RIYADH — Saudi King Salman,Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was named the winner of the 2017 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for his outstanding Service to Islam.
Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,director of the King Faisal Foundation and chairman of the KFIP committee, announced on Tuesday,the names of the winners.
King Salman’s was recognized for his outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, his unfaltering commitment to serve the two Holy Mosques and their visitors/pilgrims, his allegiance to the Prophet’s Sira (i.e. Life of Prophet Mohammed), sponsorship and support of the Historic Atlas of the Prophet’s Sira and its implementation by King Abdulaziz Dara (Foundation for Research and Archives), and founding of King Abdulaziz Complex for Endowment Libraries in Madinah for preserving Arabic and Islamic heritage, and was awarded the prize.
The prize also recognizes King Salman’s endeavors to unite Arabs and Muslims in the face of daunting challenges in the Arab and Muslim world. The King’s efforts include the formation of a Riyadh-based Islamic military alliance to combat terrorism, his unwavering support of the Palestinian cause through political, moral and humanitarian measures.