King Sal­man calls on Mus­lims to close ranks, re­nounce ex­trem­ism

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIYADH—Saudi King Sal­man on Sun­day greeted Mus­lims all over the world on the oc­ca­sion of the start of the holy month of Ra­madan, the Saudi Press Agency re­ported. Mus­lims be­gin their month-long dawn to dusk fast at the sight­ing of the Ra­madan cres­cent.

In his speech read out by Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and In­for­ma­tion Adel Al-Tu­raifi and ad­dressed to Mus­lims ev­ery­where, the Saudi King em­pha­sized the ur­gent need to re­al­ize Is­lamic unity at a time when the whole world reels un­der the scourge of ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions.

He re­it­er­ated Saudi Ara­bia’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to close Mus­lims ranks and forge bet­ter ties with all coun­tries of the world. He said Is­lam is the re­li­gion of peace and mercy, which calls for mod­er­a­tion and re­nun­ci­a­tion of vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism. The Saudi King asked Mus­lims ev­ery­where to use the oc­ca­sion of the holy month to stay united and de­vote their wor­ship en­tirely to God alone.

Speech text: In the name of Al­lah, Most Gra­cious, Most Mer­ci­ful. Thanks to Al­lah Almighty who said in His holy book that “the month of Ra­madan is the month in which the Qur’an was sent down as guid­ance for peo­ple — clear verses of guid­ance and the cri­te­rion. There­fore, who­ever of you wit­nesses the month, let him fast. But he who is ill, or on a jour­ney shall (fast) a sim­i­lar num­ber (of days) later on; Al­lah wants ease for you and does not want hard­ship for you. And that you ful­fill the num­ber of days and ex­alt Al­lah Who has guided you in or­der that you be thank­ful.” And prayer and peace be upon the best of His cre­ation our Prophet Muham­mad Bin Ab­dul­lah, his fam­ily, his com­pan­ions and fol­low­ers un­til the day of res­ur­rec­tion.

Dear broth­ers and sisters in the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, my brother Mus­lims all over the world, As­salamu Alaykum Warah­matu Al­lahi Wa Barakatuhu and ac­cept my Ra­madan greet­ings. Let us thank God Almighty that we have the chance to once again wit­ness this great and beloved month, the month of Qur’an, mercy, for­giv­ing and redemp­tion from hell.

Thanks for Him for be­stow­ing on us abun­dant seen and un­seen graces. And thanks for Him for the good­ness, pros­per­ity, high sta­tus and dig­nity He be­stowed on this coun­try in par­tic­u­lar, as it is the land of rev­e­la­tion and from it the prophecy show­ing the way to right­eous­ness has emerged to mankind as God has cho­sen this land to be­come the home of the two holy mosques and the Qi­bla for all Mus­lims as they di­rect their faces to­ward it five times daily, day or night, ap­peal­ing for the mercy of Al­lah.

Dear Mus­lims all over the world, the month of Ra­madan comes this year as our Is­lamic na­tion is in dire need to trans­late the mean­ings and ob­jec­tives of this great month to make all wor­ships solely de­voted to Al­lah and fast­ing is the most sin­cer­est of wor­ships. In this re­gard, the Prophet was quoted as say­ing, “Al­lah said, ‘Ev­ery act of the son of Adam is for him ex­cept the fast­ing. It is done for My sake, and I will give a re­ward for it.’ By Al­lah in Whose hand is the life of Muham­mad, the breath of the ob­server of fast is sweeter to Al­lah than the fra­grance of musk”. Our na­tion of Is­lam should fol­low the in­struc­tions of the Prophet when he said, “The be­liev­ers are like one per­son; if his head aches, the whole body aches with fever and sleep­less­ness”.

The King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia since its foun­da­tion by the late King Ab­dul Aziz Al-Saud, God be­stows His mercy on him, has made the unity of the Is­lamic na­tion and the en­deavor to rec­on­cile the ranks of Arab and Is­lamic na­tions as the goal it al­ways tar­geted and is keen to achieve this as much as pos­si­ble.

We, as lead­er­ship and peo­ple, will re­main keen to se­cure this goal since we be­come happy when our brother Mus­lims are happy and dis­tressed once they be­come dis­tressed. We will stand by them in both hard­ship and pros­per­ity. Mus­lim broth­ers, Ra­madan is the month of mercy, which re­minds us that the whole world com­plains of the scourge of ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions.

De­spite its varied and ma­li­cious mo­tives, ter­ror­ism is a de­vi­a­tion from the nat­u­ral in­stinct that does not dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween right and wrong and does not re­spect pledges and sanc­ti­ties. It has crossed the bor­ders of states and pen­e­trated their re­la­tions, spoil­ing ties among the loved ones and the tol­er­ant, and di­vid­ing fa­thers and sons as well as fam­i­lies and groups. Wish­ing you good health all year round, and peace, mercy and bless­ings of God.—Agen­cies

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