On the 16th of June of 2012, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arab nation, and the Islamic world lost one of the finest men who spent their lives in the service of their country and nation, this man was the best supporter of the Saudi leadership in backing friends in all countries.
He is the late Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the former Crown Prince.
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born in 1933 in Taif, he is the 23 son of the founding King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud.
He was the Second Deputy Prime Minister in addition to the Minister of Interior before the royal order was issued to appoint him as Crown Prince during the era of Late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.
Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz was a student at the Princes’ School (School for Saudi princes in Riyadh) where he received education from senior scholars and sheikhs. He began his political life as deputy governor of the Riyadh region during the era of the founder King Abdulaziz.
During the era of King Saud bin Abdulaziz, he served as governor of the Riyadh region during the era of the founder King Abdulaziz.
In the era of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Nayef served as deputy minister of the interior at the rank of minister.
He also held the position of Minister of State for Interior Affairs during the reign of King Khalid bin Abdulaziz , Nayef kept the same position acting as Minister of Interior during the reign of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and the reign of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, when a royal order was issued appointing him as Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, in addition to the Minister of Interior until his death.
Prince Nayef was known for his unlimited dream, his generosity in helping the needy, and his love for doing well in various fields, especially treating patients abroad at his own expense.
Prince Nayef was keen to support science and scholars from students to study and seek knowledge in schools, institutes, colleges, and universities inside and outside the Kingdom at his own expense.
He also was known for his closeness to the Saudi people, his calm listening to them, his acceptance of matters with openness and wisdom, and his constant appeal to the needs of his citizens.
He was also known for being an outstanding multi-sided leadership figure, who spent many years in the service of his country and the sons of his people. He was also known for his foresight, wisdom, political, security, and administrative acumen.
Prince Nayef was a well-informed figure who had a strong personality and influence on the internal and external levels.
The late prince enjoyed the love and respect of everyone at the level of the royal family, the Saudi people, the Arab and Islamic world, and the world at large.
For many years, until his death, Prince Nayef managed the most important files in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, such as internal security and border agreements with neighboring countries.
The trust of the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in his brother, Prince Nayef appeared apparently when he issued a decree to appoint Nayef as Crown Prince.
This trust is derived from the long history of Nayef’s sincere service to his country since the era of the founder King Abdul-Aziz bins Abdul Rahman Al Saud.
The royal trust also has been stemmed from (Nayef) efforts to stabilize the internal security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and supporting his country’s march alongside his brothers.
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was known by many titles, including, the Man of Security, the Conqueror of Terrorism, the Watchful Eye, the Prince of Wisdom, and the Leader of Intellectual Security.
Prince Nayef rose in official positions since his appointment as Under-Secretary of Riyadh, then Prince of Riyadh, Deputy Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister of Interior at the rank of Minister, Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Minister of Interior, and Second Deputy Prime Minister, until he won the confidence of the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz by appointing him Crown.
Positions in his life:
General supervisor of relief and humanitarian committees and campaigns in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers.
Honorary President of the Society for Science and Communication at King Saud University in Riyadh.
Chairman of the Supreme Media Council.
Head of the Supreme Commission for Industrial Security.
Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee.
Chairman of the Supreme Council of Civil Defense.
Head of the board of the Arabic University of Nayef for security sciences.
Chairman of the Manpower Council.
Chairman of the Human Development Fund.
Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Prize for the Prophet’s Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies.
Chairman of the committee that formulated the Basic Law of Governance, the Shura Council System, and the District System
Chairman of the Supreme Commission for Tourism Management.
Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Protection of Wildlife Conservation and Development.
Member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Member of the Allegiance Council.
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz was one of the biggest supporters of the Palestinian cause, as it is the first Arab cause.
This was evident during his presidency of the Saudi Committee to Support the Al-Aqsa surprising known at the time as the “Intifada” committee, which was established in 2000 under the directives of late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Despite this firmness, there human aspect was present besides, his fatherly spirit, the gentleness that appeared in his personality.
On regular basis, Prince Nayef was ordering the formation of advice and guidance committees to interview young people who were misled by the ideas of the deviant groups.
These committees were assigned to instruct young people with thought and argument according to what the Islamic religion came.
He was also interested in following up on the families the aforementioned young people, as well as those who were arrested by the US authorities outside the borders and deposited at Guantanamo Bay.
This is a clear sign that the Saudi citizen inside and outside the Kingdom was in the mind and heart of late Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.
Prince Nayef was keen to consolidate the principles of justice when applying the law through ensuring that punishment should be proportional to the crime without complacency or arbitrariness, as the goal is only to implement the law.
During Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz’s tenure at the Ministry of Interior, no citizen or resident was punished for a crime he / she did not commit, and it is rare to record a crime or case against an unknown person or to punish a person for a crime committed by another person.
During his reign, the kingdom’s prisons were never a tool of torture or places of oppression as much as they were a role for reform, discipline, training, and rehabilitation.
This is the policy of the Kingdom, which derives its provisions from the tolerant Islamic Sharia and authentic Arab values, which is led, nurtured, irrigates its soil, and raises its status, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Abdul Aziz.