Imam Muhammad Metwally Al-Shaarawy gave a sermon in Arafa

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Written by Dr. Mohamed Barakat

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon the one who was sent as a mercy to the worlds, our master Muhammad and all his family and companions, and after:
An imam of the size and stature of our sheikh, Imam al-Shaarawy, may God have mercy on him, and be pleased with him. When he speaks, the whole world hears and listens to him.
How captivated we are and we all possess his weekly talk every Friday with his wonderful interpretation that possesses hearts and minds.
At the Arafat stop, specifically in Dhul-Hijjah of 1976, the whole world was on an extraordinary date with a special sermon on Mount Arafat.
Perhaps our imam al-Shaarawy, may God have mercy on him, is the only non-Saudi imam who delivered a sermon to Arafat, and this sermon was considered one of the heritages that we preserve.
With eyes full of tears in reverence and submission to its Creator, and a soul brimming with faith and submission, millions flocked from every deep dawn on the morning of the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, neither the heat nor the sun’s rays prevented them from performing the Hajj ritual and standing on Mount Arafat, which is the greatest ritual by which supplications are raised and forgiven. Through sins, hands are raised to heaven in humility, submission and reverence to God.
Among the masses of Muslims, only one from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had the honor of the sermon on the Day of Arafa, and a mother among Muslims on the Day of Arafa in 1976 in a sermon that immortalized her memory in history with her words that were like pearls that time does not erase.
Sheikh Muhammad Metwally Al-Shaarawi, may God have mercy on him, was chosen in 1976 to deliver a sermon on the Day of Arafa, in a precedent of its kind, as he is the only non-Saudi imam who delivered a sermon on the Day of Arafa, and his sermon became one of the treasures of heritage that Muslims celebrate every year. Pearls and sermons that are not related to a time or place, in which Sheikh Al Shaarawy excelled until they were immortalized within the historical tropes that are circulated on the day of the Arafat stop every year.
And Sheikh Imam Al-Shaarawi, may God have mercy on him, addressed the Muslims at Arafat, saying:
“On that day, if they asked you to fulfill their needs, you gave it to them, so what is lacking in you, O Lord, for your words and your mercy do not run out, and the believer must be confident on the day of Arafat that the answer will come inevitably, for the slaves humiliate you so that good comes to them and you respond to them, today we pray with supplication For us, our husbands, our loved ones, the male and female believers, the angels in their warm embrace surround them on Mount Arafat in that crowd that radiates whiteness, the angels of God in their lofty and venerable servitude receive the embrace of pilgrims and the fasting people with handshakes, God rewards according to the reward.”
With his distinctive voice and his different rhetorical performance, Sheikh Al Shaarawy began his famous sermon amidst millions of people from all sides.
“Labbayka, O God, to you. There is no partner for you. Labeik.” Then he said: This is the slogan of today and the anthem of the Hour, so repeat it throughout your day, and proceed to talk about the merits of the day of Arafat’s pause and fasting among Muslims, in which the language of the Qur’an becomes dominant on that day, so do not reply to any slave A supplication no matter what, and forgiveness is not rejected for a believer, no matter how deep his sins reach the heavens, for this is a call from the Lord to His faithful servants, so they responded to it, so that their reward would be forgiveness and mercy.”
Then Sheikh Al-Shaarawy, may God have mercy on him, spoke about the miraculous verses of the Qur’an related to Hajj:
The immortal miraculousness of the Qur’an was attesting to his saying: “And proclaim among the people the pilgrimage, they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep ravine.” God knows that the mere call to the people for the pilgrimage will come from all directions and humps to respond to that call. On the pilgrimage to your Sacred House, and standing in that great plaza of your house, this is the cornerstone of standing in which the reward is great in a person’s life throughout his life until the Hour comes.”
The great sheikh and the late venerable scholar continues his speech about the greatest pillar:
“Likewise, you have ruled in this corner, if you give permission for Hajj, the people will come to you, men and women from every deep path, for that great area is a strange phenomenon in which we see people who follow the method of God, and they are devout with the worship of the takbeer. I gave permission and said, “They will come to you.” So the people came. Glory be to you, O Lord, when you want it to happen. There is no turning back what you want it to be.”
Imam Al-Shaarawi continues the virtues of the Day of Arafa: “You have assigned my Lord to Your servants to fast, to give alms, and to pray, and you have left slaves to choose the obedience that brings them closer to you, or the disobedience that distances them from you.”
Concerning the reason for the existence of this pillar in Hajj and its importance, our imam al-Shaarawi, may God have mercy on him, says:
“Oh Lord, you made your servants visit your house and stand at Arafat, and you desire goodness and mercy for them, so that honor and that response to them is their reward with you, because the one who invites is the Lord who has power over everything.”
And Imam Shaarawy, may God have mercy on him, continued:
“On that day, if they asked you to fulfill their needs, you gave it to them, so what is lacking in you, O Lord, for your words and your mercy do not run out, and the believer must be confident on the day of Arafat that the answer will come inevitably, the slaves humiliate you so that good comes to them and you respond to them, today we pray with supplication For us, our husbands, our loved ones, the male and female believers, the angels in their warm embrace surround them on Mount Arafat in that crowd that radiates whiteness, the angels of God in their lofty and venerable servitude receive the embrace of pilgrims and the fasting people with handshakes, God rewards according to the reward.”
Concerning the reward of that day, our imam al-Shaarawi emphasized in his sermon:
The reward of a person was for the pilgrim to come out of his sins as on the day his mother gave birth to him, but after his standing in Arafat, you, O Lord, when you instruct the servants, you actually charge them, and leave them the freedom of time or place. .
The text of the famous rare sermon on Mount Arafat ended in 1976, but what is remarkable is the strong presence of this scholar Sheikh Al Shaarawy among generations that did not live in the time of this sermon.
It is not in Arafat that the masses of the inhabitants of the earth in its various east and west can hear Shaarawy, may God have mercy on him.

May God have mercy on our Imam Al-Shaarawi with his wide mercy and forgive us and him.