We are all White and Maroon [Guest Blog]

This is a Guest Blog by ILQer Yousef AG. You can follow him on twitter at @yousef_ag

 

Qatar Largest Flag

The 18th of December is a day of unity, pride, but above all, nationalism. This is the day national unity was achieved when Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Al Thani won autonomy among the many local tribes under his leadership. This is the day to recognize and celebrate Qatar’s forefathers, the heroes of hardship and endurance that worked hard to ensure the unity of their nation.
I am, without doubt, privileged to take pride in this day.And I am not alone.
This is the day that marks yet another year of progression in the realms of politics, economics and social affairs. We, as individuals who live in this country, look at the white and maroon flags that stand high above us and smile with pride. We are the heart of this country. We enrich this country’s essence with our diversity and cultural attachments. We understand this country’s stance because we are in a position to do so: we live here. This is our home. For some, home is temporary, and for others, it is permanent. But the statement still stands.
This is home.
You are part of a state that stood by the best visions, the strongest principles and the sincerest values. You are part of a country that put the people’s interests before anything else. We owe so much of what makes this nation great to us. When you build up your home, you help build up your neighborhood, your community, and as a result, the state and nation. There is a lot to be thankful for by being a part of Qatar:
This is the country that believes education is significant to national progression.
This is the country that believes sports enhance cultural and social ties.
This is the country that believes giving holds greater importance than receiving.
This is the country that believes its youth is the most critical component to envisioning its future.
This is the country that developed remarkably, but only with the people’s interests at heart.
However, let us not forget that love is mutual.
I call on all of us, citizens and residents of Qatar, to do our part and ensure that we give back to this country.
I ask to ensure that Qatar’s vision is not blurred.
I ask to embody Qatar’s values, principles, customs and traditions so that we can nurture the Qatari society the best we can.
I ask to contribute in any way possible, may it be in the realms of economics, politics, education, arts, sciences, construction, social affairs or whatever it is that can add value, and ensure that the state takes another step forward.
I ask to ensure that Qatar’s stance is only strengthened as time goes by.

Using this post to spread the message, I will also take my own initiative.

As Allah is my witness,I hereby swear to devote every fiber of my being to the future development of Qatar. I swear to be a social ambassador to Qatar’s society, such that my actions can be idolized for others to follow. I hereby swear to be loyal to Qatar, the Emir, and the Qatari society. I swear to respect the laws and regulations set by the State of Qatar. I swear to serve the Qatari nation with honor, truthfulness and loyalty. I swear to protect its security and stability.
I know that many of you will take your own initiatives and contribute to the State also.
May Allah protect and bless Qatar, its leadership, and its people.

You can read more on his blog at http://yousefag.blogspot.com

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.