Not fewer thant 313 pilgrims from parts of the world have quit smoking since the start of the Hajj season, after visiting clinics of the Kafa (Enough) Society, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in Makkah.
The agency, yesterday quoted Abdullah bin Dawwod Al-Fayez, Chairman, Kafa Makkah as making the disclosure.
“The pilgrims have been treated at Kafa’s clinics in Mina as part of strategic partnership with Abu Ghazaleh charity.”
He said the partnership include Ministry of Hajj and Umrah as well as the Health Ministry’s anti-smoking programme.
According to the chairman, the programme is under the supervision of the main committee for awareness of smoking hazards in Makkah and the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
“The results were remarkable this year as almost 113,000 pilgrims benefited from fixed and mobile Kafa awareness clinics.
“The clinics distributed awareness brochures, treatment cards and miswak as an alternative to 11,480 cigarettes that have been put down after counseling.
“The programme is taking place for the fourth year in a row. It raises the awareness of pilgrims about the hazards of smoking, providing them with an opportunity to quit during the holy season.
“The project consists of two phases. The first one is next to the Grand Mosque’s squares, while the second one is at Mina with an awareness exhibition and a fully equipped treatment clinic.”
According to health experts, smoking cigarette is the major cause of cancer as well as respiratory diseases, among other hazards to public health.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 1.8 million Muslims globally, including 65,000 pilgrims from Nigeria, performed this year Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
CAN Urges Nigerians to Reflect on Unity Rather Than Diversity
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger has admonished Nigerians to reflect more on what unites the country rather than what divides it.
Rev. Bulus Yohanna, Chairman of CAN in Niger, said this at the 63rd Independence Day prayer session organized by the state chapter of CAN in Minna.
Yohanna in his message tagged: “Let us focus on what unites us more as a people,” advocated the need for Nigerians to live as an indivisible entity where peace, justice, equity and fairness abound.
“As we pray and intercede for our nation today and always, I advocate the need for us to reflect more on what unites us as a people rather than what divides us.
“The oneness of Nigeria remains more advantageous despite the challenges we are facing as a nation,” he said.
He also advised Nigerians to remain supportive either as individual or collectively towards nation-building to move the country forward.
According to him, we need to propagate unity, irrespective of our political, religious and ethnic divides, and to rally round Gov. Umar Bago who has so far shown commitment and resilience to revamp the state.
He urged the governor to remain resolute in ensuring residents enjoyed unprecedented transformation, especially in the area of security of lives and property and the state economy.
Bago said his administration would do everything humanly possible to ensure rapid development in the state.
Bago, represented by Mrs Elizabeth Shaba, Commissioner for Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Niger, called for collective efforts in ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state. (NAN)
If All You Bring To The Table As A Wife Is Beauty And S£x, You Are A Liability – Pastor Olumide
A Nigerian pastor has sent a message to women. He warned them not to be a liability to their men.
According to Pastor Olumide, if all a woman brings to the marriage is beauty and s3x, she’s a liability.
He urged women to work hard to help their men in marriage.
According to him, liability brings abuse in the marriage because the woman is not brings nothing to the table.
He added further that it is wrong for a woman to expect the man to carry all the responsibilities in marriage.
Eidel-Maulud: FG Declares Sept. 27, Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, Sept. 27, public holiday in commemoration of Eidel-Maulud celebration, the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) .
The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja.
Tunji-Ojo congratulated the Muslim Ummah both home and in diaspora for witnessing the occasion.
He admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance and perseverance which were deep spiritual virtues that the Holy Prophet exemplified.
The minister also urged Nigerians, especially the youth to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity.
He also enjoined them to join hands with President Bola Tinubu’s led administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that Nigerians would be proud of.
Tunji-Ojo wished the Muslim Ummah a joyful celebration.(NAN)
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