Muhammed bin Saud Al Saud

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Muhammed bin Saud Al Saud
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Governor of Al Bahah Province
In office1987 – 2010
SuccessorMishari bin Saud
MonarchKing Fahd
King Abdullah
Minister of Defense
In office1960 – 31 October 1962
PredecessorFahd bin Saud bin Abdulaziz
SuccessorSultan bin Abdulaziz
MonarchKing Saud
Born21 March 1934
Died8 July 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 78)
Burial10 July 2012
SpouseSara bint Faisal Al Saud
Full name
Muhammed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
FatherKing Saud
MotherBaraka al Raziqi al Alma'i

Mohammad bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سعود بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (21 March 1934 – 8 July 2012) was a member of the House of Saud. He was the only son of King Saud to hold high office after his father's deposition. Later, another son of King Saud, Mishaal bin Saud, became the governor of Najran Province.

Early life[edit]

Prince Muhammed was born on 21 March 1934.[1] He was the third son of King Saud.[2][3] His mother, Baraka al Raziqi al Alma'i,[4] was from Asir in the southern part of the Kingdom.


During the reign of his father, King Saud, Prince Muhammed held many governmental positions. He began his service as the chief of the Royal Court.[1] Then he was appointed the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment in 1953.[5] Later, he was appointed the minister of defense and inspector general in December 1960 succeeding his brother Fahd bin Saud in the post.[6] His tenure ended on 31 October 1962.[6] He was made the minister of finance on 11 September 1961 when King Saud fired Talal bin Abdulaziz from the post.[7] Prince Muhammed held the post only six days.[8]

Prince Muhammed served as the deputy governor of the Al Bahah province until 1987.[9] Next, he served as the governor of this province from September 1987[1][10] to 2010.[11] He resigned from his post due to health-problems. His brother Mishari bin Saud replaced him in the post.[11]

Political rehabilitation[edit]

Prince Muhammed was among King Saud's most important supporters during the latter's reign. Following a power struggle with his half-brother, then-Crown Prince Faisal on 25 November 1964, Prince Muhammad pledged his allegiance to King Faisal.[12] He was the first of the King Saud's sons to do so, reportedly because he was married to King Faisal’s daughter, Princess Sara.[3][12] Following his rehabilitation Prince Muhammed held several important positions until 2010.[5]

Other positions[edit]

Prince Muhammed bin Saud was a member of the Allegiance Council from 2007[13][14] to his death on 8 July 2012.[15] He was also a member of King Saud Foundation based in Jeddah.[16] Prince Muhammed had various business activities.[1]

Personal life[edit]

One of Prince Muhammed bin Saud's spouses was Princess Sara bint Faisal, the daughter of late King Faisal.[17] They had no children.[18] Prince Muhammed had four children with his other wives: Prince Faisal (born 11 September 1951), Prince Khalid, Prince Mishaal (born 24 August 1956) and Princess Noura.[1]

Prince Faisal bin Muhammed received a PhD degree.[19] He was appointed the deputy governor of Al Bahah province on 31 October 1988.[1]

Death and funeral[edit]

On 8 July 2012 the Saudi Royal Court announced that Prince Muhammed bin Saud had died in Riyadh.[15][20] He was 78.[21] Salman bin Abdulaziz performed funeral prayer for him after Maghrib (sunset) prayer on 10 July 2012 at Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh. Sheikh Abdallah bin Abdulaziz Al Shaykh led the funeral prayer as Imam.[22]


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  8. ^ "About Ministry of Finance".
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  11. ^ a b "Emirs of Al Baaha". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  12. ^ a b Joseph Mann (2013). "King without a Kingdom: Deposed King Saud and his intrigues". Studia Orientalia Electronica. 1.
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  14. ^ "King Abdullah names members of the Allegiance Commission". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Washington D.C. 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz dies abroad". Saudi Gazette. 8 July 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
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  17. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Princess Sara honoured Medal of First Class". Gulf States Newsletter (946). 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  18. ^ Joseph A. Kechichian (2014). 'Iffat Al Thunayan: an Arabian Queen. Sussex Academic Press. p. 64.
  19. ^ "Letter from the custodian of the two holy mosques to King Abdullah II of Jordan". Ain al Yaqeen. 22 December 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Saudi Arabia's influential Prince Mohammed bin Saud dies". The Washington Post. AP. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Prince Mohammed bin Saud, Influential Saudi Prince, Dead". Huffington Post. Riyadh. AP. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  22. ^ "ولي العهد يؤدي صلاة الميت على الأمير محمد بن سعود". Al Riyadh. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.