This morning, Umm Al-Qura University celebrated the blessed procession of contributions launched by the King of Hazm (firmness) Salman bin Abdulaziz, with determination and wise leadership, to achieve the glory of his country through a series of accomplishments which are presented at the King Abdul-Aziz Historical Hall in a seminar organized by the Museum Administration. The seminar witnessed the presentation of the upbringing of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz (may Allah protect him), from his birth till he became well-versed in directing the Saudi Kingdom's affairs, and his development contributions became evident since he started his tenure as a king.
The Vice President of UQU, Prof Dr. Farid Al-Ghamdi, who sponsored the seminar on behalf of His Excellency the UQU President, praised the efforts of King Salman and his wise leadership represented in the development of the kingdom's sectors and its international achievements in different aspects. These steps contributed to the renaissance of the country, the bright future of its citizens, the service of the Two Holy Mosques, and the advocacy of Islamic and humanitarian causes.
The General Supervisor of the Museum Administration, Dr. Fahd Al-Malki, stressed the importance of this seminar in documenting the contributions of King Salman, the privileges the kingdom acquired at both the local and international levels, and his role in enhancing the status of the kingdom. The aim of this is for the kingdom to become a point of convergence of cultures, a destination for tourism, and a spring for historical thought and ancient civilization in the face of contemporary challenges.
The director of the seminar, the Professor of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Chair for studies on the History of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sharif, pointed out that the blessed procession of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his great achievements are only strides directed by the clear cut directives of King Abdulaziz and followed in the tenures of his brother kings (may Allah be merciful with them). These directives aimed for the strengthening of the policy of their forerunners, the knowledge of the history of the people of the past, and the awareness of the affairs of their contemporaries. In so doing, King Salman became of one of the state builders, nation developers, and world politicians. He was able to politically administer his country and manage its affairs as per the rulings of Sharia. He also faced challenges by the support of the youth of his country and the vision of his ambitious Crown Prince.
Next, the Professor of Saudi Contemporary History, Dr. Abdul-Latif bin Dahish, presented the first stage of King Salman's upbringing in his father's house in which he grasped the principles of upright foundation laid down by the founder. These foundations became reflected in the administration of the country affairs. Consequently, he was able to achieve the equation of both a safe and stable land, at all levels. The professor then pointed out King Salman's great stance on the international, Islamic and Arab issues for the sake of maintaining security and external peace.
After that, the Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Al-Thaqafi, presented the positions held by King Salman, as well as his development and administrative work before his accession to the throne. He also highlighted King Salman's obvious concern for local affairs to achieve the glory and prosperity of his people. Moreover, he referred to the development of general and higher education, which witnessed an exceptional shift in his tenure, represented in the approval of the University New System and the University Affairs Council, his support for external scholarship programs, in addition to offering honorable service in the Two Sacred Mosques, his perfect care of the expansion projects of their external halls, and hosting the guests of Allah every year.