Mina – Victory or martyrdom are the only two options for Saudi Arabia when it defends itself against incursions, said King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, addressing the armed forces at an Eid reception in Mina Friday, "Al-Jazirah" newspaper reported.
“Those who think that the sovereignty of the Kingdom is a fertile source for their sick thoughts are under an illusion,” the King said, citing the Holy Qur’an “And those who do wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned.” (Surah 26, verse 227)
“Empowered by your strong faith in Allah, your loyalty to your country comes as a natural and historical extension of your forefathers’ [loyalty] to their leader King Abdul Aziz,” the King said.
“You have put your trust in Allah to fight those who have betrayed themselves into doing evil,” the King said. “Knowledge brings victory and ignorance brings defeat,” the King said.
The King described the sacrifice of the armed forces in defending the country as “its shield after Allah’s protection.”
“We have the great honor of serving the pilgrims and what you have done to secure this year’s Hajj is highly appreciated,” the King said. “May Allah bless you, faithful men and loyal sons,” the King said, asking Allah to keep the Kingdom “victorious, safe, and secure.”
“The armed forces have responded to Your Majesty’s order to clean out the land of the armed infiltration of a deviant and hired group,” said Gen. Saeed Al-Qahtani, Chief of General Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, in his speech before the King.