FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of KSA's Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques

Abdulrahman Al-Sudais
Updated 18 May 2018

FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of KSA's Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques

  • Al-Sudais said Islam has never been, and never will be, a religion of terror or violence because it preserves the individual’s human rights and dignity
  • He called on all Muslims to project the bright image of Islam and to associate this with the good representation of Islamic communities and to be ambassadors for the tolerant values and principles of Islam

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais has been chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques since May 8, 2012, and is also the imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. 

Al-Sudais is a renowned reciter of the holy Qur’an, a member of the Arabic Language Academy in Makkah and was named ninth annual “Islamic Personality Of the Year” by the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Awards (DIHQA) Organizing Committee in 2005. 

Al-Sudais attained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, a master’s degree in Islamic Fundamentals from Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Islamic Sharia from Umm Al-Qura University in 1995 while working there as an assistant professor. 

King Salman received princes, Islamic scholars, ministers and military commanders at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. Al-Sudais was one of the dignitaries who attended to greet King Salman on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, Al-Sudais said Islam has never been, and never will be, a religion of terror or violence because it preserves the individual’s human rights and dignity.

“The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness,” said Al-Sudais.

He also said that Muslims need to understand the basics of the faith, as well as moderation and consideration for the contemporary application of its tenets. All these should contribute to the correct understanding of Islam.

He called on all Muslims to project the bright image of Islam and to associate this with the good representation of Islamic communities and to be ambassadors for the tolerant values and principles of Islam.


Riyadh ‘Peace Declaration’ seen as game-changer for stability in Sudan

Updated 28 min 6 sec ago

Riyadh ‘Peace Declaration’ seen as game-changer for stability in Sudan

JEDDAH: As chair of the Friends of Sudan group, Saudi Arabia has called for an inclusive sustainable peace process for the country, the Kingdom’s envoy to Khartoum told Arab News.
Participants at the 8th Friends of Sudan meeting, convened via video conference on Wednesday, seized the opportunity to reaffirm their full commitment to Sudan’s Transitional Government in developing an inclusive and sustainable peace plan and economic reform program.
The group, chaired by Saudi Arabia, was represented by the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Along with their international partners, through the Riyadh Friends of Sudan meeting, expressing their full confidence in the civilian-led transition under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdok as they continue to prioritize a comprehensive and inclusive peace plan despite unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kingdom’s Ambassador to Sudan Ali bin Hassan Jafar, told Arab News that the meeting comes at a crucial time for the group and is the first to discuss the peace process at length.
In recognition of its mediation role, Saudi Arabia invited representatives of the government of South Sudan as honorary guests to attend the meeting for the first time following their constructive role in the Juba peace talks.
The high-level representation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of South Sudan, Ambassador Beatrice Khamisa Wani, and Chairman of South Sudan Government Committee for Peace Mediation in Sudan Tut Galuak, are a recognition for their role in advancing the Juba Peace Talks negotiations in good faith.
The Friends of Sudan welcomed the participation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Sudan Liberation Movement in the meeting, recognized by the group as a sign of their goodwill and commitment and constructive engagement with the international community to work with Sudan’s Transitional Government to achieve sustainability and peace in their country.
“Great efforts have been made by Saudi Arabia with the help of its international partners at the Friends of Sudan meeting to call on all parties involved to come back to the negotiating table, appealing to them to realize the historic opportunity to reach consensus for sustainable peace talks that will ensure unity, stability and prosperity of Sudan,” said the ambassador.
The Friends of Sudan was established in 2018 as an informal group, and includes countries and organizations committed to joint action to provide support to the transitional government in the country.
Representatives attended the meetings and discussed the best means to coordinate support and work with Sudan’s transitional government to reach economic stability, prosperity and sustainable peace in the country’s critical time.
“The meeting served as a first achievement in the Friends of Sudan group, reaffirming their commitment to helping Sudan sustainable peace. Under Saudi Arabia’s initiative, the group issued the Riyadh declaration ‘Partners for Sustainable Peace in Sudan,” added the ambassador.
The declaration commended the resolution and resolve of most of the outstanding issues during the Juba Peace Talks, said the ambassador.
The road ahead will be challenging, the envoy added.
The Partners for Sustainable Peace in Sudan Declaration (Peace Declaration) expressed their concern that a number of parties remain outside the peace process. The ‘Peace Deceleration’ called on all parties to the conflict to engage in good faith in the peace process and refrain from counterproductive demands, cautioning that all spoilers to the peace process or the implementation of the Political Agreement and Constitutional Charter of Aug. 17, 2019, may have consequences imposed on them.
The inclusion of women and youth in the peace process and the transitional government was also stressed in the meeting.
The declaration reaffirms the group’s commitment and will to remain engaged and assist Sudan’s Transitional Government. Any obstruction to the peace process will prolong the suffering of the Sudanese people, the partners said.
As the world is a financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends of Sudan group urged in the meeting that parties to the peace talks be aware of Sudan’s economic challenges, prioritize demands that reflect the understanding and appreciation to these challenges and collaborate to find mutual and agreeable solutions.