1999 News Story

First Friday prayers of Holy Month of Ramadan

Over one million Muslims congregated yesterday for the first Friday prayers of this year's Holy Month of Ramadan, in the Grand Mosque at Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. In Makkah, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Subayyil urged Muslims to give thanks to God for His countless blessings, and to think of those who are oppressed, in Chechnya and elsewhere. He declared that fasting, in obedience to the Lord's commands, makes believers learn to be patient and to avoid indulging themselves. In Madinah, Sheikh Abdulbari Al-Thubaiti stressed the importance of Ramadan in rectifying imbalance in deeds and actions, saying it is a time when the wealthy learn to think kindly of the poor and understand their sufferings, and a month of inner strength, patience and virtuous deeds rather than weakness, laziness and indolence.