Hon­our­ing the mem­ory of the Late His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said, the be­reaved pen in their own words how they re­mem­ber him

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

On Satur­day (Jan­uary 11), we sat in front of the TV watch­ing the fu­neral of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos. My 75 year old mother and 14 year old daugh­ter were with us - three gen­er­a­tions who have wit­nessed a dif­fer­ent era of the de­vel­op­ment in Oman un­der the lead­er­ship of His Majesty. I was born in 1970 in a small vil­lage in Ibra, the luck­i­est among my sib­lings as I was born in a hos­pi­tal and went to school when I was five. My mother still re­mem­bers the hard times be­fore His Majesty be­came the Sul­tan of Oman. When I fin­ished school, I joined Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity where I have been work­ing as a doc­tor for the past 25 years. His Majesty was a great leader who will be re­mem­bered as a fa­ther to all of us and as a peace­keeper who shaped the unique per­son­al­ity of the Omani peo­ple.

His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos was loved by all in Oman and his re­la­tion­ship with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and the rest of the world was one of non-in­ter­fer­ence and close friend­ships. In his 50 years of lead­er­ship, he cared for his peo­ple im­prov­ing their lives and bring­ing peace to the coun­try.

His Majesty trans­formed a coun­try with very few schools, hospi­tals and roads to many schools, colleges and uni­ver­si­ties. Cit­i­zens’ liv­ing stan­dards have re­mark­ably im­proved and a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment has been cre­ated for Oma­nis and ex­pa­tri­ates alike. Oman’s tol­er­ance to­wards dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and our in­ter­nal se­cu­rity are sec­ond to none.

His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos will be re­mem­bered as a leader who cared for his peo­ple while be­ing a peace­maker and ne­go­tia­tor work­ing for peace in the world.

We grew up call­ing our Sul­tan ‘Baba Qa­boos’. The fa­ther im­age came be­fore the leader’s im­age. He was our fa­ther, teacher and leader!

As a girl, I grew up see­ing im­ages of Sul­tan Qa­boos stand­ing with other fe­male stu­dents ob­serv­ing their work in class or women em­ploy­ees at work. He taught us from a young age that we are VALU­ABLE. We grew up to BE­LIEVE it and we are now LIV­ING it, thanks to him.

We have been given op­por­tu­ni­ties in ev­ery field with­out re­stric­tions; that’s how our role model wanted us to move for­ward.

It’s those im­ages from my child­hood where I saw Sul­tan Qa­boos sup­port Omani women that gave me hope, am­bi­tion and courage. It pushed me to strive for my dream of be­ing the first fe­male Omani to reach the high­est peak in the world.

I pay my sin­cere con­do­lences on the very sad demise of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said to the peo­ple of Oman. We mourn the pass­ing of His Majesty who will for­ever re­main a role model for wis­dom, hu­man­ity and in­tegrity. May the great leader’s legacy live for­ever.

Let us al­ways re­mem­ber the Late His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said and his wis­dom.

Even in sick­ness and pain he put his coun­try first. He was buried in a sim­ple way as just an­other Omani would have been buried.

No wait for other heads of states to visit. No mil­i­tary pa­rade func­tion. No 21-gun salute, etc. Buried in a sim­ple grave!

Even in death, he de­liv­ered the mes­sage of sim­plic­ity to the whole world.

He came for his peo­ple, he went away for his peo­ple! So many coun­tries in the world de­clared a state of mourn­ing and flags were flown at half mast. What a way to show the other world lead­ers how to live in peace, love, un­der­stand­ing, com­pas­sion, tol­er­ance and re­spect.

Heads of states who do not even speak to each other all came to of­fer con­do­lences for the Late His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos.

Although, you have left us but for­ever you will re­main in our hearts, souls and mind.

May Al­lah rest his soul in eter­nal peace. May Al­lah open for him Jan­nat ul Fir­daus. Ameen.

I don’t know what to write as words fall short when I want to pay a trib­ute to the world’s great peace icon. Sul­tan Qa­boos was a true leader and a great vi­sion­ary.

At the very out­set, I would like to men­tion that Sul­tan Qa­boos is and will al­ways re­main alive in our hearts and minds, though bod­ily he may be no more. We shall never for­get him, his tow­er­ing per­son­al­ity, we shall al­ways adore!

Sul­tan Qa­boos has been a true mes­sen­ger of peace; the en­tire world shall miss him. We all have a heavy heart to­day, we have tears in our eyes, we all are very sad...this news has been dev­as­tat­ing.

Oman was in­deed a ‘One Man Show’, and the credit goes to the great leader Sul­tan Qa­boos, his fore­sight­ed­ness. His vi­sion has made Oman one of the most beau­ti­ful coun­tries of the world, boun­ti­ful and plen­ti­ful!

