MAKKAH: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermon in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat on Wednesday, urging Muslims to rise against ‘misguided’ elements, shun evil deeds and strengthen their relations with God, Samaa reported.
““Today when the Ummah is being cheated, oppressed and facing a testing time, the believers must wage jihad (holy war) against tyranny and injustice and against those who are tarnishing the image of Islam in the pretext of religion,” said the grand Mufti while addressing millions of Hajj pilgrims.
Referring to the ongoing strife in Yemen, which border the Saudi kingdom, the chief Saudi cleric termed Houthis as a “misguided elements,” and urged Muslim youths not to “play in the hands of those rebels fighting against Saudi-led forces.
“The Houthis of Yemen are misguided people… Those who are deflected from the path of religion are defaming Islam. They committed terrorism and didn’t even spare mosques. Such people mislead Muslim youths. The misguided forces are pushing the Ummah towards a downfall,” he said while addressing the world’s biggest Muslim gathering.
The Mufti said “Oh Muslim youths! Do not play in the hands of those disseminating fitna, but utilise your mental, physical and spiritual capabilities in the way of Allah and for the sake of His religion.”
The Mufti also called upon the youth to shun groups like Daesh (Islamic State).
The chief mufti urged Muslims to staunchly practice Islam which is a gift of God for the entire humanity.
“Islam is a gift of God for us, this religion is a religion of definite teachings and peace. The Prophet has directed us to be God-fearing and thankful to Him who bestowed us with faith. Therefore, the Muslims must staunchly follow those teachings,” he said.
“There is no true religion but Islam, to God, who pulled us from darkness and guided towards an illuminated path, this religion is true and right,” he said in the sermon delivered to over two million Muslims who amassed in the holy cities of Islam from across the world for annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Praying to Allah for betterment and falah (success) of the Muslim ummah, Saudi’s chief religious cleric, urged rulers to take care of masses and follow the Holy Quran.
“The Muslims facing troubles and hardships must observe patience,” the Mufti said, urging the believers to forge brotherhood and unity among their ranks.
About unrest in Palestine, he said “Yahood-o-Nasara (Jews and Christians) want to divide Masjid-e-Aqsa.”
Concluding his annual sermon, Mufti Abdullah prayed for the unity and love among Muslims. “May Allah fill your hearts with love and brotherhood.”
In first phase of Hajj, the pilgrims spent a day and following night (Tuesday) in Mina — a tent city near Makkah, and later started moving to towards mount Arafat where the main pillar of Hajj pilgrimage, Waqoof-e-Arafat, was observed.
Waqoof-e-Arafat is main ritual of 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.
The holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Al Hajju Arafah,” means ‘standing in Arafat’ is the Hajj.
At Arafat, the Muslims pray to God and remember the purpose of their lives. It is surely an emotionally testing time for the crowd.
Muslims spend the entire day in Arafat and offer Zohar and Asar prayers jointly at Arafat. Waqoof (stay) in Arafat is performed from Zuhar to sunset on the 9th of Zilhaj of Islamic year.
The main action in Waqoof is not to pray lots of Nafils but to just stand facing the Baitul Haram (Sacred House) asking Allah for forgiveness while recognizing Him as the Lord.
After the Waqoof-e-Arafat, the pilgrims would move towards Muzdalifa, a place between Mina and Arafat, where they would perform remaining two prayers, Maghrib and Isha, together.
All Hajj pilgrims will stay whole night in Muzdalifa and continue worships for forgiveness and pleasing God, the almighty.
In the night, the pilgrims will collect stones to throw at the Big Satan as part of the last ritual that is called Rami, an act of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) as well as 1,400-year-old tradition of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H).
After offering Fajar prayer on morning of 10th Zil-Hajj in Muzdalifah, the pilgrims will then return to Mina for Rami.
Traditionally, seven pebbles are thrown at a post representing the Devil. 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 in Makkah.
After stoning the Satan, Hajj pilgrims will shave off heads or trim hairs, to the prescribed level, and then would get off the Ahrams, Hajj cloths, at completion of Hajj rituals, and change back to normal clothing.
Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and sacrifice Halal animals of their choices every year, after completion of Hajj proceedings.
The sacrifice symbolizes Hazrat Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail (A.S) on the order of God, who provided a lamb in the boy’s place at the last moment.
Pilgrims no longer carry out the rite of sacrifice themselves. They instead pay agencies to distribute the meat to the world’s needy.
Then pilgrims return to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, circumambulating seven times around the Kaaba, before again performing Sa’i.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam that must be performed at least once in lifetime by all Muslims capable of making the expensive and difficult journey.
It is religious obligation equally applicable to Sunni and Shiite Muslims.