- Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) declares that it is wrong for any Muslim to borrow just to buy ram for the Sallah celebration
- MURIC says it is Un-Islamic to be extravagant as the religion abhors such act
- It also warns Muslim pilgrims to Hajj to see the opportunity as one for genuine worship of God
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), through its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, has warned Muslim faithful not to go any extra mile to borrow money just to slaughter ram during the Sallah slated for August 21.
The organisation said it is not accepted in Islam to be extravagant just to celebrate events of the religion.
“As Nigerian Muslims warm up for the festival, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Nigerian Muslims to spend within the limit of their incomes,” MURIC said in a statement made available to NAIJ.com on Tuesday, August 14.
“Just like hajj, the sacrifice of ram is only for those who have the wherewithal. It is not mandatory. This dogma of compulsory annual sacrifice is sheer bunkum.
“We urge every Muslim bread-winner to be wary of the dire consequences of overspending.
“Allah does not place a burden heavier than any soul can bear on him or her (Qur’an 2:286). The Glorious Qur’an warns against extravagance and calls spendthrifts brothers of Shaytan (Qur’an 17:26 – 27).
“It is even our piety that Allah needs, neither the meat nor the blood of the rams which we sacrifice reaches Allah (Qur’an 22:37).
“We must distance ourselves from this culture of waste. What pride is there if we borrow money to slaughter ram but whistle for our dinner for weeks after the festival?
"What wisdom lies behind wasting money on sacrificial ram or festival clothes when we are yet to settle our children’s school fees? Which one should come first: the children’s education or Salah ram and clothes? We must get our priorities right,” he said.
MURIC also came down heavily descended on pilgrims who embark on hajj for primordial reasons.
“Hajj is a spiritual journey for closeness to Allah. What is your business in a golden teeth shop? Why must you change your dentures to gold in Makkah or Madinah?
“Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) carry a golden teeth? Must you adorn your teeth with gold just to announce your hajj status? Is your hajj a publicity stunt or a spiritual exercise?" He asked.
The statement further declared: “Nigerian pilgrims who are currently in Saudi Arabia are strongly advised to get the hajj message right. Hajj should not be commercialized. It is not for a shopping spree.
“Please go to Dubai if your intention is to go shopping and leave Makkah and Madinah for genuine worshippers. While it is true that purchases are allowed in the holy land, this should be after the hajj and it should be done moderately.
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“It is not your business to buy up all goods and merchandise inside a Saudi shop just because you want to share out gifts on your return from hajj.
“You must let friends and neighbours know the difference between going on hajj and going for shopping. Combining the two is not only ridiculous but also self-defeating.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Muslim Rights Concern recently expressed disappointment at US President Donald Trump’s comments on the killing of Christians in Nigeria.
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