Governor of Riyadh visits Islamic University in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah

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Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, paid a visit to Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah-based Islamic University.

At the venue, he was received by Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah Region; Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Majed; Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Majed; Dr. Mohammed Al-Aqla, President of the university, undersecretaries of the university, teaching staff and students.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Al-Aqla welcomed Prince Salman and his delegation, lauding the support the university receives from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier.

Ascending to the podium, Prince Salman expressed pleasure to stay this night in the city of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him, in the vicinity of his holy mosque and where Islam's first ever State was established.

He extended thanks to the President of the Islamic University for hosting this meeting and conveyed to the audience the greetings of the monarch, his Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier and their keenness to promote higher education institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He said this country was honored by Allah Almighty to be host of Muslims most sacred places. In this blessed city started the renaissance of Islam's first State which was established on the pillars of the holy Quran and Sunnah (Prophet's sayings and deeds), he added.

The emergence of the Saudi First State in Al-Dareya was in fact a rebound of Al-Madinah Islamic State, he said. During the long periods between the two states, weak and fragmented states claim governance and rule each over its tiny land by its sole tribal leader, Prince Salman stated. He quoted historians describing the miserable situation at the time.

He stated that the historic allegiance-pledge was concluded between Imam Mohammed bin Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab on the bases of the Islamic Sharia law, itself a pillar of the new Saudi State.

Despite the tribal origins of Imam Mohammed bin Saud descending from Bani Hanifa, he never opted to the tribal or racial base for his State. Instead, he sought the religious base which remained the continuous commitment of the State up to now, Prince Salman said.

He said the success of the First Saudi State in laying the foundations of stability, security and prudent rule, triggered the enemies of a highly valued State to work for its collapse.

They started with depicting it as a mere Wahabi sectarian State. Prince Salman called for re-reading the literature of Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab and challenged if any could find what contradicts the holy Quran and Sunna.

He cited some statements by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, the founder of the Saudi third State, refuting the accusation that his State is a Wahabi sect follower. We are followers of our predecessors the Prophet, his Caliphs and the four Imams, he added. We don't differentiate between Imam Malik, or Al-Shafe'ee or Ahmed ibn Hanbal or Abi Hanifa, he stated.

Prince Salman attributed the rebound of the Saudi State after two foiled attempts to the throne to the deep-rooted bases implanted during the First Saudi State. He said the French historian Felix Manjan who witnessed the fall of the Saudi First State has predicted the return of the Saudi State to power even thought the Saudi Family have dispersed and chaos have overwhelmed the area, attributing his expectations to the existence of the same principles despite the disappearance of the leaders at the time.

The destiny of the current Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is a continuation to its predecessors: the Saudi Second and First States as well as Islam's First ever State, is through sticking to religion, a cause of the support of all people of the country for its rulers late King Abdulaziz, King Saud, King Faisal, King Khalid, King Fahd and current King Abdullah and his Crown Prince Sultan.

Prince Salman vowed that no single tribe or family who has not taken part in the unification and building process of the country through fathers, grandfathers and ancestors.

The lecturer quoted the Statute as saying that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Arab Islamic State with full sovereignty, Islam as its religion, and the holy Quran and Prophet's Sunna as its constitution and that its rule is based on justice, Shoura (Consultation) and equality according to Islamic Sharia.

He quoted late King Abdulaziz as telling his nation in a speech in this holy city in 1346 H. that he was no more than a servant of his people and supporter of the religion, appealing to them to help him achieve this function.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud continues this policy based on the support of the religion, the service of the two holy mosques and the welfare of the people, Prince Salman said.

He concluded that the legitimacy of this State is based on its long methodology and history which started with a legal allegiance stating that the correct religion is its methodology and way of governance and political and social building, distancing itself from man-thought ideologies, intellectual confusion and chaos.

Following the lecture, Prince Salman answered questions from the floor, focusing on the role of the media. He confirmed that the media should comply with the faith of the nation. However, constructive and objective criticism will be considered, he added.

Then Prince Salman signed the set up document of the Chair of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah History Studies. A number of princes, senior Ulema, ministers, university professors and students attended the event and had dinner with Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.