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

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 Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronized on Sunday the closing ceremony of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.
The king welcomed dignitaries and guests from the Gulf countries, including Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and representative of the sultan of Oman Sheikh Abdullah Hamad Al-Khalifa.
The king then handed prizes to the winners of the festival.
During the ceremony, chairman of the Camel Club’s board and general supervisor of the festival, Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin, thanked King Salman for his patronage and the “festival has become a destination for all (camel) owners within” within the Kingdom and serves as a platform “to bring together people from the Gulf and the Arab world.”
“This great gathering is a destination for all those interested in this heritage throughout the world,” he added.
Bin Hithlin also said that the club launched a package of economic decisions that will contribute to the development of this sector, and constitute an attractive factor for investments.