Wailari – Where Locals Go to Perform ‘Hajj’
Kano — People are being deceived into going to a hitherto unknown destination in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State onstensibly to perform hajj rites.
The promoters of the site are being arrested as officials of the Hisba Board move to halt activities at the area
Wailari, a community in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State, is relatively unknown to many people outside of Kano State. Recently, however, the area is gradually attracting people who have been misled to into seeing it as ‘new Mecca and Medina’ and even carry out some actions typical of hajj rites.
It started penultimate Tuesday when a group of men and women converged on the the area carrying out the acts. From a population of about 10, Weekly Trust learnt, the number of people trooping there keep swelling by the day. While many go there to have a glance of the new ‘sacred place’, others are going there to perform the ‘hajj’ rites.
Weekly Trust reports that the airing of a report on local radio on Wednesday magnified the popularity of the place, thus attracting more people.
Security personnel and officials of the state Hisbah Board, who were drafted there last Wednesday, were reportedly overwhelmed because of the number of people going there.
Our correspondent reports that the new ‘Mecca and Medina’ is situated near a site of Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company in the area.
It takes about 15 minutes’ walk from the main road to the place as the pathway is not motorable. One is welcomed to the place by a very big pond tagged ‘Red Sea’ by the promoters of the place.
At the place, which is surrounded by rocks, the patrons claim the name of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was written on one of the rocks, just as his camel and staff all engrossed in rocks.
A large pond was also labelled as Zam Zam water. Zam Zam is the name of a famous well in Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday, an elderly woman was sighted pouring water on herself from the pond and after few minutes she jumped into it. The woman, residents of the area said, was seen bathing and crying in the pond.
Her action attracted residents to the area, and when confronted, she said the place “is the new Mecca” and that she was performing her hajj rituals there.
“I am praying for my ailing children. I have been praying for an opportunity to perform Hajj, and now Allah has given me the opportunity here,” she said.
Efforts to get the 80-year old woman were rebuffed as she insisted that she is inside the sacred water.
The reports of the woman’s action on a local radio same day generated a lot of interest as many residents thronged there the following day.
Residents said a 20-year-old boy died in the new sacred place when he jumped into the pond last Thursday.
Last weekend, many people were seen there with women being in the majority. Awalu Yakubu said he was there to see things for himself. “The news of this place is everywhere and I’m here to confirm what people are saying. All what I have seen so far here has nothing to do with Hajj and Saudi Arabia. Some people are only trying to mislead people,” he said.
But a lady who gave her name as Sadiya said she believe in what she saw and that she has completed performing her hajj rituals.
“I have finished performing my hajj rituals as you can see. I’ve fetched the sacred water and by God’s grace I’m now Hajiya,” she said with all seriousness.
However, Commander of Kano State Hisbah Board, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, said his men have arrested some patrons of the place, saying the whole issue borders on ignorance.
“We have made some arrests and will ensure that activities at the said venue are halted to avert possible vitiation to people’s faith. When we confronted those we arrested, we discovered that most of them could not even recite a verse from the Holy Qur’an. The whole issue borders on ignorance,” he said on a local radio station.