MAKKAH (Dunya News / AFP) – As more than two million Muslims gathered to perform Hajj, Sheikh Hussein bin Abdelaziz Al al-Sheikh delivered the sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra on the Arafat Day.
The top Saudi Imam said that Muslims need to run their matters pertaining to politics and finance under the guidelines of Islam. He emphasized that good conduct and courtesy reflect true picture of Islam.
He said Allah doesn’t like pride and arrogance, adding that our creator is one and we should not associate anyone with Him.
The Imam further stated that Allah directs us to fulfill your promises and don’t give pain to others. Do good behave with your neighbors, he added.
On the other hand, a sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Makkah for a day of prayers and reflection where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed delivered his final sermon.
A hot wind blew across the hill, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), and the surrounding plain after a downpour late Sunday. Many faithful could be seen sipping from bottles of water.
After sunset, the pilgrims will leave for nearby Muzdalifah where they will gather pebbles to perform the symbolic "stoning of the devil".
The ritual begins in earnest on Tuesday as Muslims observe the first day of Eid al-Azha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the hajj.
Muslims traditionally slaughter sheep for the three-day Eid al-Azha, a tribute to the prophet Ibraham’s sacrifice of a lamb after God spared Hazrat Ismael, his son.
They will consume some of the meat and give the rest to poor people unable to buy food.
The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which every Muslim is required to complete at least once in their lifetime if they are healthy enough and have the means to do so.