His Eminence Shaikh Saleh bin Himeid was born in Buraida, Saudi Arabia, in 1950. He completed his high school education in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in and graduated in 1972 from the College of Shari’ah in Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, where he continued his post-graduate studies and obtained Master’s degree in Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and its Principles and Doctorate degree in Fiqh Shari’ah and its Principles in 1976 and 1981, respectively.
Then he joined the academic staff of Umm Al-Qura University for a number of years during which he became Chairman of the Islamic Economy Department, Director of the Higher Islamic Studies Center, Vice Dean of the Shari’ah College for Post-Graduate Studies the Dean of the College.
His Eminence Shaikh bin Himeid was appointed Vice President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques and a member of the Consultative (Shourah) Council. In 2000, he was appointed President General of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques and President of the Consultative Council the following year. He was also appointed President of the Supreme council of Justice from 2009-2012, and thereafter Advisor at the Royal Court. He is also the Grand Imam of the Holy Mosque in Makkah, Member of the Commission of Senior Religious Scholars, President of the Jeddah-based International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Member of the Supreme Council of Mosques of the Islamic World League, Shari’ah Committee of the International Islamic Relief Commission and the Higher Authority for the Development of Makkah, in addition to serving as teacher at the High Institute for Justice and teacher and Mufti at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
His Eminence Shaikh bin Himeid plays a leading role in the International Islamic Fiqh Academy. He has put forth relentless efforts, displayed profound wisdom and deep vision and had a positive influence in dealing with contemporary fiqh issues. His intellect, profundity and rarely paralleled knowledge of Islamic Shari’ah have made him one of the most prominent contemporary Islamic characters. His teachings and Daawa (Call to Islam) efforts are evident in hundreds of his classes, lectures and participation in conferences and symposia. His commitment to the causes of the Islamic Nation is also evident through his countless sermons at the Holy Mosque and his numerous publications highlighting the virtues, value and history of Islam.
His Eminence Shaikh bin Himeid was awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, namely:
- His leading role in the International Islamic Fiqh Academy which serves the Islamic nation with regards to contemporary and forthcoming fiqh issues. His Excellency has put forth a strenuous effort, profound wisdom, deep vision and positive influence when dealing with contemporary fiqh issues. His input illustrates moderation and combines original fiqh opinions with present time changes.
- His meticulous efforts in religious education and call to Islam through hundreds of classes, lectures and conferences in different congregations and cultural centers.
- In addition to his dedicated efforts in supporting the Islamic nation through his classes, fatwa and speeches at the Holy Mosque.
- His authorship of many Islamic texts highlighting the virtuousness, values and history of Islam.