King Salman’s humanitarian gesture to host, facilitate Hajj pilgrims lauded

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrive at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after a successful Hajj rituals. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2017
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King Salman’s humanitarian gesture to host, facilitate Hajj pilgrims lauded

MADINAH: The Guests of the King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program in Madinah expressed their thanks and appreciation for being selected by the program to perform Hajj this year.
The guests praised the great services, continuous efforts and mega-projects carried out and being implemented by the Saudi government at the Two Holy Mosques and holy sites to facilitate Hajj for pilgrims.
Bashir Shakir Idris, a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, thanked the government for the care and concern pilgrims have received.
Swiss pilgrim Mariam Nasser Mabrouk expressed her pleasure for being hosted through this program, which she described as an extension of the Islamic efforts exerted by the Saudi government and a noble humanitarian act.
She considered the program as “a link between Muslims around the world. They meet in one place for one purpose.”
Mabrouk also said that “what the program offers of cultural and awareness programs, books and visits to various religious, cultural and historical places are an enrichment added for the participants, especially with regard to Islamic history, the Prophet’s biography and the architecture of the Two Holy Mosques.”
Al-Wahi Khair Al-Buhtiar, the third-place winner in the Hadith Memorizing Competition for the Asia-Pacific region, praised the efforts made by the program’s staff for facilitating bookings and receptions.
Mahmoud Abu Yusuf Al-Safri of Malaysia expressed his admiration of what he saw of the development and expansion projects of the Grand Mosque.
“The efforts of the Saudi government are clear and appreciated by the whole world,” said one of Vietnam’s pilgrims. He also stressed that “these tremendous efforts are much appreciated and can’t be ignored.”
Afdhal Ahmad Aslam, among Pakistan’s pilgrims, commended the “facilities, projects and expansions carried out to serve pilgrims in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy places to help pilgrims perform their rituals.”
Pilgrim Matari Mohammed of the Comoros considered the hosting by King Salman to perform the Hajj as an extension of the interest of the leadership of Saudi Arabia in Muslim concerns, and “a continuance of the process of good and giving being done by the leaders of the Kingdom to Islamic work.”
Farida Salahuddin from Thailand expressed her thanks to King Salman for what she saw of the mega-projects in Makkah and Madinah, which facilitated their Hajj performance.
Argentine pilgrim Rouen Daniel Khatib congratulated King Salman and the noble Saudi people on the success of the pilgrimage this year.


Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

Updated 20 May 2019
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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.