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Wednesday , September 28 2022

Salman, the King Lukman of his era

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A man came to the wise Lukman with a sheep, asked him to slaughter it, and give him the most delicious part of the sheep. Lukman gave him the tongue and the heart of the slaughtered sheep.

The next, the same man came with another sheep and requested Lukman to slaughter it. However, this time he asked him to give him the most malicious part of the sheep. Lukman gave him the tongue and the heart of the slaughtered sheep. This astonished the man and left him eager for explanation.

Lukman told him, “There is nothing better than the tongue and the heart if they are good, and there is nothing more malicious than them if they are evil”.

Lukman said this in the presence of the son as he wanted to teach him a lesson in wisdom and leadership.

I recalled this story as I was following the decisions of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the development of the legislative environment that represents a new wave of reforms and a basic pillar for achieving principles of justice that draw clear borders of responsibility, and stabilizing the systemic reference in a way that limits individuality in the issuance of judgments.

This is due to the fact that the law and the consolidation of justice are the best tools in the power of nations.

This paradigm shift in the provisions and legislation is the correct way for the development of any country. Saudi Arabia launched this revolution with the beginning of the reign of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, fully realizing that the law is the basis for the development of a society.

In the past, judgments were issued according to the judge’s views. Lawyers would often say, “The verdict depends on the mood of the judge”, and not on the presented evidence and documents. This demeanor served as a major obstacle to the foreign investment movement in Saudi Arabia.

Naturally, investors seek a safe, and low-risk environment, but all this began to change a few years ago when Saudi Arabia began to regain the bright face that the puritanicals and the Muslim Brotherhood Group, when they were in control of its institutions, tried to obscure. They portrayed Saudi Arabia as a backward state based on the principle of punitive actions

There is no doubt that the radical change is based on realistic convictions, which was expressed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he stressed on “updating and reforming the systems that preserve rights, entrench principles of justice, transparency, protection of human rights, achieve comprehensive development, and enhance Saudi Arabia’s competitiveness globally through procedural and objective institutional references”.

Definitely, this will have positive effects on the economy, the society and Saudi Arabia’s relations with the world, which witnesses a great development on a daily basis in Saudi Arabia’s vision as well as its regional and international role.

Indeed, history will record that the era of King Salman bin Abdulaziz is the era of renaissance. If the founding of the third Saudi state began a hundred years ago with King Abdulaziz, today it enters with the Luqman of the modern era a new hundred years based on modernity, which is proceeding at a steady pace with his directives, and with the tireless work of his young crown prince.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times