Abdul-Aziz bin Muhammad

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Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad bin Saud
Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad bin Saud
Issue
Noble family House of Saud
Died 12 November 1803

Imam Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad bin Saud (Arabic: عبد العزيز بن محمد بن سعود ‎‎) (d. 1803) was the second ruler of the First Saudi State and son of Muhammad bin Saud. He was also the son-in-law of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab. He ruled from 1765 until 1803.

He who built an empire starting from 1786.

Kingship[edit]

During his reign, the domain of the House of Saud extended into Riyadh with Abdul Aziz's victory there. This victory allowed the House of Saud to rule all of Najd. Their military success and orthodox approach to religion won them great support in the area. Their standing was also boosted by Abdul Aziz's practice of holding open meetings where tribal elders could meet with him, allowing access to their ruler.

Massacre and plundering of Shia shrines[edit]

In 1801 (1216 Hijri), the Emirate of Diriyah (1st Saudi state) under his rule attacked Karbala and Najaf in Iraq. They massacred thousands of the Shia population, stole enough precious loot to load 4,000 camels, and destroyed the dome over the tomb of Husayn ibn Ali.[1]

Death[edit]

In 1803, Abdul Aziz was assassinated by a man from A'amarah in Iraq by a stiletto, when Abdul Aziz was leading Asr Salat in Dir'aiyah.

Preceded by
Muhammad bin Saud
Imam of First Saudi State
1765–1803
Succeeded by
Saud bin Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad bin Saud

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