King Salman’s decision to welcome 1,000 Umrah pilgrims worldwide in 2024 through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program marks a significant and generous initiative fostering unity among Muslims globally. Managed by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call, and Guidance, the program reflects the commitment of Saudi Arabia to facilitate religious practices and strengthen ties within the Muslim community.
Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, expressed gratitude towards the King and Crown Prince for their endorsement of this program. He emphasized the program’s importance in promoting unity, as it brings together influential Islamic figures, scholars, and intellectuals from around the world to perform Umrah and pray at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
The Minister lauded the ongoing support from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, highlighting its dedicated efforts in serving Islam, spreading its values, and actively combating extremism. This demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s commitment to nurturing a moderate and inclusive interpretation of Islam, countering radical ideologies.
The program not only serves as a spiritual journey for the pilgrims but also as a platform for intellectual exchange and dialogue among prominent Islamic figures. This convergence of minds can contribute to a deeper understanding of Islam and its diverse interpretations, fostering mutual respect and cooperation.
As Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh expressed his prayers for the continued prosperity and security of the country, he also extended his wishes for the well-being of the Umrah pilgrims. This initiative reflects the Kingdom’s dedication to ensuring that pilgrims experience a safe, enriching, and spiritually fulfilling journey, contributing to the broader goals of promoting global Islamic unity and countering extremism.