Hajj stampede: Nigerians should stop ‘stoning the devil’ – Sanusi

Emir of Kano and Nigeria‘s Amirul Hajj to the just concluded pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has recommended that Nigerian Muslims should skip the rite of stoning the devil.

The practice, which usually takes place close to Jamrat, was where around 1000 people lost their lives after the worst stampede in decades.

More than 70 Nigerians have been confirmed dead.

Emir Sanusi in a chat with Sokoto pilgrims in the Holy Land was quoted as saying that stoning of the devil was not worth the blood of any Muslim.

The Emir who quoted several verses of the Qur’an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad
(SAW) said refusal to even perform the stoning of devil rituals does not in any way invalidate one’s Hajj.

His words: “During the era of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he permitted pilgrims who came on camels to stay in Makkah after Arafat, instead of staying in Mina and sleeping at Muzdalifa.

“So, if the Prophet could give such grace to some people, just to protect their animals, why didn’t our scholars educate our people properly to avoid this untoward hardship and death.

“Therefore, it will be part of my recommendations to the federal government that, if we cannot get accommodation close to Jamrat where the Arabs reside in Mina, then this year may be the last time we will sleep in Mina and Muzdalifa because we want to stone the devil.

“Besides that, if one deliberately refuses to even perform the stoning of the devil rituals, all he needs to do is to slaughter a ram. So, if this is the situation, why do we go and suffer and die instead of sacrificing a ram?

“As is it presently, sleeping in Mina and Muzdalifa is not backed by any Hadith or verse of the Qur’an. So, why do we continue to do it?”

The Emir said, he would, as the leader of the Nigerian delegation, recommend that Nigerians no longer participate in the devil stoning rite, except they are accommodated close to ‘Jamrat’.

He insisted that blacks, particularly Nigerians, were not responsible for the Mina stampede.

Nigeria, according to him, had no issue with the Saudi authorities, but stressed that the Riyahd authorities must understand that no human being is superior to another before Allah, except he who fears Allah most.
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