King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abd Allah bin Abd Al-Aziz

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2008
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Biography

Nationality: Saudi Arabia

2008-King-Abd-Allah-Ibn-Abd-Al-Aziz-Al-SaudThe Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abd Allah bin Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud, was born in Riyadh in 1924 and received formal education in Riyadh schools, education by a group of Islamic scholars. He supplemented his early education with extensive readings in history, culture and politics. His close involvement for a long time in the Kingdom’s affairs has gained him profound experience in administration and politics. He commanded the National Guard since 1962, transforming it into a modern military force as well as a cultural institution involved in preservation of national heritage. He became Second Deputy premier in 1975, and First Deputy Premier and Crown Prince in 1980. When King Fahd died in 2005, he succeeded him to the throne.

King Abd Allah’s outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, both within his country and abroad, are too numerous to describe. His domestic accomplishments include: (i) establishment of major economic enterprises such as King Abd Allah’s Economic City, Financial Center and Investment Fund to assist citizens of limited income (ii) establishment of King Abd Allah’s University for Science and Technology, and more than ten other universities as well as King Abd Al-Aziz Library in Riyadh (iii) establishment of Saudi Human Rights Commission and Center for National Dialogue (iv) provision of funds for improvement, expansion and services of the two Holy mosques through the allocation of more than ten billion Riyals (> 2.6 billion USD) and the establishment of King Abd Al Aziz Endowment, and (v) launching major housing projects for families with limited incomes. The Custodian’s accomplishments overseas include his relentless defense of Arab and Muslim rights, particularly with regards to the Palestinian problem, persistent efforts to resolve differences among Arab and Islamic countries, generous support of Arab, Muslim and other communities at times of need, and continuous pledge to seek just peace and rapport among all nations and religions, and to fight terrorism, whatever its source.

In recognition of his outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, both within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad. King Abd Allah’s domestic accomplishments include: (i) establishment of major economic enterprises, namely: King Abd Allah’s Economic City, Financial Center and Investment Fund to assist persons of limited income (ii) establishment of King Abd Allah’s University for Science and Technology, and ten other universities (iii) establishment of Saudi Human Rights Commission and Center for National Dialogue (iv) provision of funds for improvement, expansion and services of the two Holy mosques through the allocation of more than ten billion Riyals (more than 2.6 billion USD) and the establishment of King Abd Al Aziz Endowment, and (v) launching of major housing projects for families with limited incomes.

The Custodian’s accomplishments overseas include his firm support of Arab and Muslim rights, particularly with regards to the Palestinian problem, persistent efforts to resolve differences among Arabs and Muslims countries, generous support to Arabs. Muslims and other communities at the times of need, and continuous pledge to support just peace and rapport among all nations and religions, and to fight terrorism, whatever its source.

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