2007 Public Statement

Remarks by King Abdullah on the advent of Ramadan
The following is a translation of remarks by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz on the advent of Ramadan, Jeddah, September 12, 2007.

Brothers and sisters of this beloved country, and sons of the Muslim nation everywhere.
We receive the blessed month of Ramadan during which the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). 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. 

While preparing ourselves for this blessed month, let us feel the importance of giving and sympathy with others and share with them their feelings.

It is the month in which we feel what others are in need of, and feel with our duties rather than our rights.

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.

The giving means exploitation of oneself and bounties Allah Almighty has bestowed on him, so as to promote, serve and produce, and to live as an effective member in his environment, country, nation and world.

Fasting in Ramadan constitutes the best example for giving, because fasting is a practical worshiping through which the person works to purify himself and tries to get acquainted with the requirements of the others, and he should feel that he is a party to others. He should have the feeling that he is an indivisible part of the others, and that he grows up by their help and they grow up by his help.

Brothers and sisters:

We pray to Allah Almighty to help us to go ahead on a proper path, following the human meanings which are embodied in Ramadan, and the horizon towards which we head forward and set an example which reflects the true meanings of Islam.
Wassalam alaimkum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu.