His Highness The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah's Speech
at The Inauguration of The First Quarter of The Eleventh Legislative Term
of The National Assembly -
12 July 2006.
In the Name Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
"O you who believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah.
Indeed is acquainted with what you do."
Praise be to Allah the lord of the universe, and prayers and peace also be upon His Messenger. It is with Allah’s guidance, help and insight that we begin the first quarter of the eleventh Legislative term of the National Assembly.
We pray that our efforts on behalf of our country and its people meet with success. Our first aim is to ensure that our beloved homeland remains free, strong and safe - as bestowed to us by our ancestors and as we ourselves wish to leave it to our children.
The people of Kuwait have chosen you with a free will, so I commend you all on winning the trust of our citizens. We thank Allah for the strength of Islam, for the rich blessings of our country, for democracy and for our constitution.
In the life of any nation – and Kuwait is no exception – new situations will challenge the status quo, causing us to re-examine our past convictions and to re-appraise previous ideas. But by doing so, we are better able to adapt to new situations and to reposition our country within the international sphere.
Much valuable time has been spent in exhaustive debates and dialogues – time which would have been put to better use had it been directed more towards what is important and beneficial to the public interest. We must use our time well so that we can all progress on a path that is defined by hard work, responsible cooperation and lasting achievement.
We must strive to bring new success and glory to Kuwait’s already rich history.
Our country’s past is a great one and we are justifiably proud of our ancestors. We too, are lucky in that we enjoy an environment where freedom, democracy and stability flourish. The people and their leaders enjoy a close relationship that remains strong even in the most difficult and testing times. We are blessed with a great land, and history will show us no mercy if we neglect or delay improvements to our much loved homeland.
Kuwait is both the cradle and the grave, it is the land we live in, the land we work for, and its soil will cover us when we die. We have no existence but for Kuwait’s existence and no glory except for Kuwait’s glory. It is the inheritance that was handed down to us from our forefathers. We must preserve it, cherish it and lay down our life for its sake.
I advise you to always remember that Kuwait is the will of people - the people who placed their trust in Allah, who suffered hardship in the desert or on the seas – a nation that is honourable and pure of heart and tongue.
Remember that Kuwait is a smile on the lips of children, it is the fierce hope that beats in the chests of young men and it is the pure prayer of parents. Therefore keep the smiles and the hope of this country burning bright through wisdom, hard work and cooperation, so that Kuwait continues strong and steadfast.
"Our Lord ! Upon you have relied, and to you we have returned, and to you is the destination"