Story behind the king’s title

Updated 27 January 2015

Story behind the king’s title

With the pledge of allegiance this week, King Salman became the third Saudi monarch to take up the title of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques after King Fahd and King Abdullah.
Historian Hassan Al-Basha says in his book, Positions and Titles, that Saladin was the first king to take up the title as a means to attain closeness to Allah when he was fighting the Crusaders.
The second to take up the title was Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Abu Nasr Barsbay in the Mamluk era, the historian said. The first Ottoman sultan to use the title was Salim I.
King Faisal was the person who first introduced the title Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain in Saudi Arabia. When the kiswa, or covering, of the Kaaba was made during his reign, King Faisal said that he did not want his name on it. He preferred to say that the kiswa was made “during the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.”
After King Faisal’s death, King Khaled did not use the title. However, King Fahd took up the title when he became monarch in 1982.
After the death of King Fahd, King Abdullah ascended the throne in August 2005 and asked the people not to refer to him as “King of Hearts” or “King of Humanity” because Allah is the true king and humans are His slaves.


Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door; police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

Updated 52 min 35 sec ago

Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door; police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Saudi security authorities arrested a man who crashed his car into one of the doors of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced early Saturday.

The car was running at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, the SPA said, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m.

 

"Thanks to God, no one was hurt," said the report.

It said investigators have found that the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen "in an abnormal condition." 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.