Riyadh – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates the inaugural anniversary of its Founding Day of the first Saudi State on Tuesday, 22 February.
The Founding Day celebrates the founding of the First Saudi State, the Emirate of Diriyah, by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud in 1727.
King Salman, the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, on Jan. 27 issued a Royal Order to commemorate Feb. 22 as the nation’s Founding Day every year.
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The Royal Order states, “the middle of the year 1139H corresponds to February of the year 1727; marking the commencement of the reign of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud, and his founding of the first Saudi State.”
The King, in his statement, said he took “Great pride in the deep roots of this blessed state and the firm bond between the citizens and the leaders.” The state began three centuries ago by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud.
The state began three centuries ago by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud. He founded the first Saudi State in 1139H (early 1727) and continued until 1233H (1818).
Diriyah was its capital and the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) its constitution; and which provided unity and security in the Arabian Peninsula following centuries; of fragmentation, discord, and instability, and survived attempts of elimination.”
Seven years after the first Saudi State in 1240H (1824); Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Saud successfully established the Second Saudi State, which lasted until 1309H (1891).
The third Saudi state was established in 1319H (1902) by King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Al Faisal Al Saud; who united it as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Later, the King’s sons following in his footsteps reinforced the building and unity of this country,” King Salman said.
Preparations for Saudi Arabia’s first Founding Day are everywhere as Saudis look forward to three days of celebrations that begin on Tuesday. The three days of festivities will end with concerts, and spectacular sky shows all over the Kingdom.
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The anniversary celebrations of The Founding Day are an opportunity to rejoice in the three centuries of the glorious history of the Saudi State.