Imam-e-Kaaba urges unity among Muslims

Published: September 11, 2016
Imam-e-Kabaa Abdur Rehman al Sudais. PHOTO: FILE

Imam-e-Kabaa Abdur Rehman al Sudais. PHOTO: FILE

The Imam-e-Kaaba has urged Muslims world over to demonstrate unity to face the present day challenges.

“Muslims are passing through a difficult time but can overcome these difficulties only through unity,” Abdur Rehman al Sudais said while delivering a sermon from Masjid Nimra to over 1.8 million Muslim pilgrims who converged in Arafat on Sunday to attend an important Hajj ritual.

For the first time in years, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al Sheikh did not give his traditional Arafat sermon. Okaz newspaper cited health reasons but Sheikh still attended the sermon given in his place by the Imam of Makkah’s Grand Mosque.

“Muslim rulers will have to address the collective problems realising their responsibilities. Terrorism is the biggest problem and Islam has no link with it. Terrorists have no religion,” Radio Pakistan quoted the Imam as saying.

Muslims climb Mount Arafat in Hajj high point

Earlier today, the Hajj reached its high point when Muslims from across the world converged on a stoney hill in Saudi Arabia, a year after the worst tragedy in the pilgrimage’s history. More than 1.8 million gathered from sunrise at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Makkah.

“Islam ensures the right of every human and every human has equal right. Teachings of Islam are based on justice and equality,” the Imam said. “Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) issued the basic manifesto of Islam and human rights in his last sermon and said that there is no difference between any Arabs and non-Arabs, black and white, rich and poor,” he added.

Shiekh Sudais said Muslims should act according to the manifesto given by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and should ensure the safety, life and honour of all people. “Islam demands establishment of a government based on peace and stability in the world and for this purpose all Muslims should leave personal interests to ensure peace and inter-harmony among the people.”

Imam-e-Kaaba urged the Islamic scholars to work together for promotion of inter-harmony and avoid any act which causes scatter of Ummah. “Hajj gathering is also a message of unity and the pilgrims should maintain this spirit in their home towns.”

Saudi Grand Mufti not to deliver Hajj sermon for first time in 35 years

After sunset the pilgrims will move to Muzdalifah, halfway between Arafat and Mina, to gather 49 pebbles for a symbolic stoning of the devil which begins on Monday, in the last major rite of Hajj.

During the ritual in Mina last year a stampede killed around 2,300 people who were on their way to throw their stones at the Jamarat Bridge.

Saudi Arabia issued a death toll of 769 but figures compiled from foreign officials in more than 30 countries gave a tally almost three times higher.

Authorities announced an investigation into the tragedy but no results have been released, although a number of safety measures have been taken. Among these is the distribution of a bracelet which stores pilgrims’ personal data. Roads have also been widened in the Jamarat area, newspapers reported. Pilgrims have told AFP they feel safe and noticed organisational improvements.

On Sunday, helicopters monitored the crowd flow from the skies, while on the ground, police on foot, motorbike, and all-terrain vehicles directed pedestrian movement. At the sacred hill itself, police sometimes had to use their bodies to block the flow of pilgrims and avoid bottlenecks.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the interior minister and chairman of the Hajj committee, was in Mina to help supervise “the services being provided to the pilgrims,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Sonya
    Sep 11, 2016 - 7:32PM

    The new Imam Kaaba carried out the old Saudi policies on Syria and Yemen, that is full of hypocritical. Praying for unity of muslims while preventing several Islamic countries to offer Hajj, not apologizing of the negligence last year that killed several thousands guests of God, insulting their dead bodies and not returning to their heirs, last but not the least, no prayer for Kashmir and the Kashmiri muslims (pathetic).Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Sep 11, 2016 - 7:41PM

    The Arabs genuinely believe (and it is true) that only they are the true Muslims because Arabia is where Islam originated from.
    The Persians (Iranians), Turks, Indians, East Indians (Malaysia, Indonesia etc.) are all second-grade Muslims, according to their belief system. This is a FACT.Recommend

  • genie
    Sep 11, 2016 - 9:57PM

    When the Arabs became Muslims they saw unity.
    When all those who call themselves Muslims will become like those Arabs, there will be unity certainly.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 11, 2016 - 10:31PM

    Why would we listen this useless message when none of the Muslims refugee of Iraq, Syria and Yemen has been given shelter in Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • genesis
    Sep 11, 2016 - 10:50PM

    Another Imam declares that Shias and Iranians are not Muslims!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:36AM

    The FACT is when have Muslims not passed through “a difficult time” ? It has been one long hard struggle from the get-go; first time, every time.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Sep 12, 2016 - 6:56AM

    Unity is only possible if we are all looked at as humans. Breaking humans up into religion and expecting unity is a fruitless quest.Recommend

  • harkol
    Sep 12, 2016 - 8:49AM

    I guess Muslims can unite, once they all agree who is a true muslim.Recommend

  • NDA
    Sep 12, 2016 - 6:32PM

    But the Imam failed to condemn and deplore the killing going on in Kashmir. What unity will it bring, if the Imam of Imams ignores genocide, rale and maiming of Muslims . Recommend

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