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Saudi Arabia Flag


Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag Name(s)Al Tawheed/Shahada [Flag Of Saudi Arabia]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Schemegreen white
Color and Design

A green field with the Shahada or Muslim creed written in the Thuluth script in white above a horizontal sword, having its tip pointed to the left.

Meaning & SymbolismThe flag's Arabic text is the "shahada", meanings "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah", it is an Islamic declaration of faith. The text serves as a clear representation of the nation's Islamic heritage, which is further represented by the green field. The text also emphasizes the nation's association with the Wahhabi movement, which frequently used the declaration on its flags. The white sword represents the royal house of Saud, which founded the country. It also symbolizes the nation's military strength.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Saudi Arabia is a green flag featuring in white an Arabic inscription and a sword. The inscription is the Islamic creed, or shahada: "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah". The flag was adopted in 15 March 1973.


The flag of Saudi Arabia bears a strong resemblance to that of Nejd, which was a precursor to Saudi Arabia itself. The flag of Nejd that was used from 1921 to 1926 had the same green field as the flag of Saudi Arabia, which is common to many Islamic nations. It also bore a white sword and the Islamic declaration of faith, although it differed from the Saudi flag in that the text and emblem were significantly larger and the sword faced in the opposite direction. Nejd used a different flag from 1926 to 1932, which added a white border and removed the sword.

Those flags were likely a strong influence on Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who founded the nation of Saudi Arabia. His personal banner provided the basis for the nation's flag. The earliest form of the flag was adopted in 1932, and it featured both a white stripe and a slightly different design for the sword. Later designs shrank the white stripe and eventually removed in completely. The most recent design was adopted by the government of Saudi Arabia in 1973, and it changed the flag by altering the shape of the sword.

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