may we be among those to answer labbaik to the call of hajj.
“To my fellow Muslims who had been planning to participate in the hajj for the past two years but remain disappointed, my call to all of us is to celebrate Eid-il-Kabir as true Muslims are expected to, and give deep gratitude to the giver of life for His priceless favour. With life, goals are still reachable and with life, we can still hope for many possibilities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created hardship for many indigent families, but let us remember, it also took the lives of many affluent persons whose wealth now is meaningless to them.
“Those still alive are not more important in the sight of our maker than those whose lives He has taken. Those alive only have another chance to appreciate their Lord. The pandemic forced many to reverse their plans, but because we are alive, we can plan again,” he said.