Saudi Dreams

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

I have a dream that one day this country will rise up and live out the true meaning of Islam: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day women will be able to travel everywhere without the need for a permission or a Mahram.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day a son from a Sunni family and  a son from a Shia family will sit together  in the table of brotherhood, not to argue over who is right or wrong but to think about the future of this country.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, a saudi employer will treat his Indian or Asian employee with respect and love.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, the Imam in each mosque of this country, will talk about love and respect for all other religions.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, the rich people in this country, will realize the sorrow and the suffering of the poor people who live in broken houses without food.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, the religious policy will realize that the moral values can’t be obtained with force but rather with love and tolerance.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, no one can be above the law and no Wasta will provide privilege for someone over others.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, our government will stand up and prosecute those who permit and allow the child marriage in this country.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day everyone has the freedom to speak his mind, to live his life the way he want, to be what he want to be without the fear of  society and traditions.

“This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to my city with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

And if Saudi is to be a great nation this must become true.So let love ring from the mountains of Mecca to the farms of Alhassa. Let love ring from the land Ar’ar to the desert of Rub Al-khali. Let love ring from building of Riyadh.

And when this happens, when we allow love, freedom and tolerance to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every town and every city, we will be able to live the true teaching of the prophet Mohammed. Then we will all repeatedly remember the saying of the prophet, that “the believers, in their love, mercy and kindness to one another are like a body: if any part of it is ill, the whole body shares its sleeplessness and fever”

Thank you and god bless you.

God bless Saudi Arabia.

Note:

The main speech is from I have a dream speech by Martin Luther King.. I made some changes on it so that It becomes about Saudi Dreams.

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21 thoughts on “Saudi Dreams

  1. Well, that was quite a speech. But maybe you should try to paraphrase it, because by then it will have that “flavor” that’s essentially Saudi, essentially you.

  2. Jerry M

    As an exercise you ought to see if you can re-write this using the kind of rhetoric that would appeal to Saudis. Otherwise, I don’t think I can find any fault at all. In the US it took a long time before the majority of the dreams in MLK’s speech were accomplished fact. I would be curious how long it will take your country.

  3. A really interesting premise! Your dreams for Saudi merit close reading.

    At first there is a disconnect rhetorically, but in fact that may work in your favour, to jar American readers into appreciating what you wish for in terms of Saudi–a clue of course to the problems you perceive there.

    Perhaps you have a poem in Arabic that would speak to the same issues in a different rhetorical mode.

    Very interesting, thanks!

    BTW there is lingerie happening on my blog LOL 🙂
    http://www.chezchiara.com/2010/01/lingerie-in-saudi-and-social-activism.html

    In fact it talks about boycotts as part of social change, and references the Montgomery Bus Boycott, while dealing primarily with the proposed boycott to protest men only salesmen in Saudi, and the defiance of legislation to increase employment of women, including in the lingerie sector.

    Guess we were on the same Civil Rights wave length! 🙂

  4. anon

    “I have a dream that one day everyone has the freedom to speak his mind, to live his life the way he want, to be what he want to be without the fear of society and traditions.”

    are you saying people should have absolute freedom (sex, drinking etc. ) or freedom within the limits of Islam

  5. I have a dream that all men will value their wives and not think they must trade in their old ones by adding newer, younger ones when the first ones get a little worn out from having lots of babies. I have a dream that they appreciate what these women have given to them and value them more and more with each passing year.

    Great dreaming, Murtadha. Hope you don’t mind that I added one of my own. 😀

  6. sleepy eyes

    I have a dream that one day, I read a book written by Murtadha .. I’m sure that it will be great based on your amazing ideas .

    I really admire u bro

  7. Another potential dream come true for Saudi/non-Saudi couples wishing to marry. There is proposed legislation that greatly facilitates the process, including making Saudi students abroad on government scholarship eligible to marry non-Saudis (thought your readers in particular should know that), and increasing the eligibility of Saudi women, or children of a Saudi mother and non-Saudi father, and non-Saudis born and residing in the KSA :

    Saudi/non-Saudi Marriage Permission: Stellar News!
    http://www.chezchiara.com/2010/01/saudinon-saudi-marriage-permission.html

  8. @coralbead & Wafa
    as always, you are so kind on your comments. Thank you for both of you

    @Jerry M
    It will take very long time to achieve these dreams. Change in collective society isn’t easy as it is in individualistic society.

    @Chiara,
    I tried to make it connected as I possibly can,, but you know it is very hard to change in this great speech. I really love Martin Luther king’s voice when he said the speech. very incredible person.

    as for the permission dream for Saudi marriage, I don’t think it will see the light anytime soon. I will comment about why on your post. Thank you for letting me know about it.
    @anfal
    I agree, Thank you so much for your feedback

    @susanne430,
    I really have the same dreams as yours. I think women have been mistreated by society and men for so long and this need to stop.

    @sleepy eyes,
    lol, Thank you so much, But i think that dream will not see the light,, as far as I know lol

  9. Murtadha–I hope I was clear enough that I thought your use of rhetoric was very good.
    I always look forward to your comments on my blog. Thanks.

