Saudi leadership highlights peace, dialogue in Ramadan address

August 1, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz today addressed the nation on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins tomorrow.

The remarks were delivered on behalf of the Saudi leaders by Minister of State and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Saud Al-Mathami.

In their address, King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan stressed that Islam is a religion of tolerance that seeks to foster dialogue among religions, civilizations and cultures.

“Our Islamic religion is a religion of love, mercy and tolerance … Its way is for dialogue, love and active participation in making human civilization.”

As the home of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia seeks to promote peace and justice for all mankind and fulfill its role of serving Muslim interests “to embody their dialogue with the cultures, societies and other world religions,” they said.

The King and Crown Prince also said that Ramadan is a time for renewing the values of Islam, which include mercy, forgiveness, compassion and the spirit of kinship.

“We see how a human being shows mercy to another one, how the rich feel the suffering of the poor, how Muslims race to win the consent of Allah. This month leads them to raise all the noble human meanings that form some of the features of the tolerant Islamic religion,” they noted.

In honor of the holy month, King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan exchanged greetings with Muslim leaders around the world.

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