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Darah publishes rare Abdulaziz messages on World Letter Writing Day

In a remarkable display of historical preservation, the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has unveiled a collection of rare documents that offer a captivating glimpse into the past. Among these invaluable artifacts are letters penned by none other than King Abdulaziz himself, addressed to his esteemed father, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal, as well as his beloved sisters and various high-ranking officials within government agencies. These remarkable pieces, some of which have withstood the test of time for nearly a century, provide a unique window into the personal and political affairs of the revered monarch.

In a collection of documents recently discovered, a remarkable letter has come to light. Dated 1338 AH, this letter reveals a heartfelt exchange between King Abdulaziz and Imam Abdulrahman. The missive, penned by none other than King Abdulaziz himself, showcases his deep admiration and respect for his father. Within its contents, the letter discloses the king's dutiful communication, informing his father of the safe delivery of his messages and providing updates on his own well-being as well as that of his companions. This extraordinary find offers a rare glimpse into the personal correspondence of these esteemed figures, shedding light on their profound bond and the historical significance of their relationship. In a correspondence dating back to the year 1344, a notable individual conveyed a message that not only shed light on his personal well-being but also demonstrated his unwavering concern for the state of the nation and its inhabitants.

In the biography of King Abdulaziz, a remarkable tale unfolds, showcasing the profound affection he held for his father, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal. Their bond, characterized by mutual respect, selflessness, and unwavering righteousness, played a pivotal role in the arduous journey of establishing governance and constructing a nation. It was Imam Abdulrahman's unwavering belief in his son's capabilities, wisdom, and extraordinary leadership that laid the foundation for their harmonious partnership as they embarked on the monumental task of nation-building.

In his pursuit of building and governing the state, King Abdulaziz demonstrated a remarkable commitment to upholding family values and safeguarding the ties of kinship. In a recent publication by The Darah Foundation, three heartfelt letters have come to light, shedding light on the deep admiration and appreciation that King Abdulaziz held for his sisters, Moudhi, Hessa, and Al Jawharah.

Despite the immense responsibilities that came with running state affairs, King Abdulaziz demonstrated a remarkable commitment to his family and placed great importance on maintaining strong kinship ties. In the midst of his arduous task of uniting the state, King Abdulaziz managed to maintain a steady correspondence with his sisters. Through a series of special letters dispatched from different corners of the nation, the monarch maintained a vital connection with his family. One such noteworthy communication was the letter he penned to his sister, Moudhi bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, in the year 1343 H.In this missive, King Abdulaziz sought updates on the well-being of his father and brothers while also sharing the news of his arrival in the sacred city of Makkah.

In a correspondence reminiscent of a bygone era, King Abdulaziz penned a letter to his sister, Hessa bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, in the year 1346 AH. In this heartfelt missive, the monarch sought to assuage any concerns his beloved sibling may have had regarding his well-being as well as the well-being of his companions during their sacred pilgrimage to Hajj. In a historic correspondence dating back to 1347 AH, the King of an undisclosed realm penned a letter addressed to his esteemed sister, Al-Jawharah bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal. This missive bore witness to the prevailing state of the populace, highlighting their overall welfare, stability, and resolute support for the monarch's reign. Notably, the letter also underscored the citizens' profound satisfaction in witnessing the implementation of Sharia Law within the nation's borders.

In commemoration of World Letter Writing Day, observed annually on September 1st, the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives has unveiled a new compilation of documents. This collection features a series of letters that shed light on the remarkable humanity and meticulousness displayed by King Abdulaziz in his dealings with the affairs and needs of individuals.

In a remarkable display of compassion and eloquence, the late king's letters shed light on his unwavering dedication to addressing the needs and rights of his subjects. These missives, directed towards officials and princes, reveal a profound sense of care and consideration for the people he served.

In a collection of correspondence, an intriguing discovery has been made. Nestled within these letters lies a message of great significance, penned by none other than King Abdulaziz himself. Dated back to the year 1924, this particular missive was addressed to Saleh bin Abdulwahid with a clear directive to dispatch Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi. The purpose? To conduct a thorough examination of the pilgrims. But that's not all. Another letter, dating back to the year 1931, has also come to light. In this correspondence, King Abdulaziz reaches out to an official, expressing his concerns and outlining his intentions to provide houses for certain imams and muezzins. These letters, hidden away for years, shed light on the actions and initiatives undertaken by King Abdulaziz during critical moments in history. They offer a glimpse into the ruler's dedication to the well-being and welfare of his people, as well as his commitment to ensuring the smooth execution of religious duties.

In 1942, a series of messages surfaced, shedding light on the philanthropic endeavors of two individuals known as Abdullah Al-Khaled and Abdulrahman bin Oudan. These messages revealed a letter in which the sender provided explicit instructions for the distribution of charitable donations to the impoverished. Additionally, the sender appointed individuals deemed trustworthy to oversee the fair and just allocation of these resources. In a remarkable display of benevolence, the king took decisive action to alleviate the burdens faced by the less fortunate. In 1941, a letter was dispatched by his majesty, outlining clear instructions to cover the expenses of the impoverished and destitute individuals embarking on the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj. This noble gesture aimed to ensure that those in need could partake in this significant religious journey without the burden of financial constraints. Furthermore, in a testament to his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his subjects, the king issued another crucial letter in 1936. This missive commanded the disbursement of the annual Ramadan allocations, a vital lifeline for countless individuals during the holy month. Additionally, the monarch sought to address the pleas and requests of the esteemed Al-Khouya, ensuring that their needs were met and their concerns duly addressed. These acts of compassion and generosity underscore the king's dedication to uplifting the lives of the underprivileged and his unwavering commitment to fostering a society that values the well-being of all its members.

The publication of these letters by the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives pays homage to the remarkable humanitarian legacy of the founder of this nation. In a remarkable endeavor to safeguard and chronicle historical correspondence, the foundation has undertaken the publication of these letters. Meticulously handled, restored, and deemed worthy of preservation, the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Center for Historical Materials Conservation has employed cutting-edge methodologies and techniques to ensure their longevity and care.

The foundation boasts an extensive assortment of historical documents and rare letters pertaining to national history, along with a comprehensive archive of historical photographs and films.

The foundation now stands as a crucial resource for researchers and specialists alike, providing an invaluable database for all studies that depend on archival materials.

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