The day of Arafah is always followed by the day of Eid-Al-Adha which holds tomorrow Tuesday July 20, 2021. Although due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hajj pilgrimage could only be carried out by few Muslims who are residents in Saudi Arabia.
However, Muslims in Nigeria have engaged themselves in fasting, a character they describe as the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), that anyone who is not on Mount Arafah on the day of Arafah is enjoined to fast if possible.
In several images and videos shared online, the participants of the 2021 Hajj pilgrimage are seen proceeding to the mount Arafah to observe their obligations.
In Nigeria, the Federal Government has declared Tuesday and Wednesday – 20th and 21st day of July 2021 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-Al-Adha festival.
In a statement by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, he called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment.
He also called on all Nigerians to observe all Covid-19 protocols, particularly the non-pharmaceutical measures – wearing facemasks, hand washing and social distancing – designed to keep transmission of the disease at bay.