10 Facts about Imam Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais

Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais is the Head of the Imams of the Holy Mosque in Makkah. In the Muslims across the world, there is great respect for the Imam of the Holy Mosque.

He is very famous for his beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran. Let us share some lesser-known facts about Imam Al-Sudais.

What is the Salary of Imam Sudais?

I don’t know if it is true but let me tell you about my personal experience. I was in another country and sitting in a religious gathering. Imam Sudais was also visiting that country during those days.

The speaker of the religious conference had met Imam Sudais a couple of days ago. He told all of us that before meeting Imam Sudais, he was curious to know about his salary. Out of curiosity, he asked this question from the Imam but Imam Sudais did not answer it.

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Later on, one of the people who came along with Imam Sudais from Saudi Arabia told the speaker of the conference that Saudi Government has told all the Imams of Haramain that they cannot pay them for their services.

Services provided by these Imams cannot be quantified in terms of money. Saudi government just pays them a blank cheque every month and asks them to fill it as per their needs. Subhan Allah! This is the positive side of Saudi Arabia which no one tells you.

10 Facts about Imam Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais

1-Full name of Al Sudais is Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais.

2-He was born in the year 1960 in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. He belongs to Anza clan.

3-He memorized the Quran at the age of 12.

4-He graduated in the year 1979, and in 1983 he got a degree in Islamic Shariah from Riyadh University. In 1987 he did a Master’s and in 1995 he completed his Doctorate in Islamic Shariah.

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5-He has served in Riyadh University and then in Umm ul Qura University as Assistant Professor.

6-He was selected as Imam in the Grand Mosque when he was only 24 years. He delivered his first sermon at an age of 24 years in the month of July 1984.

7-In the year 2012, Al Sudais was appointed as head of Presidency for both the Holy Mosques and was given a rank of minister.

8-It is also said that the mother of Imam Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais used to curse him in his childhood with this statement “May Allah make you the Imam of Haramain”. He believes that he has become Imam just because of the prayers of his mother.

9-He is not only the Imam of the Holy Mosque but he also keeps an eye on the problems of Muslim Ummah and plays a vital role in this regard. He was titled an “Islamic Personality of the Year” in the year 2005 by Dubai.

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10-He condemned the “Lal-Masjid” administrators on their role during the Lal-Masjid (red mosque) crisis in 2007, in Islamabad the capital of Pakistan.

He insisted that the militants of Lal Masjid and officials of government shall resolve the matter peacefully through dialogue and negotiations. He urged both the parties to consider it their duty to not to damage a piece of land.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.