Kuwait: Shaikh Saad Remembered

Kuwaitis are still mourning the death of their former ruler Shaikh Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah.

Aggz The Aggressor writes:

We will strike with an Iron Fist!”
“We may die, but Kuwait will live on!”

I always remembered his words during those terrible days of the Iraqi Occupation, they gave us hope, enforced our need to remain steadfast in our hopes of returning to our country.

Estekana sums up his feelings of sadness in a poetic manner, saying:

مايو الحزين
في مساء غريب
في عز انشغال ولوية الكويتين
ذاك في ندوة انتخابيه يشتعل حماسا
وتلك في زيارة تنهئ بمولود جديد
وآخرمشدود الأعصاب يتابع المباراة النهائية لكأس الأمير
ينقطع الارسال
يحدث شئ غريب
نتبادل النظرات بحزن
انتقل إالى رحمة الله الأمير الوالد الشيخ سعد العبدالله الصباح
May is a sad month
On a strange night
While the people of Kuwait were busy
One in an election campaign
and the other at a baby shower
and a third stressed out following a football match in the Amir's (ruler) Cup finals
…and suddenly
the broadcast is interrupted
and something strange happens.
We exchange sad looks
The Amir and father Shaikh Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah has passed away.
يرتجف بنا الحزن
وتختنق في الروح عبرة ألم
رحل والد الجميع
حبيب الشعب
رحل من كان منا وفينا
رحل رجل المواقف
رحل أبو الجميع..
تبكيك الكويت كلها
ببحرها وجوها
تسئل عنك ابراجنا
وتشتكي فقدانك قلوبنا
رحلت في عز حاجتنا اليك
في عز حاجتنا لأمان وجودك وحسك بيننا
كنت مريض..كنا نعلم
كنت تتعب..وكنا نألم
كنت تغيب…وكنا نسئل
وجودك بيننا كان بركة للكويت كلها
لن ننسى حبك لشعبك
ولن ننسى يدك التي تلوح لنا بالفرح
كيف ننسى رجل التحرير
كيف ننسى من كان لجابر سند؟
We shiver with sadness
We are choked by tears
The father of everyone has gone
The lover of people
The one who was one of us has gone
The man of difficult moments has gone
The father of all has gone …
The whole of Kuwait cries for you
Its sea and air
Our towers are asking about you
Our hearts are complaining about missing you
You left at our moment of need
You we ill .. we knew that
You were tired.. we were hurting for you
You would go missing.. we would ask about you.
Your presence among us was a blessing for Kuwait as a whole!!

We won't forget your love to your people
And we won't forget your hand waving happily to us
How can we forget the Man of our liberation
How can we forget Jaber's support?

Shagran writes:

حينما ينظر الانسان الى تاريخ الكويت المعاصر ويبحث عن بدايات ركائز الدولة الحديثة سيتراءى له بين ثناياها وفي زوايا عديدة صورة سمو الأمير الراحل الشيخ سعد العبدالله وخاصة حينما تبحث في نشأة وزارة الداخلية والدفاع
فلقد كان الأمير الراحل ذو نظرة ثاقبة وعمل بجهد فأسس أجهزة على كفاءة عالية تحمي الدولة داخليا وتضبط حدودها خارجيا..وهو عمل لايستطيعه أي رجل مسك دفة المسؤولية

ولقد توالت للأمير الراحل الكثير من الأعمال في بناء الدولة الحديثة

ولكن من وجهة نظري البسيطة فإن أهم عمل قام به الأمير الراحل بعد بطولات التحرير هو اعـــــــــادة بــــنـــــاء الــــدولـــــــة

When study Kuwait's contemporary history and search for the beginnings of the modern state, we will see different images of the former Amir Shaikh Saad Al Abdulla, especially when we dig deep into the establishment of the ministries of Interior and Defence. The former Amir had foresight and worked hard to establish capable institutions which could defend the country internally and externally and that is something which not anyone can do – except those who could shoulder responsibility. The late Amir has a number of achievements in building the modern state, but in my humble opinion, his most notable achievement after his heroic deeds during liberation is rebuilding a modern state.

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