Dr Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad Al Taleb gave a sermon before a mammoth gathering at Rajiv Nagar Eidgah on Friday noon
Rajiv Nagar: The Imam of the grand mosque Masjid al-Haram of Mecca gave a clarion call to the Muslims in the city on Friday to rise above religion and love everyone irrespective of their religion.
“Muslims ought to love fellow human beings on the grounds of humanity and meet their needs without any discrimination on the basis of religion,” Dr Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad Al Taleb said in his Friday sermon before a massive gathering at the Eidgah in Rajiv Nagar.
Thousands of Muslims from across the district thronged to the venue to offer Friday prayers led by the Imam of the Grand mosque and were visibly excited to listen to his speech. It was for the first time in Mysuru that the Imam of the holy mosque of Mecca was leading the Friday noon prayers.
Giving a clarion call to the Muslims, Dr Sheikh Saleh said: “Be it a Hindu, Christian or a Jew, Muslims should love everyone on the grounds of humanity and this happens only when you rise above religion. Let religion be not a hindrance to part humans from each other,” he said in Arabic, which was translated into Urdu by Moulana Arshad Madni, President of Jamiyat-e-Ulama-Hind. Dr Sheikh Saleh said that this was message he had brought to the people of India from the custodian of the holy mosques in Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
Dr Sheikh Saleh also said that he would pray the Almighty to bless India and fill the hearts of its people with love for each other.
The Imam Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, who led the noon prayers at the Eidgah, had arrived in Mysuru earlier on Friday via a chartered flight. After the prayers, he left for Bengaluru, where he participated in an Islamic conference at Palace Grounds.