2007 Speech

Saudi leadership address to Muslims on the Eid Al-Adha 2007
Address by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz on the Eid Al-Adha, December 19, 2007

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, peace and prayers be on the last of the Prophets and Messengers.

Dear brothers and sisters:

May peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

Islam came into being to usher into a new birth of humanity. Testimony was given that there is no God except one God, which forms the first pillar of the pillars of Islam, and to declare the emancipation of human beings from the shackles of slavery except to the slavery of God.

Also, a prayer was imposed to always remind Allah Almighty’s slaves to remember that they have to prostrate, kneel and pray for the creator. The fasting of Ramadan is to remind a person to always think of himself and his weakness, and that the only way for his safety is to control his wishes and instincts and not to led by them.

However, Zakat confirmed the Muslim social responsibility towards society and towards the brotherhood of humanity.
In pilgrimage, the greatest jihad is to show the bondage of a human in the clearest terms before God, to stand in front of himself and his sins and to pelt his satanic temptations, showing his readiness for repentance.

In the plains of Arafat, in the Holy Mosque and in the land of “Taiyba al-Taiyba” (The Prophet’s city), the slave prays and appeals to his God for forgiveness and pardon as if he is all alone before his Creator in this universe.

Thus, thousands of men and women of this nation demonstrate the richness of the Muslim Nation as well as its pluralism and unity. In pilgrimage, this individual responsibility is vividly reflected by every Muslim. At the same time, this bond links Muslims into an integrated nation.

With blessings, Allah Almighty enabled a huge number of Muslims to perform Hajj this year.
With blessings, Allah enabled this country, its people, its government and leadership to be in the service of the guests of Allah.

We pray to Allah Almighty to accept the pilgrimage of every pilgrim. We also pray to Allah to perpetuate his bounties on his worshippers and show mercy to them in every place as well as provide them with contentment and enhance the strength of the nation of Islam making it more and more strong.

Wish you all a blessed and prosperous year. May peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.