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VOL: 373 — ISSUE NO: 14514 — FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017, 28 RAMADAN — 1438
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ILLIONS of Mus-
lims from around
the world as well
as other parts of the
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
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
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-
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
“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,
‘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.
England rout of SA
ESSAGES of congratulations are
continuing to pour in for Prince
Muhammad Bin Salman on his ap-
pointment as the crown prince of
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.
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