Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khamis

Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khamis

Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khamis, a Saudi scholar, and writer is celebrated for his vast contributions to literature, history, geography, thought, and Saudi culture. Born in 1919 in Malqa, part of Diriyah in Riyadh, His father, was an informed individual in literature. Despite his father’s agricultural work, he never let his farm distract him from his educational pursuits. Khamis delved into various historical, literary, and Sharia texts and memorized parts of the Quran.

“Educational Journey and Literary Evolution: Khamis’s Path to Academic Success”

In 1944, with the establishment of Dar Al-Tawhid School in Taif, Khamis enrolled and excelled in subjects. After receiving his diploma from Dar Al-Tawhid in 1949, he joined the Colleges of Sharia and Language in Mecca. His literary talents, both in poetry and prose, became prominent in various newspapers and magazines, and his reputation grew. He was mentored by many scholars, including Sheikh Abdullah Al-Khalifi, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Masari, Sheikh Mana’a Al-Qattan, Sheikh Muhammad Metwally Al-Shaarawy, and other Azhar scholars who taught him in Dar Al-Tawhid and the Colleges of Sharia and Language in Mecca. He graduated from these colleges in 1953.

The director of Al Ahsa Scientific Institute in 1953, where he displayed remarkable literary, academic, and skills. he was appointed the director of the Colleges of Sharia and Language in Riyadh By 1955. In 1956, he became the General Director of the Presidency of the Judiciary in Saudi Arabia. Royal decree in 1961 appointed him as the Deputy Minister of Transport in Saudi Arabia. The head of the Riyadh Water Authority in 1966. Khamis sought retirement to dedicate himself to research and writing in 1972.

Throughout his career, Khamis authored over twenty books in literature, poetry, criticism, heritage, and travel. His literary journey began early, as he was exposed to poetry through his father’s recitations. During his academic journey, he actively engaged in various literary and scientific conferences, proudly representing Saudi Arabia. Additionally, he shared his expertise through countless lectures, addressing audiences both at home and abroad. He also contributed to radio and television programs, including a four-year radio program “Min Al-Qail” and a TV program “Majalis Al-Iman.”

“Cultural and Social Engagements: Khamis’s Impact Beyond Borders”

Khamis’s contributions extended to cultural and social memberships in various scientific and cultural organizations within and outside Saudi Arabia, including the Arabic Language Complex in Damascus, the Arabic Language Complex in Cairo, the Iraqi Scientific Complex, the Supreme Media Council, the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Darat, the Board of Directors of the Arab Magazine, the Board of Directors of Al Jazeera Press, Printing and Publishing Institution, and the Riyadh Charity Society.

He received several awards, such as the State Appreciation Award in Literature (1984) and the King Abdulaziz Sash. Also earned an honor medal from the Gulf Cooperation Council in Muscat (1989).

The Fatah Sash and medal from the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the French Honor Medal, and the Culture Medal from Tunisia. Additionally, he earned an honorary certificate from Bahrain’s Prince Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 for pioneering social work in the Gulf states.

Khamis passed away on May 18, 2011, leaving behind a rich legacy of knowledge and cultural contributions. His works stand as a testament to his intellectual prowess and dedication to advancing literature and culture.

Books Written by Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khamis