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Old 10-05-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Over 2 million pilgrims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, thronged Mount Arafat and its surrounding plains on Friday for the high point of Haj as Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti voiced Islam's unequivocal position against extremism and terrorism.

After reaching Mina, where they spent the night in prayer and supplication, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims clad in a white seamless cloth headed towards Arafat following Fajr prayers this morning. On reaching Arafat, they crowded onto the hill and the plain surrounding it to pray until sunset.

Before noon all pilgrims had reached Arafat and there was only a sea of people everywhere with pilgrims packed on the roads and inside Masjid Nimrah.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh in his annual Arafat sermon, which he delivered for the 34th year in a row, called on Muslims to unite and overcome divisions to build a stronger Muslim Ummah (community).

The thrust of his address was on Islam's moderation and tolerance as well as the religion's unequivocal position against extremism and terrorism.

The Mufti had earlier said that the dreaded militant groups, Islamic State and al Qaida, were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.

He asked Muslims to assume leadership roles at all levels of life, at family, national and international level.
I always wanted to see one of these, but of course, never will. The religion needs more statements like this . . like most things, the extremists get all the attention and make the rest look bad.

Over 2 million Muslims throng Mount Arafat as Haj reaches climax - The Times of India
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