Published: November 16, 2010
ARAFAT (Agencies) – Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz said Islam renounces violence and terrorism in all its forms and those indulging in such acts are doing injustice to this great religion.
In his Khutba-e-Haj from Masjid-e-Nimra at Arafat on Monday, he said those who are harbouring plans to spread anarchy and chaos in the globe have, in fact, have turned their backs to the teachings of the Messengers of Almighty Allah.
He said those preaching violence and misleading the youth are working against teachings of the religion.
The Imam said there is a need to adopt religious ethics in our individual and collective life and strict adhere to teachings of the religion. He said Islam is a religion of moderation and we should strike a balance in our lives.
He said the spirit of Islam is to establish peace in the world as only then family life can strengthen, mosques can be built and worship of Allah Almighty carried out. He said it has been clearly mentioned in the Holy Quran that Khilafat would be given to those who would turn chaos into peace in the world.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz referred to the difficulties posed to the Ummah because of the global developments and said ‘we can face them squarely through cohesion and unity’.
He said only a just economic system, propounded by Islam, can help address ills of unemployment and price-hike.
Imam also exhorted Muslims to strive for Rizk-e-Halal (permissible livelihood), avoid spendthrift and share their wealth with those who are poor and indigent.
Around two million white-robed Muslims converged Monday at Mount Arafat as the Haj, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, peaked at the site of the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) last sermon.
Chanting the Talbiyah, “O God, here we come, answering your call,” pilgrims set off before dawn in a bid to reach the top of the hill that dominates the plain of Arafat.
Those who managed to jostle their way through the heaving crowds to the top of the hill, which is also known as Jabal al-Rahma, or the Mount of Mercy, sat on the rocky edges reciting Quranic verses and praying.
Some used their mobile phones to take pictures. Others lay down on straw mats spread over the rocks.
“My feeling cannot be described,” said Syrian pilgrim Mossaad Mheymeed standing at the top of Mount Arafat. “I feel it is already judgment day.”
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