Arafat 09 Dhu al-Hijjah 1442 AH corresponding to July 19, 2021 AD
As soon as the omens of the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah begin, and its crescent draws a thin thread in the sky of the globe, dialogues of private and public councils and the media and social media begin, asking questions about the name of the legitimate scholar, who will have the honor to deliver a sermon on the day of the greatest Hajj “Arafat Day” based on an official mandate from the guardian.
Why does this preacher have such a place in the hearts of Muslims?
The answer is clear..
The Arafa pulpit, the most prominent annual religious message directed from the holiest places on earth to the world..is the pulpit of the message of peace, love and tolerance, which stems from the source of the Muhammadan message to all countries and peoples of the world.
The Arafat pulpit is the legal example of the farewell sermon delivered by the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, at the site where the “Nimrah” mosque is built, and it is the mosque that is also known as the “Ibrahim Mosque”.
The Islamic world awaits the sermon of Arafa every year as a review of the concerns and aspirations of Muslims, and divine instructions for love, compassion and solidarity among them, and urging family bonding and display of high Islamic values in all daily transactions, and benevolence to the needy.
During the 43 years, eight sheikhs and religious scholars ascended the pulpit of the Nimra Mosque. In 1399 AH, Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad al-Luhaidan delivered the sermon, and from 1402 AH until 1436 AH it was delivered by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al Al-Sheikh, then Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais in the year 1437 AH and in the year 1438 AH the sermon was delivered by Sheikh Saad bin Nasser Al-Shathri, followed in 1439 by Sheikh Hussein bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh and then Sheikh Muhammad bin Hassan Al Al-Sheikh in the year 1440 AH, and last year 1441 by the member of the Council of Senior Scholars Advisor to the Royal Court Sheikh Abdullah Bin Suleiman Al-Manea, the sermon, then Sheikh Dr. Bandar bin Abdulaziz on the night of this year’s sermon.
The Namira Mosque is considered one of the most prominent religious and historical sites when talking about the rituals of Hajj, because it is located in the shrine of Arafat.
Many historical sources indicate that the name of the mosque was taken from the name of a village located outside the “hair of Arafat”, in which the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, resided, and then walked from it to the middle of the valley and gave sermons on its borders. Historians say that it was built for the first time during the Abbasid era.
During the era of the Saudi state, the mosque witnessed its largest expansion to become the second largest mosque in the Makkah region after the Grand Mosque, at a cost of 237 million riyals, with a length of 340 meters from east to west, an estimated width of 240 meters from north to south, and an area of more than 110 Thousands of square meters, in addition to a shaded courtyard behind the mosque with an estimated area of 8000 square meters, to accommodate after this expansion about 400,000 worshipers, and it appears with six minarets, each of which is 60 meters high, and has three domes and ten main entrances containing 64 doors, and it has a room For external radio, it is equipped to transmit the sermon and the Zuhr and Asr prayers for the day of Arafah directly by satellite.
The Namira Mosque also witnessed the largest project to treat, develop and modernize air conditioning and air purification systems, where 60 central air conditioning units were installed that produce 100 percent pure air, and 122 fans to expel unclean air.
And because the sermon of Arafa is an Islamic message to the world, it is currently broadcast in ten languages besides Arabic: English, French, Indonesian, Urdu, Persian, Chinese, Turkish, Bengali, Hausa and Malay, by more than dozens of qualified employees, including translators and technicians.
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