Leaders pay tribute to UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed
ABU DHABI // Leaders and officials across the country paid tribute to the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, for his compassion and commitment to charity work and humanitarian efforts, as the UAE marked Zayed Humanitarian Day on Wednesday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed marked the occasion by renaming the Mohammed bin Zayed Mosque in Al Mushrif in the capital the Maryam Umm Issa Mosque, according to his twitter account.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces said Sheikh Zayed embodied the meaning of humanity and his father inspired us all to spread good across the world.
The UAE’s humanitarian efforts would remain central to the country’s policy and the Emirates would continue to be a beacon of giving under the leadership of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed said.
“Giving is a great humanitarian value,” he said. “We sense its importance when we witness it changing the face of suffering and converting it to a good effect in the lives of the needy.”
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the late Sheikh Zayed and Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said her husband’s championing of humanitarian initiatives helped alleviate the suffering of people in conflicts and disasters and is a model for compassion at home and abroad.
“We celebrate an exceptional leader, whose profound memory is enshrined within every Emirati and even in the Arab and international conscience,” she said.
“Sheikh Zayed...made history with his wisdom and leadership, and left his deep mark throughout the country, promoting it towards prosperity and renaissance.”
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid, Minister of State for Tolerance, said the founding father’s vision had resulted in making the UAE a model nation in giving and tolerance, providing aid throughout the world to all people, without discrimination.
Sheikh Zayed’s words and actions had proved that dealing with others should be based on equality, justice, citizenship, solidarity and co-operation, all of which contributed to a more tolerant society rejecting all forms of violence, extremism, discrimination and racism.
Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, speaker of the Federal National Council, said the UAE’s status as one of the biggest donors of aid in the world represented a culmination of Sheikh Zayed’s efforts.
His humanitarian legacy and contributions toward peace, stability and development across the world is deep-rooted in Emirati society and continues to inspire, she said.
Sheikh Zayed’s achievements in humanitarian work can still be seen by new generations, said the director general of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
“His initiatives have assisted millions of people around the world, and built cities for poor people and hospitals that carry his name, providing giving and care,” said Mohammed Haji Al Khouri.
The country’s efforts in charity work has engraved the UAE named in the minds and hearts of people who have benefited from its initiatives he said.
Falling on the Islamic calendar anniversary of the Sheikh Zayed’s passing - the 19th day of Ramadan- Zayed Humanitarian Day is marked annually to commemorate the late leader’s values and vision.
Updated: June 14, 2017 04:00 AM