2000 News Story
 

12/26/2000
Saudi leaders greet citizens on Eid Al-Fitr

The Higher Judicial Council announced yesterday that today is the 30th day of Ramadan, and that Wednesday December 27 would be the first day of Eid El-Fitr. This evening, 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 addressed the citizens of Saudi Arabia and all Muslims throughout the world to mark the occasion, calling for the building of strong economic blocs within the current regional, Arab and Islamic organizations in order to play an effective role in the new world order.


Recalling that the fasting month of Ramadan is warmly welcomed by the Islamic world as the season of forgiveness, the Saudi leadership reviewed the incidents and developments of the past year, and acknowledged a series of tragedies and problems, notably Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people. Israel, they said, is trying in vain to prevent the Palestinians from crying out to the world for their rights, and endorsed their right to establish their independent state on their national territories with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital, drawing attention to the fact that on this land is the Muslims' first qibla (direction for prayers), and their third holiest mosque, the location from where the Prophet Muhammad made his historic night ascension to the heavens.
King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah confirmed the Kingdom's position in support of Islamic causes, and called for adherence to the Islamic faith in all aspects of society and economics.

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