Saturday, March 6, 2010

‘Let the spirit of equality and brotherhood prevail'

At Makkah Haram Shreef

Sheikh Saud Bin Ibrahim Al-Shuraim, Imam and Khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, advised Muslims to be conscious of Allah Almighty and fear Him, urging them to abide by the Shariah in both private and in public.

In his Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque, Al-Shuraim said Muslim should be righteous and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him), warning them against any deviations from it and against heresies, discord and division.

Sheikh Al-Shuraim said the Holy Ka’aba was an eternal symbol and the Qiblah for Muslims across the world throughout time and from one generation to another and from one era to another.

Al-Shuraim said the prophets and messengers took the roads leading to it and raised their voices in repeating the Talbiyah in response to the call of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) when Allah ordered him to call people to Haj.

"You have entered into the state of consecration (Ihram) in an atmosphere characterized by spirituality bringing you closer to Allah and keeping you from sins," he told pilgrims at the mosque.

"The spirit of brotherhood, justice and equality should prevail, and you will be supplicating to Allah in this rite in different languages, and Almighty Allah gives no priority to one prayer over another, but accepts this pilgrim’s prayer and forgives another and sees a third pilgrim’s tears," he said.

"We should make the Haj a point of departure for the conveyance of its wisdom and lessons to all Muslims worldwide. Every pilgrim should carry in his heart the sense of unity, cohesion, brotherhood and justice, however different the languages and colors may be. All should abide by Allah’s Book and the Prophet’s Sunnah," Sheikh Al-Shuraim said.

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