King, Crown Prince address the nation as Eid Al-Fitr begins

August 30, 2011

The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin congratulated the Kingdom on the occasion of the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr. In an address delivered yesterday by Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja, they thanked Allah Almighty for enabling Muslims to successfully fast during the holy month of Ramadan. “During Ramadan, we enjoyed the noble values of the month of fasting, including helping the poor, pardoning the oppressor and practicing the values of tolerance,” the statement said. It added, “We thank Allah Almighty and appeal to Him to lead our nation towards whatever is good for its interests and to help the Muslim people to overcome the crises and calamites they incurred. We hope that the Eid will be an occasion for getting rid of that situation and achieving our aspirations. We ask Allah to bestow his mercy upon the souls of the deceased and to bless the entire world with peace and prosperity.”

Today, King Abdullah performed Eid Al-Fitr prayers at the Holy Mosque in Makkah. He was joined by former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri; Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz; President of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz; Vice Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz; Prince Meteb bin Abdulaziz; Prince Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz; and a number of other princes; senior scholars; sheikhs; officials; and citizens. The prayer was led by the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, who prayed to Allah Almighty to preserve the leadership of the homeland – the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Prime Minister.

The Eid Al-Fitr holiday began today, marking the end of the month of Ramadan.