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Thank you Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

WE were not exaggerating when we said the recent statements and stances adopted by the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave us hope. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has encouraged the Cabinet members to meet and interact with all the people. The King told the Cabinet, ‘’I ask my brother ministers to perform their duties sincerely and honestly. Put your Lord in everything that you do, because there is no barrier between you and your Lord. I implore you to meet your people, the small among them before the big, as if I am the one meeting them.’’

These instructions came from a patriotic heart; a heart that loves its people and the people of the region in general. This heart works night and day for the best of its country and people, and to achieve stability for them. These instructions came from someone who realized that continuous communication between the ruler and the ruled is the shortest way towards achieving justice for everyone. The leader knows that pleasing Allah, the Almighty, starts by responding to the needs of the people. He is the leader who understands that someone in need is blind until his need is fulfilled. He works hard to provide for the needs of his people through continuous communication without barriers.

This conviction comes from the realization of the Kingdom’s leadership, along with their brothers in the GCC, that the culture of their communities is distinct from others. This culture is based on the belief that love and respect cannot be achieved except through interaction between nations. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keen on reminding the Kingdom’s officials of this belief in every occasion. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed his ambitions for the people of the Gulf through his instructions to his ministers. Two days after that, we also heard from the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, His Majesty Salman bin Abdulaziz, reminding the ministers and ambassadors on the importance of working for the welfare of their families, counties and clans. He was quick to add though that it should not be done at the expense of his country, because national welfare goals will be achieved only through the politics of open hearts and doors. He pointed out, “This is the reason why His Majesty the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz always encourages us to cater for the needs of the citizens and meet with them.’’

His Majesty Salman bin Abdulaziz said, ‘’Since the time of the founding father - King Abdulaziz, the Kingdom has been working for the good of everyone. It does not want evil. It does not allow anyone to interfere with its affairs under any circumstances. It knows the need of its people and it works to fulfill them, while striving to overcome all obstacles.” This approach, which never changed for several decades, made the Kingdom achieve its current status in the world. Whoever puts Allah first in everything he does, never diverts from the right path. Indeed, the Gulf states are not separated from other Middle East nations. These nations influence one another, yet they maintain the characteristics of their culture, which is built on the form of rule that affirmed its stability in various occasions. They continue to focus on providing for the needs of the people despite the challenges they faced throughout history. They maintained the proper course. Despite the high regard and modern life, we are still governed by strict culture and traditions that make us different from others, who have adopted their practices from democracy without understanding the real concept which is based on ensuring social justice.

Gearing towards ‘imported’ politics, which contradicts our cultures, is one of the reasons why some countries continue to deteriorate; making the people suffer in all aspects of life - social, politics, security and livelihood. If the real concept of democracy is about equality and justice for the people, then this should be done through the proper implementation of laws based on respecting human rights, as well as protecting human dignity and the right to have a better life. This is what His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said during the summit in Makkah. He stressed, “The teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) highlighted the need to safeguard human life, wealth and honor. Therefore, a human being is free from all forms of slavery and serfdom; except slavery and service to his mighty and magnificent Creator.” This is the kind of democracy derived from the magnanimous Islam; in addition to the Gulf customs and traditions that the Kingdom’s leadership had fortified, together with the GCC leaders. Therefore, there is no need for lessons or teachings ‘imported’ from other communities.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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