As first batch of 550 intending Pilgrims from Zamfara State depart to Mecca for the 2018 Hajj, the state deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad has urged Pilgrims to use their stay in the Holy Land to pray for sustainable peace in the state.
Wakkala gave the charge while speaking during a farewell message for this year’s intending Pilgrims at the state Hajj Camp, Gusau.
“We all know the negative effects of the current security challenges in the state, you should pray fervently for lasting peace in the state while performing the Hajj because prayers offered by Pilgrims during the Hajj are always answered by Allah”, he said.
The deputy governor also urged the intending Pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and country by exhibiting good morals and law abiding during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
Wakkala urged intending Pilgrims to always seek clarifications from the Islamic scholars and Hajj officials over issues they did not understand during the exercise in order to perform an acceptable Hajj.
The first batch comprising 550 intending pilgrims from Bungudu, Bukkuyum, Kaura-Namoda, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government Areas have departed the state to Sultan Abubakar lll International Airport Sokoto to board the flight to Saudi Arabia.
A total of 2158 intending Pilgrims from Zamfara State will perform the 2018 Hajj.