More than 2 million faithful, including hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, attended Khatm Al-Qur'an prayer (conclusion of the Holy Qur'an) at the Grand Mosque on Sunday. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, imam and khateeb of the mosque, led the prayers.
The mosque was overcrowded with worshippers since the early hours of the day as most of them wanted to take part in the prayers to mark the end of the recitation of the holy book during taraweeh and qiyamullail prayers at the mosque.
Sheikh Al-Sudais prayed to Allah to strengthen Muslim unity in order to help the Ummah face its growing challenges. He also prayed for improving the situation of Muslims all over the world. He invoked Allah to forgive the sins of Muslims and encourage them to lead a better life on the basis of Islamic teachings.
Thousands of worshippers were standing in the courtyards and streets around the mosque to attend the prayer. Most of them had come seeking the blessings of Lailat Al-Qadr (the night of power), which according to a Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) falls in the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The first verses of the Holy Qur'an revealed to the Prophet in Lailat Al-Qadr, which according to the Qur'an is better than a thousand months. The Qur'an plays an important role in the lives of Muslims as they read its verses while praying and follow its teachings.
The worshippers experienced their spiritual moments in an atmosphere of tranquility, peace and security provided by the Saudi authorities as part of many other services aimed at enabling pilgrims and worshippers to do their rituals in ease and comfort.