Muslim pilgrims from Nigeria's Northeast Yobe State will have to travel thousands of kilometers to Aminu Kano International Airport in the northwest to fly to Saudi Arabia for this year's Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, instead of departing from Maiduguri - which is only 100 km away but is also a hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.
"All our pilgrims from Yobe, 2,316 in total, will be taken to Kano for airlifting," Yobe House of Assembly Speaker Adamu Dala Dogo told the Anadolu Agency.
The decision to ferry departing pilgrims to Kano is intended to ward off possible attacks by insurgents who last week waylaid, robbed and killed travellers coming from Damaturu, capital of Yobe State, along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
"It is for safety reasons that we will not take off from Maiduguri," explained Dogo, who is also the Ameerul Hajj of the state.
"Another reason is that the communication cut because of emergency rule," he added.
According to Dogo, 95 percent of this year's pilgrims are self-sponsored first-timers from different areas of the state, while the remaining five percent are sponsored by the government.
Up to 76,000 pilgrims from Nigeria -- pruned down from more than 100,000 initially because of Saudi Arabia's rationalization policy -- are performing this year's Hajj pilgrimage.
Most of them are first-timers due to the policy of restricting the practice to those who have not performed the spiritual journey before.
Pilgrims from Borno State, meanwhile, of which Maiduguri is the capital, will still travel to Saudi from Maiduguri International Airport, according to the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), the government agency responsible for organizing Hajj for Muslims from across Nigeria.
NAHCON sources told the AA that pilgrims would be accompanied by heavy security provided by the government.
The inaugural flight to Saudi Arabia has already taken off from troubled Maiduguri.
The government has also appointed the state's monarch, Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanem, as head of Nigeria's Hajj contingent this year.
Observers see the move as a message directed at the international community, which, Nigerian officials insist, often has the impression that the whole of northeast Nigeria is a no-go-area.
"For the federal government delegation, however, up to 250 medical practitioners will be accompanying us on the holy pilgrimage to attend to our pilgrims," NAHCON Chairman Mohammed Bello told the AA, as airlifting commenced nationwide.
"That is beside the medical teams from the state," he added.
Bello said that 152 flights that are to start in early October would ferry the pilgrims, over 50 percent of which would head first to Medina before returning to Mecca for the Hajj rituals.
Talk about Muslims of Gujarat and pictures of genocide of 2002 come to mind. How is that Muslims, who have lived and shaped Gujarati identity for over a millennium, are now living on the fringe of Gujarati society?
The Days of the Islamic Calendar start at sunset, which is why Kandil is celebrated at Night and as the Islamic Calendar is calculated from the Moon’s rotation, the dates of each of these nights changes each year.
'Although i have not yet had the opportunity to perform my daily prayer inside of it, a masterpiece of the result of our hands in Africa, became an example which gave me both a feeling of pain and pride on the inside. I had witnessed once again that a seed planted gave branches five thousand kilometers away.'
Mehmet Gormez leads Friday prayer in new mosque in Kostroma
The story of how the Qur'an was kept and taught.
One of Palestine’s best-known political figures, Barghouti now leads hunger-strike waged by hundreds of jailed Palestinians
Whilst pilgrimage in these times are comfortable, pilgrims in the Ottoman period was nothing less than a three month journey with much sacrifice and one of seven traditional routes used in the journey
Muslims worldwide love and revere the Prophet Jesus. The Quran states: "Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.'" (The Holy Quran, 3:45)
In other parts of the world, several muslim majority countries have been lead by both female prime ministers and female presidents. Some are even currently being lead by Muslim Women today.
The research used computer-generated models of people in prayer positions and analysed he effect on lower back pain.
As World Bulletin family, we want to wish a happy and blessed Reghaib night for every Muslim around the world.
Destruction of centuries-old Babri Mosque by Hindus remains simmering issue in India 25 years later
IHH delivers 1,250 packages of food to almost 5,000 families displaced by violence in Yemen
Learn about 10 amazing things you may not have known about the Ka’bah.
The story of Sheikh Yusuf, who went to Arabia at a tender young age never to return to his homeland, turning these far lands into his 'own Macassar', has a lot of deep wisdom
Knowing the correct time of the day for daily affairs is important and it is the inventions from Muslim scientists who have impacted current clock technologies.