Zayed: Frontrunner in selflessness

WAM Sharjah, 27th July 2013 (WAM) — Tomorrow Sunday is a remembrance day indeed, a day to mark the contribution of a selfless, generous, kind-hearted and path-breaking leader, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a UAE newspaper commented today.

”His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, rightly paid glowing tributes to the founding father of the nation in a speech last week, where he said, “I have dealt with a number of world leaders for decades, but did not meet one like the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He was humble and a philanthropist,” wrote ‘The Gulf Today’ in its today’s editorial ahead of the death anniversary of Sheikh Zayed.

He added, “When we talk about Sheikh Zayed, we need more evenings. The best thing that could be said about Sheikh Zayed is that he was the humanitarian leader.” It is very apt that the nation is celebrating what Sheikh Zayed preferred most humanitarian work on Emirates Humanitarian Work Day.

It was on Sheikh Mohammed’s initiative that the 19th of Ramadan, a day that coincides with the death anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed, was marked as “Emirates Humanitarian Work Day.” Sheikh Zayed’s concept of a modern nation, shored up with strong guiding principles of education, culture, faith and protection of the environment, made him one of the world’s most respected leaders.

He was, is and will continue to be a citadel of reform, a stalwart of change, and a builder of progress, not just for the entire UAE, both Emiratis and expatriates alike, but for the entire Arab world.

He also realised that in an increasingly inter-linked world, expatriates, from all over the globe, had an important part in building the Emirates.

Sheikh Zayed’s comments made years ago are still relevant today: “What we have achieved, my dear young people of the Emirates, will not survive, unless you yourselves engage in further work and efforts, and sacrifices. You should work hard to protect our national achievements, to foster and support the continued march of our Federation, and to make more achievements that contribute to the dignity and prestige of our country and to the welfare of our people. This cannot be achieved without positive and effective participation from all of you.” He believed in connecting with the masses. Sheikh Zayed spent most of his childhood in Al Ain, learning to know both the country and its people intimately, knowledge that served him well for the rest of his life.

It was under his able stewardship that the nation was catapulted into a country with landmark achievements to its credit.

He also sought to ensure that the newly educated were given the fullest possible opportunities in terms of employment. He played a key role in the progress of women on all fronts in the country.

In August 2011, the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque and first deputy chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council, Dr Yusuf Juma Salama, said that Sheikh Zayed was a leader who personified humanitarian benevolence and generosity throughout his life.

His death in the Holy Month of Ramadan indicates that God did favour the departed leader by calling him back in the Holy Month, the month of endless divine mercy, forgiveness and compassion, the Imam added.” WAM/TF

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