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King Salman in Madinah: We All Serve the Two Holy Mosques - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Madinah- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Thursday the importance of stability and security which Saudi Arabia has been fortunate with, referring to them as a great blessing from Allah the Almighty which should be appreciated.

In a heart-to-heart speech by King Salman to an audience of Madinah residents attending the ceremony for launching development projects, the King said that it pleases and honors him to be among the people of Madinah- Prophet Mohammed’s (Pbuh) destination after his Hijrah from Mecca, he also expressed great privilege acknowledged by his family on being the Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques.

King Salman, at the ceremony, added that each of the Royal family and the people of Saudi Arabia serve as Custodians to the Two Holy Mosques, and that it is by Allah’s grace that each of the pilgrims, minor or major (Umrah or Hajj), are safe and reassured which is considered a holy bestowment everyone must recognize and appreciate.

The projects inaugurated under his patronage are estimated to be worth SR4 billion and SR114 million and include projects encompassing sectors such as health, education, cultur, electricity, water and other utilities.

On his behalf, regional cleric Osama Jaafar also gave a speech at the ceremony. He first welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and then confirmed that holy grounds in Saudi Arabia have received unparalleled care from King Abdulaziz, founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was a route later also followed by his dutiful sons.

He further added that the long march towards development and construction never seized in the journey of fulfilling the will of Allah the Almighty. Jaafar also said that all developments have added to the pilgrims’ comfort.

Later that evening, accompanied by princes and ministers, King Salman visited Quba Mosque in Madinah, and was received by Sheikh Saleh Al Maghamsi and the Mosque’s Imam and preacher.

On the other hand, King Salman on Thursday issued seven royal decrees stipulating the appointment of new directors to a number of universities in Saudi Arabia.

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