Al-Wabili and those gloating over his death!
Al-Wabili, who hailed from Buraidah in Saudi Arabia, passed away on Friday...
Saudi Arabian author Abdelrahman al-Wabili (God bless his soul) had a clear and unique vision of society. The late author’s writings included historical and anthropological analyses. They were meant to raise religious awareness and widen intellectual horizons.
Al-Wabili didn’t like too much of media appearances and settled for a limited number of television interviews. He was known for confronting extremism objectively and monitored the indicators, which signal individuals’ loss vis-à-vis society’s innocence.
Al-Wabili, who hailed from Buraidah in Saudi Arabia, passed away on Friday. He was known for being steadfast in his positions and stood against malicious attacks against him. In his writings, you can smell the mud, the fragrance of the fields, the essence of the countryside and the aroma of Najd’s clear nights. His material was often rich like a spring that would not dry out.
Gulf drama industry and the Saudi Arabian press have lost a skillful author who paid attention to details like a carpet weaver or a jeweler embroidering a precious necklaceTurki Al-Dakhil
Gulf drama industry and the Saudi Arabian press have lost a skillful author who paid attention to details like a carpet weaver or a jeweler embroidering a precious necklace.
Al-Wabili was fond of historical analyses related to the different stages that the Saudi society has been through. He provided an analytical dimension to the understanding of the past with the change that took place as a result of the oil wealth.
This did not last very long as there was sudden transition from clay to cement and from being as innocent as angels to becoming socially violent and drowning in extremism with all its annoying complications.
Al-Wabili is now gone. However, this hasn’t deterred some extremists from gloating over his death. Even in his death, al-Wabili has turned his back away from ignorant men while saying: “May God help our country!”
You are blessed, whether dead or alive. May you rest in peace and may God forgive you Abu Jihad.
This article was first published by Okaz on Mar. 27, 2016.
Turki Al-Dakhil 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.