News 24 | What do you know about the stages of development of the Saudi flag and its designer, who was saved by the Kingdom?


Saudi flag

“Hurry up for glory and exaltation.. Glory be to the Creator of Heaven.. Raise the green drum.. It carries the lined light.” With these words we sing of love for the kingdom and love of the green flag. On the 91st National Day, we learn about the story of the design of the Saudi flag, and its Egyptian designer, who was saved by the Kingdom from occupation.

Science is not a personal idea

The National Center for Documentation and Archives indicates that the Saudi flag is rooted in the history of the state since its founding, and passed through a number of stages during the reign of King Abdulaziz, stressing that it was not just a personal idea.

The center clarified that the Saudi flag stems from the depth of the historical state, as it was initially green and inscribed on it, “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”

What do you know about the stages of development of the Saudi flag and its designer, who was saved by the Kingdom?

A connection between science and its designer

The design of the Saudi flag was associated with the Egyptian Hafez Wahba, who was born in the Egyptian capital Cairo in 1889, and grew up in a middle-ranking family, but she was able to teach him and memorize the Holy Qur’an in full, and then attached him to Al-Azhar Al-Sharif to study under the supervision of Muhammad Abdo, Muhammad Makhlouf and Ali Al-Boulaki.

In his youth, Wahba was subjected to a harsh experience. The British exiled him from Egypt, so he traveled to the State of Kuwait to work as an Arabic language teacher at the Mubarakiya School, and there and on Kuwaiti soil, he met the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud.

As a result of previous knowledge, King Abdulaziz invited him to the Kingdom’s lands, assumed the position of political advisor in his court, and then appointed him as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Britain during World War II.

What do you know about the stages of development of the Saudi flag and its designer, who was saved by the Kingdom?

flag design

Wahba was as much as the trust granted by King Abdulaziz. He contributed to the advancement of political and military cooperation between the Kingdom and Britain, in addition to strengthening relations between Egypt and the Kingdom, establishing relations between the Kingdom and Japan, and setting up and developing an education system in the Kingdom.

In 1932, with the announcement of the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he settled on writing the word monotheism on the green flag with the sword placed below the word monotheism. However, during the reign of King Faisal, Hafez Wahba made modifications to the sizes of the flag, the word monotheism, and the beginning and end of the sword.

flag system

The handle below the beginning of the word Tawheed and ending towards the mast became a metaphor for the end of the fighting, and it became a symbol of strength and invincibility, and in 1973 the “flag system” law was issued, which included the basis for dealing with the flag as a national symbol, with instructions for its use.

The law protects the flag, and stipulates that it is green in color and its width is equal to two-thirds of the length. In the middle is the word “Shahada al-Tawhid”, and below it is a drawn sword, and the flag is never lowered, and it is raised inside the Kingdom between sunrise and sunset on Fridays and holidays on all government buildings and institutions.

While the flag is constantly hoisted on government posts located on the borders, in addition to the fact that the national flag or the king’s flag may not touch the surface of the land and water.

It is also prohibited to use the national flag as a trademark or for commercial advertising purposes, and it is prohibited to raise it with a faded color or in a bad condition, and when the flag reaches a state that does not allow its use, it is burned with the knowledge of the competent authorities.


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