MAKKAH: King Salman performed the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. He was joined by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The king received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri after the prayer as well as scholars, sheikhs, senior civil servants and military officials who came to congratulate him on Eid Al-Fitr at Al-Safa Palace.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and other princes were also at the gathering.
The king greeted Saudis and Muslims around the world on Monday, the eve of Eid Al-Fitr. In an address, delivered on his behalf by Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah, the king wished peace and prosperity for the Kingdom, its people as well as to the Muslim Ummah and the world at large.
“Allah has honored Saudi Arabia, since it was founded by King Abdul Aziz, in serving the Two Holy Mosques and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, a unique honor to take care of their safety, security and comfort. We praise God for helping us harness all the capabilities to enable the guests of God to perform their rituals in ease and comfort,” the king said.
The king added that Saudi Arabia sought to serve Islamic issues and support peace. “We ask Allah Almighty to help the Muslim Ummah to achieve whatever is good for the Ummah, and to unite Muslims to follow the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah.”
The king left Makkah for Jeddah, having spent the last 10 days of the fasting month of Ramadan in the holy city.
Meanwhile, the king and the crown prince sent cables of greetings to several kings, heads of state, and leaders of Muslim countries. They wished that this auspicious occasion would bring about more progress and blessings to the Muslim world. The king and the crown prince also received greetings from kings, presidents and emirs of Islamic countries.