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Sultan Al Qasimi calls for solidarity

posted on 25/03/2012: 1563 views



H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah has called on Emiratis to stand against those who seek to inflict harm on the state.

During his 'Direct Link' programme broadcasted over Sharjah Radio on, Thursday, the Ruler of Sharjah called on the young Emiratis not to be lured by the foreign agenda that could harm the country. "This country has its own history, structure and values. Emiratis have deep roots." Sheikh Sultan reiterated the call for solidarity and cooperation among Emiratis, as well as, hard work to elevate the country.

He warned that any attempt to interfere in the country's internal affairs or sow dissent, sedition or anarchy will be punishable by law.

"Some people from outside the country protest against the legal actions taken in the UAE. They forget that the UAE is a country that welcomes everyone, provided that they respect the laws observed here, and they should not try to link the country to any foreign agenda." Sheikh Sultan urged the Emirati people not to fail prey to the foreign agenda. "The UAE citizens' allegiance stems from their deep-rooted love to the country - this contributed to the prosperity being experienced by the UAE." Many people, he continued, think they are the right ones to talk about Islam. They express their personal opinions and issue their own Fatwas. They have no right whatsoever to impose their own agenda on Emiratis regarding religion and laws.

"Recently, a person who thinks of himself as the ultimate spokesperson of Islam, orchestrated a smear campaign against the UAE, and we had to respond effectively and promptly. We are not going to compromise and we are not going to tolerate this." "Let me tell this person: mind your own business, leave us alone and practice what your preach," he added.

Sheikh Sultan called on the guardians to preserve good and national upbringing of children to eschew whatever mars the image of country, or impose the foreign agenda on the country. "I personally observe the mess in which young people are indulged in at university level or educational level as well." He added that "we have observed some agencies take youth from mosques under pretext of training. This is rejected as we will not allow them to tarnish the image of this country. This is my message to all parents to look after their children and not to leave them alone. We should work hard to ward off seditions".

Reacting to what he described as a "letter of instigation" sent recently to the Ruler's Court, Sheikh Sultan said UAE's journey to progress and prosperity was not paved with roses, adding that it is a deep-rooted country.

Sheikh Sultan added that "this country should be respected and not abused. We are in a country that honours others, teach them, makes them equal with citizens and also naturalises them. We don't want the UAE's fate to be that of an ewe, which raised a wolf to turn against it and eat it when he (wolf) grew up." The Sharjah Ruler called on those with foreign agenda to look into their own affairs and not to interfere in the UAE's internal affairs, indicating that the UAE enjoys stability, love and understanding from the top of pyramids to the base."The country has its own agenda, structure and values that should be respected by all." He underlined that "I'm not asking anyone to be loyal to this country, especially though he/she is supposed to be loyal to us and not to other people to sabotage and insult the country or use the sword against it." He cited that an employee complained to him that his service has been terminated because of his long beard, adding that it was not true because he was pensioned and not the service termination.

Sheikh Sultan referred to many prerogatives enjoyed by all people in the UAE, who should respect the country they live in, calling on all residents to respect the UAE's laws and values. "We are in a country in which people love and understand themselves from the top of pyramids to the base.

He called on all to do what benefits people and not to follow the foreign agenda. "Please set your own agenda, mend your home, country and self." "This country had experienced poverty and famines that people had to survive on corn and to wear sackcloth but they never left their country. Even when they did, they used to go to the neighbouring countries looking for jobs and return back because their roots are deeply buried here and, he who has no loyalty to one's own home, has no roots." He concluded that " I address my message to all people in a reply to the message I received yesterday. I wish to be heard by even those with little thinking. My concern is this country and citizens being young or adult. It is a call for solidarity and good deeds". - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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