Shaikh Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais, the Imam of Haram in Makkah, paid a historic visit to Darul Uloom Deoband on 25 March 2011 Friday. He was accompanied by the Saudi Embassdor to New Delhi, Cricketer-turned MP Azharuddin, Minister Sultan Ahmad etc. His helicopter landed in Deoband at 12:15 pm. The Imam was received by Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vasyanvi, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani and other senior members of Darul Uloom Deoband.
Then the delegation headed to the grand Masjid-e-Rashid of Darul Uloom where a function was organised to give the respecyed imam a warm welcome. The Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani will present the 'Words of Welcome' to him in Arabic in which the stand of Ulama of Darul Uloom Deoband was clarified.
Thereafter, the Imam addressed the gathering for abour 20 minutes in which he asserted the need to unite and maintain balance in dealing with disputes and controversies. He conveyed the message and greeting of King Abdullah to Indian Mulsims and emphsied that Muslims should lead a pure and peace life on the founsations of tawheed, Sunnah and Shariah. The Imam thanked and admired Darul Uloom for welcoming him as well as for spreading the knowledge of Islam and the light of tawheed and Sunnah.
The Imam gave a separate khutbah (sermon) about 30 minutes for salah in which he made a fervent appeal to all for observing peace and harmony, which he described as the "true essence of Islam". He prayed for all humanity, for India and specially for Indiam Muslims.
About 10 Lakhs of Muslims from different parts of the country thronged the prestigious Darul-Uloom seminary in Deoband to participate in the Friday prayer led by the Imam of the Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah. The campus of Darul Uloom Deoband which is spread in more than 2 skm was full of namazees. All roads leading to the world-famous Islamic seminary were packed with people and when it came to offering the 'namaz', people joined the ritual in every nook and corner of the town, including streets, parks, rooftops and even highways on the outskirts.