2004 News Story

Saudi Arabia celebrates National Day

Saudi newspapers commented today on the Kingdom’s celebration of the 72nd anniversary of its founding. Riyadh’s ‘Al-Jazirah’ declared that Arabs and Muslims could learn from the great achievements of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of the modern Kingdom. Jeddah’s ‘Al-Bilad’ recounted the great sacrifices made by our grandfathers for the unification of the country. Dammam’s ‘Al-Yaum’ praised the support citizens have been extending to the concerned authorities to contain the threat of the deviant terrorist group. Abha’s ‘Al-Watan’ affirmed that Saudi Arabia is a country that while adhering to its deep-rooted principles, is open to international values, but commented that those who advocate “westernization” and separation of religion and state, are ignorant of the spiritual pillars on which the Kingdom is based.

It was on September 23, 1932 that Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman of the Al-Saud family announced the unification of the country as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following 30 years of dedicated struggle during which he had laid down the basis for this nation in the light of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah (the sayings of the Prophet). King Abdulaziz captured the hearts and minds of the people of this country, and the anniversary of National Day is an important moment for the Saudi people to stand in solidarity and think about the potential of their nation, which overcomes all obstacles, difficulties and challenges within the framework of the rulings of Shariah [Islamic Law].

The first Saudi State was established in 1157H [1744] when Imam Muhammad bin Saud resolved to support the call of Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdulwahab for a return to true Islam. This first State endured for 46 years. Then in 1240H [1823], the second Saudi state was established under the leadership of Imam Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud. After it came to an end in 1308H [1890], the Al-Saud family was in exile, until on Shawwal 5, 1319H [January 14, 1902] a new era began. On that day Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud captured the city of Riyadh, and moved ahead to extol the word of God and spread the true religion, bringing cohesion and unifying the Arabian Peninsula on the bases of truth, justice, security and safety.

King Abdulaziz always called for Islamic solidarity and Arab cooperation. Under him, Saudi Arabia was a founding member of the League of Arab States, and of the United Nations. History will not forget his stance on many international issues, for example, that of the Palestinian cause. His successors, King Saud, King Faisal, King Khaled, and now Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd, have followed his path, committed to the Kingdom's progress, prosperity, security and peace.