Saudi King Salman selected as Islamic Personality of Year

RIYADH: Custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has been selected as Islamic Personality of the Year by Dubai International Holy Quran Award. The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) made the announcement ahead of the start of the 21st competition for the Holy Qur'an. Ibrahim Bu Melha, head of the organizing committee of DIHQA, told reporters that the prestigious title was awarded to King Salman for his noble positions and tremendous contributions in the service of Islam, Muslims and the holy mosques. "King Salman is one of the great leaders and historic trendsetters whom the Islamic Nation is proud of their distinguished services, fine traits and honorable stances," he said. King Salman pledged allegiance as the king of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3, Rabi II, 1436H (23, January, 2015). King Salman spent more than two and half years as the crown prince and deputy premier due to the royal order issued on 18, June, 2012 and remained in his post as the defense minister based on the royal order issued on 5, November, 2011. King Salman served as Governor of Riyadh for over 50 years. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud grew up with his brothers at the Royal Palace in Riyadh where he accompanied his father in official meetings with the Kings and presidents of the world. The King received his early education at the school of princes in Riyadh where he learned the religious lessons and modern sciences.
King Salman finished memorization of the Holy Quran at the age of ten while he was attending the lessons delivered by Sheikh Abdullah Khayat, Imam and Preacher of the Grand Mosque.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz has expressed his interest in sciences and later, he received numerous honorary academic certificates and awards, including:
- Honorary Doctorate from Islamic University in Madina.
- Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Umm Al Qura University in Makkah.
- Honorary Doctorate from Milia Islamia University in Delhi in recognition for his humanitarian efforts and charitable commitment to support education and his distinctiveness as a statesman.
- Honorary doctorate in law from Waseda University in Japan, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the Kingdom and the world.
- "Kent" Medal for Sciences and Humanities, from Berlin-Brandenburg Academy in recognition of his contributions to science.
On November, 2011, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was appointed as Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which includes land, air and naval forces and air defense.
During his era, the Ministry of Defense witnessed an inclusive development in the whole sectors of the Ministry in training and arming. He also successfully supervised the largest military drill in the history of the Saudi armed forces (Abdullah Sword). - NNI