Pilgrims flocked to Namirah Mosque at the Holy Site of Arafat earlier today to perform Dhuhr (Noon) and Asr (Afternoon) prayers and to listen to the Arafah sermon.
The pilgrims took their places at the 110,000 square-meter mosque and its 8,000 square-meter courtyards.
Imam of the Grand Holy Mosque and Member of the Council of Senior Scholars Sheikh Dr. Bandar bin Abdulaziz Baleelah delivered, before the prayers, Arafah sermon.
During his sermon, he reminded the congregation to observe Taqwaa and have Ihsaan to achieve the greatest of success in both this world and the hereafter.
Imam Baleelah went on saying: “Part of what Allah has instructed you to do is have Ihsaan [by worshipping Allah in the best way and dealing with His servants in the best manner]. Allah – the Most Exalted – said, ((Indeed, Allah instructs all of you to be just, have Ihsaan, and give relatives what is due to them)).”
The most important part of that Ihsaan lies in Tawheed (sincerely devoting all worship to Allah alone).
“An element of the Ihsaan that Allah instructed people to have is being kind to Allah’s creatures in all ways,” Sheikh Baleelah said, “Thus, an individual is to be kind to those with whom he shares kinship.” He added>
Sheikh Baleelah added: “Part of Islam’s teachings is that when a person has Ihsaan by way of extending kindness to others, the recipients should supplicate for that person, express their appreciation, and acknowledge his kindness; and this is why the Prophet (may Allah grant him commendation and protection) censured denying the kindness of others or refusing to admit it.”
“Among those who have extended kindness to the people of Islam at large are the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince. They have done so by giving concern to those who come for Hajj, caring for the Two Holy Mosques and keeping them safe, deploying personnel who would be kind to all who come to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah, ensuring that the Hajj period is not conducive to spreading diseases, and remaining keen to let Hajj be performed in a way that is healthy such that it complies with protective measures and social distancing guidelines.” Shekih Baleelah added.