MINA – Prominent Saudi Mufti Sheikh Saad bin Nasir urged Muslims around the globe to avoid nationalism, ethnicism and grouping in annual Hajj sermon here on Thursday.
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Delivering the pivotal sermon at Nimra mosque, the cleric encouraged Muslims to practice teachings of Islam in their lives, and refrain from misdeeds besides avoiding injustice and snatching rights of people.
‘Islam prohibits terrorism, violence and bloodshed’ the Sheikh said, defying the perception peddled by Islamophobic groups.
Shaikh Nasir also stressed upon media in the Muslim world to play a role for the unity of Muslim Ummah and advocated that the peace and tranquillity of mind can only be found through religion.
The religious scholar also instructed Muslims to improve their conduct and demeanour while quoting the personality of the last prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
The Sheikh, in his sermon, also prayed for the Muslims of Palestine and freedom of Bait-ul-Muqaddas, the first Qibla of Muslims.
Over two million faithful, including about one hundred and seventy-nine thousand Pakistanis are in Maidan-e- Arafa to perform the Rukn-e-Azam Waqoof-e-Arafat.
The Hujjaj will offer Zohar and Asr prayers together and stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer.
After Azaan-e-Maghrib, they will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night under the open sky.
They will perform Fajar prayer on the morning of 10th Zil-Hajj in Muzdalfa and then return to Mina to follow the act of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S), Rami, stoning the big Satan.
After stoning the Satan, Hajj pilgrims will shave off heads or trim their hair to the prescribed level, and then would get off the Ahrams, Hajj clothes, at the completion of Hajj rituals.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim is required to complete at least once in a lifetime provided they are physically and financially able to do so.