HAJ SERMON: MUSLIMS URGED TO UNITE AGAINST EXTREMIST FORCES LIKE DAESH

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Haj pilgrims offer prayers on the plains of Arafat on Wednesday. Reuters
Haj pilgrims offer prayers on the plains of Arafat on Wednesday. Reuters

SAUDI GRAND MUFTI WARNS DAESH IS TRYING TO DESTROY MUSLIM UMMAH IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

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MOUNT ARAFAT — Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh on Wednesday appealed to Muslims across the world to unite and rise against extremist groups like the Daesh, which are trying to take Islam back into the “age of ignorance”.

While over two million white-clad pilgrims thronged Mount Arafat for the climax of the Haj, the Grand Mufti said in his sermon that the Daesh is trying to destroy the Muslim Ummah.

“Daesh is busy trying to destroy the Muslim Ummah in the name of Islam. Groups like Daesh present incorrect interpretations of Islam,” he said.

He said that the Daesh was a misguided group, and that such terrorist organisations following extremism want to take Islam back into the “age of ignorance”. He said that such groups were trying to misguide the Muslim youth towards the path of violence.

He asked Muslims to make concerted efforts in their individual and collective lives to spread the true message of Islam as religion of peace, love and brotherhood.

He stressed on the need for Muslims across the world to be pious and be obedient to God. God says that the true religion is only Islam, he said. It is God’s blessing that you were given Islam, he added. Islam has given humans the best code of life, he said.

Emotional scenes were witnessed in Arafat as many pilgrims could not control tears and many continued to thank Allah for making it possible for them to perform the Haj.

Hundreds of pilgrims crowded onto the hill and the massive plain surrounding it to pray until sunset.

Pilgrims assembled outside Masjid Namira in Arafat to offer prayers amidst chants of ‘Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik’ (I come to you, Oh my Lord, I come to you).

Many pilgrims offered special prayers inside the mosque after day-break in memory of the tradition of the Prophet.

 

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