Egypt's Al-Azhar gives Saudi king honorary doctorate

The honorary degree comes in recognition the king’s services to Islam and Muslims in the world

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Egypt's top Muslim institute Al-Azhar has granted an international honorary doctorate to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The honorary degree comes “in recognition of his [the king’s] services to Islam and Muslims in the world,” added the news agency.

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Al-Tayyeb said the honor reflects “true feelings of the members of Al-Azhar’s Supreme Council to the well-known positions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques toward Islam and Muslims everywhere well as the positions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards Egypt and its people.”

The top Muslim institute had granted the king another honorary doctorate earlier in July, for his efforts in serving Muslims and the “Ummah,” Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The university is considered the world’s leading center for Arabic literature and Islamic learning.

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