Hajj Savings Scheme Will Be Islamic Law Compliant – NAHCON Chairman

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) , Alhaji Zikrillah Olakunle Hassan has disclosed that the newly introduced Hajj Savings Scheme will be “Sha’riah” or Islamic law compliant.
Alhaji Hassan stated this in Ibadan at a sensitisation programme on Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) held  at the Oyo state Pilgrims Welfare Board, headquarter’s .
He stressed that the scheme was part of the initiatives by the present Hajj Commission board at making holy pilgrimage easier as an alternate financial empowerment’ for Nigerians  of varying economic categories or status seeking to make the ‘life long journey’, in fulfilment of the last,yet,core Islamic pillar.”
Speaking through the NAHCON South West Commissioner , Alhaja Basirat  Olayinka Akintunde, Alhaji Hassan said “it is an alternate financial empowerment’ for Nigerians  of varying economic categories or status seeking to make the ‘life long journey’, in fulfilment of the last,yet,core Islamic pillar.”
“Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) is an initiative of NAHCON as provided for in its Establishment Act 2006. It is designed to provide a long term savings plan for people intending to perform the Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. It is an alternate financial empowerment’ for Nigerians  of varying economic categories or status seeking to make the ‘life long journey’, in fulfilment of the last,yet,core Islamic pillar.”, he said.

Alhaji Hassan added  “the scheme is a partnership initiative and to be run or operated in compliance with Islam Compliance Financial System. In other words, it will be “Sha’riah” or Islamic law compliant. It therefore explains the collaboration with Jaiz Bank, an established financial institution based purely on Islamic economic principles”.
According to the NAHCON Chairman, ” it is a programme aimed at enhancing and assisting Islamic adherents to fulfilling an obligation as commanded by Allah, this Sensitization therefore becomes imperative, paramount and faith attainment driven.”
He however called for the  support of ” “Ulama”, scholars and preachers to help propagate and promote the Hajj Savings Scheme to the generality of the Muslims for their patronage and towards attaining the ‘life long journey’, saying, the existence of a main branch of Jaiz bank in Ibadan is a comparative and perfect advantage, yet, a boost to the scheme to be widely patronized by Muslim populated Oyo State.

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