Dr Shabir Ally
Prof T. J Winters aka Abdul Murad Hakim
Makkah, Masjidil Haram, Friday 13th November:
about two million pilgrims listened with rapt attention to Imam Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais’ soul-stirring 40-minute sermon on Friday from the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The sermon was carried live on state television and many Arab, African and Asian television stations. On many occasions during the sermon the congregation was reduced to tears as the imam spoke about the tough times that Islam faces in these critical times.
Calling for the liberation of Palestine, Al-Sudais said now is the time for Palestinian factions to bury their differences.
“These differences have only added to the miseries of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. This inhuman blockade has made life hellish for them. Now is the time for Muslim countries to unify their ranks and liberate Palestinians from the shackles of this inhuman bondage,” he said. “All differences among regional countries should be and can be resolved in the true spirit of Islam. The best example of our unity is this congregation in which every Muslim from every corner is united through the love of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur’an.”
Al-Sudais described Palestine as the single biggest problem confronting the nation of Islam.
“Every day brings a new form of misery for them,” he said, breaking down in tears. “O Allah, unite all Muslim nations.”
The congregation responded with a vociferous “Aameen.”
The imam repeatedly stressed the value of unity. “Our divisions have given our adversaries the ruse to exploit us. We are fragmented despite being in such a large number. Unity is the key to our well-being. The message of Haj is unity. Let us pray for the unification of Muslims throughout the planet.”
The imam also stressed the need for hope and optimism with trust in Allah at all times of adversity. He quoted the Holy Qur’an: “And never give up hope in God’s soothing mercy: Truly no one despairs of God’s soothing mercy except those who have no faith"
Dr Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah