The first week of January witnessed the reception of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to the family of the judge of the Department of Endowments and Heritage in Qatif, Sheikh Mohammed al-Jirani, to present his condolences to the family of the deceased, who died after being kidnapped by a group of terrorists who killed him.
The broadcasting of some pictures of the reception by the Saudi media and the official news agency has its own significance. It is a reception for the family of a Saudi-Shiite judge, who has been subjected to violence and terror from people of his own city and who share the same Islamic doctrine he embraced. Nevertheless, that did not prevent them from killing him in an act that violates the law and human rights.
This royal reception of the Jirani family sends a message that there is a strong will in the face of extremism and violence, whatever its source, and whatever its doctrine, without any distinction or discrimination between a Sunni rifle or a Shiite rifle, as long as they pose a threat to the safety of citizens and the state.
The second message highlights that all citizens are equal; there is no difference between the inhabitant of one city and another, and between one sect and another. Saudis are partners in this country, within a civil entity that is the “state”, which governs them according to the principle of the “rule of law”.
Saudis are partners in this country, within a civil entity that is the “state”, which governs them according to the principle of the “rule of law”.Hassan