1999 News Story

Prominent U.S. Islamic Personalities Perform Hajj (Hajj 1419)

More than 100 prominent Islamic personalities from the United States have traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj at the Kingdom's expense this year, according to Dr. Majed Al-Ghashian, Director of Islamic Affairs at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC. In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that the Embassy worked with the Washington offices of the League of Islamic Centers and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to arrange for the pilgrimage to the Holy Mosque in Makkah. Among the pilgrims was a delegation from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in suburban Washington, DC, and a number of professors from various American universities. Dr. Al-Gahsian expressed appreciation for the support and the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz. He also thanked Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz for his great effort and direct supervision of Islamic achievements in America.