2006 Speech

Transcript of Eid Al-Adha address by King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan
Address delivered on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz by Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani on Saudi TV, on the occasion of the Eid Al-Adha, Mina, December 30, 2006
In the name of Allah, the compassionate and the Merciful

Brothers and sisters: Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings. From this holy site, we ask Allah Almighty to ensure good deeds and success as well as bless us with bounties and rewards. We congratulate the Muslim nation on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha. We praise the Allah almighty for enabling hundreds of thousands of Muslims to perform Hajj this year, who gathered here from all corners of the world, surpassing race, color, gender and languages and reflecting unprecedented brotherhood and equality.

The call of Islam, which first sounded on this blessed land and from its valleys, and extended to all people, constitutes a unique civilization, propagating virtue and prohibiting vice as well as allowing what is permissible and forbidding what is evil. It encompasses a civilization that could lead to productivity, creativity and diversity as well as vitality and strength.

Hajj, brothers and sisters, is the great occasion, which reminds us always about perfection of religion. In the plains of Arafat, this verse of the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet (PBUH), the guide to all humanity:

"This Day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (Sura Al-Mai'da, verse 4)

Islam came as a completion of all divine religions, affirming divine declaration about the maturity and completeness of humanity. The completion of the divine revelation and the understanding of the duty on our shoulders dictate us to work united and think seriously to mobilize our resources and determination, integrate sources of unity and harmony and overcome differences. The greatness of our religion should serve as an inspiration and a model for all mankind.

Dear brothers and sisters: Every year, we wish bounties and well-being for all of you, your country and your nation. May Allah's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.