Fahd of Saudi Arabia
|Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
فهد بن عبد العزيز السعود
|King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
|Reign||13 June 1982 – 1 August 2005|
(21 February 1996 – 1 August 2005)
|Successor||Abdulaziz bin Mohammad Al al-Shaikh|
|Predecessor||Faisal bin Turki Al Saud|
|Successor||Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Faisal bin Fahd
Khaled bin Fahd
Muhammad bin Fahd
Saud bin Fahd
Sultan bin Fahd
Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi|
16 March 1921|
Riyadh, Kingdom of Hejaz
|Died||1 August 2005
King Faisal Hospital, Riyadh
|Burial||2 August 2005
Al Oud cemetery, Riyadh
Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, (Arabic: فهد بن عبد العزيز السعود Fahd ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd) (16 March 1921 - 31 July 2005) was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 2005.
Early life and education 
Fahd's education took place at the Princes' School in Riyadh, a school established by Ibn Saud specifically for the education of members of the House of Saud. He received education for four years as a result of his mother's urging. While at the Princes' School, Fahd studied under tutors including Sheikh Abdul-Ghani Khayat. Then he went on to receive education at the Religious Knowledge Institute in Mecca.
Early political positions 
Prince Fahd was made a member of the royal advisory board at his mother's urging. In 1945, Prince Fahd traveled on his first state visit to San Francisco for the signing of the UN charter. On this trip he served under his brother, Prince Faisal, who was at the time Saudi Arabia's foreign minister. In 1953, Prince Fahd was appointed education minister. In 1953, Fahd led his first official state visit, attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the House of Saud.
Prince Fahd led the Saudi delegation to the League of Arab States in 1959, signifying his increasing prominence in the House of Saud — and that he was being groomed for a more significant role. In 1962, Fahd was given the important post of interior minister. As interior minister he headed the Saudi delegation at a meeting of Arab Head of States in Egypt in 1965. He was named second deputy prime minister in 1967, which was created for the first time by King Faisal.
Crown Prince 
After the death of King Faisal in 1975, Fahd was named first deputy prime minister and concurrently Crown Prince in 1975. Although Prince Fahd had two elder brothers, Prince Nasser and Prince Saad, who had prior claims to the throne, but both were considered unsuitable candidates. By contrast, Prince Fahd had served as minister of education from 1954 to 1960 and minister of interior from 1962 to 1975.
Appointment of Prince Fahd as both crown prince and first deputy prime minister made him a much more powerful figure in contrast to the status of King Khaled when he had been crown prince during King Faisal's reign.
When King Khalid died on 13 June 1982, Fahd succeeded to the throne. He was the fifth king of Saudi Arabia. He adopted the title "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques" in 1986, replacing "His Majesty", to signify an Islamic rather than secular authority.
Foreign policy 
Fahd was a supporter of the United Nations. He supported foreign aid and gave 5.5% of Saudi Arabia's national income through various funds especially the Saudi Fund for Development and the OPEC Fund for International Development. He also gave aid to foreign groups such as the Bosnian Muslims in the Yugoslav Wars, as well as the Nicaraguan Contras, providing "a million dollars per month from May to December 1984". King Fahd was also a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and an opponent of the State of Israel. Fahd was staunch ally of the United States, and once said "After Allah, we can count on the United States."
King Fahd developed a peace plan in order to resolve Arab differences particularly between Algeria and Morocco. He also actively contributed to the Taif accord in 1989. In addition, he led the Arab world against the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
Islamic activities 
Fearing that the 1979 Revolution in Iran could lead to similar Islamic upheaval in Saudi Arabia, Fahd spent considerable sums, after ascending the throne in 1982, to support Saddam Hussein's Iraq in its war with Iran. He also changed his royal title to "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques", and took steps to support the conservative Saudi religious establishment, including spending millions of dollars on religious education, further distancing himself from his inconvenient past.
