Noble Saudi politics

Strong and efficient policies are usually based on the integrity of the principle on which they are founded. Tactics, media exposure and personal charisma are just enhancements that complement the usefulness and effectiveness of the policy; they are not the core granting it life or continuity.

Thus we can understand why Saudi groundwork has succeeded, led by founder King Abdulaziz, his companions and men, despite internal and external challenges and hardships that have devastated the region for more than a century now.

One of Saudi policy’s most precious pillars is the commitment to principles and trusting the goodwill of others until the contrary is proven. Also, Saudi Arabia prohibits assassinations, which are mastered by a number of Arab rulers.

One of Saudi policy’s most precious pillars is the commitment to principles and trusting the goodwill of others until the contrary is proven. Also, Saudi Arabia prohibits assassinations

Mshari Al Thaydi

Assassination attempt

In 1935, three Yemenis tried unsuccessfully to kill King Abdulaziz, who was circumambulating the Kaaba. Some were killed on the spot, and the king’s son, Crown Prince Saud, was stabbed instead of his father. The guards bravely protected the king.

An investigation showed that the killers committed their transgression with the knowledge of the imam of Yemen, Imam Yahya, and all was plotted by his Deputy Imam Ahmed..One of the attackers, Ali Hazem al-Hadiri, was a captain in Imam Yahya’s army. A number of Yemenis, who lived in Riyadh seeking the famous “Dekhna” religious education, were infuriated by this crime.

Saudi historian Fahd al-Marek said: “A person named Yahya Hazam was the leader of the immigrants. Yahya knew the Koran by heart, and was one of the most wonderful and noblest Yemeni persons I knew. We became very good friends with time. Yahya confirmed to me, and I trust his words, that after Yemeni transgressors attacked King Abdulaziz, he went to the latter and told him there are young men from Yemen who are ready to take the adventure of killing Deputy Imam Ahmed, because he plotted the treason.”‎

Marek quoted Hazam as saying the king replied: “If anyone betrayed us, we shall treat him with loyalty and amnesty according to our principles. However, treason will have heavy repercussions on those who betray, whether sooner or later.”

Ethics do not necessarily mean weakness in politics, but rather confidence and strength.

This article was first published by Asharq al-Awsat on July 1, 2016.

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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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