Pakistan receives Sheikh Saleh Al Humaid as Imam-e-Kaaba

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In a four-day visit to Islamabad, Sheikh Sheikh Saleh Al Humaid, the custodian of Islam’s holiest site Masjid Al Haram, reached Islamabad on Wednesday as part of a series of activities aimed at enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

There is no doubt that Sheikh Saleh’s visit to Islamabad will be an eventful one, since in addition to his meetings with the nation’s leadership, he will also be leading Friday prayers in Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque – giving those residing in the federal capital a unique opportunity to offer prayer behind the Imam of Masjid Al Haram.

A member of the Kingdom’s Royal Court, Imam-e-Kaaba is also a senior advisor to the Kingdom’s Soura Council. In the past, he served as the head of the Saudi Arabian Soura Council and as the president of the Commission for High Judiciary.

He was born in Buraydah, a Saudi Arabian town, and he became a Hafiz-e-Quran at the age of 20 when he reached the age of 25. In 1983, he was appointed an imam in Masjid Al Haram in Makkah by the Umm Al Qurra University, where he holds both a Masters and a PhD degree.

In the event that Imam-e-Kaaba arrived in Pakistan, several senior officials were on hand to greet him, including the caretaker minister for interior Sarfraz Bugti, the caretaker minister of education Madad Ali Sindhi, the chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia, and several others.

Sheikh Saleh’s visit had a significant symbolic and diplomatic effect on the region as a whole, according to Ashrafi, who also serves as SAPM for Religious Harmony.

In addition to this, the chairman of the PUC also said the visit was also expected to contribute “to promoting peace, unity, and mutual respect between the two nations.”

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