1996 Speech
 

01/13/1996
Crown Prince Abdullah Addresses Shura Council

Crown Prince Abdullah Addresses Majlis Al-Shura

Brothers:

May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

It gives me great pleasure to convey to you on this auspicious occasion the greetings of my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his best wishes for your council. I also bring you the good news that his health is constantly improving, thanks be to God.

Brothers:

Prior to my coming here, I recalled past speeches delivered by my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to this revered council, realizing that they gave detailed accounts of our internal and external policies - Arab, Islamic and international relations - and of the benefits of consultation ("shura") in Islam, in addition to brief histories of this modern state of ours and its founder King Abdul Aziz. Let us remember these speeches and follow their advice, as I draw this address from their spirit and from the objectives and legitimacy of this revered council, whose activities are seen to reflect the dire need for its sincere opinions. I hope that you will continue to voice them, because this is your trust and responsibility, bearing in mind that sincere opinions like these have achieved social justice among various peoples in many an era of Islamic history.

Thanks to God, we are governed by a gracious Islamic creed that has honored man with a just law capable of solving mankind's problems until the day of judgment when the Almighty inherits the earth and all that is on it.

Brothers:

If we look today to have others see us through this humane concept of the message of Islam, we have to protect this great message from flaws and concepts which do not measure up to its wisdom and justice, for it is indeed a lofty message and a just and divine law.

Brothers:

On this occasion I say to you, that many questions have been raised with the establishment of this council and many things have been said; but our reply to all inquirers who seek the truth is that shura in Islam can only be granted to those who have honesty in words, actions, and opinions, and in the proclaimed vision of what is true. This is what we understand and want to protect, to safeguard from faults and errors in an era of change, political and economic, in security and in information. We also say to you, brothers and citizens, that there is no room for hesitation in advice and consultation. We speak out, and remain committed, within the service of God, His religion, our homeland and its citizens, and we will, God willing, be sincere in performing this service.

As my brother the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques has said, the doors are open, and the hearts and minds are vigilant, God willing, for all citizens and those in need.

May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

 

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