In address by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to pilgrims:

The ultimate purpose of hajj is to stress unity and solidarity

Hajj is fountainhead rich in great meanings of tolerance, dialogue and diversity

Cracks within the abode of Islam won’t happen except by chaos, weakness and disunity

Crown Prince receives ulema, sheikhs, security commanders on behalf of King Abdullah

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud addressed pilgrims for the Hajj season of the year 1432AH.

The following is the text of the King's address:

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate.

Thanks be to Allah Who says in the Holy Quran:

'And proclaim the pilgrimage Among men: they will come To thee on foot and (mounted), On every camel, Lean (on account of journeys) Through deep and distant Mountain highways' [AL-Hajj:27]

Peace be upon the seal of prophets and messenger who was sent by Allah as mercy for human beings, our prophet Mohammad, who said 'The Righteous Hajj has only one Reward, that is paradise.'

Dear Brothers and Sisters pilgrims of the Holy Mosques, brothers and sisters sons of our Muslim Nation all over the world, peace be upon you.

From the land of the sacred mission and revelations, I congratulate you and all Muslims everywhere on Eid Al-Adha, supplicating Allah Almighty to accept your performance of Hajj, and to forgive all sins.

I pray to Allah to bestow His blessings upon you and respond to your supplications.

Dear brothers and sisters:

These crowds which converged on the Holy Mosque and roamed the Holy Shrines to complete the fifth pillar of Islam, make one deliberates, since Hajj is a source for great meanings in diversity, tolerance and dialogue. During Hajj season the true images emerge of the unified nation that gathered on one objective in response to the call of Allah and showed sincerity of worship to his Almighty. Wherever we go we hear nothing but the sound of Talbiya, declaring the slogan of Tawheed.

'Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Hajj provides us with unlimited images and deep meaning, the most important one of these is represented in the fact that a pilgrim goes through the difficulties facing him only in response to the call of 'Tawheed'.

He is seeking one aim to perform this blessed mission by visiting the holy shrines and devotes everything to Allah. He must be patient and tolerant and thank Allah for his blessings.

No wrangling or argument in Hajj. The pilgrim goes back to his homeland after performing his rituals as if he was just born. Allah blessed him with this great mission during his lifetime and forgave his sins. What a great blessing and journey Hajj is!

Dear brothers and sisters:

During each Hajj season, I learn from these pilgrims great lessons. I look at them during their walking and wandering around. I gain a great and a strange energy from these huge crowds. I admire the look of satisfaction and tranquility in their faces to attain the objective that they came for; enjoying the blessings of security and serenity prevailing in this country.

They look calm and serene, the older feels sympathy with the younger and the rich helps the poor.

Indeed this is a spectacular scene that we can only see in this Holy land which granted the world signs of tolerance and sympathy and showed the value of security and serenity.

'Dear Brothers and Sisters:

This good land on which pilgrims and visitors converge, with Allah's blessing, enjoys security and stability in response to the supplication of our father Abraham (Peace be upon him).

Allah says (in the Holy Quran) 'Abraham said: 'O my Lord! Make this city one of peace and security, And preserve me and my sons From worshipping idols.' [IBRAHAM:35]

Allah also says (in the Holy Quran 'Abraham said: My lord, make this a city Of peace, and feed its people with fruits.' [AL-BAQARAH:126]

Thus, security is the basis of civilization and development. It is Allah's blessing that He honored the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve pilgrims. It feels the great responsibility bestowed upon it. We do so seeking only rewards from Allah Almighty, seeking His help and making the pilgrims' service our greatest responsibility.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

'We beseech Allah to maintain our Muslim Nation's security and stability and help its leaders to do what is good for it during its lifetime, and work to achieve security and stability for its citizens.

When security and stability prevail, societies grow, economy prospers and the Nation moves forward. Muslim societies should make of Hajj a means of learning and education.

Among great aims of Hajj are unity, solidarity, and disposing of dissent and hatred.

Muslims should recall our Prophet's Saying (PBUH) during the farewell Hajj. 'Your blood, property, honor are impermissible, just like this sacred day, in this month, and in this country.

It is high time that we implement his will and realize to depend on Allah alone, and keep away from dissent as Allah ordered us.

Allah said: 'And hold fast, All together, by the Rope Which Allah stretches out For you, and not be divided Among yourselves; And remember with gratitude Allah favor on you; For ye were enemies And He joined your hearts In love, so that by His Grace Ye become brethren And ye were on the brink Of the pit of Fire, And He saved you from it Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you; That ye may be guided' [AL-IMRAN:103]

I pray to Allah to make your Hajj rewarded, and your sins forgiven.

I beseech Allah Almighty to let you return to your homelands safe and rewarded after having performed Hajj and stood on these sacred shrines.

Finally, I renew my congratulations to you on Eid Al-Adha and pray to Allah to return it with better times for our nation.'

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, held at the Royal Court in Mina Palace the Annual Reception Ceremony for Heads of Hajj Missions who are performing Hajj rituals of this year.

At the outset of the reception, the Crown Prince shook hands with the heads of Hajj missions.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered the speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in which he congratulated the pilgrims on Eid Al-Adha, praying to Allah Almighty to accept their Hajj and forgive their sins, and wishing the Islamic nation security, peace and prosperity.

He also thanked Allah Almighty for enabling the pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals in peace and comfort.

'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gives priority to the service of the Two Holy Mosques. Since the reign of the founder late King Abdulaziz until this day, the Kingdom has developed this service by mobilizing all financial and human capabilities.

Thanks to Allah Almighty, the Kingdom has succeeded in providing high level services in terms of organization, health and safety, despite the challenges of space and increased number of pilgrims,' the King said.

'The rapid challenges faced by the Islamic nation require us all to be aware of future risks and to realize that factors of conflict, division and rift in the great Islamic house will only lead to chaos and weakness and will serve the nation's enemies,' the King added, calling on the leaders and peoples of the Islamic nation to take their historical role and choose the path of unity.

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince received the Order of the Green Crescent from President Ikililou Dhoinine of Comoros. The Order was granted by the Parliament of Comoros to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Then, the Crown Prince handed over King Abdulaziz Medal of the First Order to the father of Martyr Farman Ali Khan.

Granting Martyr Farman Ali Khan this medal was approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in recognition for his role in saving 14 people during the Jeddah floods in 1430H. The audience had lunch with the Crown Prince. The ceremony was attended by President Ikililou Dhoinine of Comoros; President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali; Vice President Ali Othman Taha of Sudan; Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Maniku of Maldives; Vice President Dr. Khader Al-Khuzaie of Iraq; Prime Minister Mohammed Najib bin Abdul Razak of Malaysia; Prime Minister Aires Ali of Mozambique; Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu; Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani; several Muslim figures; and a number of ambassadors of Islamic and Arab countries accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony was also attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, Vice Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee and Chairman of Hajj Central Committee; Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs; and a number of princes, scholars, sheikhs and ministers.