THE United Nations crowned our Amir with the title, “Humanitarian Leader”, due to the clear record of the leadership in the following aspects — respect for humanity, kindness towards humans and humanitarian assistance for those afflicted with disasters.
Just after honoring our Amir as the humanitarian leader and coinciding with the announcement of this title, the United Nations decided to honor Kuwait as the capital of humanitarian work. Therefore, Kuwait is obliged not to divert from that course; as well as to uphold, enhance and support its principles. Also, it is irrational to cherish humanitarian concepts outside our country, while doing the opposite inside.
This is why I was not surprised by the announcement of our Municipality Director General Eng Ahmad Al-Manfouhi, wishing him all the best in his new post, about the allocation of new land for the construction of churches in Kuwait. This is based on the applications submitted to the Municipality, as he affirmed the locations will soon be referred to the Municipal Council for action (Al-Rai daily, Jan 24, 2016).
We hope the council will approve the applications. It should not be shaken by the exploits of the extremists (‘takfiris’), who excommunicate everyone in the globe apart from their ‘saved group’. This group reminds us of what their peers in creed, the DAESH, have been doing — destroying churches in places where such structures were built hundreds of decades ago and even before Islam like Syria and Iraq.
Through our endorsement of the establishment and construction of churches as places of worship for our brothers in humanity — the Christians, we prove to the entire world that we are indeed the center and capital of humanitarian work. This is through our tolerance and humanity, which also prompts us to encourage Christian countries to treat us and to deal with our Muslim brothers kindly.
These countries have done much for our children in faith. We see mosques in every capital of Europe, including the Vatican — the capital of Christianity, in the United States of America and Canada. These countries with secular constitutions proved their belief in freedom of worship and practicing religious rituals.
This came after these countries suffered recently in the hands of those who falsely claim to represent Islam — the religion of tolerance; for instance, the al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, DAESH and those affiliated with fanatic groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists whose intolerance and coarseness have been witnessed globally.
They murdered thousands of innocent people, destroyed houses of worship, enslaved women and children, among other heinous crimes. We and others who follow Islam properly are innocent of such crimes, the same way the wolf was innocent of the blood of Yusuf (PBUH).
Here, we tell the discordant voices that will attempt to block licensing for the construction of new churches in the country, “Kuwait with its Amir, whether you like it or not, were and will continue to be the center and capital of humanitarian work”.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil