Saudi Arabia and several other Islamic countries yesterday announced that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted and that the holy month of fasting will begin on Monday.
On this occasion, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulated leaders of Islamic and Arab countries, heads of government and senior political and religious figures. They also asked God Almighty to bless Arab and Islamic countries and the entire world with prosperity, success and many more Ramadans in the future.
In a speech that he delivered, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques congratulated Muslims on the arrival of the holy month and said that “the whole world is suffering from the disease of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Despite its varied and malicious motives, terrorism is a deviation from natural instinct that does not differentiate between right and wrong and does not respect pledges and sanctities. It has crossed the borders of states and penetrated their relations, is spoiling ties among loved ones and those who are tolerant, is dividing fathers and sons as well as families and groups”. King Salman added that “Islam is the religion of mercy, compassion, love and moderation and calls for peace, justice and the renunciation of violence and extremism. We ask God in this blessed month to help the Islamic nation and the whole world to root out this scourge and eliminate it once and for all”.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques continued by saying that “Since its foundation by the late King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, God bestow His mercy on him, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made the unity of the Islamic nation and the reunification of the Arab and Islamic nations its goal that it is always striving to attain, and it is keen to achieve this.” He emphasised that “The Saudi Arabian leadership and people will remain keen to achieve this noble goal since we are happy when our Muslim brothers are happy and distressed when they are distressed… We will stand by them in both hardship and prosperity”.