2004 News Story

Saudi leaders extend Ramadan greetings to all Muslims

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 Muslims everywhere on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, in a speech read on their behalf on Saudi radio and television by Minister of Culture and Information Dr Fuad Al-Farsi. They noted that, according to the Holy Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year, and embraces the holiest night in the year, Laylat Al-Qadr. They extended to Muslims all over the world congratulations on the advent of this holy month, which is longed for by Muslims in anticipation of gathering up more rewards through the offering not only of the fast, but of philanthropic deeds, since donations and acts of kindness are doubly rewarded during Ramadan.

The Saudi leaders went on to state that in its capacity as Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to enforce Shari’ah [Islamic Law] in all aspects of life and sincerely work for the benefit of all mankind as well as the sons of the Muslim world and the people of this country. The Muslim world, they said, is today in dire need of solidarity in deed and in word; and the stances taken by Muslims and the efforts they exert must be in accordance with Shari’ah, which denounces violence, extremism, and terrorism, and advocates wisdom, moderation, and peace.