No. 652

Tolerance As Embodied by the UAE’s Wise Leadership

  • 20 February 2019

This lecture focuses on tolerance as an essential element of the character of the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace). Tolerance was also at the heart of his principles and strategy in dealing with other cultures, whether individuals or states.

In his private life, Sheikh Zayed was widely known for his tolerance towards all people, as well as showing others that we should forgive those who have done us wrong, by substituting their wrongdoing with a good deed. This made Sheikh Zayed an accepted and obeyed mediator in much of the conflict that arose between the country’s tribes in the early years of his leadership.

The same approach can also be seen in Sheikh Zayed’s governance and political strategy once he peacefully assumed power in Abu Dhabi in 1966, taking over from his  brother (may God bless his soul in peace).

Sheikh Zayed assumed several mediating roles to improve Arab relations. His mediations were fruitful and he succeeded in bringing Egypt back into the League of Arab Nations; he also meditated between Libya and Iraq, Morocco and Algeria, and, Britain and Libya. Sheikh Zayed even lifted the embargo on Iraq and called for reconciliation in the aftermath of the war instigated by Iraq in 1991.

The lecture will touch on several stories and anecdotes that Mr. Khalil Ailabouni witnessed firsthand during his time spent alongside Sheikh Zayed. The heartwarming stories confirm the beloved leader’s tolerant spirit and his ability to forgive others for their mistakes.

 

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Wednesday 20 February 2019

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 20 February 2019

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm