‘Mother of the Nation’ Is the Islamic Personality of the Year
- 15 June 2015
The Dubai International Holy Quran Awards has announced that Her Highness ‘Mother of the Nation’ Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has been named the Islamic personality of the Year in its 19th edition. The award is the recognition of a journey that has been full of initiatives for the nation. Her Highness has taken several steps toward maintaining the values of Islam in Arab and Islamic communities and has promoted the values of work ethics and generosity, tolerance and coexistence among people of different civilizations and cultures. She has played a valuable role in empowering women and promoting family values at local, Arab, and Islamic levels.
The prestigious award is given to those who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of Sharia, intellectual and scientific fields. It is also presented to those who have helped highlight the civilized image of Islam, contributed toward the progress of mankind, enriched human thought, reaffirmed Islamic values, and have highlighted the role of the UAE in the service of Islam and Muslims. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak deserves this award for her contributions towards the empowerment of women, children and the youth, supporting global peace, promoting dialog between civilizations and cultures, in addition to addressing issues of comprehensive development. She has presented a civilized image of Islam, as the religion that guarantees the rights of different segments of the society and promotes moderation and coexistence among people of different cultures, faiths and civilizations.
The role played by the ‘Mother of the Nation’ in advancing the status of women, in the UAE and in Arab and Islamic countries, and empowering them to play a role in society’s development, is a reflection of the teachings of Islam, which guarantees rights for women in various fields. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak’s patronage of family values and providing everything needed for stability presents the civilized image of Islam, which raises the value of the family as the nucleus of social stability and cohesion. To the ‘Mother of the Nation’ goes the credit of leading initiatives to build strong families that adheres to the genuine Arab and Islamic values and principles.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has played a distinguished humanitarian role by virtue of being the honorary president of the UAE Red Crescent Authority and support for its various activities at home and abroad, or through quality initiatives that have had the greatest impact in providing aid and assistance to those hit by crises and disasters across various regions. This is inseparable from the UAE’s universal humanitarian message, which stems from its faith in the unity of human destiny and responsibility toward the needy. This lends credibility to its approach and makes it a global provider of humanitarian assistance.
There is no doubt that the various initiatives launched by the ‘Mother of the Nation’ confirm that she has been a model of generosity in the service of humanity, promoting peace, stability and development all over the world. For all these reasons, it is natural that Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has been named as the first woman in the history of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award to receive the ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’ award. The award has been given in recognition of her contributions toward the advancement of the status of women, promotion of family values, and expansion of humanitarian efforts at local, Arab and international levels. This is also a token of gratitude for her initiatives that uphold noble values as contained in Islam.