2001 News Story

Saudi leaders greet Muslims on Eid Al-Adha 1421

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today greeted all Muslims on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha 1421, and expressed their happiness at receiving in the Kingdom pilgrims who have come from all over the world, saying Saudi Arabia is honored to serve them and enable them to perform their rituals in comfort and ease. In a speech read on their behalf by Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi, they recounted how yesterday the entire world watched as the pilgrims stood at Arafat, wearing their ihram [special clothing for the pilgrimage] and praying to God Almighty to accept their hajj [pilgrimage] and forgive their sins; and how hajj offers the opportunity for Muslims to divest themselves of sin and become God-fearing and dutiful. They then expressed their heartfelt congratulations to all Muslims throughout the world as well as to the citizens, residents and pilgrims in the Kingdom, praying that God make it a happy Eid full of bounties, and that He accept the pilgrims' hajj and return them safely to their homelands.