Source: BBC News
On February 1, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Saudi Arabia's monarchy has called on Muslims worldwide to unite against terrorism in a message to mark an important Islamic holiday, Eid al-Adha. Muslims should reject 'hatred, extremism and terror', it said in a message carried by state TV on Sunday. Some 1.4 million foreign Muslims are in Saudi Arabia this weekend on the annual Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj. After the event ended on Saturday pilgrims began marking Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, at sunrise...'The meanings of the Eid in Islam are many,' said the message from King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, which was read out on TV by Information Minister Fuad al-Farsi. 'They include uniting the Muslim nation on the good, away from hatred, extremism and terror which lead to mayhem and destruction which Islam has forbade and warned against.'"