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Eid al-Adha: Why i dine with frontline troops – Nigerian Air Marshall

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The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has explained the rationale behind the tradition of having lunch with frontline troops during festivities.

He revealed that this was borne out of the need to strengthen the bond of comradeship, foster esprit-de-corps, and create a more relaxed atmosphere for troops to unwind while remaining geared up to face the tasks ahead.

Abubakar gave the explanation on Saturday at the luncheon organised by the Nigerian Air Force to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina State.

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He noted that the luncheons also served as avenues to celebrate and appreciate the hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism of the personnel, as well as convey his support for the smooth and timely execution of their assigned missions.

The air force boss remembered the sacrifices of all those who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.

NAF personnel at launch with the Chief of the Air Staff in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

He prayed that God would grant their families comfort, giving an assurance that the Force would continue to acknowledge their efforts with gestures like the Group Life Insurance and other incentives.

“For the serving gallant personnel that you are, we will continue to provide necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations such as infrastructure, modern equipment, communication, vehicles, personal protective equipment, and so on,” Abubakar promised.

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He, therefore, asked the personnel of the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji not to relent in their efforts but to press on until acts of banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality were brought to an end.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaks during launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

Maintain Control
The air force chief urged them to maintain control of the operational space and exploit every intelligence resource.

He said, “We must continue to remain focused by maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness that the NAF is known for in order to rid our communities of criminal elements.”

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon, commended the NAF personnel for their substantial sacrifices in the fight against armed banditry.

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As part of measures to secure the lives and properties of residents, he revealed that the government has initiated an action to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities to bring real governance and policing closer to the people.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, at launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

The governor noted that this would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure while addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels which he said was in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.

He stressed that if such actions were not taken and even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.

Governor Masari assured the air force that his government would continue to support all its operations and other security agencies to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.


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Eid al-Adha: Kano govt pardons 43 inmates

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…Urges Prayers For National Security

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday, granted prerogative of mercy to 43 inmates of Kano Correctional Service in the spirit of Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Ganduje made similar benevolence gesture to 295 inmates in the month of May to commemorate Eid el-fitir Sallah festival while urging the ex-convicts to exhibit positive character and good virtues.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje charged the inmates and the entire Muslims to be law abiding and sustain prayers for security, peace and growth of the nation. He also advised residents to observe all health protocols against COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we release people, we release them without taking into consideration their religious background, ethnicity, age or sex differences. We believe humanity as a whole should always be assisted.

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“Those on release are advised to be and remain people with sound character. Mrs. Jennifer Okafor is an example of those released from this and similar correctional centres.

She is now holding on tight to her new job with the State Traffic Agency, KAROTA. This shows that we are achieving something.

“It is extremely important for people to pray much harder for national development and the security of our state and the country in general. We must continue observing all the protocols as enunciated by health workers. This way, we can overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centres, Magaji Ahmed Abdullahi,commended the governor for the gesture. Those released were given N5, 000 each as transport fare to their various destinations.


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Eid al-Adha: Muslims celebrate, pray in Abuja. [Nigeria]

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Muslims in Nigeria on Friday joined other faithful around the world to observe the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebrations.

Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead.

In Nigeria, the day is usually declared as a public holiday and the public enjoys off days while schools and most businesses are closed.

However, the celebrations that usually accompany the festivities in many parts of the globe will not be felt this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic just as the Federal Government has resolved to curtail its spread in Nigeria by advising people to observe all safety protocols especially physical distancing.

But despite the restrictions, preparation for the event appeared to be in top gear between Wednesday and Thursday as people were seen travelling and livestock markets were buzzing with sales.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid.

In a statement early on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also wished Muslims a happy Eid.

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In an interview, he asked them to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 as well as those who have lost their lives to the virus.

He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.

“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and it’s for the safety of all of us and that is crucial.

“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” he said.


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Barika De Sallah (From Noble Reporters Media)

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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al Adha to commemorate both the devotion of Abraham and the survival of Ishmael. This story is known as the Akedah in Judaism (Binding of Isaac) and originates in the Torah, the first book of Moses (Genesis, Ch. 22). The Quran refers to the Akedah as follows: 100 “O my Lord!

History

History. Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to certain traditions, these … Eid prayer and eidgah · Practices by country · Africa

Celebrations: Eid prayers, charity, social gatherings, festive meals, gift-giving

Significance: Marks the end of fasting in Ramadan

2020 date: 24 May (expected – may differ 1 day dependent on sighting of lunar cres…

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Story behind Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham — known as Ibrahim to Muslims — in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son. Continue Reading »

Importance of Eid al-Adha

Eid ul-Adha is another important festival in the Muslim calendar. Some Muslims may regard this as the most important festival as it remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when ordered to by Allah . … A sheep or goat may be sacrificed as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. Continue Reading »

Happenings at Eid al-Adha

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son. Continue Reading »

Barika De Sallah

written by: Adigun Michael Olamide “Olamide Noble”

sources: CNN, BBC, Time and Date, Wikipedia


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Eid al-Adha: PDP urges Nigerians to rekindle their faith in God.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid El Kabir to rekindle their faith, hope and trust in the Almighty Allah as the ultimate solution to all the travails of mankind.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known in a statement on Friday.

It also counselled leaders at all levels of engagement in the country to imbibe the lessons of Eid-el Kabir, especially the demand for total obedience to the will and command of the Almighty Allah.

Speaking further, Ologbondiyan noted that such dependence on the will and command of God by the leaders and citizens alike is the only way to pull our nation out of the economic, health and security predicaments that have confronted us in the recent time.

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He noted that the country has been able to battle various challenges, the recent being the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, largely by divine intervention, and as such urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in their trust in God.

