Close Ranks To Preserve Unity: Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah And Crown Prince Sultan

09 September 2010

By P. K. Abdul Ghafour

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, on Thursday urged Muslims all over the world to stand united on the basis of the Qur’an and Sunnah.

In a joint Eid Al-Fitr message to the nation that was read on Saudi radio and television by Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja, King Abdullah and Prince Sultan also called upon rich Muslims to support and sympathize with their less fortunate brethren.

“We are now bidding farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan after the Almighty honored us to fast and pray during the month. We hope we were successful in making use of the blessed days and nights to establish closer relations with God,” the message said.

Abdullah and Sultan emphasized the importance of the fasting month of Ramadan. “This annual occasion offers Muslims a great opportunity for retrospection and self evaluation and strengthening their mental capabilities to engage in righteous activities.”

The Royal Court announced on Thursday, quoting the Supreme Court that the Eid Al-Fitr would be celebrated in the country on Friday after completing 30 days of Ramadan. It said no one sighted the new Shawwal crescent on Wednesday evening. The king and the crown prince said: “The Eid days and its celebrations come for Muslims to support and sympathize with one another. The rich among them sympathizing with the poor and the big showing kindness toward the small enables all to love one another with clean hearts and peaceful minds.

King Abdullah and Prince Sultan expressed their hope that God would unify Muslim ranks who follow the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah. “May Allah unite Muslims on goodness, improve their condition and make them victorious over their enemies,” the message said.

Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be held Friday morning at big mosques and vast grounds. King Abdullah, senior princes and ministers including Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif will join Eid prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, along with nearly 2.5 million faithful.

King Abdullah and Prince Sultan received telephone calls from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and other leaders and they exchanged greetings. They also sent messages of greetings to Muslim heads of state.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif extended Eid greetings to the families of security officers who fell martyr while fighting terrorists and defending the Kingdom.



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