I WAS shocked, just like many others, by the level of backwardness and limitation of freedom that continue to slide lower and lower unconsciously, because our government is afraid of its shadow despite the fact that the fanatical lions who deafened our ears with their closed fanatical roars which are not more than cats’ meows.
Or else, someone should explain how come the Interior Ministry is reprimanding the emergency dispatch employee (112) for ignoring the complaint of a lady who saw expatriates practicing their religious rituals at a deserted beach in Fintas.
The 112 emergency call-taker did not find in the Interior Ministry’s dictionary anything that prohibits or deter such actions, since the Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
These poor expatriates were practicing their religious rituals freely — as they assumed — and they neither harmed nor disturbed anyone, or even engage in indecent acts.
They were practicing their religious rituals at Fintas beach which, during Kuwait’s enlightened era and before being contaminated with dark ideology, was known as the ‘field of friends’ as mentioned in a famous song. But now, the lady’s complaint and endorsement of the Interior Minister of that complain turned the beach into the ‘field of grief’.
To the lady and to the Interior Ministry which is upholding fanatic bigotry: these expatriates allow their Muslim brothers and sisters in their country — although Buddhists are the majority — to perform all their religious rituals and festivals. Here is an example from advanced and civilized nations which respect freedom of belief and creeds.
During the first month of the Islamic calendar (Muharram), one of the most famous and crowded streets in London, known as ‘Oxford Street’, was closed to allow Muslims of Jafari’s creed to practice rituals associated with the 10th day of Muharram — the day when the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein bin Ali and his dignified companions, Peace be Upon Them, were martyred on the grounds of Karbala.
For several hours, the street was occupied by convoy of mourners commemorating that sad part of history, which was being held for the first time along one of the famous streets in the United Kingdom.
We did not hear any of the Christians, Jews or Atheists in London or anywhere else, complaining or rather protesting about the closure of their famous crowded street, not one of the deserted beaches.
This is the difference between swelling backwardness of countries and broad civilized countries.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil