Hajj: Lagos pilgrim dies in Mecca

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The Lagos State Amirul Hajj, Dr AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem, has confirmed the death of a pilgrim from the state, who slumped and died early on Sunday.

The deceased, identified as Alhaja Folashade Lawal, from Oshodi Local Government Area of Lagos State, died while heading to Jumarat to perform one of the Islamic rites, throwing pebbles at 3. a.m.

“We were told she slumped on her way to Jamarat to throw pebbles but unfortunately she gave up from that point.

“Doctors told us that she had high blood pressure,” AbdulHakeem told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

The Amirul Hajj however urged the deceased loved ones to take solace in knowing that Allah had taken her at the best time when she’s without sins.

“If you perform Arafat, you are coming out from Arafat like the way your mother gave birth to you. While she is in a state of Ihiram, Allah took her life. So we commiserate with the members of her family and pray that Allah will grant her Al janat Firdaus.’’

The amirul hajj announced that arrangements were in top gear for the performance of funeral prayer for the deceased at Ka’abah, where the Lagos State contingent would be in attendance and thereafter take her body to the cemetery in Makkah.

Meanwhile he affirmed that the hajj operation had been successful so far, stating that the Lagos contingent will be the first to be airlifted back to Nigeria by 7a.m on August 17.

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