Royal order to set up King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works

Decree is welcomed with praise

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ initiatives rest on principles of reform, dialogue

New charity foundation is active contribution in efforts to generalize charity work

In contribution to the charitable works, which aims to serve the religion, homeland, nation, the whole humanity, tolerance and peace as well as progress, prosperity, and the development of science, it was approved on the establishment of a foundation named 'The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Foundation for Charity & Humanitarian Deeds', according to a royal order issued last week.

Prince Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy President of the Council of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Acts, stated that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued an order establishing an international foundation with the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works.

The foundation's goals include building of and support for mosques and Islamic centers; support for, encouragement of and contribution to dialogue among followers of civilizations and religions; promotion of moderation, tolerance, peace, values and ethics; reconciliation of Islamic sects, curbing division and antagonism, renunciation of violence and fighting all forms of crime.

The goals also include work and services relating to teaching and publishing the Islamic Sharia; establishment of universities, colleges, other educational institutions and treatment centers; establishment of research chairs; helping researchers and students; holding courses and forums; encouragement of translation from Arabic and vice versa; cooperation with other institutions; provision of relief services and aid.

The foundation will present an international prize named Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Prize in the fields relevant to the goals of the foundation.

Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs for Social Development Abdulaziz Alhadlaq hailed the establishment of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works.

Alhadlaq said the foundation reflects a bright national, regional and international image in the charity, social, humanitarian and development fields.

He added that the foundation is clear evidence of the king's noble humanitarian goals domestically and internationally.

The President of Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban said that the endorsement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for the establishment of King Abdullah International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works, is an extension of his national and international initiatives in the Kingdom and abroad to serve Islam and Muslims everywhere.

In a statement, Al-Aiban said the formation of this international foundation would contribute and support all charity works.

'It will also serve our religion, nation and other humanitarian works and help to spread tolerance and peace as well as achieve welfare and progress.'

Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer said Saturday that the royal decree for establishing King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian works in the Kingdom is an extension of relief, charitable and humanitarian works.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, he said that the continuing Saudi charitable and humanitarian works are reaffirming its leadership's commitment to Islam which calls for charitable and humanitarian works for the welfare and progress of peoples and societies.

Al-Ghadeer also stressed that the royal decree reflects the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and his desire to serve his religion, nation and the people as well as the Arab and Islamic nation.