Web Desk: Hajj sermon 2016 was delivered by Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais in place of Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh who is reportedly facing health issues. Imam-e-Kaaba in his sermon delinked Islam and terrorism and stressed that Islam is a religion of peace.
Imam-e-Kaaba urged Muslims around the globe to come together to follow the message of peace given by Islam and shun violence unequivocally. He realized that Muslim Ummah is facing difficult times currently which can be improved only through unity among the followers of Islam. He said that gathering of Muslims for Hajj also symbolized a message of unity which needs to be followed.
Almost 15 lac Muslims from around the world moved to Mount Arafat (Maisdan e Arafat) to perform the main ritual of Hajj, where they offered Zuhr and Asr prayers together and listened Hajj sermon.
Imam-e-Kaaba in his address asked the followers of Islam to follow the teachings of Quran and the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) in its entirety.
It may be noted that Hajj 2016 remained unaffected after a deadly stampede last year which claimed more than 2000 lives as stricter security was followed to ensure better security and foreclose repeat of any such accident.