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H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

King of Saudi Arabia & Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud is the sixth king of Saudi Arabia. His influence comes from being the absolute monarch of the most powerful Arab nation and is manifested by the role Saudi Arabia plays in three critical areas: 1. having the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, which millions of Muslims visit throughout the year; 2. exporting crude oil and refined petroleum products, which ensures its central international role; and 3. propagating Islam through its huge da’wa network, which makes its influence felt in all Muslim countries.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques:

The king has significant influence in the global Muslim community through his custodianship of the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Makkah is the main pilgrimage site for 1.5 billion Muslims. Each year approximately 4 million pilgrims perform the Hajj. In addition to this, approximately 10 million pilgrims (including Saudi residents and GCC citizens) perform the umrah, ‘the lesser Hajj’, throughout the year. A multi-billion dollar expansion to the two mosques was started earlier this year.

Controller of the World’s Largest Oil Reserves:

He reigns over a land of massive crude oil reserves—Saudi Arabia has approximately 20 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves— making him a key player in the global petroleum industry.

Head of the the World’s Largest Da’wa Network:

King Abdullah is also head of the most extensive da’wa network of missionary Muslims in the world, promoting the Salafi brand of Islam. Salafism is historically rooted in Saudi Arabia, and owes its global spread to the financial backing of Saudi Arabia.

Reformer & Philanthropist:

The king has proven his domestic influence in Saudi Arabia by continuing landmark reforms to fight fundamentalism, corruption, balance the Saudi budget, tailor the education system, address women’s and minority rights, engage in interreligious diplomacy as well as tackle problems in the justice system. He has:

  • Given scholarships to over 130,000 Saudi students who are currently studying overseas [30% are female]
  • Established the King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna, Austria
  • Granted women the right to vote in the 2015 municipal elections
  • Spent over $60 billion in benefits to Saudi citizens— including housing and jobs, while introducing a minimum wage of $800 per month
  • Opened the largest women-only university in the world, with a capacity of 12,000 students
  • Presented a $10 billion endowment to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Issued a royal decree allowing only the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars to issues fatwas (religious edicts)
  • Increased the representation of minorities in Saudi governance including increased Shi’a representation in the Shura Council
  • Transferred authority of educational administration to the education establishment instead of religious leaders
  • Convened a global interfaith summit in 2008 and subsequently issued the Madrid Declaration, which calls for tolerance between religions and a culture of peace
  • The first Saudi monarch in 51 years to address the UN General Assembly and the first reigning Saudi monarch to have met with a pope, Pope Benedict XVI in November 2007
  • Donated hundreds of millions in cash and relief materials for many devastated areas worldwide and pledged a $1 billion donation towards the reconstruction of the Palestinian coastal territory during the Israeli war on Gaza.

 

$5 bilThe amount pledged to the new Egyptian government to help stablize it.
$1.247 bilAmount of Humanitarian aid between 2006 to 2012.
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“We state with a unified voice that religions through which Almighty God sought to bring happiness to mankind should not be turned into instruments to cause misery.”

Birth: 1 August 1923 (Age: 90)

Source of Influence:

Influence:King with authority over 26 million residents of Saudi Arabia and approximately 14 million pilgrims annually.

School of Thought:

“We state with a unified voice that religions through which Almighty God sought to bring happiness to mankind should not be turned into instruments to cause misery.”
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$5 bilThe amount pledged to the new Egyptian government to help stablize it.
$1.247 bilAmount of Humanitarian aid between 2006 to 2012.
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