Zayed and Tolerance

Zayed and Tolerance

  • 4 April 2018

The late Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul in peace) had a natural disposition for tolerance and genuineness since he was a child. These values had been part of his character since the early stages of his life. When he grew older, he reflected them in his own personal behavior and during his rule of Al-Ain. He was known for touring the tribes’ dwellings, both remote and nearby, to make peace among them, treading the path of tolerance and carrying with him the spirit of brotherliness, spreading security and safety for all. His fame spread far and wide as a loving person desirous of tranquility and harmony.

When Sheikh Zayed later became the ruler of Abu Dhabi and then president of the UAE, he sought to establish tolerance and noble values as a guiding principle in all his international and local dealings. He communicated with all countries with a spirit of respect and cooperation. Even during the Cold War, which divided the world into two camps, he remained non-aligned to any side against another. He proceeded in his noble path uninfluenced by events and his impeccable conduct gained him the appreciation and respect of all countries and their leaders.

His benevolent hands extended to all different religions and cultures, and to needy and vulnerable people across the globe. He helped the West and the East, Arabs and non-Arabs, without pursuing any political gain from this help. Instead, his motives were purely humanitarian, making him an international bearer of the banner of mercy.

The morality of the late Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul in peace) was reflected in the UAE, which he founded. By his virtue, the country has donned the cloak of tolerance and adopted, along with its people, noble humanitarian values. Previously feuding tribes have come to live peacefully under its umbrella and have become mutually supportive of each other, thanks to his love, selflessness, and wisdom. Soon after its foundation, people from around the world came to the UAE to live in a society that has become famously known for its justice and generosity—a society guided by the humanitarian vision of Sheikh Zayed and founded upon it.

Thankfully, Sheikh Zayed was the best predecessor to the best successor. With the wisdom of our leadership, we see today Zayed’s giving nature manifested in the spirit of Emiratis and in the approach of His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), his Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (may God protect him), and his loyal Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him).

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Wednesday 4 April 2018

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Wednesday 4 April 2018

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