Sheikh Saleh Al Humaid, the esteemed custodian of Islam’s sacred Masjid Al Haram, arrived in Islamabad on a four-day mission to bolster the fraternal bonds between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Throughout his stay, Sheikh Saleh is scheduled to engage in strategic meetings with the country’s leadership and will preside over the Friday prayer at Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque — presenting a momentous occasion for the residents of the federal capital to join in prayer led by the revered Imam of Masjid Al Haram.

Imam-e-Kaaba, also serving as an advisor to the Kingdom’s Royal Court, brings a wealth of experience, having previously held prominent positions such as the head of Saudi Arabia’s Soura Council and President of the High Judiciary Commission.

Born in the Saudi city of Buraydah, this esteemed individual achieved the status of Hafiz-e-Quran at the age of 20. Holding Master’s and PhD degrees from Makkah’s Umm Al Qurra University, he assumed the role of an imam at Masjid Al Haram in 1983.

Upon his arrival, Imam-e-Kaaba was warmly greeted by caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti, caretaker Minister for Education Madad Ali Sindhi, Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al Malki, and several other distinguished officials.

Sharing his perspectives, Ashrafi, who also serves as SAPM on Religious Harmony, emphasized the “spiritual and diplomatic” importance of Sheikh Saleh’s visit. The PUC chairman further underscored that the visit would play a pivotal role in “advancing peace, unity, and the shared values between the two nations.”

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