Makkah - The Minister of Hajj Dr. Fuad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi inaugurated yesterday the Grand Hajj Symposium entitled "Safety in Hajj" organized by the Ministry of Hajj with the participation of Muslim Scholars, thinkers and men of letters.
The Secretary-General of the symposium, Hisham bin Abdullah Al-Abbas, who is also an adviser at the Ministry of Hajj, said, according to "Al-Riyadh" newspaper, that the symposium’s topic was chosen due to its importance in spreading the spirit of cooperation among pilgrims and in enabling them to perform Hajj rites in safety and comfort.
He said the symposium is aimed at enlightening pilgrims about keeping themselves safe until they return home. “It will also highlight the concept of cooperation in goodness and piety,” he added.
In his speech, Dr. Al-Farsi conveyed to participants the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier and their best wishes of all success for the Symposium, stressing the keenness of the Saudi leadership to provide best services and facilities for pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.
He noted that the three-day Symposium will discuss a number of topics contributing to the safety of pilgrims.
In his lecture, the Kingdom's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh laid stress on the security and safety of pilgrims, expressing his thanks and appreciation of the King, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier for the great services and facilities provided for pilgrims. He asked pilgrims to honor the spirit of cooperation in piety and good deeds, and described the Hajj as an international conference in which Muslims participate to exchange views and develop friendships. The grand mufti also criticized people who violate the Kingdom’s Hajj regulations.