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Saudi leadership urges unity, generosity in Ramadan address

In an address to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz called for Muslim unity and urged all Muslims to give generously to those in need.

The remarks were delivered on behalf of the Saudi leaders by Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani today. The holy month of Ramadan begins September 13.

“In this month, doors of mercy and forgiveness are open wide, and our hearts become hopeful that Allah Almighty will enable the Muslims to further unify their ranks and make them embody the Islamic values which link them as well as bring them closer to the true meanings of fraternity, cooperation and participation,” the Saudi leaders said.

Ramadan is also a time for generosity and thinking of others. “While preparing ourselves for this blessed month, let us feel the importance of giving and sympathy with others and share with them their feelings,” the King and Crown Prince said.

“The individual should give more to prove his humanitarian nature and prove that he is the Muslim whom Allah Almighty has bestowed on him the bounty of Islam, so he should give those who are around him, his community, his country, his nation as well as the entire mankind.”

Read a translation of the address