Muhammed bin Saud Al Saud

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Muhammed bin Saud
Saudi Prince
Muhammed bin saud al saud.jpg
Governor of Al Bahah Province
In office 1987 – 2010
Successor Mishari bin Saud
Monarch King Fahd
King Abdullah
Minister of Defense
In office 1960 – 31 October 1962
Predecessor Fahd bin Saud bin Abdulaziz
Successor Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Monarch King Saud
Born 21 March 1934
Died 8 July 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 78)
Burial 10 July 2012
Al Oud cemetery, Riyadh
Spouse Sara bint Faisal Al Saud
Full name
Muhammed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Saud
Mother Arrazeqi Al Almaei
Religion Islam

Mohammad bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Prince Muhammed was born on 21 March 1934.[2] He was the third son of King Saud.[3] His mother is Arrazeqi Al Almaei.[4]


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.[2] Then he 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] Prince Muhammed served as the deputy governor of the Al Bahah province until 1987.[7] Next, he served as the governor of this province from September 1987[2][8] to 2010.[9] He resigned from his post due to health-problems. His brother Mishari bin Saud replaced him in the post in 2010.[9]

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, King Saud was deposed and forced into exile. In November 1964, Prince Muhammad pledged his allegiance to King Faisal.[5] He was the first of the King Saud's sons to do so, reportedly because he was married to one of King Faisal’s daughters, Princess Sara.[3] Since being rehabilitated in the mid-1960s, he held several important positions.[5]

Other positions[edit]

Muhammed bin Saud was a member of the Allegiance Council from 2007[10] to his death on 8 July 2012.[11] He was also a member of King Saud Foundation based in Jeddah.[12] He had various business activities.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Muhammed bin Saud had three wives. One of his spouses was Sara bint Faisal, a daughter of late King Faisal.[13] Prince Muhammed had four children: Prince Faisal (born 11 September 1951), Prince Khalid, Prince Mishaal (born 24 August 1956) and Princess Noura.[2][14] Faisal bin Muhammed received a PhD degree.[15] He was appointed the deputy governor of Al Bahah province on 31 October 1988.[2]

Death and funeral[edit]

On 8 July 2012, the Saudi Royal Court announced Prince Muhammed bin Saud had died abroad.[11][16] He was 78.[17] Crown Prince 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.[18]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Sharaf Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I.S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0. 
  3. ^ a b Talal Kapoor (16 August 2014). "King Abdallah: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? (Part One)". Datarabia. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "kingsaud". King Saud website. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Stig Stenslie (2011). "Power Behind the Veil: Princesses of the House of Saud". Journal of Arabian Studies: Arabia, the Gulf, and the Red Sea. 1 (1): 69–79. doi:10.1080/21534764.2011.576050. 
  6. ^ a b "Land Forces History". Royal Saudi Land Forces. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Brian Lees (March 2006). "The Al Saud family and the future of Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Asian Affairs. XXXVII (1): 36–49. doi:10.1080/03068370500457411. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "09RIYADH393". Wikileaks. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Emirs of Al Baaha". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "King Abdullah names members of the Allegiance Commission". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Washington D.C. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz dies abroad". Saudi Gazette. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "The King Saud Foundation". Open Charities. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Princess Sara honoured Medal of First Class". Gulf States Newsletter (946). 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Family Tree of Muhammad bin Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Letter from the custodian of the two holy mosques to King Abdullah II of Jordan". Ain al Yaqeen. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Saudi Arabia's influential Prince Mohammed bin Saud dies". The Washington Post. AP. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Prince Mohammed bin Saud, Influential Saudi Prince, Dead". Huffington Post. Riyadh. AP. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "ولي العهد يؤدي صلاة الميت على الأمير محمد بن سعود". Al Riyadh. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.