The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held at the Royal Court at Mina Palace the annual reception for heads of state, Islamic dignitaries, guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, guests of government bodies and heads of delegations and pilgrim affairs offices, who performed Hajj rituals this year.
King Salman delivered a speech during which he congratulated the guests on the blessed occasion of Eid Al-Adha,
“Allah Almighty honored this country and its people with the service of the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors who come to perform Hajj and Umrah rituals”, he said.
Saudi Arabia has utilized all its human and material potentials to enable pilgrims to perform Hajj easily, he said.
“We are determined to proceed in achieving the highest level of services for the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites within an integrated system aiming to increase the facilitation of Hajj performance and the safety of the visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque. We are completing in our works the gigantic efforts exerted by the kings of this blessed country since the era of its founder late King Abdulaziz”, he added.
King Salman reminded the guests “the arms of terrorism have sought to harm the holy sites without any consideration to their sanctities. However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - with Allah’s help and in cooperation with the Kingdom’s brothers and friends - have achieved great successes in eradicating terrorism and drying up its sources firmly and persistently.”
He said that Saudi Arabia represents the heart of the Muslim world. “Therefore, it senses the hopes and pains of Muslims everywhere, strives to achieve unity, cooperation and solidarity in our Muslim world, and achieves security and peace in the whole world.”
From his part, the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Traditional Education of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood, delivered a speech on behalf of the guests and the heads of delegations of the Islamic countries participating in this year’s Hajj season, during which he commended the quality of the organization of this year’s Hajj season, as a qualitative addition in the series of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's successes in this regard.
He also hailed all forms of care being provided to pilgrims by the Kingdom, enabling them to perform their rituals with all comfort and reassurance, stressing that this is the right approach of the Kingdom throughout the ages, where it remained and still remains the Qibla of pilgrimage for Muslims from different parts of the world.
Among those present at the reception were: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Gambia’s President Adama Baro, Comoros President Osman Ghazali, Yemen’s Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmr, Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, Iraq’s Representatives Council Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri, Jordan’s House of Representatives Speaker Atef Tarawneh, Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki, Niger’s National Assembly President Ousseini Tinni, Mauritius Vice Prime Minister Showkutally Soodhun, Prince Hashim bin Al-Hussein, Bangladesh’s Former President Hussain Mohammad Ershad, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Ilyas Umakhanov, Afghanistan’s former Vice President and current Chairman of High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Khalili, Comoros Vice-President Abdallah Sarouma, Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and senior officials from a number of Islamic countries.