Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today congratulated the Saudi people on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins tomorrow. In a joint speech to the nation read on their behalf by Minister of Information Dr. Fu'ad Al-Farsi, they reminded the public of the great blessings and benefits of Ramadan, a season for winning God's forgiveness and complete pardon. They urged remembrance of departed relatives and review of one's personal achievements in terms of religion. They stressed the fact that the Kingdom has been and will remain the world's leading Islamic country, the one most adherent to Shari'ah [Islamic Law], a fact that makes it recognized by the international community as the most secure and stable in the world.
A royal decree has been issued concerning official working hours in government departments during the month of Ramadan. These will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Eid El-Fitr holiday season will be from Ramadan 25 (December 21) to Shawwal 5 (December 31).