MECCA: Sheikh Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Baleelah, urged people to follow Prophet’s (PBUH) teachings regarding pandemics, saying that the Prophet (PBUH) had asked people to not go to an area where there’s a plague.
Sheikh Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Balila, imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque, who is also a member of the Council of Senior Scholars delivered the Hajj Sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra.
“The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that people should not go out of the area where the plague has spread and people from other areas should not go there,” he said.
Sheikh Bandar urged the Muslims to worship in such a way that Almighty Allah is seeing them.“Do not call anyone else except Allah for help.” There is no one except Allah to worship, he added.
Sheikh Bandar said difficulties and hardships of life are actually tested for human beings. For every hardship, there is happiness afterward from Allah.
He said that Almighty Allah has said to avoid creating unrest in the world.If you have believed in Allah, do not be unjust toward others concerning their belongings and do not cause corruption. He urged the Muslims to keep fearing Allah and adopt piety.
Imam Sheikh Bandar bin Abdulaziz has urged Muslims to purge their hearts of hatred and be kind towards others in their day to day dealings.
He said Muslims should show compassion toward everyone, including their parents, children, relatives, women, and servants as enshrined in Shariah.
The Imam called upon the Muslims to perform their social responsibilities and follow the prevalent laws to avert any mischief on the earth.
He said Muslims should also be fair in their financial matters and should not cheat others.
Sheikh Bandar bin Abdulaziz urged Muslims to religiously follow the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatim-un-Nabiyeen for their success in this life and the hereafter. He said all the Islamic teachings must be practiced in life.
The Imam said the faithfuls should always be polite in their talk even in spreading the message of Islam and persuading others to follow Islamic teachings.
He said Allah’s blessings are infinite and one must find comfort in this fact and continue to seek them. He said the doors of forgiveness are always open and we should always seek this forgiveness from Allah.
Sheikh Bandar bin Abdulaziz has asked Muslims to keep their societies free of violence and extremism.
The Imam appreciated the Saudi government for making excellent arrangements for Hajj pilgrims in the wake of the Covid-19 so that the pandemic does not spread.
Amidst strict health measures, sixty thousand pilgrims are converging at Maidan-e-Arafat to perform the main ritual of Hajj “Waqoof-e-Arafat”.
After listening to the Hajj sermon they will perform Dhuhr and Asr prayers together.
After sunset, they will perform the Maghrib and Isha prayers together and will leave for Muzdalifah where they will stay for a night.
They will also collect pebbles from Muzdalifah to perform the ritual of Rammi, the stoning of devil.
After offering Fajr Prayer at Muzdalfa, they will leave for Mina for remaining Hajj rituals.