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Friday's sermon: Arafat Day for all Muslims, not just pilgrims

This week's sermon reminds Muslims to fast on Arafat Day, and discusses the importance of sacrificing an animal without defect for Eid Al Adha.

Worshippers will be reminded in today's sermon today that Arafat Day is for all Muslims, not just pilgrims.

The Friday sermon will remind Muslims to fast on that day, which will fall on October 25. As Prophet Mohammad said: "Fasting on the Day of Arafat may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming year."

Fasting on Arafat Day is the equivalent of fasting for two full years.

Imams will also tell worshipers to pray more on the day, to give to charity, and to read the Quran, as well as "mending one's heart", controlling anger, treating parents "nicely" and reaching out to family.

Muslims will be reminded of when the Prophet stood on Mount Arafat to address his companions.

In his sermon, he told people to coexist with non-Muslims. He told them that life, integrity and possessions must not be violated. In the same sermon, he told men to protect women and treat them fairly.

In the second part of the sermon, worshippers will be reminded of the importance of sacrificing camel, cattle, or sheep as part of sunna, also known as adheya on Eid Al Adha.

The meat is then divided into three equal portions, one for the family, another for relatives, friends and neighbours, and the last for the poor. Imams will remind worshippers not to forget the poor and needy.

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