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Sheikh Zubeiry made the remark yesterday when receiving a gift of 50 tonnes of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, revealing that most of the institutions in charge of arranging the pilgrimage trips were finalising processes.

Dar es Salaam. The Mufti of the Muslims Council of Tanzania, Sheikh Aboubakary Zubeiry, has instructed Muslims intending to go to Mecca for pilgrimage to leave their families with enough basic needs.

Sheikh Zubeiry made the remark yesterday when receiving a gift of 50 tonnes of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, revealing that most of the institutions in charge of arranging the pilgrimage trips were finalising processes.

“It’s a month long trip, so you had better ensure that your families have enough resources. Your prayers will be meaningless if your families back home are starving,” he said.

The Sheikh also insisted on forgiveness and debts payment before a faithful goes to the Holy City of Mecca.

“I also insist that after arriving in Mecca, people should follow instructions provided by the institutions that will take them there. We should avoid any misunderstandings in our journey,” he added.

On the event, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania received the 2500 boxes of dates from the King of Saudi Arabia through his institution called the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Centre.

“This is not the first time that we are issuing these gifts. It has been our culture to provide gifts to Tanzanians,” the Second Secretary from the Saudi Ambassador in Tanzania, Mr Ahmed Al-Ghamdi said.