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Mufti Azam Urges Unity Practice of Islam in Hajj Sermon

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Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered hajj sermon in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat on Monday, urging Muslims to stay united and staunchly practice Islam, media reported.

Mufti Azam

Mufti Azam

Addressing millions of Hajj pilgrims, the grand mufti said “the Holy Quran is an ultimate guidance for the entire humanity which should be implemented and acted upon.”

“Oh Muslims! be God-fearing, adopt taqwa (fear of Allah), shun from earning money through unIslamic means, hold fast the rope of Allah and don’t be divided into diverse schools of thoughts, get united against injustice,” the chief mufti urged hundreds of thousands of Hajis.

“On the Day of Judgment, all of you will be enquired about misuse of your eyes, your ears and tongues.”

He said that Islam denounces terrorism, adding that the Ummah (Muslim community) “is at a critical juncture of time.”

“The Muslim ummah is facing hardships both on political and economic fronts. They (Muslims) must purify their faiths and ideologies without negating the thoughts of other Muslims,” the chief Saudi cleric exhorted.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah called upon the Muslims to play their due role for the prosperity of Ummah regardless of their castes and sects.

He stressed that Muslims should get united to foil the conspiracies being hatched globally to spread sectarianism among the followers of Islam.

“Islam is the best religion of the world and Muslim Ummah is the best among all other nations.”

Some three million pilgrims poured out of the Muslim holy city of Makkah on Sunday to begin the annual hajj.

After spending a night in Mina tent city, around 3 million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat to perform Wuquf-e-Arafat, the main rituals of the Haj, near the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

Wearing simple white folds of cloth prescribed for Haj, pilgrims in Mina spent their night in camps before heading to the plain of Arafat in early hours of Monday.

WUQUF-E-ARAFAT

Arafat is the most important part of the Hajj. It is a reminder of the Day of Judgment, where Muslims believe mankind will stand on a similar plain, in scorching heat, waiting for judgement.

It is also a reminder of another scene on the Day of Judgement. All humans will be grouped together with those of similar belief, just as those in Hajj often group together according to country, city and language.

Muslims spend the entire day in Arafat, praying to God and remembering the purpose of their lives. It is surely an emotionally testing time for the crowd.

Haj must be performed at least once in their lifetime by all Muslims capable of embarking upon this wealth and energy consuming duty that applies equally to Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims.

RAMI OF JAMARAT (STONING THE SATAN)

After sunset, the pilgrims will head to Muzdalifah, between Mina and Arafat, where they will collect stones to throw at the devil, one of the last rituals which will take place on Tuesday commencing the Eid-ul-Azha.

The symbolic “stoning of the devil” at the Jamarat (pillars) in Mina is followed by the ritual of sacrificing an animal.

During the remaining three days of the Hajj, the pilgrims continue the stoning ritual before performing the circumambulation of the Kaaba shrine in Makkah.

The Saudi government has deployed thousands of troops to ensure the safety of the pilgrims, with massive medical and civil defence arrangements for smooth movement of the pilgrims.

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