SHAFAQNA – On the eve of the month of Ramadan, King Salman broke away from his usual silence to deliver his good wishes … or so did the Saudi government stage the affair. Actually not really since the king’ speech was delivered by an emissary of his royal highness.
Regardless of what many may think of the kingdom, Ramadan is of course a month during which we all ought to put our differences aside to draw closer to God, and atone for our many sins.
Sadly, the kingdom thought best to give in to sarcasm …. or was it satire … we are not quite sure. In any case the royal speech missed the mark, highlighting instead the sheer hypocrisy of a regime whose sense of moral, ethic and decency was long lost – buried maybe under the sands of Nejd desert!
Read out by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Turaifi, addressed to Muslims everywhere, the Saudi King emphasized the urgent need to realize Islamic unity at a time when the whole world reels under the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.