In commemoration of World Letter Writing Day on September 1st, the King Abdulaziz Foundation unveiled a treasure trove of rare historical documents, some over a century old. Among these documents were touching letters penned by King Abdulaziz himself. These letters offer a poignant look into the personal side of a leader who laid the foundation for modern Saudi Arabia. The correspondence reveals the deep love he held for his family, his humanity, and his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his people.
A Loving Son
The letters addressed to his father, Abdul Rahman bin Faisal, shine a light on King Abdulaziz’s filial affection. In a 1919 letter, he expressed heartfelt appreciation and affection, assuring his father that he had received his missives. These letters unveil a touching familial bond that remained strong throughout the challenging process of establishing Saudi rule and building the nation.
Sisters and the Journey to Makkah
King Abdulaziz’s letters to his sisters, Mudhi, Hessa, and Al-Jawhara, offer glimpses into significant moments in his life. In 1924, he informed Mudhi about his entry into Makkah, underscoring the spiritual importance of the event. In another letter, penned during the 1927 Hajj pilgrimage, he described the serene atmosphere and the safety of pilgrims. These intimate exchanges showcase the king’s desire to share important experiences with his family.
Dedication to Shariah
The King’s commitment to his people and faith shines through in letters urging officials and princes to prioritize the welfare and rights of citizens. In a 1924 letter, he requested medical examinations for pilgrims, demonstrating his concern for their well-being. In 1931, he called for homes for imams and muezzins, emphasizing the importance of religious leaders’ living conditions. These letters highlight his dedication to both Islamic principles and the welfare of his subjects.
King Abdulaziz’s compassion is evident in his directives to distribute charitable donations to the poor, ensuring their needs were met. In 1941, he ordered Hajj expenses to be given to the needy, embodying his commitment to caring for the less fortunate. The publication of these letters serves as a reminder of the king’s profound humanitarian ideals, which continue to inspire.
The King Salman Center for the Restoration and Preservation of Historical Documents plays a pivotal role in safeguarding these invaluable pieces of history. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, the center catalogues, restores, and preserves these historical treasures. The extensive collection of documents, photographs, and films represents a priceless repository of Saudi national history, providing an invaluable resource for researchers and specialists alike. The unveiled letters offer a unique glimpse into the personal life of King Abdulaziz, underscoring his unwavering dedication to family, faith, and the welfare of his people.