Muhammad bin Abdul-Rahman

Muhammad bin Abdul-Rahman (1882 – 25 July 1943)[2] was a son of Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal, Imam of the Second Saudi State based in Riyadh. Muhammad was an early supporter of his own brother King Abdulaziz. However, Muhammad and Abdulaziz had a falling-out after both attempted to place their respective sons in line for kingship. This conflict may have led to the death of Muhammad's son Khalid.[3] Muhammad later became a virtual non-entity in Saudi politics.

Muhammad bin Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud
Muhammad bin Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
Second Saudi State
Died25 July 1943
Noble familyHouse of Saud
  • Khalid
  • Fahd
  • Sa'd
  • Saud
  • Abdullah
  • Abdul-Aziz
  • Bandar
  • Salman
  • Faisal
FatherAbdul Rahman bin Faisal
MotherSara bint Jiluwi bin Turki Al Jiluwi [1]
ReligionWahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Early life

There is some controversy regarding the date of his birth, with some sources making him older than his brother, the future king Abdulaziz, an important factor in his later maneuvering for succession to rule.

He followed his family to exile in Kuwait after the collapse of the Saudi state in 1891 and in 1902 was one of Abdulaziz's companion on the raid which retook the Masmak Castle and Riyadh.[2] In 1920, Muhammad and his son Saud was sent to Hail to capture the province.[4] Following complete control over Saudi Arabia by the Al Sauds, Muhammad was appointed governor of Mecca.[2]

Personal life and death

His eldest son, Khalid bin Muhammad (1904 1938), married to Prince Faisal's only full sister, Noura, in 1934[5] and he was killed in car crash on Al Dahna and Kuwait road.[2] Muhammad's other son, Fahd (1904-?), also married to King Abdulaziz's daughter Sheikha and was one the former governors of Al Qassim Province.[2]

His grandson Fahd bin Abdullah bin Muhammad was deputy defence minister (now removed and detained).[6]

One of Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman's great grandsons, Khalid bin Saud, is a high-ranking official at the ministry of foreign affairs.[2] The daughter of Khalid bin Saud is married to Saud bin Khalid, son of Khalid bin Faisal, current governor of Makkah Province and son of late King Faisal.[7] His other great-grandchildren are directors of King Faisal Foundation.[2] For instance, Bandar bin Saud bin Khalid Al Saud is the deputy managing director of the foundation.[8]

Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman died on 25 July 1943.[2]


  1. "Royal Family Directory". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. Sabri, Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I.S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  3. James Wynbrandt (2010). "A" Brief History of Saudi Arabia. Infobase Publishing. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-8160-7876-9. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. Al Kahtani, Mohammad Zaid (December 2004). "The Foreign Policy of King Abdulaziz" (PDF). University of Leeds. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  5. AbuKhalil, As'ad (2004). The Battle for Saudi Arabia. Royalty, fundamentalism and global power. New York City: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-610-9.
  6. "Bin Salman and the end of Saudi's consensus rule".
  7. الأمير خالد الفيصل يحتفل بزواج ابنه الأمير سعود من كريمة الأمير خالد بن سعود. Al Riyadh (in Arabic). Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  8. "Statement". King Faisal Foundation. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
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