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A prayer for peace

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

Ramadan is a time of worship and a time to feel the pain of those who are unfortunate; those who cannot eat or drink when their body needs it; those who cannot afford to smoke expensive cigars and enjoy the luxuries of life. Fasting in the summer has been difficult and to many people it has restricted their holidays since other destinations have longer, daunting fasting hours. Now Eid is upon us and we can all celebrate and enjoy the upcoming summer holidays. However, to some people such as the people of Gaza, fasting has been a nightmare and Eid brings no joy as the Israeli military continues to bomb them savagely while the world watches in silence.

During this Eid period, I hope that the people of Kuwait can also feel for the many countries around the world who are facing difficulties in food, drink electricity and more importantly security, as it seems that there are a few political movements that are taking the stability and security of Kuwait for granted. There is a lot of room for improvements in the country politically and economically, but if you stop for a moment and think, you will realize that Kuwait has always been moving towards democracy at its own pace while maintaining its peace and stability.

Most of the countries around us are in turmoil for many reasons - Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and the list goes on. There is also the threat of groups such as ISIL and Al-Qaeda who have their eyes set on the wealth of our country and are looking for an opportunity to interfere should there be chaos or riots to take advantage of.

I urge people to think of how our grandfathers lived in a desert and how this desert has been transformed to what it is now and how this land has been good to us with the blessings of God. Throughout this transformation, we must not forget the help that we got from our expat partners and how they have come here with their knowledge, experience and manpower, which made all this possible. Let's not turn our backs on them by making them feel unwelcome with restrictive laws and discriminating ideas and using Nazi-like checkpoints that pick on poor, simple workers.

Once we remember our past and how we developed and treat people the way we expect to be treated (be it Kuwaiti or non-Kuwaiti), then we can get the wheel of development moving as fast as it was before.  Let us not take the security and stability of our country for granted and allow our beloved country to fall into the hands of those who are too selfish to realize how important is Kuwait to their benefit.

I would like to extend my prayers to the people of Gaza, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. May God bless them with peace and stop the atrocities of those fiddling with them.

God bless you all and may you all have a great Eid.

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This article was published on 27/07/2014