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Haj Sermon 2013 on Mount Arafat


Delivering the Haj Sermon, from Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia's Mufti Azam, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh on Monday said Islam is a religion of peace and condemns terrorist attacks taking place globally.

“Hell is the final abode for those who spill the blood of an innocent human”, said the Grand Mufti of the Ka'aba.

“Islam does not allow terrorism at any cost. Islam condemns all violence and terrorism plaguing the world today. Muslims should demonstrate a love for peace and unity,” he said.

The top cleric said Muslims throughout the world were going through a difficult time, and stressed that the global economic crisis could be controlled if the Islamic economic system was adopted. “Muslims should support the community by investing in their businesses,” he urged.

According to the Grand Mufti, Muslims were facing problems because they had forgotten the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) has solution for every problem. He called upon the Muslims to remain united. He said success of Muslim Ummah lies in unity. He stressed on putting an end to sectarianism.

The grand mufti said “the Holy Quran is an ultimate guidance for the entire humanity which should be implemented and acted on.”

“Oh Muslims be God-fearing, adopt the 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 1.5 million of Hajis.

Regarding prevailing economic crisis of the world‚ he said Islam has given a comprehensive system of economy. He urged to strictly follow the Islamic economic system to resolve the crisis.

He said leaders of Muslim world should play their duties efficiently in line with Islamic teachings and spend all the resources on the welfare of their nations.
Arafat is the most important part of the Haj. It is a reminder of the Day of Judgement, where Muslims believe mankind will stand on a similar plain, in scorching heat, waiting for final judgment.

The Hujjaj spend the night in Muzdalifah, before moving on in the morning to Mina where they sacrifice animals in remembrance of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and start the ritual of symbolically stoning the devil.

Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam that every moneyed and physically capable Muslim is obliged to perform only once in lifetime.