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.