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Over two million perform Hajj: Grand Mufti urges Muslims to help resolve economic crisis

Over 2 million pilgrims thronged Mount Arafat on Monday for the high point of the annual Hajj, praying for an end to disputes and bloodshed. Helicopters hovered overhead and thousands of troops stood guard to organise roads flooded with men, women and children.

Chanting "Labaik Allahum Labaik" (I am responding to your call, Allah), many of them camped in small colourful tents and took shelter under trees to escape temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Special sprinklers were set up to help cool the pilgrims. Delivering the Hajj sermon, from Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat Mufti Azam, Sheikh Abdul Aziz on Monday said Islam is a religion of peace and condemns terrorist attacks taking place globally.

"Hell is the final abode for those who spill the blood of an innocent human," said Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the holy Ka'aba. "Islam does not allow terrorism at any cost. Islam condemns all violence and terrorism plaguing the world today. Muslims should demonstrate a love for peace and unity," he said. He said Muslims throughout the world were going through a difficult time, and stressed that the global economic crisis could be controlled if the Islamic economic system was adopted. "Muslims should support the community by investing in their businesses," he urged.

According to the Grand Mufti, Muslims were facing problems because they had forgotten the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) has solution for every problem. He called upon the Muslims to remain united. He said success of Muslim Ummah lies in unity. He stressed on putting an end to sectarianism. The Grand Mufti said "the Holy Quran is an ultimate guidance for the entire humanity which should be implemented and acted on."

"Oh Muslims be God-fearing, adopt the taqwa (fear of Allah), shun from earning money through un-Islamic means, hold fast the rope of Allah and don't be divided into diverse schools of thoughts, get united against injustice," the grand mufti urged hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Regarding prevailing economic crisis of the world‚ he said Islam has given a comprehensive system of economy. He urged to strictly follow the Islamic economic system to resolve the crisis. He said leaders of Muslim world should play their duties efficiently in line with Islamic teachings and spend all the resources on the welfare of their nations. He urged the Muslim states to strengthen their military institutions.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2013


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