I have been work­ing in Oman for a long time, and un­doubt­edly these years have been my life’s most splen­did, and I am be­ing hon­est

It is im­pos­si­ble to over­state the im­pact His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos has had on Oman and its peo­ple. There are not many peo­ple on this God’s earth given the task of lead­ing a na­tion to its re­birth. His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos fo­cused on the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try’s most valu­able re­source – its peo­ple – by pro­vid­ing them with great ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and hugely im­proved health fa­cil­i­ties.

When a fa­ther loves his chil­dren, they grow up to be well-bal­anced, happy and car­ing in­di­vid­u­als. When a leader loves his peo­ple, as His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos, the fa­ther of the na­tion, has done, the re­sult is a pop­u­la­tion of peace­ful, happy and car­ing peo­ple. and can­did.

Sul­tan Qa­boos’ ef­forts have trans­formed Oman into a real heaven, where tran­quil­ity, seren­ity and peace pre­vails, and all the best fa­cil­i­ties here one avails.

There is kind­ness, good­ness and broth­er­hood, in Oman; in Oman there are a lot of ex­pa­tri­ates, and to­day Sul­tan’s pass­ing away... in all hearts, sad­ness, grief, and lots of pain, it cre­ates.

Sul­tan Qa­boos is a leg­end, and he shall never be for­got­ten, he shall al­ways be re­ally missed and be al­ways praised.

And don’t for­get friends, he’s look­ing at us from the skies above, and is al­ways show­er­ing on us his bless­ings, which are price­less and end­less!

Af­ter Sul­tan Qa­boos passed away, Nizwa’s skies were also cry­ing. There was lot of rain, even the skies were pen­sive and re­morse­ful, and we can un­der­stand their pain.

Sul­tan Qa­boos was an em­blem of hu­man­ity, nicety, very very down to earth, very hum­ble and re­ally no­ble.

Oman is a coun­try where all Oma­nis and ex­pa­tri­ates, all are given their dues, all are treated fairly, and Sul­tan Qa­boos has ini­ti­ated these trends, and all ex­pa­tri­ates are treated as near and dear friends.

To­day our dear­est Sul­tan has left us and we are all shat­tered, for the great Sul­tan, the wel­fare of Oman is all what mat­tered.

To end it all, I will say that our dear­est Sul­tan Qa­boos shall al­ways be missed, be re­mem­bered, for he has left his rich legacy be­hind, his im­prints be­hind, and we shall all walk on the path of peace he has shown us, for­ever, ever and ever, and we shall never for­get you dear Sul­tan, never, never, never!!

His Majesty has uni­fied the coun­try through com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­fra­struc­ture but also through his in­spir­ing ex­am­ple of treat­ing all his cit­i­zens equally. His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos will for­ever be re­mem­bered as a wise leader, an ex­tra­or­di­nary diplo­mat and the most com­pas­sion­ate of men. By con­tin­u­ally re­tain­ing neu­tral­ity and be­com­ing a well renowned peace­maker on the world stage, His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos has raised the coun­try’s pro­file to be­come one of the safest, most peace lov­ing na­tion in the world.

We of­fer His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham our best wishes and full sup­port as he takes on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of con­tin­u­ing His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos’ great legacy.

His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos was the man that made my coun­try the beau­ti­ful coun­try it is to­day. His wise words and kind heart taught us valu­able lessons, all the while cre­at­ing a place for every­one to feel wel­comed and mak­ing a com­mu­nity full of kind peo­ple.

I re­mem­ber as a kid I have al­ways par­tic­i­pated in Na­tional Day ac­tiv­i­ties by singing or danc­ing. I did school projects about him, and now I play the na­tional an­them at school ev­ery morn­ing.

His Majesty is al­ways con­nected with kind words of grat­i­tude and love. Every­one adored him and loved him, and thanked him for the home he has built for us. I am still amazed by how he shaped Oman into a safe place for his cit­i­zens and res­i­dents be­cause of how much he cared for his peo­ple. I am thank­ful to our Baba Qa­boos, his legacy and vi­sion that made Oman the best home to live in.

Ma­jid al Suleimany Author

Nad­hi­rah al Harthy First Omani woman on Mt Ever­est

Dr Hamed al Si­nawi Se­nior con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist, SQU

Tariq Hi­lal al Barwani Founder, Knowl­edge Oman

Jane Jaffer, MBE Author and founder of Let’s Read Pro­gramme

Ha­jer al Balushi, 14 years As Seeb In­ter­na­tional School

Dr Niren Sachdeva Sur­geon, Nizwa

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