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Humility and Islamic Character of King Abdul Aziz (Rahimahullah): The Ruler of Land of Tawheed.

Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem

King Abdul Aziz is said to have never been swayed by Wordly gains, Authority or fame. Whatever was said in his praise of his genius qualities and great character never diminished his Humility, nor did the vastness of the kingdom he had established- extending from the  Red Sea to Arabian Gulf(1).

 

Despite his Authority, King Abdul Aziz never saw himself but as an ordinary Individual, and he acted as one. He led a simple life. His food, drink, clothes were not any different from those of Average homes. His conduct was an example of Humility and Asceticism(2). He would stand up for his guest as a sign of warm welcome and hospitality. Only when his knees failed him in Old age did he have to stop that(3). Entertaining his guests,  the King would say words of welcome. He would also speak with them about their own affairs as befit the situation, in addition to chatting with them about matters of general nature.

 

As much as the King loved Humility, he hated Hypocrisy,  never succumbing to words of praise nor allowing his name to be chanted(4). If the poets had to say anything in his presence, he listened, but he would get uncomfortable. He would also show disinterest when he heard verses beyond the acceptable or reasonable. He had self confidance coupled with humility at Heart that pretense had no access to his character.

 

The following statement by King Abdul Aziz demonstrates his genuinely Islamic character. He Rahimahullah said:

I am not one of those who find pride in Royal titles or protocol, nor am I one of those who yearn for titles or run after them. Islam is our Real pride, and we are proud to be Promoters of Tawheed and to be disseminators of Allah’s religion. Whatever We do towards this cause is the best deed for us. It is much more Honorable than whatever Royal protocol may claim. we are calling for adherence to the pure faith(as defined in Quran and Sunnah)(5).

 

 

Consider the following encounter in Al Kharj.

On one of his visit to Al Kharj on 1944AD, the King gave an audience to a Najdi poet. No sooner had the man started his poem saying, “You are our Hope and it is you we beg,” than the King said to him, “May you be let down”. The King,  Knowing Sheikh Hamad al Jaasir(6) was there, said, “O Ibn al Jaasir, take this fellow and teach him Tawheed (to worship and beg only Allah).”

 

In a Similar encounter, Fouad Shaakir(7) was reciting a poem he had composed before King Abdul Aziz.

 

The poet recited these verses:

“Stand up, to the House go, and on it the flag raise,

There, ask: Who has made the Haram Mosque safe?”

At once, the King interrupted: “It is Allah that has made it safe.(8) He was definitely aware of this verse from the Quran-(Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a secure sanctuary, while men are being snatched away from all around them) ﴿29:67. The King believed in Allah as Sole provider.

 

 

In one incident during the pilgrimage season, King Abdul Aziz had to react Angrily, and his anger was caused by his Humility. As related by Fouad Shaakir, he was leading a delegation of pilgrims to introduce them to King Abdul Aziz.

As he was walking toward the King’s Reception area, the King suddenly shouted angrily, “No! No! Haraam(forbidden)! Haraam! Raise your Head O sheikh! You and your group, raise your Heads! This is Haraam. This is Haraam! None is worthy to bow but Allah-Glory be to Him, the Great Creator.”(9)

 

 

These incidents shows the genuine Humility on the King’s part and his awareness of his real mission and responsibilities. It was his duty to promote Islaamic values, not to seek wordly gain or praise which, in that case, befit none but Allah. This attitude was typical of King Abdul Aziz (Rahimahullah).

 

 

References:

1. Attaar, Ahmad Abdul Ghafoor: The Peninsula falcon, op cit, p.687.

2. Khayyaat, Abdullah ibn Abdul Ghani: Glimpse from the past: Memoirs of sheikh Abdullah khayyaat, op cit, pp.215-216.

3. Al-Zaamil, Abdullah al Ali Al Mansour: The True account of the History of Abdul Aziz Al Saud, op cit, p.415

Al-Rawwaaf, Tameemah Mohammed Eed: King Abdul Aziz Al Saud: Contemporary testimonials, op cit, p.97

4. Attaar, Ahmad Abdul Ghafoor: The Peninsula falcon, op cit, pp692-604

5. Selections from the Royal speeches, op cit, Part 1, p50

6. Thabit, Saeed Ibn Ali: King Abdul Aziz’  Method in building public opinion, op cit, pg.43

7. Shaakir, Fouad: King Abdul Aziz: Biography, Not History, Feddah, 1st edition, 1395 H, P.57

8. Ibid, p.51-60

9. Shaakir, Fouad: King Abdul Aziz: Biography, Not history, op cit, p.57

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