Saudi King Salman, Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani discuss opening of Salwa border for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi King Salman (R) receives Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani at his guest residence in the Moroccan city of Tangier. (SPA)
Updated 18 August 2017
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Saudi King Salman, Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani discuss opening of Salwa border for Hajj pilgrims

JEDDAH: Saudi King Salman received Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani Thursday evening at his guest residence in the Moroccan city of Tangier and discussed the opening of Salwa border crossing for Qatari pilgrims, reported SPA.
King Salman asserted his country’s constant and continuous keenness and care of pilgrims in harnessing all its efforts and human and technical potential to provide the finest Hajj experience to perform their rituals in ease and comfort.
Qatari Sheikh Al Thani expressed his profound thanks and appreciation to King Salman for approving a proposal submitted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the entrance of Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia via Salwa border crossing to perform Hajj, and allowing all Qatari pilgrims in without obtaining electronic permits.
Al Thani pointed that the King’s order to facilitate Qatari pilgrims Hajj proceeders confirms the deep fraternity and historical ties linking the Saudi and Qatari peoples as well as the leadership of the two countries.
On Wednesday, King Salman ordered all Qatari pilgrims to be transported from King Fahd International airport in Dammam and Ehsa international airport, sent private jets operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines to Doha airport to transport all Qatari pilgrims from the Qatari capital to the city of Jeddah and provided all means of hospitality at his own expense.


Saudi Islamic affairs ministry now ready for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 18 min 23 sec ago
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Saudi Islamic affairs ministry now ready for Hajj pilgrims

JEDDAH: The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance confirmed on Thursday that the ministry had completed its preparations to welcome Hajj pilgrims and to facilitate their pilgrimage.

Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that all the major mosques in the Kingdom’s holy sites comply with the relevant safety and security regulations and that their service facilities have been properly maintained. 

He stressed that all 3,000 of the ministry’s employees are working hard to ensure that pilgrims have the best possible experience, in addition to employees of institutions contracted to provide services to pilgrims. More than 4 million copies of the Qur’an will be provided as gifts to pilgrims, along with bottles of Zamzam water and brochures in several languages. 

Al-Asheikh added that a free phone service (800 2451 000) has been set up to answer pilgrims’ queries and to clarify fatwas.

Al-Asheikh clarified that the ministry monitors all religious platforms to make sure that they are not promoting extremist philosophies. 

Earlier, Al-Ashiekh met with the senior guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah Program.

He said that the hospitality of King Salman highlights his interest in Islam, scholars, as well as the security and stability of Islamic countries.

Al-Asheikh highlighted the importance of the role played by scholars to explain the message of Islam and the moderate approach that fights radicalism and extremism. 

“You are the best model in your country. You carry the message of Islam and spread the truth there, explaining many crucial concepts,” he said.

The minister listened to the speeches of senior guests who noted the continuous efforts of the Kingdom under the leadership the king and the crown prince, serving Islam and Muslims and defending their causes. 

The senior guests thanked the Kingdom for this program that reflects the leadership’s attention to scholars and influential figures in countries around the world.