The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will host 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The directive was announced on Tuesday by Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abulaziz Al-Asheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs. He said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was a part of the Kingdom’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all forms.
Al-Asheikh also added that the initiative is an effort to ease the suffering of the relatives of the victims of the attack on Christchurch which violated all religious teachings and humanitarian values.
On March 15, 2019, two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked during Friday prayers and 51 people lost their lives in the tragedy, while 49 were wounded.
The initiative taken by the Saudi Arabian King is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah which is annually implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. King Salman also stated that he will cover the travel expenses of the pilgrims and provide them with all possible services.