"Besides being King of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud was the Imam of his followers in religion. As Imam he was entitled to lead them in their prayers. He claimed no higher title, and at the time when King Farouk of Egypt was believed to be aiming at the Caliphate, Ibn Saud declared that he himself did not covet that position though he was not prepared to concede it to anyone else. His rule was a theocracy: he governed, he said, by the Holy Qur'an, and in the interpretation of the Holy Qur'an he was prepared to listen to advice from the learned men of his faith."
"Ibn Saud could countenance extravagance in his family but he himself retained the simplicity of what he regarded as the best time of his life - the early years of ‘danger and distress’ spent mainly in the desert, and he still drank camel’s milk and ate sparingly of plain food."
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