2004 News Story

Saudi leaders greet Muslims worldwide on 1424 Eid Al-Adha

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, in a speech read yesterday on radio and television on their behalf by Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi, greeted on the occasion of 1424 Eid Al-Adha, which falls today, all citizens and pilgrims, and all Muslims worldwide.

[full text of address]

[see also relevant Press Release]

King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah observed that 'Eid' in Islam has a number of meanings. They referred to the building of bridges of mercy and kindness to achieve brotherhood among Muslims and to bring unity to the Muslim world through good deeds and refraining from extravagance, extremism, and terrorism, which, they said are elements of decay on this earth which Islam prohibits and warns of.
Meanwhile, in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Shaikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sodeis delivered a sermon in which he urged Muslims to follow the moderate course of Islam; stressed that for the Kingdom’s security there is no room for violence, sabotage or corruption; called for reforms; and warned of the need to care for the younger generation.