Praying for Emirati Unity and Security of the Nation

  • 18 June 2015

The people of the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab and Islamic countries, celebrate the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan today. The values of Ramadan lie in compassion and tolerance and its moral and humanitarian message of strong will, determination and patience, which should inspire us to achieve stability, development and peace not only for the people of these countries but around the world.

As the Emiratis continue to make numerous achievements on political, economic, social and cultural levels, we raise our hands during this fasting month to pray to the Almighty God to protect the leader of our country, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Our country has been blessed with exceptional leadership with the treasures of wisdom, prudent vision and humanitarian and compassionate values. These values blend with generosity toward the people, Arab nation and humanity at large.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan considers all human beings in this blessed land – citizens, residents and visitors – on the list of his priorities. As a result, Emiratis have become one of the happiest people on the planet, as per Happiness Index by the United Nations. On this occasion, we pray to the Almighty for peace, and prosperity to prevail across the globe. We also pray that our nation remains free from the evil of terrorism and extremism which has heavily impacted some countries in the region.

Evil forces such as Dae’sh take advantage of the divide among Muslims and incite more sectarian strife by misinterpreting the peaceful religion of Islam. They twist the true meaning of faith to serve their vested interests besides helping a foreign agenda. This distracts Muslim nations from the objective of peace, security and prosperity for its generations. Highly revered scholars and clerics, who are among the guests of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, have started arriving in the UAE from different countries to participate in the annual Ramadan programs, organized by the UAE during the holy month every year.

The program reflects the UAE’s interest in Islamic affairs and its support to the unity and prosperity of the Islamic nation. It also reflects the country’s efforts to augment the genuine message of Islam based on moderation and tolerance and rejection of extremism and terrorism. This message unites the children of this nation and exhorts them to respect human beings regardless of their religion, sect, language, gender or color. The UAE takes steps to follow the genuine Islamic approach to show the world real values of Islam.

The month of Ramadan is time for Muslim countries to mobilize their efforts to confront terrorist ideologies irrespective of their affiliations or nationalities, especially those who are falsely masquerading and killing in the name of faith. We should deter such extremists and eliminate this evil, which targets not only this region but all over the world.

On this holy occasion, the ECSSR takes the opportunity to extend congratulations to the great leaders of this country including His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President (may God protect him), His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), and his brothers Their Highnesses Rulers of other Emirates.

The ECSSR prays to God to keep Emiratis united in enjoying progress and prosperity. We also renew our pledge to keep walking on the path shown to us by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace). We extend congratulations and best wishes to the Emirati people and those in Islamic nations and pray for many such holy months in their lifetimes.