Five Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

Hajj pilgrims
Hajj pilgrims

Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have died.

The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, announced the passage of four of the pilgrims on Tuesday in Makkah, Islam’s holiest city.

Mr. Mohammed, who spoke at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders, however, declined to disclose the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death.

He said such information could only be disclosed after their families had been appropriately informed.

The NAHCON chair pleaded with the media to withhold the details so as not to further devastate the families of the affected pilgrims.

Shortly after the chairman spoke, an official on the medical team of NAHCON announced the passage of another pilgrim from Kwara.

A total 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims are performing this year’s hajj, all of whom have converged on Makkah after some of them visited and prayed at the Prophet Mohammed’s mosque in Madinah.

A few other pilgrims came directly to Makkah after flying into Saudi Arabia through the nearby city of Jeddah.

All the pilgrims have performed the rites of Umrah, the lesser hajj, at al-Masjid al-Haram in which is situated the Kabah.

On Wednesday, the pilgrims, like their counterparts from other parts of the world, will move to the city of Mina to spend the eve of the 9th of Dhul-Hijah.

The pilgrims will then proceed to Arafat on Thursday praising Allah and reciting the Qur’an.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the new mortality figure after an official announced the passage of another pilgrim.


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  • 0tile

    Allaahum-maghfir lahu warhamhu, wa ‘aafihi, wa’fu ‘anhu, wa ‘akrim nuzulahu, wa wassi. Sun tofi a Aljinat sosai.

    • Victoria

      Nigeria government should stop sponsoring people to mecca whether in part or complete. This is crazy. I know they will not listen. Stop using Nigeria peoples money for religion be it Christian or muslim

      • 0tile

        Believe it or not many true Muslims would like to die in Saudi Arabia especially during the holy period of hajj. It is believed among Muslims that whosoever dies in Saudi Arabia will get to Aljinat Faridaus. Imagine yourself as a Muslim shaking hands with Nabi Mohammed himself.

        • Terr

          “Whoever dies in Saudi Arabia during the holy period of hajj will get to Aljinat Faridaus,and shake hands with Nabi Mohammed”
          Doesn’t that sound like a story in children’s book? Religion was created by man and Nabi Mohammed is a fictional character created to further the cause of religion. Science has advanced over the years and through science we get health-care,cars,mobile phones,computers, jets and many more things that helps us to survive in our daily life. We cannot survive on this earth without science, what has religion contributed to human development since the 18th century till today? Nothing, instead people have died over the years because of religious fights, the number of casualties is far greater in number than any disease or epidemic has killed humans.Don’t be gullible, there will be no virgins waiting for you after you die. It was just a sweet fiction story.

  • wode

    May their souls rest in perfect peace.

  • Bright Ezeh

    There heaven direct

  • MilitaryPolice01

    God rest their souls and comfort their loved ones and family

  • FreeNigeria

    When are they stoning the devil? The need to add Boko Haram and other terrorists to the stoning so the world can have peace.

  • AY HARUNA

    May their souls rest in peace and Allah accept their good deed to enter the paradise!