Makkah, 27 June, 2023 (GNP): Sheikh Yusuf bin Muhammad bin Saeed delivered a powerful Hajj sermon at Arfah on Tuesday, urging Muslims to foster cohesion and harmony to seek rewards in both worlds.
More than 2 million pilgrims gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafah this year, rendering it the largest Hajj gathering in history.
Addressing the mammoth gathering at Arafah, Sheikh Yusuf began his sermon by praising Allah, the Almighty. He expressed the demand for Muslims to unite their ranks and speak one voice while rejecting anything that adds to discord or division.
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While citing the verses from the Holy Quran, Sheikh Yusuf stated, “All praise belongs to Allah, the Almighty, the One who bestows abundantly. He made unity a cause for salvation, and division a cause for punishment, he said.
Sheikh Yusuf quoted the main articles of faith, the Oneness of Allah, and the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). “The combination of the testimony that only Allah is to be worshipped, along with the testimony that Muhammad (PBUH ) is Allah’s messenger,” he stated.
Moreover, the Hajj Sermon highlighted the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), emphasizing togetherness, cooperation, and the avoidance of conflicts and disputes.
Additionally, Imam Sheikh Yusuf urged the Muslims to observe Taqwa (righteousness) by obeying the command and strictly abiding by the limits set by ALLAH.
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Sheikh Yusuf included a discussion on five daily prayers, zakat (charitable contribution), fasting during Ramadan, and performing hajj as the obligatory aspects for all Muslims.
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Quoting from the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet (PBUH), he stressed the importance of integrating these practices into the lives of Muslims.
The sermon also included the prohibition of any kind of racial, linguistic, or ethnic discrimination that creates enmity among Muslims. He also urged the Muslims to uphold bonds of kinship and strengthen spiritual ties.
While emphasizing Taqwa, the sermon encouraged kindness and goodness toward relatives, neighbors, and helping the less privileged ones.
Meanwhile, it also cautioned Muslims against succumbing to rumors and disinformation that lead to disunity and hatred among Muslim communities and individuals.