Shaikh Khazaal

The most prominent figures in the modern history of Arabs . A historical overview of the life of Sheikh Khazaal Al-kaabi Al-Amri, the Prince of Ahwaz (Arabistan) and the symbol of its sovereignty.

His name is Khazaal bin Jaber bin Merdaow Al-Kaabi Al-Amri and his mother is Nora daughter of Talal, The Sheikh of the Albawiaw tribe . He was born in 1862 AD.

Sheikh Khazaal grew up in Muhammarah and was taught by some Sheikhs. He practiced equestrian which enabled him to help his father and his brother after the death of his father. He took the Principality after the assassination of his brother Sheikh Mzaal in 1897 AD.

Sheikh Khazaal is considered one of the prominent figures in the modern history of Arabs. He played a key role in the events of the Arabian Gulf in the first quarter of the twentieth century, contributed effectively in such events and earned a prominent position among The Princes of the Arabian Peninsula. Al Rihani stated " He is the eldest of the after Al-Sharif Hussein the most famous and the friend of the most noble man".

His not less than Sheikh Salman bin Sultan Al-Kaabi (1737- 1767 AD) – The prominent figure that ruled the principality during the eighteenth century. The importance of Sheikh Khazaal's position comes from the fact that his principality witnessed very important days. He witnessed the discovery of oil and the increase of foreign businesses in his area. He witnessed the World War One and the strategic location of his principality was important during that period. He also witnessed the collapse of the Qajari rule in Iran and the establishment of the Pahlawi rule instead. This rule which overthrew his power ( Dr. Mustafa Abd Al-Qadir Al-Najjar: Political history of Arabistan principality).

Abd Al-Masih Al-Antaqi described him as " jovial, bright-faced, attractive, eloquent, hospital, noble, kind, patient, compassionate, righteous, pious, Muslim, honest, sincere, prayer of the five daily prayers, and a courageous hero during Wars. " (Good qualities of Arabistan principality: 29-30).