Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Khaleequr Rahman: Album of Pictures of Hyderabad and Nizam Era Prese...: "March 28th 2011 will remain as a very memorable day for me throughout my life when I had the honour and the privilege of meeting the Fazilat..."
March 28th 2011 will remain as a very memorable day for me throughout my life when I had the honour and the privilege of meeting the Fazilatul Sheikh Abdur Rahman Al Sudais, Imam-e-Kaaba in New Delhi in an exclusive meeting with him. He received me with a smile and warmthness.I spent about fifteen minutes with him. I was composed in myself for the meeting as I was going to meet the most revered and the most respectable Imam-e-Kaaba. I presented Imam saheb the Album consisting of the pictures of Hyderabad's historical places especially Mecca Masjid and the pictures of the Nizams era. Imam saheb was delighted to see these pictures and he saw them with great interest. I have explained him about the decades old links and the relationship of Hyderabad with Saudi Arabia and have extended him the invitation to visit Hyderabad. He was kind enough to have assured me that he would visit Hyderabad in the near future and have conveyed his best wishes for the people of Hyderabad. In the above picture, Imam saheb is seeing the pictures of the Album presented to him. I have also request Imam saheb to pray for the brotherhood and the communal harmony in our country specially for the welfare of the muslims. I also informed him that India is the country with the third largest population of muslims in the world. I also had the honour of attending the India Islamic Centre's function in the honour of Imam Saheb in New Delhi.
Now I give below a brief profile of Imam-e-Kaaba
Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1960 is the Imam of the Grand mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the "Islamic Personality Of the Year" 2005.
Al-Sudais comes from the Anza clan. He had memorized the Quran by the age of 12. Growing up in Najd, Al-Sudais studied at the Al Muthana Bin Harith Elementary School, and afterwards the Riyadh Scientific Institution from which he graduated in 1979 with a grade of excellent.
He obtained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, his Master's in Islamic fundamentals from the Sharia College of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in Islamic Sharia from Umm al-Quran University in 1995 while working there as an assistant professor after serving at Riyadh University. He was honoured to lead funeral prayer for Sheikh Ali Jaber.
He is also known for his frequent sermons calling on believers to help other Muslims in war-torn regions.
In 2005, Al-Sudais was named by the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) Organising Committee as its 9th annual "Islamic Personality Of the Year" in recognition of his devotion to the Quran and Islam. When accepting his award in Dubai, he said: "The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness."