2003 News Story

Saudi leaders issue 1424 Ramadan statement to all Muslims

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 issued a joint statement today on the eve of the Holy Month of Ramadan, which begins tomorrow, October 27, 2003. They wished all Muslims everywhere a blessed month of fasting, prayed that God Almighty accept their worship, and cited the Holy Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad on the opportunity for forgiveness that is now available. Saudi Arabia, they said, is proud of being honored by God as home to the Two Holy Mosques, and is always ready to undertake its duty of serving visitors to them. Saudi Arabia, they declared, is determined to abide without wavering by the teachings of Shariah [Islamic Law] in deed as in word. They then availed themselves of the opportunity to call on the Muslim community to unify ranks and follow Islam's true path of moderation.