Sun Nov 19 2017, 3:57:51 +03

Hajj a resounding success; Makkah only for worship: Emir of Makkah

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(Makkah Al Mukarramah-AlummahWorld-Dhu-AlHijjah 13,1438H) Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah, adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, announced on Sunday that this year’s Hajj operation was a resounding success.


Addressing the final press conference for this year’s Hajj season at his emirate office in Mina, the emir reemphasized that Makkah is a place for worship and the government won’t allow Makkah to be used for politics or any other purposes.


He also revealed an integrated plan for the development of the holy sites, to be announced in due course, so as to accommodate more and more pilgrims in future, saying that Saudi Arabia never boasts of the huge funds that it pumps in carrying out its sublime mission of serving the Two Holy Mosques and pilgrims as the Kingdom sees this as one of its established principles.

Prince Khaled thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the care and guidance he has given to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during the Hajj. The emir thanked Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense; and Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Naif, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, for their continued follow-up of the Hajj operation.


He also thanked the pilgrims who contributed to the success of this year’s Hajj season, hoping that the Kingdom had offered them what they deserve of respect and service.

The emir said that more than two million pilgrims performed Hajj this year, and they represented over 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, with sending the message that Islam is peace. This figure is an increase of 30 percent compared to that of last year.


Prince Khaled attributed the success of this year’s Hajj season to the Kingdom’s employment of all its human, physical and technical potential and capabilities to serve the pilgrims, as well as to expand and develop the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites.


He urged the global media to disseminate the noble message of Hajj that Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance, and that all those who belong to this religion extend their hands to all for building this world and not to destroy it.


“What is happening now of sedition, wars, disputes and conspiracies among human beings does not please Allah, the Creator, and won’t ever be an honor for the human beings.”


Prince Khaled said the concerned authorities will discuss the reports that are transferred to them by the field workers with regard to various aspects of the Hajj operation. He said the Kingdom is taking new measures every year to improve the Hajj services as well as to develop the holy sites.


The emir ruled out any religious tourism development plans for Makkah. “There is no religious tourism in Makkah, as it is a place for Hajj and worship. Tourism would be outside the boundaries of Makkah and the holy sites.”


Prince Khaled reiterated that Saudi Arabia allows no politicization in Hajj. “The Kingdom rejects any one from using the Hajj season or this place for something other than worship,” he said in comments about the measures taken by the Kingdom towards the call for the politicization of Hajj by the Iranian pilgrims.


“The Iranians are Muslims and this country is open to all Muslims to perform Hajj rituals and we did not prevent the Iranians or anyone else from any part of the world from performing their rituals or visiting the holy land and Makkah. They all are invited, like other Muslims, to come to these places for Hajj and visit Makkah and Madinah to perform their rituals as this is a land for worship ordained by Allah Almighty.”


He reiterated the Kingdom’s absolute rejection of exploiting this great religious obligation of Hajj for any political, economic or other matters, describing it as an honored mission, a responsibility and a trust for Saudi Arabia that must be carried out sincerely, in a manner that guarantees Muslims to perform it with ease, comfort and safety.

Meanwhile, Prince Khaled on Sunday held separate meetings with Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, minister of health, Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amr, director general of the Civil Defense, and Maj. Gen. Saad Al-Jabbari, commander of security forces for installations, to review the overall performance of the respective departments and forces during Hajj.