In his bid at ensuring a hitch-free 2023 Hajj exercise, the Chairman/CEO of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Zikrulah Kunle Hassan, on the sideline met with the Grand Chief Imam of Makkah, Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Sudais at the on-going International Hajj exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he offered prayers for Muslims all over the world.
Hassan, in company of Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Pilgrimage, Hon. Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba and wife, National Missioner of Nasfat Society, Imam Abdulazeez Onike and Abdur-Rahman Balogun, President of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) met with the highly revered Imam As-Sudais.
As-Sudais, who was one of the guest speakers at the Hajj expo symposium, commended the Saudi Arabia authorities in designing programmes and events geared towards improving the hajj service every year.
The highly influential spiritual leader, who is one of the nine Imams of the Grand Mosque, Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia; offered prayers for peace to the world and with the delegation from Nigeria.
The Imam, who doubles as the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, emphasised the need for peace and unity in the global community.
Earlier, the NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, who spoke in Arabic with Imam As-Sudais, introduced members of the delegation from Nigeria to the renowned scholar and a memoriser of the whole Qur’an as well as the winner of the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award’s “Islamic Personality Of the Year” in 2005.
Imam As- Sudais, whose unique sonorous recitation of the glorious Qur’an is famous worldwide, then prayed for the Nigerian delegation and other members of the Muslim community globally.
The NAHCON boss also interacted with some Chairmen of Pilgrims Commissions from West African sub region as well as some notable Imams and scholars who graced the Hajj expo.
Other highlights of the exhibition include 10 keynote sessions, 13 panels on Hajj talks, 36 workshops, as well as many events and activities associated with promoting a culture of quality in providing Hajj and Umrah services.
The expo also showcased over 400 exhibitors on Hajj and Umrah related matters ranging from the development of services for guests and pilgrims, logistics, transportation, crowd management operations, housing and hospitality services, catering services, facility and service management, safety and health care, and enriching pilgrims’ experiences.
The four-day expo will end on Thursday Jan. 12.