Happy National Day

November 18, 2014

In honour of His Majesty the Beloved Sultan Qaboos bin Said and in celebration of Oman's 44th National Day, I would like to share some of the most powerful quotes of His Majesty the Sultan of Oman (may Allah bless him and return him home safe and sound as he kept us safe and sound for 44 years).

I chose these sayings as they reflect His Majesty's character and soul: Sultan Qaboos bin Said is loved and respected inside and outside of Oman by Omanis, expats and people from other nations because he stands for peace, tolerance, and justice. He is a beacon of intercultural communication, moderation and progress. Most importantly, he has a deep love for all things Omani.

He loves his nation and his nation loves him back (100 times multiplied).

The Council of Oman (October 31, 2011): “The more thought becomes diverse, open and free of fanaticism, the more it becomes a correct and sound basis for building generations, the progress of nations and the advancement of societies. Inflexibility, extremism and immoderation are the opposite to all this and societies which adopt such ideas only carry within themselves the seeds of their eventual destruction.”

In an interview with Foreign Affairs (1997): 

"Nations should be talking to one another.”

Sultan Qaboos University (May 2, 2000): “The suppression of ideas and thought is a major sin, and we will never allow anyone to stifle freedom of thought. In our religion there is tolerance, morality and openness, and the venerable Q’uran stands for knowledge and thought. These verses do not call  for sitting idly, unthinking, or to go through life blindly. It has never been, at any time, against enquiry or the seeking of knowledge.”

In an interview with Foreign Affairs (1997):  "Islam is not opposed to progress. You can't stop evolution. And while we believe that certain traditions should be observed, Islam provides for ijtihad, for everything being reviewed and interpreted in the time and context of the moment. Those who argue differently are using Islam for their own political reasons. They twist things, and they give our religion the wrong image. There is nothing in Islam that prevents a society from living in its day within a framework of tradition. Even in the time of the Prophet, women took their rightful place in society.”

Majlis Oman (November 14, 2006):  “The path we have followed in our foreign policy over the past decades has shown itself to be both sound and effective, with God's guidance. We are committed to this approach, which supports justice, peace and security, and tolerance and love; which calls for international cooperation in order to reinforce stability, promote growth and prosperity and tackle the causes of tension in international relations by producing just and permanent solutions to critical problems; which fosters peaceful co-existence between nations; and which generates well-being and prosperity for the whole of mankind.”

In an interview with Foreign Affairs (1997): 

"I congratulate myself for some things, such as the progress women have made. I never said you must do this or you can't do that. I offered services, such as education, and let the families decide. And more of them than I expected chose to accept schools for girls from the beginning. So we have been able to make progress and safeguard tradition."

In an interview with Foreign Affairs (1997):  "I had promised on the first day of my rule to create a modern government. But I knew change had to be entered into slowly, very slowly. The level of education had to reach a certain point so that people would know what we were talking about. We went from almost zero schools to more than a thousand and a university in 25 years. I had already established a Consultative Council, but one whose members were appointed by me, not elected. But it was all coming together. As I approached my silver jubilee, I said to myself: this is the time."

To many, many more jubilees (in sha Allah), Your Majesty!