Don’t borrow money for celebration of Eid-el Kabir –MURIC boss

Don’t borrow money for celebration of Eid-el Kabir –MURIC boss

Director, Muslim Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, has urged Muslims in the country to spend within their income rather than borrowing money to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir. He gave the advice on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos. Akintola, who is also a lecturer at the Lagos State University, 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 said. The don urged Nigerian pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia to get the Hajj message right, saying that exercise should not be commercialised.

According to him, Hajj is a spiritual journey to ensure closeness to Allah and not to buy golden teeth or shopping. He said that while purchases were allowed in the Holy Land, it should be done after the Hajj and moderately too. He admonished Muslims to realise that combining religion with commercial activity was not only ridiculous but also self-defeating.

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