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‘Don’t borrow money to celebrate Eid-el Kabir’ – MURIC

Valentine Chinyem

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The Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Prof. Ishaq Akintola, has urged Muslims in the country to spend within their means rather than borrow money to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir.

He gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday. He said; “Just like Hajj, the sacrifice of ram is only for those who have the wherewithal, it is not mandatory.”

“What pride is there if we borrow money to slaughter ram but whistle for our dinner for weeks after the festival.

“It is our piety that Allah needs, neither the meat nor the blood of the rams which we sacrifice reaches Alla, according to Qur’an 22:37.”

He noted that Nigerian pilgrims need to understand their visit to the Holy land is for cleansing and for commercialization. He added that all shopping can be done after the Hajj as allowed but in minimal form.

“It is not your business to buy up all goods and merchandise inside in Saudi shop just because you want to share out gifts on your return from Hajj.

“You must let friends and neighbours know the difference between going for Hajj and going for shopping.”

Akintola admonished those at home to seek the prayers of those who go for Hajj, rather than asking them to gift, as these has led many pilgrims into spending beyond their means, either borrowing to meet up or stealing.