KUALA LUMPUR: The initiative to directly translate the Arafah Day sermon from Mecca in Saudi Arabia into 10 languages, including Malay, will continue in the current haj season.

President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais said the initiative would enable pilgrims and Muslims around the world to understand the sermon.

The 1443H sermon will be broadcast live in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Urdu, Farsi, French, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, Hausa and Bengali.“After this, there will be more than (10 languages) because it is our duty at Haramain to convey to all (about) truth, justice, virtue, moderation, tolerance, rejecting bigotry and hatred from this holy land,” he said in an interview with Alekhbariya television channel in Saudi Arabia recently, Bernama reported.

Alekhbariya also reported that the sermon will be broadcast live on local television and radio stations, as well as on three apps (Arafat, Haramain and Manaret Haramain) and on the department’s portal.The initiative to translate the sermon started around 2018 with five languages: English, French, Farsi, Bahasa Malaysia and Urdu.

The Chinese language was added in the second year of its implementation. Last year, four more languages were included.