Mecca, Asharq al Awsat – Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz congratulated the citizens of Saudi Arabia and Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
In a message read out on Saudi Television by Culture and Information Minister Iyad Madani, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques urged citizens to “spread love to others and to cultivate hope and happiness in every corner.”
King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan reaffirmed that their message “was a message of love, tolerance and mercy to our brothers in Islam and humanity.”
They pledged the government would continue to combat terror and terrorists “who betrayed their nation and forgot their humanity and adopted terrorism as ideology and course.”
The Saudi leaders denounced al Qaeda militants, who, since 2003, have carried a series of terrorist bombings and shootings in the country, and hoped God would guide them to the right path and give them the vision and clarity of mind to see the truth. “The country is ruled according to Sharia law and those deviant minds should rectify their behaviour before they are led astray and lose their religion and way of life.”
The Eid message emphasized the moderate teaching of Islam and its tolerance. “Our faith will not be complete without believing in all prophets and their messages,,” it said. “At the peak of its progress, the Islamic civilization was a unique example for coexistence and interaction with other cultures,” the message continued.
King Abdullah called on the faithful to follow the good morals they obtained during the holy month, especially the readiness to engage in good deeds, through their life. He reminded them of the great blessings of God, especially those of Islam and the Quran.