Fam­i­lies of slain Egyp­tian forces get 1,000 hajj slots

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris, in Makkah

Saudi Ara­bia King Sal­man has of­fered 1,000 hajj slots to fam­i­lies of slain sol­diers and po­lice­men from Egypt.

The King, who or­dered the host­ing of 1,000 male and fe­male rel­a­tives of the fallen Egyp­tian se­cu­rity forces for this year’s hajj, said the ges­ture was part of his An­nual Guests Pro­gramme, which is be­ing su­per­vised by the Saudi’s Min­istry of Is­lamic Af­fairs, Call and Guid­ance.

In a state­ment made avail­able to news­men yes­ter­day, Saudi’s Min­is­ter of Is­lamic Af­fairs, Sheikh Ab­dul­latif Bin Ab­dulAziz Al-Asheikh, said the hajj seats were given to fam­i­lies of sol­diers and po­lice­men who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Sep­a­rately, Dr Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­dais, the Gen­eral Pres­i­dent of the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Mad­i­nah, has ad­vised Mus­lim jour­nal­ists to help counter neg­a­tive nar­ra­tives about Is­lam.

Sheikh Al-Su­dais stated this in Makkah while speak­ing to se­lect Mus­lim jour­nal­ists in­vited by the Saudi Min­istry of Me­dia to cover this year’s Hajj.

“You have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity upon you. You rep­re­sent the pulse of the Mus­lim na­tion and its con­science; in a word, you change the pub­lic opin­ion about Is­lam,” he said.

“Al­lah will ask you on the day of res­ur­rec­tion for ev­ery sin­gle-word you wrote ...The King­dom’s mes­sage is the mes­sage of Is­lam based on mercy, tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence, sup­port­ing mod­er­a­tion and har­ness­ing the facts of the times in high­light­ing the im­age of civ­i­lized Mus­lims and re­mov­ing the ac­cu­sa­tion of ter­ror­ism against them,” he said.

He said Saudi King­dom would con­tinue to do its best in the pro­tec­tion and spread of Is­lam across the world. the

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