Mina: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al
Al-Sheikh delivered the Arafat sermon and led prayers at the
Namira Mosque, re-enacting the address and prayers of the Prophet
(peace be upon him) during his farewell pilgrimage.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who gathered inside and outside
the mosque with a sprawling area of 110,000 square meters listened
to the sermon and attended prayers. Governor of Makkah and
Chairman of Central Haj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal was
among the worshippers.
In his sermon, Al-Sheikh urged Muslims to fear Allah both in their
private and public life, and to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet
to achieve success in life.
He also discussed major problems
faced by Muslims across the world, in addition to outlining
Islamic creed and deeds.
The mufti called on pilgrims to
increase their prayers and supplications to God in this most
blessed day when God may forgive all sins.
He emphasized that monotheism is both the
essence and foundation of Islam. "It is essential for Muslims to
have the impact of monotheism in all their words, deeds and
Al-Sheikh, who is also president of the Council of Senior Scholars,
urged believers to be role models of good behavior and conduct.
"They must decorate their life with performance of the obligatory
rituals of prayer, Zakat, fasting and Haj, besides adhering to
noble values of honesty, trustworthiness, and keeping away from
vice, crimes and immoral acts.
"They should also be followers of
good qualities such as balanced thoughts and acts, sound judgment
about those around them, determination to face tests of this
world, lending helping hand to their Muslim brothers and cooperate
with everything good and that are beneficial to the Islamic Ummah,"
Al-Sheikh stressed the need for further strengthening cooperation
among the Islamic Ummah in all fields, especially in economic
The mufti's sermon also addressed parents, asking them to
be vigil and attentive to their children and prevent them from
going astray and engage in immoral acts.
While noting that the
global economic crisis was mainly resulted from the interest-based
transactions, he urged the Islamic states to be fully got rid of
all such transactions.
After the sermon, the grand mufti led noon (Duhr)
and afternoon (Asr) prayers, shortened and joined together. Then,
pilgrims started their Wuquf (standing) at Arafat, the most
important ritual of Haj.