King Saud Contribution To The Second Restoration of The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock

In 1954, King Hussein ordered to form a committee for the restoration  of  the third  holyIslamic site in  Islam ,(the Aqsa  Mosque al-Sharif )and ,(the Dome of the Rock ). He issued a law , known as "the law of the restoration  of the Aqsa mosque, and the Dome of the "Rock No. "(32) in 1954 .

King Hussein sent a letter from the Ministry of Public Awqaf (Endowment) in the Kingdom of Jordan to the Public Works Ministry in Cairo, stating the existence of cracks  in the pillars of  the Dome  of the Rock .Egypt    immediately prepared a tender  to bid for the restoration costs .to be sent to the Muslim world   The Commission has estimated the amount needed was in the range of (420000) JD JordanianDinar. Donations from Muslim Governments ,  organizations and individual  amounted to (16,700) dinars . the Iraqi government donated (73000) JD Jordanian and  the rest  was given by  King Saud bin Abdul Aziz , which amounted to (33 300) .The United States  proposed the demolition of the wooden dome and build instead a  concrete dome but the Egyptian proposal was  to restore and maintain the wooden dome .
  Muhamed  bin Laden firm  submitted the lowest bid for the tender , and was recommended by King Saud . Egyptian  and Muslim engineers were assigned for the job .

:The restoration included the following

The restoration of the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Fixing the external walls of the mosque and the installation of marble columns in the four corridors ,stained glass windows were replaced ,Restoration of the roof and the interior and  exterior walls.

Restoration of the  the Dome of the Rock.

Installation of external dome of golden aluminum .Putting marble interior and exterior walls, and restoring them. Restoration of faïence tile exterior and decorating them with Koranic verses from the Surat "Yaseen" and Surat "Al-Isra".

On 06.06.1964 ,/ after the end of the restoration of  the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the dome of the rock , a big celebration took place in the  presence of KingHussein at the  Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and Dome of the Rock  after the completion of .second phase for restoration