Murder is the greatest sin, haram in Islam: Grand Mufti

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermon in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat and said that murder is a great sin and ‘haram’ in Islam.

He also urged the Muslims to shun evil, practice unity and teachings of Islam.

“Islam is a complete code of life, it’s a perfect and definite religion of Allah, it teaches brotherhood among Muslims and provides spiritual, moral and social training,” said the grand Mufti while addressing millions of Hajj pilgrims.

The chief mufti urged Muslims to keep away from crimes, such as murder and other evil deeds.

“The murder is great fitna (mischief) in Islam. Our religion teaches the abidance of Allah and His Prophet. Islam prohibits obscenity as haram and sin… Oh Muslims! Be God-fearing, keep a control on yourselves,” he said.

“Oh believers! Murder of a single person is the murder of entire humanity, and the one who committed this act unduly shall burn in the hell forever.”

He urged the Muslim rulers to discharge their duties honestly and said that they should not forget that they are answerable in front of Allah.

The grand mufti also asked the believers not to follow their wild wishes and worship Allah and remain thankful to Him for the blessings. He said that Islam preaches brotherhood and unity and one should never surrender that.

“Tyranny throws one in darkness whereas takwah (fear of Allah Almighty) leads one towards success,” he said while addressing the world’s biggest Muslim gathering.

The Mufti said un-Islamic forces are hatching conspiracies against Islam and Muslim countries. “Blood is being shed… Khawarij (those who seceded from the mainstream Islam) are still among the ranks of Muslims.”

The Mufti said Jihad is also an obligation of Islam which should be carried out as per true and definite teachings of Islam.

Praying to Allah for betterment and falah (success) of the Muslim ummah, the Saudi religious cleric urged Muslims to observe patience in their lives in testing times, protect each other’s lives and properties and work together for the success and prosperity of Muslim societies.

Concluding his annual sermon, Mufti Abdullah prayed for the Muslims of Syria, where internal strife claims thousands of lives.

Nearly three million Muslims from across the world are in the holy cities of Islam for annual Hajj pilgrimage.