King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz

Services to Arabs and Muslims

King Fahd has always extended a helping hand and taken a noble stand in matters concerning the Arab and Islamic worlds. At the forefront of these issues is the Palestinian conflict in which he has given political, financial, and moral support. On the international arena, the Custodian of the two Holly Mosques has always been involved with other major countries in an attempt to alleviate the pain and suffering of the Palestinian and Lebanese people in 1402 AH (i.e., 1982). He presented Saudi Arabia's working papers at the Fez summit in Morocco in that same year in an effort to settle the Palestinian issue. In this peace initiative named after him, the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques reaffirmed the legitimacy of the Palestinian claims, and promised his support in international forums.

While making great efforts in solving the Lebanese problem and contributing in the rebuilding of Lebanon, he also supported Muslims in Bosnia Herzegovina financially, politically and morally in defending their rights and Islamic Identity in line with international political principles.

During the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia put its energy to the service of Islam and different Muslims issues. It is difficult to delineate the scope of its activity and contribution in this field, but we can give some examples:

A: The Kingdom’s support for Islamic issues and Islamic causes.

B: Sending aids to, and collecting material and financial donations for Islamic and friendly countries affected by floods, drought, earthquakes, and other calamities. Islamic fund-raising committees and state-supervised bodies were established, such as the Supreme Council for collecting donations for the Muslims of Bosnia Herzegovina, Somalia and; and the People's Committee to assist the Palestinian mujahedeen. This council is headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Prince of the Riyadh region. Some of these committees are national in scope; others are created under the auspices of the International Islamic Relief Organization. Their goal being to raise funds to be sent to needy Muslims.

C: Contributing to the spread of Islam by sending preachers or by building mosques and Islamic centers in many countries of the world, such as the London Islamic center and the Islamic Center in Washington. The Kingdom also contributed in building mosques and centers in different European, Latin American, Asia and African capitals.

The construction of these centers and Mosques aims to support the Muslim Minorities in these countries. Along the same line is the Kingdom's assistance to universities, the establishment of the scientific chairs at institutions of higher learning, such as the King Fahd Chair for Islamic Studies at Harvard University and in other universities. Behind it all is the Kingdom's aim to help spread the Arabic Language, Islamic identity, the real image of Islam and Muslims.

D: Contributing to building schools for Muslim children in countries with Muslim minorities. Saudi Arabia has established many academies, such as the King Fahd Academy in London, Washington, Berlin, etc. to educate the children of Saudi scholarship students and those of Muslim communities in those cities. These academies play a significant role in linking the Muslims with their religion, and heritage, through a balanced Islamic education, which some Muslims children lack even in their original homelands.