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VOL: 373 — ISSUE NO: 14514 — FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017, 28 RAMADAN — 1438

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Saudi Gazette report

M

ILLIONS of Mus-

lims from around

the world as well

as other parts of the

Kingdom converged

on the Grand Mosque in Makkah and

the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to

take part in the special Lailat Al-Qadr

“Night of Power” prayers, Wednesday

night.

Lailat Al-Qadr marks the occa-

sion when the first verses of the Holy

Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Mu-

hammad (peace be upon him). Accord-

ing to the Qur’an, (worship on) the

night is better in reward than (worship

in) a thousand months.

Though there is no clear indication

in the Islamic texts about the exact

date, based on a saying of the Prophet

(pbuh) scholars believe the Night of

Power falls on one of the odd nights

in the last 10 days of Ramadan, most

probably on the 27th night.

“Whoever spends this night in

prayer out of sincere faith and in the

hope of reward from Allah will be for-

given all his previous sins,” the Proph-

et (pbuh) said in a Hadith reported by

Bukhari, the most authentic book of

traditions.

It is also believed that in Lailat

Al-Qadr, Almighty Allah marks the

fate of every individual for the follow-

ing year, thus Muslims pray during

the night for mercy, forgiveness and

salvation. It is believed to be the most

appropriate time of the year to pray for

salvation and blessings.

The traffic heading to the holy cit-

ies was intense with vehicles moving

at snail’s pace hours before sunset.

All government departments had

mobilized their human and material

resources to welcome the mammoth

crowd of worshipers and facilitate

their stay in the holy cities providing

them with a spiritual atmosphere.

Custodian of the Two Holy

Mosques King Salman has given in-

structions to government departments

and public agencies to extend all-out

efforts to make the stay of the guests

of Allah in Makkah and Madinah com-

fortable.

Efforts have been made to provide

the faithful with adequate accommoda-

tion, keep Makkah and its surround-

ings clean and tidy, ensure security and

safety of pilgrims and control traffic to

ensure the smooth flow of vehicles in

the central area of the city.

“The Ramadan plan focuses on

ensuring the smooth flow of pilgrims

to and from the Grand Mosque,” said

an official of the Presidency for the

Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques,

adding that there is good coordination

between the presidency, Haram Secu-

rity Force and the crowd management

department.

“We provide a host of services to

the guests of Allah,” the official said

while urging pilgrims and worship-

ers not to enter the mosque while the

faithful come out after prayers to avoid

congestion and possible stampedes.

The mayoralty has intensified

cleaning services throughout Makkah

to keep the city and its environment

clean by deploying a large number of

cleaning workers. Its officers check

shops selling foodstuffs as well as

street vendors to make sure they com-

ply with hygiene regulations.

The Health Affairs in Makkah, on

the other hand, has set out a complete

plan to protect pilgrims from conta-

gious diseases. It has set up clinics

inside the Grand Mosque to provide

quick medical assistance and first-aid

services to pilgrims who may fall sick.

The jam-packed Grand Mosque on Wednesday night. — SPA

Millions converge on Makkah,

Madinah for

‘Night of Power’

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has

given instructions to government departments and public

agencies to extend all-out efforts to make the stay of the

guests of Allah in Makkah and Madinah comfortable.

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ESSAGES of congratulations are

continuing to pour in for Prince

Muhammad Bin Salman on his ap-

pointment as the crown prince of

the Kingdom.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Vice-

President of the People’s Republic of China Li Yu-

anchao, and British Foreign Secretary Boris John-

son were among those who sent their best wishes to

the crown prince on Thursday.

In a cable sent to the crown prince, Prime Min-

ister Sharif wished him all success in his missions to

serve his religion and homeland.

Li Yuanchao, in a cable sent to the crown prince,

stressed his readiness to work with him in the next

phase to enhance the momentum of the positive

development of bilateral relations, support the fun-

damental interests and the great concerns of the two

sides and accelerate the linkage between the initia-

tive of the Silk Road and Economic Belt and the

Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

In his message, British foreign secretary said:

“The United Kingdom is linked with the Kingdom

of Saudi Arabia with strong and long-standing part-

nerships, and we look forward to working together

to enhance stability in the Middle East”.

Meanwhile, Minister of Culture and Informa-

tion Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad congratulated

Prince Muhammad and said: “We congratulate the

crown prince for the royal trust and pledge him al-

legiance, praying to Almighty Allah to protect and

help him to serve his religion, King and homeland’’.

Prince Muhammad received the pledge of alle-

giance as the crown prince from princes, the Grand

Mufti of the Kingdom, president of the Shoura

Council, scholars, ministers, official and citizens at

Al-Safa Palace in Makkah.

Emirs of different regions received pledge of al-

legiance on behalf of the crown prince from citizens

and officials in their respective capitals. Riyadh

Emir Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, Madinah Emir Fais-

al Bin Salman, Qassim Emir Prince Dr. Faisal Bin

Mishal, Emir of Hail Prince Andulaziz Bin Saad,

Najran Emir Prince Juluwi Bin Abdulaziz, Emir of

Al-Jouf Prince Fahd Bin Badr, took the pledge.

New ministers take oath

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman

administered the oath of office to newly-appointed

princes in Makkah, late Wednesday. They include

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud, minister of interior;

Prince Faisal Bin Sattam, Ambassador to Italy;

Prince Khalid Bin Bandar, ambassador to Germany;

and Prince Abdulaziz Bin Fahd Bin Turki, deputy

emir of Al-Jouf region.

King Salman advised them to be faithful to the

religion and the country and to perform the given

task with sincerity, honesty and integrity.

— SG

Congratulations

pour in for new

crown prince