by admin

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) wishes to address the recent concerns and complaints regarding pilgrims being arrested or prevented from accessing the Masjidul Haram in Makkah for not being in possession of their NUSUK ID cards.

The Commission had at different fora with State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Hajj Tour Operators in Nigeria before the commencement of Hajj airlift, stressed the importance of the NUSUK ID card as a crucial document required for identification and access to the masha’er during the Hajj exercise. The highest religious body of Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa in this regard making it mandatory for every pilgrim to obtain a Hajj permit for the wellbeing of all.

We wish to remind all Nigerian pilgrims of the following:

1. Mandatory Possession of Nusuk ID Cards: All pilgrims must collect their NUSUK ID cards on arrival in Makkah from the Mutawwif officials (if they have not already done so) at designated distribution points. Pilgrims can inquire about collection procedures from the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards or Tour Operators they registered with.

2. Always carry their Nusuk cards: It is imperative to ALWAYS carry these cards, as they are the recognized means of identifying pilgrims and for having access to key areas during Hajj. Pilgrims with smartphones can download the NUSUK app from playstore or itunes stores. They can use their passport and visa numbers to activate and access digital copies of their NUSUK cards.

3. Security Concerns: Be vigilant and aware of the presence of illegal pilgrims attempting to steal and use NUSUK ID cards to gain access to the Masha’er. Guard your cards carefully and report any suspicious activity to the nearest authorities.

NAHCON also urges all State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Tour Operators to:

• Emphasize the importance of NUSUK ID cards to registered pilgrims during their pre-departure briefings and periodic engagements with pilgrims.

• Assist pilgrims in collecting their NUSUK cards if needed and Liaise with their respective Field offices for this purpose.

There are severe penalties for anyone caught performing or aiding others to perform Hajj illegally. The penalties include:

• A fine of SR10,000

• Six months imprisonment

• Immediate deportation and banning from Saudi Arabia for 10 years.

We understand that some pilgrims may have misplaced their NUSUK cards. In such cases, pilgrims should contact their respective state pilgrims’ officials or NAHCON’s operational office in Makkah for assistance.

We urge all pilgrims to adhere strictly to these guidelines to avoid any inconvenience or disruption in their spiritual journey. We similarly warn against habouring or aiding any illegal pilgrim. NAHCON is committed to ensuring a smooth and safe Hajj experience for all Nigerian pilgrims.

We thank you for your cooperation and pray for all to have Hajj Mabrur.

Signed: Management

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