Recreational activities 
At the same time as King Fahd presided over a more strict Islamic policy at home he was known to enjoy luxurious living abroad, even in ways that would not be allowed in his own kingdom. He visited the ports of the French Riviera, in his 147-metre (482 ft) yacht, the $100 million Abdul Aziz. The ship featured two swimming pools, a ballroom, a gym, a theatre, a portable garden, a hospital with an intensive-care unit and two operating rooms, and four American Stinger missiles. The king also had a personal $150 million Boeing 747 jet, equipped with his own fountain. In his visits to London he reportedly lost millions of dollars in the casinos and was even known to circumvent the curfew imposed by British gaming laws by hiring his own blackjack and roulette dealers to continue gambling through the night in his hotel suite.
Persian Gulf War, 1991 
In 1990, Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, placing the Iraqi army (then the largest in the Middle East) on the Saudi-Kuwaiti border. King Fahd agreed to host American-led coalition troops in his Kingdom, and later allowed American troops to be based there. This decision brought him considerable criticism and opposition from many Saudi citizens, who objected to the presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil; this was a casus belli against the Saudi royal family prominently cited by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. His decision was also objected to by his full brothers or the Sudairi Seven.
Reform and industrialization 
In regard to reform, King Fahd showed little tolerance for reformists. In 1992, a group of reformists and prominent Saudi intellectuals petitioned King Fahd for wide ranging reforms, including widening political representation, and curbing the royal family's wasteful spending. King Fahd first responded by ignoring their requests and when they persisted, reformists were harshly persecuted, imprisoned and fired from their jobs.
During King Fahd's rule, the royal family's lavish spending of the country's wealth reached its height. In addition, the biggest and most controversial military contract of the century, the Al-Yamamah arms deal was signed on his watch. The contract has cost the Saudi treasury more than $90 billion. These funds were originally allocated to building hospitals, schools, universities and roads. As a result, Saudi Arabia endured a stagnation in infrastructure development from 1986 till 1999 when the new King, Abdullah, fully came into power.
Like all the countries bordering the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia under King Fahd has focused its industrial development on hydrocarbon installations. Up to this day, the country is reliant on imports for nearly all its light and heavy machinery.
King Fahd established a Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs directed by senior family members and technocrats in 1994. The council was planned to function as an ombudsman of Islamic activity concerning educational, economic and foreign policy matters. The chairman of the council was Prince Sultan. Prince Nayef, Prince Saud and a technocrat Mohammed Ali Aba al Khayl were appointed to the newly established council. One of the covert purposes of the council was thought to be to reduce the power of the Ulemas Council had been increasing its power.
Rule after the 1995 stroke 
King Fahd was a heavy smoker, overweight for much of his adult life, and in his sixties began to suffer from arthritis and severe diabetes. He suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995 and became noticeably frail, and decided to delegate the running of the Kingdom to Crown Prince Abdullah. On 21 February 1996, King Fahd resumed official duties.
After his stroke King Fahd was partly inactive, though he still attended meetings and received selected visitors. In November 2003, according to government media, King Fahd was quoted as saying to "strike with an iron fist" at terrorists after deadly bombings in Saudi Arabia, although he could hardly utter a word because of his debilitating stroke and deteriorating health. However, it was Crown Prince Abdullah who took official trips; when King Fahd traveled it was for vacations, and he was sometimes absent from Saudi Arabia for months at a time. When his oldest son and International Olympic Committee member Prince Faisal bin Fahd died in 1999, the King was in Spain and did not return for the funeral.
In a speech to an Islamic conference on 30 August 2003, King Fahd condemned terrorism and exhorted Muslim clerics to emphasize peace, security, cooperation, justice, and tolerance in their sermons.
King Fahd was awarded with the Azerbaijani Istiglal Order for his contributions to development of Azerbaijan-Saudi Arabia relations and strategic cooperation between the states by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on 7 March 2005.