Muslim faithful attend the Eid Al-Adha prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja on July 31st, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

The party also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to reinforce their love for one another by showing care, particularly to the less privileged, the sick, the bereaved, the aged as well as victims of various challenges of life.

Furthermore, the party warned that Nigerians must not drop their guards in this time of celebration but should continue to be vigilant and redouble their efforts in observing all COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, personal and public hygiene, early reporting of symptoms as well as other government directives particularly with regard to mass gatherings.

The PDP prayed for the nation and wishes all Nigerians a happy Eid-el Kabir celebration.


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Eid-el-kabir: Tinubu plead Muslims to pray for COVID-19 patients

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has asked Muslims to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 virus as well as those who have lost their lives to the pandemic.

He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.

“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and its for the sdafety of all of us and that is crucial.

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“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” the APC chieftain said in an interview on Friday.

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B.A.T also reacted to the security issues in Borno State, while saluting the courage of Governor Babagana Zulum.

He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will win the war against insurgency across the country.


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Eid al-Adha: Buhari marks Eid prayers at home, celebrate Muslims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid as the country joins other Muslims across the world to mark the 2020 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

President Muhammadu Buhari marks the Eid El Kabir prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while observing physical distancing on July 31, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari marks the Eid El Kabir prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while observing physical distancing on July 31, 2020.

Speaking further, the President acknowledged that the preventive guidelines that have been introduced to contain the spread of the Coronavirus have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather & worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.

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He, however, called on Nigerians to continue to exercise patience and understanding until the nation and world overcomes the pandemic.

President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates the Eid El Kabir with his family at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on July 31, 2020.

Men are seen at a livestock market in Abuja ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

This is the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, infecting millions across the world and thousands in Nigeria.

Just over two months ago, the President had observed the prayers for Eid El-Fitr at home in line with advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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The Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead. The slaughtering of cattle, remains symbolic for Muslims on this day.

In an earlier statement, he also noted that as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic and flatten the curve, he would not be receiving visitors on Sallah homages.

The Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead. The slaughtering of cattle, remains symbolic for Muslims on this day.

Nigeria currently has 42,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the nation’s top disease control agency – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

19,270 of those infected have recovered while 878 of them have died


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Eid al-Adha: Actress Bimbo Afolayan surprises parent with Mansion. [Photos]

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Nollywood actress Bimbo Afolayan has purchased a newly furnished mansion for her parents as a gesture of apprecaition for their sacrifices for her.

She gifted them the house as a gift to celebrate their Sallah with. Her mum has an altercation with her landlord sometime ago which was rife on social media as fans trolled the actress for allowing such a shameful act to happen to her mother.

She took to social media at that time to say: “A so called land lord broke a bottle on my mums head this morning while taking my daughter to school because of security fee. what punishment do you think the law will give him….my mum! I NEED HELP, THIS CAN’T GO, I CAN’T LET IT GO, I AM IN Pain.”

The actress has redeemed her parents from the hands of their landlord as she posted photos of their new home and captioned it as :

“CONGRATS TO MY MUM AND MY DAD ON THIS…ALHAMDULLILAHI…HOUSEWARMING×ILEYA” while Okiki Afolayan wrote “Double celebration..
Housewarming + Ileya…
Congratulations Baba Tawa and @alhaja_ojasope20
Relax and sleep well in your new abode.
May the life in the new house
be prosperous and free of pains.”


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Eid al-Adha: How is it celebrated?

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Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims will celebrate it in most countries on July 31.


Muslims around the world have begun celebrating the annual festival of Eid al-Adha – the Festival of Sacrifice – which falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

The occasion will be celebrated in most countries on Friday, July 31.

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, many Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Algeria have announced restrictions on public gatherings.

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Here are five things to know about Eid al-Adha:

Origins
Muslims believe the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was tested by God who commanded him to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail (Ishmail).

Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting [Manish Swarup/AP Photo]

Ibrahim was prepared to submit to the command, but God stayed his hand. Instead, he was told to sacrifice an animal, likely a lamb or sheep.

The Torah and the Old Testament both recount a similar version of this story.

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End of Hajj
The event also marks the end of Hajj, a five-day pilgrimage all able-bodied and financially capable Muslims are obliged to undertake once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and instil a sense of equality, sisterhood and brotherhood.

Some 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world flock annually to the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia for the ritual.

This year, however, Saudi Arabia announced it would hold a “very limited” Hajj because of the coronavirus pandemic, with only about 10,000 people living in the kingdom allowed to take part in the pilgrimage.

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2019 [File: Waleed Ali/Reuters]

Eid prayers
Performing extra prayers in the morning are how most Muslims begin celebrating Eid.

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Mosques are packed with worshippers with outside arrangements made to accommodate large groups of people.

This year, however, mosques will limit the number of attendees, and large congregations will be banned in many countries to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

A livestock vendor waits for customers in New Delhi, India before Eid al-Adha [Jewel Samad/AFP]

Sacrificing an animal
The occasion is marked by the sacrifice of an animal that Muslims can eat – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – by those who can afford to do so.

In many parts of the Muslim world, special livestock markets are set up for people to buy an animal for the Eid sacrifice.

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This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous apps and websites have appeared in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where animals will be sold online to limit exposure to the virus.

A man and his decorated camel

Distribution of meat
The animal sacrifice comes with an element of charity, as the person paying for the sacrifice is required to distribute part of it to others.

The meat of the sacrificed animal is divided among three groups: the person sacrificing it and their immediate family, extended family and friends, and those in need.

Some Muslims will pay the value of an animal to one of a number of Muslim charities around the world that collect funds for remote animal sacrifices, distributing the meat to underprivileged groups – including refugees, the elderly and disabled people.


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