MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermons in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat, urging Muslims to shun evil, forge unity and staunchly practice teachings of Islam.
“Islam is a complete code of life, it’s a perfect and definite religion of Allah, it teaches brotherhood among Muslims and provides spiritual, moral and social training,” said the grand Mufti while addressing millions of Hajj pilgrims.
The chief mufti urged Muslim to keep away from crimes, such as murder and evil deeds.
“The murder is great fitna (mischief) in Islam. Our religion teaches the abidance of Allah and his prophet… Islam prohibits obscenity as haram and sin… O Muslims! Be God-fearing, keep a control on your selves,” he said.
Nearly three million Muslims from across the world are in the holy cities of Islam for annual Hajj pilgrimage.
TENT CITY IN MINA
In first phase of Hajj, the pilgrims spent a day and following night (Thursday) in Mina — a tent city near Makkah, and later started moving to towards mount Arafat where the main pillar of Hajj pilgrimage, Waqoof-e-Arafat, was observed.
Waqoof-e-Arafat is main ritual of Hajj. It is a reminder of the Day of Judgment, where Muslims believe mankind will stand on a similar plain, in scorching heat, waiting for judgement.
The holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Al Hajju Arafah,” means ‘standing in Arafat’ is the Hajj.
At Arafat, they pray to God and remember the purpose of their lives. It is surely an emotionally testing time for the crowd.
Muslims spend the entire day in Arafat and offer Zohar and Asar prayers jointly at Arafat.
Waqoof (stay) in Arafat is performed from Zuhar to sunset on the 9th of Zil-Hajj of Islamic year.
The main action in Wuquf is not to pray lots of Nafils but to just stand facing the Baitul Haram (Sacred House) asking Allah for forgiveness while recognizing Him as our Lord.
NIGHT IN MUZDALIFA
After the Wuquf-e-Arafat, the pilgrims would move towards Muzdalifa, a place between Mina and Arafat, where they would perform remaining two prayers, Maghrib and Isha, together.
All Hajj pilgrims will stay whole night in Muzdalifa and continue worships for forgiveness and pleasing God, the almighty.
In the night, the pilgrims will collect stones to throw at the Big Satan as part of the last ritual that is called Rami, an act of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) as well as 1,400-year-old tradition of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H).
RAMI OF JAMARAT (STONING THE SATAN)
The pilgrims will offer Fajar prayer on morning of 10th Zil-Hajj in Muzdalifa and then return to Mina for Rami.
The symbolic “stoning of the devil” at the Jamarat (pillars) in Mina is followed by the ritual of sacrificing an animal.
During the remaining three days of the Hajj, the pilgrims continue the stoning ritual before performing the circumambulation of the Kaaba shrine in Makkah.
EID & SACRIFICE
After stoning the Satan, Hajj pilgrims will shave off heads or trim hairs, to the prescribed level, and then would get off the Ahrams, Hajj cloths, at completion of Hajj rituals.
Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and sacrifice Halal animals of their choices every year, after completion of Hajj proceedings.