The National Day Organising Committee 2018 has announced the mottos for the day ‘As long as it was proven by our deeds’, one of the verses from the Founder’s poems, and ‘Qatar remains free’.
According to the Committee, the theme used one of Founder’s poem’s verses to be an inspiration for the Qatari population and brought together the national anthem and one of the poetic verses of the Founder, which points out the importance of good deeds.
The Holy Qur'an says in this regard: “Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath power, He Who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.”
The good work that builds the nation varies from era to era according to the growth of its needs, and it is a necessary condition of its renaissance, the Committee said.
“Today, we are at the crossroads of a decisive stage in the history of this free country. The first lesson is the need that the sons of the country must work hard to achieve self-reliance in science, industry, agriculture and the development of all the elements of the renaissance of their country,” the Committee noted. “The love of the country must be translated into good work and success.”
The Committee added that “the great work does not stop at this mentioned point but extends to justice, sincerity, rejection of fanaticism, and fighting corruption; all of which are the elements of human dignity.”
“This is the deep meaning of the poem’s verses mentioned above.”
“The good deeds do not stop at this as it includes achieving justice in times of crises and leads to defence, to which the Holy Qur'an refers clearly: “And those who, when an oppressive wrong is done to them, they revenge,” the Committee added.
The Committee said the victory is linked to defence, and is based on the belief of protecting the nation and its sovereignty.
“We should prepare political, military, scientific, economic and cultural power, which enables us to fight every tyrant wanting to assault the sovereignty of the country,” the Committee noted.
“The challenges — of course — are the secret of the renaissance of nations. All societies and nations face difficult challenges at different periods of their history in which they test their abilities to confront them and strive to create what meets their needs,” the Committee said.
The only difference between steadfastness of nations and their progress or between their inability and delay is in the availability of responses that go beyond surface reaction to achieve pride, according to the Committee.
The theme of the National Day celebration 2018, came from the vision of the Committee, which represents promoting loyalty, solidarity, unity and pride in the national identity of Qatar and emphasises the values of the National Day celebrations, which include participation, inspiration, creativity and transparency.
“It is also a confirmation of the National Day's achievements, not for temporary excitement rather aimed at displaying the national identity,” the Committee said.
“It is also meant to educate people about the national symbols, the founder Sheikh Jassim and the principles and values of the society.”
Last year’s National Day celebrations were marked under the theme of ‘Promise of Prosperity and Glory’, which had been taken from a quote of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
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