Saudi Gazette report RIYADH
Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH— In the annals of history, few stories resonate as profoundly as the remarkable journey of King Abdulaziz into Riyadh. This historic odyssey, meticulously chronicled by the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), is fittingly titled "The Road to Riyadh."
This narrative, set against the backdrop of a fragmented region, unveils the visionary leadership of King Abdulaziz and his enduring quest to unite a nation under the banner of religion, making it a sanctuary for Muslims. It is a testament to the indomitable spirit of a leader who, with just 40 loyal comrades, embarked on a journey that would alter the course of history.
As we delve into this epic tale, we will explore the context and circumstances that shaped the destiny of a nation. We will witness how King Abdulaziz's unyielding determination brought not only security and tranquility but also lasting prosperity to his people. This is the story of a nation's rebirth, and it begins with "The Road to Riyadh."
According to well-documented historical sources, King Abdulaziz, along with 40 of his men, left the neighboring state of Kuwait in the month of Rabi' al-Awwal in the year 1319 Hijri. He headed toward Al-Ahsa and, with his astute leadership, managed to gather 1,400 men on his way to Riyadh.
The Darah explained that he sent scouts to gather information as he made his way to Riyadh. By the time he reached the region of "Harad," in the month of Rajab, only 63 men remained with him. Undeterred, he continued on to the "Yabrin" region.
King Abdulaziz reached the southern region known as the "Jafura Sands," where he concealed himself for nearly 50 days before resuming his journey. He traveled during the month of Ramadan, resting at "Ma' al-Zonoqah," "Wiseh Wells," "Harad Wells," and "Abu Jifan Springs."
On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, King AbdulAziz left 23 men with the camels and belongings in "Shuqayb Al-Dil," before keeping 33 men led by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman outside the walls. He continued with only 7 of his men, heading for Riyadh. This took place on the evening of the fourth day of Shawwal.
Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and his group later joined King AbdulAziz, bringing the total number to 40 men. On the morning of the fifth day of Shawwal, He opened the gates of Al-Masmak Palace and the battle began. It ended with the death of Ajlan and the surrender of those with him. The rule was declared for God first and then for Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.