KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah celebrated Friday the first day of Eid Al-Adha by performing Eid prayers at the Grand Mosque of Kuwait.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah was accompanied by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh Faisal Al-Saud Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Acting Speaker of Parliament Issa Al-Kanderi, and Minister of the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Also present were First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al- Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al- Saba, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Anas Al- Saleh, and senior state officials. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir on Sunday sent a cable to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, congratulating him on the successful conclusion of this year’s Hajj season. In his cable, His Highness the Amir lauded the Saudi King and the government’s efforts to provide better services to pilgrims. He also hailed the steady expansion of Al-Masjid Al-Haram and the establishment of new service centers which helped pilgrims perform their rituals so smoothly and easily.
His Highness the Amir wished the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people more progress and welfare under the wise leadership of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent the Saudi king two cables of similar sentiments. Kuwaiti Hajj Mission Chief Khlaif Al-Othaina on Monday extolled Saudi keenness on providing all necessary services to pilgrims, and on cooperation with Arab and Muslim Hajj missions.
Al-Othaina made the statement to KUNA following a customary annual reception held by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for heads of Arab and Muslim pilgrimage missions. He highly commended the great efforts of the Saudi government during this year’s pilgrimage season, saying that the successful Hajj season came due to high-quality services provided to pilgrims this year. He spoke highly of the annual reception as a great opportunity for chiefs of pilgrimage missions to exchange views on how to offer the best services to pilgrims.
Furthermore, Al-Othaina appreciated the eagerness of His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah to monitor the conditions of Kuwaiti pilgrims during this year’s season.
The annual five-day Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia is officially over. Khalid al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, announced Sunday the formal end of the pilgrimage at a news conference in the holy city. Hajj draws people from around the world to Saudi Arabia each year. The crowds, squeezed shoulder to shoulder in prayer five times a day, fill the city of Makkah and surrounding areas to perform a number of physically demanding and intricate rites. The pilgrimage is required once in a lifetime of all Muslims with the means to go. Its goal is remission of past sins and drawing Muslims closer to God. The governor said no accidents were reported this year. In the past, construction accidents, disease and stampedes have harmed and killed pilgrims.