The wise men of Al-Awamiyah
Wise men in this village have adopted an approach that combines intellectual with social resistance against criminal acts
Generalizing is a mistake which some people commit against a sect or a town or an entire society. Terrorism, whether Sunni or Shiite, has killed and harmed people and all forms of terrorism must be condemned.
The Saudi village of Al-Awamiyah has witnessed some developments due to terrorists but many wise men have adopted an approach that combines intellectual and social resistance against criminal acts. This was manifested in the statements and speeches which are made now and then.
The most recent was a statement issued by more than 100 leading figures who condemned the criminal acts committed in the village. They condemned the series of criminal incidents committed by vandals and outlaws.
The presence of reasonable voices that advocate peaceful approach and try to heal wounds through their wisdom and insight makes us more reassured about our countriesTurki Aldakhil
“Al-Awamiyah is a peaceful society and rejects any crime, particularly crime related to violence and the use of arms. This harms civil peace and creates circumstances of the law of the jungle, which contradicts with the sharia,” they said.
The presence of reasonable voices that advocate peaceful approach and try to heal wounds through their wisdom and insight makes us more reassured about our countries.
All cities, from Buraydah, Riyadh, Dammam, Abha to Al-Awamiyah, Qatif and Saihat, must expel the malice of terrorism without embracing it and without providing any cover for it. This is the honest voice of the country.
This article was first published in Okaz on February 9, 2017.
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.