The Conclusion of the Period of Mourning, National Day
25th of February 2006.
"indeed ! Those who have said: our lord is Allah and then remained on the right course – the angels will descend upon them, ( saying ), [do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of paradise, which you ere promised]"
Praise be to God, and blessings and peace be upon His prophet Mohammed.
Forty days have passed since we lost the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. May God’s mercy be upon him and may he rest in eternal peace.
While remembering His Highness’ legacy, we also remember him as a wise leader and a true pioneer. He led our country in the process of modernization and development, and encouraged us to embrace scientific, intellectual and technological innovation. We will never forget His Highness’ leadership during difficult and trying times. His vision and fore-sight enabled our country to overcome these circumstances and rise to new heights of stability and peace.
With love and appreciation we salute His Highness Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah who faced challenging situations with valor and conviction. He engaged in the battle of Kuwait’s reconstruction with the same energy as he fought for Kuwait’s freedom. His glorious deeds will forever be remembered by his country. May God bless His Highness and keep him in good health.
Today connects the glories of the past with the sadness of the present – for today not only marks the fortieth day since His Highness passed away, it also marks National Day and Liberation Day. We should take this coincidence as a sign that the best way to remember and honour a great leader is by continuing his great legacy, by pursuing policies and reform that he himself would have supported and have been proud of.
Freedom must be a sustainable process, one that elevates our beloved country to the highest levels of progress and development. By following this path of freedom and by following in the footsteps of His Highness, we demonstrate his enduring legacy. We will continue what he began, and fulfill the ambitions he had for his country and for the world at large.
But success rests on unity, and only by working together will we be able to move forward with hope and to face whatever the future brings with strength and optimism.
We must raise our children so they become loyal citizens, who appreciate the values of time and work and who recognize that a person’s worth is measured by the skills and experiences he gains and by the service and sacrifice he offers his country.
National Day and Liberation Day were never meant to be just a time of celebration. They are meant to be a time when individuals take stock of their lives and consider what they can offer their country.
"our Lord ! grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance"