No. 396

National Service: Implications for Security and the Military

  • 23 June 2014

Islam takes an interest in the security of society, the individual, and the physical environment, bestowing responsibility for this on decision-makers; alignment with our decision-makers is a requirement stipulated by our true religion in order to preserve the security of society:

… and when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. (An-Nisa: 83)

Although the concept of national security once related to the strategic and military dimensions of effective responses to potential threats against a particular state, this concept has evolved in recent decades to encompass economic, environmental, cultural and other aspects, ensuring the stability, growth and prosperity of society.

The stability of a state or society determines its capability to face both external and internal threats, as does the degree and quality of cohesion and social and cultural homogeneity. Stability is also a vital pre-requisite for development; and the higher the rate of development, the more positive indicators of stability are present. Stability requires the presence of legal, judicial and security tools and procedures, which increase the strength of the state in the comprehensive sense and reflect positively both on the degree and quality of its productivity, and on people’s living standards.

At certain stages in its growth, society requires reorganization in the institutional and social senses. This process may include, at one time or another, a re-orientation of intellectual aspects as well. Despite its paramount importance, state security is part of an integrated security structure; however, it is prioritized as long as state governance is characterized by rationality, political wisdom and justice, and seeks to preserve the rights of the homeland and citizens, and provide for their material and social needs.

The leadership of the United Arab Emirates represents a unique model of political prudence, wisdom, justice and care for its citizens—a model that has endured ever since the establishment of the union. Indeed, the state represents a special case in a variety of aspects, including in its emergence, formation, development, urbanization, construction, security and stability. The leadership looks to the future with ambition and adopts practical and methodological planning in order to achieve its goals. It prepares for changes and their effects, takes care to ensure its leading position, and makes significant contributions to achieving regional and global stability with a view to establishing peace based common human values.

There can be no doubt that the vision and decisions of the prudent leadership of the UAE enjoy the trust of all citizens, and the response to those decisions is usually immediate – be it on the part of institutions or individuals – without any doubt or hesitation. It represents an expression of great love for the leadership and the homeland, especially when it stems from a firm belief and complete conviction in the leadership’s capacity to chart the safest path for the country. It is known that the leadership takes decisions that meet the aspirations of the people of the UAE based on an experience that culminated in the construction of an aspiring state that believes in peace, prosperity and openness, respect for its neighbors, and the establishment of balanced international relations—a state that has managed to weather crises and overcome risks, and expects dedication from its children to prepare for the challenges of the time.

The world is experiencing a variety of crises and conflicts, our region continues to suffer from a number of security challenges, and the future warns of ever greater challenges and complexities. When the prudent leadership of the UAE approves a national service law four decades after the establishment of the union, it speaks to an awareness of the needs of the homeland and the requirement for significant individual and communal capabilities and competences with which to face contemporary challenges.

The national service program will have a number of effects. It will certainly enhance the UAE’s defense capabilities and raise the self-confidence of its youth. Their contribution to the homeland will increase, and they will have the opportunity to prepare themselves to bear the responsibilities awaiting them in an unknown future. The hopes invested in this project are significant – as are the potential rewards – and confidence in its success is limitless. Enhancing the country’s defense capabilities will provide a level of security and stability that will be of great benefit to the nation and the continuation of its successful developmental path in accordance with its aspirations and plans.

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Monday 23 June 2014


Monday 23 June 2014