Saudi Gazette – The gathering of over two million pilgrims in Arafat at the same time, in the same place and in similar two-piece seamless white cloths in an atmosphere of tranquility is a clear message to the world that Islam is the religion of peace and not of terrorism.

This was stated by Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is the chairman of the Central Haj Committee, here on Wednesday.

He said that a small number of Muslims try to distort the image of Muslims in the world.

Addressing a press conference, the Emir said that the image portrayed by Saudi security men is that of a true believer.

“Islam is the religion of love, cooperation and brotherhood,” he said.
Asked whether Haj will be linked with tourism, Prince Khaled said that religion can not be linked with tourism.

He said that there are plans to develop Makkah and the Holy Sites. Studies are being conducted and work on some of these projects will begin next year.

The Holy Sites will be linked with Makkah as per a modern master plan.
Preliminary studies have been conducted, and they will be presented to the King at the beginning of next year, he said.


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