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  • Date of birth
    Feb. 10, 1960 (age 61)
  • Place of birth
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Education
    Umm al-Qura University (1995), Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (1987), King Saud University (1983)
  • Role
    Imam and Preacher

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Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
Imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Mecca

Al-Sudais comes from the Anza clan, and he had memorized the Quran by the age of 12. Growing up in Riyadh, 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-Qura University in 1995 while working there as an assistant professor after serving at Riyadh University. Sudais took up his imamate in 1984, at just 22-years of age, and conducted his first sermon at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in July 1984, other than this Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim - has been his partner in Taraweeh Prayers from 1991 till 2006, and again in 2014. 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." From 2010 to 2012 he visited India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Britain. Among his activities has been hosting a seminar at the Higher Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies in Malaysia in 2011, where he spoke about Islamic civilization against the backdrop of modern challenges. He was appointed head of the "Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques at the rank of minister" by royal decree on 8 May 2012. He is also a member of the Arabic Language Academy at Mecca.


Imam of The Grand Mosque in mecca

Notable works

He received a certificate from the scientific institute "Riyadh" with "excellent" grade. Then, in 1983, al-Sudais completed his higher education at the university where he received a degree in Sharia and then on leave from the Islamic University "Muhammad bin Saud" in 1987. He received his doctorate in Islamic Sharia in 1995 from Umm Al Qura University. Abd al-Rahman al-Sudais knew the special tone in his voice, which he used with the virtues and his excellent recitation of the Holy Quran. Al Sudais won the "Islamic Personality of the Year" award at the 9th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award in 1995.

Personal life

Is married and has 5 daughters and 4 sons.

About Islam

“The history of Islam is the best testament to how different communities can live together in peace and harmony. Muslims must exemplify the true image of Islam in their interaction with other communities.”