1999 Speech

Address at inauguration of 14th Jenadriyah Festival
The address of H.E. Abdulaziz bin Abdulmohsen Al-Tuweijri at the inauguration of 14th Jenadriyah Festival, read by Dr. Abdulrahman AL-Subeet
H.E. Abdulaziz bin Abdulmohsen Al-Tuweijri
Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard
on the occasion of the inauguration of the
Fourteenth Annual Festival of Culture and Heritage at Jenadriyah Presented
on his on behalf by
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Subeet

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful:
Peace be upon the Prophet Muhammad, and on his followers

Your Royal Highness the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, as patron of our ceremony on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques:

Your Royal Highness, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General:

Your highnesses, eminencies and excellencies, distinguished guests and fellow citizens:

Peace be upon you.

How happy we are on this blessed day on which the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia join their leadership in celebrating this centennial. In doing so, we commemorate the unification of our country from the Red Sea to the Arabian Gulf, so that all believe in and uphold one justice. Intertwined with this day are great and costly events and adversities so that on this unique day is manifest our power, ideals, and heritage, as well as our endeavors and strong will. The event that we commemorate today is unique in our contemporary history, and transcends all questions and answers. It ushered in an era of affluence, security and enlightenment.

Your Royal Highness,

These remarks are delivered from this National Guard pulpit on behalf of the grandsons of those honorable men, who, for scores of years under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz, fought and toiled, day and night, on camel and horseback, in desolate deserts, in severe conditions and at exorbitant cost. This historical epic came to a successful end when they founded a modern developed state. Saudis, Arabs, Muslims and the entire world recognize the Kingdom for keeping an attentive eye on its present and future in an era where pitfalls are the destiny of those who doze off from observing the manifestations and aspects of this great universe and the great changes therein.

Your Royal Highness,

We are but the sons and soldiers of King Abdul Aziz. Our love for him and for his strife has captured our every feeling and sentiment. Therefore, I searched for some unbiased sources, men who saw Abdul Aziz with an objective eye and recorded for history their opinions. Nothing could be more fair or pious than a recorded statement by an Arab Muslim scholar, a statement that defies attempts by hypocrites or fortune hunters to mislead current and future readers.

In 1366 H, Ahmad Hassan Al-Zayyat, the well-known journalist and intellectual, wrote in Ar-Risala magazine an article entitled 'King of the Arabian Peninsula', as follows:

"Peace, harmony and security have prevailed in the most aberrant, ignorant and seditious spot on earth. King Abdul Aziz manifests true Arab virtues. His firm courage, pure faith and noble and candid mannerism clearly demonstrate that the peninsula was not left barren after giving birth to the generation that embraced the faith and spread the message. It should not adversely impact on the peninsula that such births are few and far between considering that in the first generation it gave birth to (Omar) bin Al-Khattab: and in the last generation, it gave birth to Ibn Saud. The Lord chose him from the House of Saud so that, at his hands, the riches and power preserved in this holy land, may be uncovered and the Arab nation, by the grace of the Lord, becomes once again unified and strong. Arabs and Muslims from all over the world and from all sects and races face to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia five times a day because the Kingdom is their link to heaven, their bond on earth, and their beacon guiding them in the course of their lives."
Your Royal Highness,

What more can be said than this statement by an intellectual and man of letters concerning the founder of our modern state? This objective historical statement fills us with pride and merits to be quoted on this day.

Your Royal Highness,

May I quote Mr. Abbas Mahmoud Al-Aqqad from his book, 'With the King of the Arabian Peninsula':

"He was in the prime of youth when his family rule was lost and he was expelled from his country. The defeat did not shake his faith nor did deprivation change his tradition of striving to be the ultimate host. It is even reported that when he was in Kuwait, he pawned his cloak to provide appropriate food for an unexpected guest. Seasoned and experienced individuals advised him to accept defeat and not reject reality, but the young man did not heed advice, and instead started out with about forty men to fight a princedom and a regular army of tribesmen. He was outnumbered both in men and weapons.

"In the course of the many battles he fought with his men, he sustained near-fatal injuries. The bullets did not detract from his belief in his right to the lost family rule. Instead, he substantially expanded that rule to include most of the peninsula within a framework of security, stability, affluence and unity, long lost after the era of the orthodox caliphs."
Abdul Aziz followed in the footsteps of the orthodox caliphs and emulated them in establishing his rule. This great man experienced hunger and deprivation: nevertheless he harbored no hatred, and when he saw gold and silver at his feet, the glitter did not change him. Defeat did not thwart his willpower and victory did not go to his head.

Such is King Abdul Aziz, a great symbol and the subject of many volumes written by Arab, Muslim and foreign scholars. In search of ideals of great leaders, many authors are still looking for unpublished aspects of his great biography and unique personality.

Your Royal Highness,

I wish those who advised Abdul Aziz to accept defeat and not to reject reality could now witness the great historical standing King Abdul Aziz enjoys. I wish also that historians would conclude the identity of the proponents of that advice, their purpose thereof and why King Abdul Aziz did not heed their advice. Did he have reservations regarding them that we should explore?

Your Royal Highness,

In establishing the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for the Gifted, you in fact realized one of King Abdul Aziz' objectives, and continue an initiative he started in 1375 H. In that year, he sent the following telegram to Ibn Suliman, then his Minister of Finance:

"Mr. Mohanna Al-Obaid is a young man from Al-Najd. He is a member of the first group of exchange students in Egypt. He has one more year to graduate from high school. His command of English is good and he is willing to learn. I have decided to send him to the company in Dhahran to train in technical fields and thereafter send him to America to specialize in the oil industry. Abdullah Al-Turaiqui from Al-Zulfi is another exchange student of commendable diligence. He is also a suitable candidate. Since the government needs to have some citizens master this field, you are also directed to discuss this with the California Oil Company and advise us accordingly."
Your Royal Highness,

These remarks are made in the hope of expressing the loyalty and dedication of your citizens and members of the armed forces, who wish to avail themselves of this occasion to renew their allegiance to God, to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supreme Commander, to you as Crown Prince, to the country, and to the people.

May God protect Your Royal Highness, and may peace be upon all of you.