Speech of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Kuwaiti Nationals on the Occasion of Naming the State of Kuwait as a Humanitarian Centre and Granting His Highness the Title of “Leader of Humanitarian Work” by the United Nations Organization, delivered Friday 12th of September 2014


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate


Praise be to Allah, lord of the universe, and peace be upon Profit Mohamed, the Most Honorable Messenger of Allah, His Family and all His companions,

Brothers and Sons,
Assalamu Alikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

It is a pleasure to see you and talk to you again as dear brothers and sons on a non-preceded occasion in the track record of our country, which is always brimful of honoring achievements, and in the record of the United Nations as well: i.e. the occasion of naming the State of Kuwait as an international humanitarian centre, and granting me the title of “Leader of Humanitarian Work”, in appreciation and recognition of the noble humanitarian role played by our country, its people and its government.

The very special honor we obtained from the highest ranked international organization representing all countries of the world clearly expresses the recognition and appreciation of this organization and the international community of the State of Kuwait and its people, particularly for its honoring and vital role in the field of relief and humanitarian work, its interaction with all humanitarian initiatives, and its relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of afflicted people as a result of disasters, conflicts and wars around the world. Such honor is a well deserved honor for our dear country, and for you all my dear nationals, and is subject of our pride.

Acts of goodness and charity are virtues instilled in the people of Kuwait since antiquity, which were grown and elaborated as continuously followed by our fathers and grandfathers. They always hurried for relieving the afflicted and helping the needy, and their giving was always present in every disaster and calamity, writing shining pages in the history of philanthropic work.

Brothers and Sons,

Along its history, the State of Kuwait hurried to provide all types of help and assist, and participated in mobilizing international efforts for helping afflicted peoples to alleviate their suffering and pains. Its aid was never conditioned or connected with any goal but satisfying Allah the Almighty, and for sublime and noble goals, pursuant to Almighty words:

"We feed you but for the sake of God"

, and thus obtained the admiration and appreciation of the whole world.

You, my dear brothers and nationals, ought to be proud of this well-deserved honoring, and with such an elite position obtained by our country on the international level, which strengthened the position of Kuwait worldwide.

Brothers and Sons,

I take this opportunity to express my sincere congratulations to both nationals and expatriates living in our good country Kuwait, for this extinguished honoring obtained by our country as a “Centre for Humanitarian Work”.

I also express my sincere thanks to my brother His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawwaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to His Excellency Head of the National Assembly Mr. Marzouk Ali Al-Ghanim, to His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah; head of the national guard, to my brothers the Sheikhs, to H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, H.H. Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; head of the Council of Ministers, to my brothers the Ministers, and to all my brothers and sons the Kuwaiti nationals for their sincere congratulations, prayer, and good feelings in the occasion of naming me “Leader of Humanitarian Work” by the UN.

Also, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my brothers Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of Arab and friendly countries, to heads of international specialized organizations and agencies for the good feelings and sincere congratulations they expressed, and for sharing our cheer up in this occasion.

Further, I wish to express my special thanks and deep appreciation to H.E. the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban K-moon for his generous and un-preceded initiative of holding the honoring event, and presenting me the appreciation certificate on behalf of the United Nations Organization, which is highly appreciated.

I wish to thank all state ministries and institutions, public interest societies, civil society organizations, and different local and international official and private media for their participation in this happy occasion, and the cheer and happiness they expressed.

We pray to Allah Almighty to preserve our dear country, to grant us perpetual safety, security and prosperity, and to guide us all to serving our country, and raise its name and flag in all international forums and keep it flapping forever.

Wassalamu Alikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,


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