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Saudi pledge of allegiance reflects wealth of society

The scenes depicting pledge of allegiance witnessed recently is a reflection of the society. Old experienced princes, young promising princes, scholars, preachers, muftis, people belonging to different walks of life and loyal men who have lived through the eras of wars with King Abdulaziz during the foundation phase were all present.

The interesting statements were those made by that cleric in his white turban as he addressed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while pledging allegiance to him.

His words show the difference between the time back then, when wars were waged and when King Abdulaziz carried his sword and led his army in the Peninsula to execute the unification plan.

The scenes demonstrating pledge of allegiance is a reflection of the society in all its diversity. It reflects Saudi Arabia’s social plurality, which is certainly its wealth

Turki Aldakhil

Security is essential

This cleric said security is essential for the country, adding that we can get rid of anyone who does not appreciate this.

He recalled the years of King Abdulaziz’s pledge of allegiance when defectors and undisciplined members either returned to their senses or went to war. The cleric understood the meaning of combating terrorism early. Who forgets the year when Al-Sabla battle was fought?

The scenes demonstrating pledge of allegiance is a reflection of the society in all its diversity. It reflects Saudi Arabia’s social plurality, which is certainly its wealth.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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Last Update: Monday, 26 June 2017 KSA 09:11 - GMT 06:11
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