His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said Thursday Kuwait society's "noble" unity foiled all "evil" bids to incite sedition, calling for protection of youth from "deviated" ideologies and misbehavior. "You (Kuwaitis) have clearly proven the strength and unity of the Kuwaiti society in the face of violence, extremist Takfiri (fundamentalist and terrorist groups) thinking, as well as demonstrating unity in good and bad," His Highness the Amir said in a speech marking the last 10 days of Muslims' holy month of Ramadan.
He was referring to the spirit of national unity shown by the Kuwaiti following the "terrorist" bombing against Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque that claimed lives of 26 martyrs and injured 227 others.
"You (Kuwaitis), through these noble national positions, have foiled attempts by the perpetrators of this condemned crime, and their desperate bids and evil behavior to incite sedition and divide unity of the Kuwaiti society," said H.H. the Amir. Kuwait, he underlined, "emerged victorious" from these evil incident.
H.H. the Amir, who rushed to the site of the mosque soon after the attack, praised to Allah the Almighty to bestow martyrs with his blessing and quickly heal the wounds of the injured.
Imam Al-Sadiq terrorist bombing drew condemnations from around the globe, ranging from major regional and international organizations like the GCC, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), EU and the UN, to individual countries from the Gulf region, Arab and Muslim worlds, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
H.H. the Amir thanked all heads of state and government of brotherly and friendly countries, regional and international organizations for their strong condemnations of the Imam Al-Sadiq mosque attack. H.H. the Amir also thanked the Interior Ministry's security forces for their "dedication, hard work and courage" which contributed to rapid capture of perpetrators thus preserving security and stability of Kuwait.
He also thanked the Health Ministry staff for their care of the injured, as well as efforts of the firemen, armed forces and all government bodies vis-a-vis the attack. H.H. the Amir noted that terrorism required collaboration of efforts to protect the society, foremost the youth "who are the real wealth of our beloved nation." The youth "have our foremost care and interest, they are the future of the country, and we should protect them from deviated thinking and misbehavior," he said. H.H. the Amir also called for abiding by moderate teachings of Islam, boosting values of nationalism, while investing in skills of the youth.
He said he was pleased of achievements of "Kuwait Listens" national youth project, which encouraged them to start their own private businesses. H.H. the Amir, meanwhile, warned against "critical circumstances" in the region which required doubling of efforts to protecting "our country and safeguard its security and stability, and prevent dangers.
"This will not materialize but with the strengthening of our domestic front, unity and stand against anyone attempting to undermine our national unity ... We should cement bonds within society and protect the Kuwaiti spirit ...," he said. "We believe that Kuwait is for all ... and not excluded for a particular segment. All live on its soil and belong to it," he affirmed.
H.H. the Amir said democracy was deep-rooted in Kuwait, where people enjoy freedom of expression. "We should be proud of our constitution, which we cherish," he added. The Kuwaiti leader said citizenship was measured by loyalty, dedication and sacrifice, not mere slogans.
H.H. the Amir said the Muslim nation has been witnessing Ramadan for many years amidst "critical circumstances, disasters, dangerous political and security challenges coupled with seditions, ordeals and callers of Takfir, vanity and heresy." He praised Allah the Almighty to unite Muslims and bestow them with wisdom "to address these banes and challenges." H.H. the Amir called on his fellow citizens to remember, during the holy month of Ramadan, their brethrens in the Arab countries who were subjected to conflicts and wars, lack of security and stability and displacement and hunger.
He called on the generous Kuwaiti people to help those in need.
The conflicts in Syria, which is in its fifth year now, killed more than 220,000 people, and displaced millions of people internally or living as refugees in neighboring countries. More than a million internally displaced are in Iraq due to the conflict caused by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
A US-led international coalition has been launching airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria with the aim of eliminating the terrorist group. His Highness the Amir said terrorism has been expanding and posing a greater threat to countries' security and stability. "The international community should use all of its energies to confront and eliminate it (terrorism), dry out (financing) resources so nations and peoples can live in peace and security," said H.H. the Amir.
He also said the international community should double efforts to address heinous sectarian conflict and preventing its spread because it posed a threat to unity of nations. H.H the Amir also praised to Allah the Almighty to bestow blessing on late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and late Father Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.