Saudi king awarded honorary doctorate from Egypt’s Al-Azhar
Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque, considered the world’s leading center for Arabic literature and Islamic learning, awarded on Monday Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz an honorary doctorate.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, who inaugurated the new Saudi embassy in Cairo earlier it the day, received the award on behalf of the Saudi king at a ceremony in the Egyptian capital.
Last week, the Saudi state news agency said the award came “in recognition of his [the king’s] services to Islam and Muslims in the world.
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Al-Tayyeb said the honor reflects “true feelings of the members of Al-Azhar’s Supreme Council to the well-known positions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques toward Islam and Muslims everywhere well as the positions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia toward Egypt and its people.”
The top Muslim institute granted the king another honorary doctorate earlier in July for his efforts in serving Muslims and the “Ummah,” Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.