1996 News Story

Eid messages from King Fahd and the royal princes

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today congratulated all Muslims on the occasion of Eid-El-Fitr and prayed for the blessing of Almighty God to unify the ranks of all Muslims The following is the text of his statement.

"Thanks be to Almighty God and peace and prayers upon our Prophet Muhammad, it is my pleasure, from Makkah, the cradle of Islam and the source of the light of Islam, to congratulate you, brother citizens, on whom be the peace, mercy and blessings of God, and all members of the community of Muslims, on this occasion of Eid-El-Fitr. We give thanks to Almighty God who has enabled us to fast the Holy Month of Ramadan and spend its nights in prayer.

I would also like to extend to you my appreciation for the heartfelt sentiments you expressed during the period of my indisposition, which stand witness to the unity of our hearts and the bonds of love that exist between us, that in this country, we are one family, and there is no difference between the ruler and the ruled. I would also like to thank all leaders of Arab and Muslim states who have expressed their brotherly feelings.

I pray to Almighty God to keep you all in good health, to preserve this country's power, security and stability, and to close the ranks of Muslims, enabling them to follow the path of righteousness."

Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, confirmed the paramount necessity for solidarity and unity among Muslims in his address on the occasion of Eid-El-Fitr, the text of which follows.

"Thanks be to Almighty God who has honored mankind with the message of Islam, and prayers and peace be on the Prophet Muhammad, the best of messengers and the best of men. Brothers, citizens, and honored members of the armed forces, as well as all of our Arab and Muslim brethren, may peace, mercy and the blessings of Almighty God be on you on this great day. The entire world is a witness that more than one quarter of the population of the earth is turning towards Makkah with clean hearts offering prayers to God and asking Him to accept their fasting and their nocturnal devotions. Each Muslim is congratulating his Muslim brothers on the occasion the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and the advent of Eid-El-Fitr. Almighty God has bestowed on his servants the bounty of Islam, and liberated them from the yoke of slavery to be the slaves of God alone, slaves of the Almighty, the only divine power.

The Holy Qur'an says: 'And hold fast, all together, by the rope which God stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves, and remember with gratitude God's favor on you, for ye were enemies and he joined your hearts in love.' And again: 'You were the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong.'

Current changes witnessed by the world today have made it necessary for Muslims to shoulder certain historical and humanitarian responsibilities. These changes involve political, economic, security and moral complexities in man's daily life that are costly and fearsome, yet we say this without being fearful, since we pursue all sentiments without fear or concern, saying only: 'Oh, Almighty God, may Islam and the Muslims prevail!'

Brothers, sons, and fathers, we are determined not to tolerate any endeavor or attempt to undermine your safety. It should always be taken into account that we are determined to shoulder our responsibility, remembering that each one of us is responsible for the safety of our home, mosque, school, farm and source of livelihood. I am confident of your political, economic, religious and security awareness, and would like to confirm that we in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia feel that we are an indivisible part of the Arab and Muslim Community. The bounties we enjoy have come as a result of the great struggle made by our fathers and grandfathers over decades under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz, and we are determined to remain vigilant to preserve this great inheritance we have received from our ancestors despite all difficulties that we might face in this anxious world. I would like to make it clear that life with all its complications will never make us draw apart from you. We are with you heart and soul, and anyone who is not aware of this fact should sit up and take note of it.

Thanks be to Almighty God, we are not dictators or emperors, having been taught breeding and manners by Islam, and believing that we have no power or weight except through Islam.

I would also like to thank Almighty God that my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz has recovered from his indisposition. I end by congratulating you on the occasion of the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and the advent of Eid-El-Fitr."


Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General, in his address on the occasion of Eid-El-Fitr, praised the Saudi leaderships' dedicated efforts to serve Islam and the country and prayed for Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Chechnya. The following is the full text.

"In the name of Almighty God, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, I would like to congratulate you, the generous community of Muslims, and especially the brothers of the armed forces, on the occasion of the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Our leadership, in dedicating its efforts to the service of our religion and country, has been giving great attention to the armed forces because it believes that they constitute the Mujahadeen who work for the service of Islam and devote their time and effort to the defense of this country, the cradle of Islam. We are aware of our responsibility towards visitors to the Two Holy Mosques, and believe that worshipping Almighty God is the major principle of this life. Since the era of King Abdul Aziz, the leadership of the Kingdom has unwaveringly served Islam and the Muslims. We believe that we are the servants of Islam, we the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, civilians and military men, nomads and city-dwellers, one family, living in one country, under the umbrella of Islam.

I congratulate our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz; I congratulate Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, who has been dedicating his time in the service of our country's leader; and I congratulate all members of the armed forces. I pray to Almighty God to make truth triumph; I pray to Almighty God to enable our Afghan brethren to close their ranks and follow the teachings of Islam; and I pray to Almighty God for the triumph of the Mujahadeen in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Chechnya.

While acknowledging the agreement reached by the Bosnians and the others for the realization of reconciliation and stability, and hoping that Russia will sincerely respect human rights in Chechnya by revising the existing military measures that are undertaken day and night, we pray to Almighty God to enable all of them to come to their senses and act with reason and logic."