  10. Countrygirl

    Totally OT but I’m wondering why KSA (along with other rich oil countries) so far hasn’t give A SINGLE CENT to Haiti….I mean 3rd world countries like Botswana or Senegal gave 1 million $, famous actors actresses gave more but why KSA gave nothing?

    http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/haiti.pdf

    I’m asking this to all of you

    Thanks

  11. another arab

    Hi Murtadha,

    I’m another arab with a dream.

    That the kingdom of saudi as we now know it will be demolished, so that I dont cringe and feel intense frustration whenever I reflect on the situation of arabs around the globe.

    So that I dont feel regretful about what the legacy of our prophet (a.s) has come to.

    So that I dont feel hate whenever I see a man with a short dishdasha and a bushy beard.

    So that life can be a little simpler without all the contradictions that the very existanc of a saudi kingdom brings to muslim/arab life.

    Do you understand me? I’m hoping that you do, because your name is murtadha and that makes me think that your Shia, and as such, less ignorant / brainwashed as all the rest. If you dont like that label, then I’ll probably give up hope of any saudi understanding my point of view.

  12. @anon,
    I mean the freedom within the law of humanity, within the law of Islam. But the problem here is that there is no one sentence that can define freedom within Islam, It is always subjected to interpretation.

    @Countrygirl
    Here is the website about how much the Saudi donates to the Haiti 🙂
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g0aO3Yw-4ZTyy6OnSiuot9E6cu5w

    To be honest dear Countergirl,
    I think Saudi needs donation from the government too, but sometimes they never get it! the poverty is very high here in Saudi. You can see this blog, it will give you an idea about the real life of Saudi
    http://theanotherfaceofsaudiarbai.blogspot.com/

    @another arab,
    Thank you for your comment. However, I have to disagree with you in two point:
    first is the generalization and second confining openness on one sect over another.
    yes, I am Shia but I think ignorance doesn’t know religion or sect. The problem we face today isn’t because sect or religion. It is all because of people and how the way they think. so if you focus on fixing that, we would be able to achieve our dreams.

    @Chiara,
    I got your email 🙂 thank you, I will reply soon

  13. Countrygirl

    Thanks for your reply maybe I was blunt but I was very angry that KSA didn’t give anything to Haiti while the whole world was helping…and thanks for the link, from the outside KSA is a very rich country I’m wondering those poor families have a saudi citizenship or they are foreing. I know that KSA hires a lot from poor countries for menial work why don’t they hire poor saudi instead or there’s some kind of “pride” that forbid a saudi citizen to do menial work?

  14. @Countrygirl
    Donation is part of Saudi Government strategy to build a good reputation . I was really confident that they will give a donation to Haiti

    as for your question, those poor family actually have a citizenship but the problem rely on the education and employment rate in Saudi.
    as for the menial work, I would need to talk about it in detail in another post. Some Saudi don’t have any problem with doing menial work while other think the law paid with a lot of money wouldn’t work. Some look down at menial work, Others feel ashamed of doing it. In another hand, Saudi employer always look for foreign workers because he would pay him much lower than what he would pay to Saudi employee.
    It is very long story. I will talk about it in another post. Thank you for asking

  15. another arab

    Murtadha –

    I’m not confining sects, I’m only giving you a descriptions. I’m not wrong when I say that you, being shia, are less prone to the dangerous ideals of wahhabism and the ignorance that they generously spread out over the people – especially saudi sunnis.

    Also, you are very right in saying that ignorance is a problem for everyone, but if you didn’t think that you were somehow inherently enlightened by being shia, and protected from certain false ideas, then why pronounce you are one. You may aswell be anything else.

    You say that problems arise not because of sects but because of the way people think. Well, I wish good luck to whoever goes about trying to change the way people think. You can’t change society by building on something with a rotten core. You know the core is very rotten when the government shamelessly oppresses the rights of the prophet & his family (a.s). And it not only does this in saudi – maybe you should take a trip to Iraq one day and see the impact that saudi media & wealth have had there.

    There is so much hate & filth in the world and I just felt that you were simply tiptoeing around it all in your post by promoting love and peace and respect. That’ll take you only half the way if you want to progress. To get to your goal you need to actively condemn, and curse things that are wrong. Ie, the royalty of saudi and all their religious leaders.

    I hope I havn’t offended you. I think your a very reasonable person and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. This one just sounded too pretty & struck a nerve with me at the time…

  16. Zoulfa

    Hello Murtadha, Edward Said used to value Antonio Gramci famous saying ” Pessimism of the intellect, Optimism of the will”. In that we must be pessimistic in how we analyze our reality and see it for what it really is, yet not feel powerless in the face of its harsh reality. On the contrary, we must be optimistic in our will to change it. For that is how nations change.

    Another short note: I love the fact that their are many beautiful voices from Saudi Arabia that are starting to emerge . There is hope indeed!!

  17. I loved the post so much, and how would it be nice if those dreams come true not only in KSA but in Egypt as well.

    I can related to what you are saying as i lived in KSA for quite sometime, now i’m back to Egypt.

  18. It’s surprising how many men I know are dating Asian women. I’ll confess that I do find some Asian women to be very pretty, but what do you think the attraction is really about? Why do some white guys only date Asian girls…can someone explain the attraction to me?

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