Hajj 2024: Special prayers for Gaza, call for piety echo in sermon by Imam-e-Kaaba

Hajj 2024: Special prayers for Gaza, call for piety echo in sermon by Imam-e-Kaaba


Prays for the safe departure of Hajj pilgrims to their home countries

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RIYADH (Dunya News) - Millions of pilgrims are currently on the Mount Arafat to perform one of main rituals of Hajj where the Imam and Grand Mosque of Makkah preacher Dr Maher bin Hamd delivered the annual Hajj sermon.

Pilgrims arrive at Arafat on the 9th of Zul Hajjah before noon where they stand in contemplative vigil: they offer supplications, repent and atone for their past sins, seek mercy of Allah and listen to sermons. 

The Hajj sermon has been live telecast and translated into 50 languages. 

Faith in oneness of Almighty Allah 

The Imam said "Almighty Allah is one in His Self. The Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the fundamental tenet of Islam. Allah has sent Muhammad (PBUH) as Rehmatullil Aalameen for the universe. A man should opt for the way of Taqwah (piety) as this is the only way to success and prosperity." 

He cautioned the Muslims about deceiving nature of this temporary worldly life. "He who opts Taqwah will be forgiven for his mistakes and granted Rizq (livelihood) from means he would never have imagined," he emphasised. 

Believe in Allah and offer prayers 

The Imam further said "Allah is the disposer of all affairs, the Holy Quran leads us to straight path, he who believes in Allah, succeeds in this life and the Hereafter. At various places in the Quran, Allah Almighty has ordered us to offer prayers as He showers His blessings on homes of those who say prayers." 

Zakat and Human Rights 

He reminded the pilgrims of the obligation to pay Zakat and taking immense care of human rights. Islam calls for betterment and success of all as it doesn't direct us to harm anyone.

Don't break up with relatives 

The Imam instructed to maintain better manners as one with good etiquettes will be successful in this life and the Hereafter. He also highlighted the important of obedience to parents as one who is disobedient with his parents is doomed to fail in both worlds.

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Similarly, he warned of Allah's displeasure over abandoning relatives. He also emphasised on justice and dissuaded Muslims from committing injustice.

Giving up bad habits 

The Imam precluded in his sermon from alcohol, gambling and infidelity. 

Kind behaviour with family 

The Imam doubled down on behaving kindly with family and avoiding doubts. He also aksed Muslims to avoid backbiting.

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At the end of the sermon, he reminded people of the Khutba- Hujja-Tul Widaa which was delivered by the Prophet (PBUH) in which he prayed at length for 'Maghfirat' (forgiveness) of his Ummah. 

Prayers for Palestine 

The Imam also prayed for the Muslims of Palestine and safe departure of Hajj pilgrims to their home countries.