Nigeria’s Amirul Hajj and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, on Friday night said Nigerians won’t engage in the stoning of devil ritual, except they get accommodation in close proximity to Jamrat, the location where the exercise will require place.
The Emir’s reaction followed the recent stampede in Saudi Arabia that killed several pilgrims, including about 70 Nigerians.
He also reiterated his earlier position that blacks, particularly Nigerians just weren’t to blame for the stampede.
The Emir, who quoted several verses on the Qur’an, said refusal to execute the stoning of devil ritual won’t in any respect invalidate one’s pilgrimage.
He said, “During the era of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he permitted pilgrims who came on camels to stay Makkah after Arafat, as an alternative to vacationing in Mina and sleeping at Muzdalifa.
“So, in the event the Prophet gives such grace to many people, in order to protect their animals, why didn’t our scholars educate our people properly you need to untoward hardship and death?
“Therefore, it’s going to be component of my recommendation for the Federal Government that, after we cannot get accommodation in close proximity to Jamrat the location where the Arabs have a home in Mina, then an year stands out as the last time we are going to sleep in Mina and Muzdalifa because we want to stone the devil.
“If one deliberately refuses to carry out the stoning from the devil ritual, all he must do is simply to slaughter a ram. So, if it is the problem, exactly why do we go and suffer and die rather than sacrificing a ram.”