Abdullah Al Rushud
RIYADH: The foundation of Saudi Arabia is based on the story of King Abdulaziz and this remarkable event is celebrated by people in many countries, regions, and continents.
The Saudi National Day, which is celebrated on September 23 every year commemorates the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.
Aside from this, a royal order was recently issued announcing that Feb. 22 will be known as Founding Day to recognize the establishment of the first Saudi state by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Saud in 1727, 295 years before the unification.
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Saud is the 5th great-grandfather of the current King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz. He was born and raised in Diriyah in 1679 amid the endless wars and political strife between the many leaders of the Sheikdoms.
The Crown Prince Muhammad bin Saud took over the reins of Diriyah, a town located on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in 1727. Known for his compassion, bravery, and influence, he proceeded to assume control of the situation, changed it for the better, and brought peace and prosperity to not only his region but the whole Arabian Peninsula.
A thousand years passed after the emergence of Prophet Muhammad before a great leader such as Imam Muhammad bin Saud emerged to unite the Kingdom Saudi Arabia for the first time in 1727. To this day, his offspring continue to inherit and build on the fruits of his success.