Personal life 
King Fahd had six sons and four daughters. His sons are:
- Faisal bin Fahd (1945–1999) Died of a heart attack. Director-general of Youth Welfare (1971–1999), Director-general at Ministry of Planning and Minister of State (1977–1999)
- Muhammad bin Fahd (born 1950), former governor of the Eastern province
- Saud bin Fahd (born 1951), former deputy president of the General Intelligence Directorate
- Sultan bin Fahd (born 1951), army Officer. Elevated to ministerial rank in November 1997. Former head of Youth Welfare
- Khalid bin Fahd (born February 1958)
- Abdulaziz bin Fahd, (born 1973), Fahd's favorite and youngest son and minister of state without portfolio. He is the son of Princess Jawhara Al Ibrahim, Fahd's fourth and, reportedly, favorite wife.
King Fahd was married at least four times. The spouses of King Fahd were as follows:
- HH Princess Al Anood bint Abdulaziz bin Mousad Al Saud (Deceased), mother of his eldest five sons, Prince Faisal, Prince Mohammed, Prince Saud, Prince Sultan and Prince Khalid.
- HH Princess Al Jawhara bint Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, mother of Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd
- HH Princess Joza'a bint Abdullah bin Abdulrahman al Saud
- HH Princess Al Joharah bint Abdullah al Sudairi (Deceased)
- HH Princess Modhi bint Turki bin Abdullah al Saud (Divorced)
- HH Princess Joza'a bint Sultan al Adgham al Subaie (Divorced)
- HH Princess Turfa bint Abdulaziz bin Mo'amar (Divorced)
- HH Princess Watfa bint Obaid bin Ali al Jabr al Rasheed (Divorced)
- HH Princess Lolwa al Abdulrahman al Muhana Aba al Khail (Divorced)
- HH Princess Shaikha bint Turki bin Mariq al Thit (Divorced)
- HH Princess Seeta bint Ghunaim bin Sunaitan Abu Thnain (Divorced)
- Janan Harb (Widowed)
King Fahd was admitted to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh on 27 May 2005 for unspecified medical tests. An official (who insisted on anonymity) told the Associated Press unofficially that the king had died at 7:30 EDT on 1 August 2005. King Fahd was 84. Official statement was announced on state television at 10:00 am by then information minister Iyad Madani. A member of the cabinet publicly announced his death on Saudi TV the same morning, and said that he died of pneumonia and a high fever.
King Fahd was buried in the last thawab (traditional Arab robe) he wore. Fahd’s body was carried to Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque, and funeral prayers were held at around 3:30pm local time (12:30 GMT) on 2 August. The prayers for the late monarch were led by the Kingdom’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh.
The "funeral prayer", during which worshipers remain standing, was performed after afternoon prayers. The ceremony was replicated in other mosques across the Kingdom, where the "prayers for the absentee" were held.
The body was carried by King Fahd's son, Abdul Aziz bin Fahd to the mosque and to the Al Oud cemetery some two kilometres away, a public cemetery where Fahd’s four predecessors and other members of the Al Saud ruling family are buried.
Arab and Muslim dignitaries who attended the funeral were not present at the burial. Only ruling family members and Saudi citizens were on hand as the body was lowered into the grave.
Muslim leaders offered condolences at the mosque, while other foreign dignitaries and leaders who came after the funeral paid their respects at the royal court.
According to the regulations and social traditions, Saudi Arabia declared a national mourning period of three days during which all offices were closed. Government offices remained closed for the rest of the week. The state flag was not lowered (since the flag of Saudi Arabia bears the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, the flag's protocol requires the flag not to be lowered)
After his death, many countries declared mourning periods. Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Yemen, the Arab League in Cairo, and the Palestinian Authority all declared three-day mourning periods. Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates declared a seven-day mourning period and ordered all flags flown at half-staff. In Jordan, a national three-day mourning period was declared and a 40-day mourning period was decreed at the Royal Court.
Many foreign dignitaries attended the funeral, such as Vice President Dick Cheney, President Jacques Chirac. King Juan Carlos, Prince Charles, President Pervez Musharraf, King Abdullah II, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Singapore Senior Minister, SM Goh Chok Tong, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.
