Muslims should forge unity, shun evil deeds: Grand Mufti

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – MOUNT ARAFAT: The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah in his Khutba-e-Haj said that murder is a great sin and haram in Islam. He also urged the Muslims to shun evil, practice unity and 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. In his Hajj sermon in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat on Friday, the chief mufti urged Muslims to keep away from crimes such as murder and other evil deeds. “The murder is great fitna (mischief) in Islam. Our religion teaches the obedience of Allah and His Prophet (PBUH). Islam prohibits obscenity as haram and sin. Oh Muslims! Be God-fearing, keep a control on yourselves,” he said.
“Oh believers! Murder of a single person is the murder of entire humanity, and the one who committed this act unduly shall burn in the hell forever.” He urged the Muslim rulers to discharge their duties honestly and said that they should not forget that they are answerable before Allah. The grand mufti also asked the believers not to follow their wild wishes and worship Allah and remain thankful to Him for the blessings. He said that Islam preaches brotherhood and unity and one should never surrender that. “Tyranny throws one in darkness whereas takwah (fear of Allah Almighty) leads one towards success,” he said while addressing the world’s biggest Muslim gathering.
The mufti said un-Islamic forces are hatching conspiracies against Islam and Muslim countries. “Blood is being shed. Khawarij (those who seceded from the mainstream Islam) are still among the ranks of Muslims.” The grand mufti said jihad is also an obligation of Islam which should be carried out as per true and definite teachings of Islam. Praying to Allah for betterment and falah (success) of the Muslim Ummah, the Saudi religious leader urged Muslims to observe patience in their lives in testing times, protect each other’s lives and properties and work together for the success and prosperity of Muslim societies. 
“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. He said deviation from Islamic teachings is also one of the reasons for the problems faced by us and the media of Muslim countries should play its role for raising the flag of Islam in the world. The grand mufti said that Islam is easiest of religions, religion of humanity, based on truth and justice. It contains principles for entire life. He said the holy Quran has declared Muslims the best of all Ummahs because it preaches nobility and stops from wrongdoings.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz appealed to the religious scholars to promote the true teachings of Islam and invite the people towards the path shown by Quran and Sunnah. He urged Muslims to spread love and humanity. He urged the Muslims to remain faithful to their rulers and extend a helping hand to them in meeting the challenges and promoting the teachings of Islam. He said the enemies want to weaken us and they are incessantly plotting against Muslims. He said polices should be framed to save our future generations from bloodshed and anarchy. He said deviation from Islamic teachings is also one of the reasons for the problems faced by us. He emphasised the need for bringing reforms in the education system. 
Meanwhile, over two million Muslims from across the globe performed main Hajj rituals at Mount Arafat. After offering Zohr and Asr prayers they moved to Muzdalfa where they will spend the night under open sky praying for forgiveness of their sins and wellbeing of their countries. On Saturday morning, the pilgrims will move to the tented city of Mina.

Source: Pakistan Daily Times

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