- Bernard Reich (1990). Political leaders of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 528. ISBN 978-0-313-26213-5. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- Mouline, Nabil (April–June 2012). "Power and generational transition in Saudi Arabia". Critique Internationale 46: 1–22. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- Winberg Chai (22 September 2005). Saudi Arabia: A Modern Reader. University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-88093-859-4. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "King Fahd". The Telegraph. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Allen, Robin (1 August 2005). "Obituary: King Fahd - A forceful but flawed ruler". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Biography of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Babnet. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- "Fahad played pivotal role in development". Daily Gulf News. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "The Political Leadership - King Fahd". APS Review Gas Market Trends. 29 November 1999. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- "Saudi Arabia Winter 2002 Magazine: King Fahd - his first 20 years:". Saudi Arabia (Washington DC, US: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia) 18 (4). Winter 2002. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- "King Fahd 1923-2005:". Washington DC, US: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- Nadav Safran (1985). Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest for Security. Cornell University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8014-9484-0. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Anthony H. Cordesman (2003). Saudi Arabia Enters the 21st Century. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-275-97997-3. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "New Saudi king shuffles cabinet". The Calgary Herald (Riyadh). AP. 29 March 1975. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- De Borchgrave, Arnaud (27 December 2006). "Analysis: Arabian Medicis". UPI (Washington DC). Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Robert Busby: The Scandal that Almost Destroyed Ronald Reagan". History News Network. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Palestine-Israel Issue – King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz". Retrieved 1 January 2009.
- "Welcome to the CIA Web Site". CIA. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 33 October 2012.
- "Legacy of a King". Asharq Alawsat. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- Anthony, John Duke (July 1989). "The role of the GCC in defense and geopolitical afairs". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- Obituary: King Fahd, BBC News, 1 August 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
- Wood, Paul. Life and legacy of King Fahd, BBC News, 1 August 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
- Simons, Geoff, Saudi Arabia, St. Martins, (1998), p.28
- Marie Colvin, `The Squandering Sheikhs, Sunday Times, 29 August 1993
- Abir, Mordechai (3 August 2005). "The Succession of Saudi King Abdallah, the Oil Market, and Regional Politics". Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 5 (2). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies". BBC. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Taylor, Michael J.H. (2001). Flight International World Aircraft and Systems Directory (3rd Edition ed.). United Kingdom: Reed Business Information. pp. 189–190. ISBN 0-617-01289-X.
- Ibrahim, Youssef M. (6 October 1994). "Saudi King Trying to Dilute Islamic Radicalism". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Henderson, Simon. "The Saudi Royal Family: What Is Going On?". Hudson. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Dies; Abdullah Named New Leader, New York Times, 1 August 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- Prados, Alfred B. (2003). "Saudi Arabia: Current Issues and". CRS Issue Brief for Congress. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Səudiyyə Ərəbistanının Kralı Fəhd bin Əbdüləziz Al Səudun "İstiqlal" ordeni ilə təltif edilməsi" [Order of the President of Azerbaijan Republic on awarding King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia with istiglal Order of Azerbaijan Republic]. E-qanun. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- "Royal Flush". Forbes. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- "Princes are glue of nation". The News and Courier. AP. 22 April 1990. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- Sharif, Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia,. New Delhi: I. S. Publication. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
- "The Fall of the House of Saud". The Atlantic. 12 September 2001. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- "Al Anoud bint Abdulaziz; King Fahd's Wife". Los Angeles Times. 16 March 1999. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "First wife of King Fahd dies". Associated Press. 9 May 1999. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "The King and I". The Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). 8 August 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Fattah, Hasan M. (28 May 2005). "Saudi King Hospitalized; Condition Is Called Serious". The New York Times (Beirut). Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Samh, Rasheed Aboul (4–10 August 2005). "Smooth succession". Al Ahram Weekly 754. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Shaheen, Abdul Nabi (23 October 2011). "Sultan will have simple burial at Al Oud cemetery". Gulf News. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Parthasarathy, G. (10 August 2005). "Global terrorism The Pakistan-Saudi Arabia nexus". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Fahd of Saudi Arabia|
- Saudi King Fahd is laid to rest (BBC News, 2 August 2005)
- International editorial reaction to Fahd's death
Fahd of Saudi ArabiaBorn: 1923 Died: 2005
|King of Saudi Arabia