Everything that Kuwait has done right.
As many of you may know, 3 terrorist attacks happened in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. Dozens of lives have been lost and the tragedy shook a lot of people within those regions. However, as we mourn for the ones lost in those tragedies, I just want to highlight that those actions deflate some peoples’ hopes in a better future, hundreds of others have shown that there is hope for humanity. I’ll be specifying Kuwait’s responses because it’s the country closest to my own and the mosque bombing that happened really hit close to home.
The people of Kuwait are known to have a large Shi’a minority, with about a third of its population to be Shi’a. Though they are the minority, they are still treated by the majority as equals. The things that highlight that are their compassion and love for one another - the solidarity of one country is exemplified with the peoples and the leader’s actions.
The Kuwaiti Sheikh immediately visited the bombing scene.
In a world full of frightful leaders and neglectful ones, it is so so so rare to see the leader of a nation drop everything to immediately inspect the ruins and mourn with his own people. Pictures and videos of the Kuwaiti leader hurrying to survey the wreckage was both heartbreaking yet filled us with hope that there are people out there who aren’t ruling a country for its power, but for its own good. The sheikh was seen among his people and though security forces urged him to stay back for his own safety, the sheikh cried “But those are my children there”.
Blood donations skyrocketed.
Prior to the bombing of Kuwait, blood banks were always asking for donors. However, as more and more people heard about the dead and injured, hundreds more rushed to donate their blood to the point where hospitals were turning down donations after the mass influx of volunteers. The fact that people immediately rushed without a second thought to help people they probably didn’t know.
The tragedy only made the sunni-shi’a bond stronger. (A point I really wanna highlight)
In Kuwait, there are little conflicts between these two Muslim sects. If anyone has visited Kuwait they’d know the fact that the people there value their national identity with high regard. An attack on a sunni Kuwaiti is like an attack on a shi’a Kuwaiti and vice versa. The bomb that was meant to cause strife brought two sects together. All over the streets and over social media, Kuwaitis showed their support of one another - cartoons of sunni-shia people hugging, hands depicting those of sunni/shia ripping the DAESH flag or choking a snake that’s representative of such a cult were continuously circulated among Kuwaitis and even other GCC members.
This video just shows a snippet of people together, where the shi’a do not put the blame on sunni people for the murder of their innocent, but nip it right in the bud and chant that both sunni and shi’a believers are brothers. Many of you may not understand arabic, but many of the comments have been more than supportive - with people of both sects mourning with each and speaking of growing stronger together.
A big conformation for this would be the fact that the prayers after the tragedy found itself filled with mixed sunni/shi’a people prayer together. Those with their arms folded being sunni and those with their arms done shi’a. To further the bonding was holding the funeral prayer in the biggest sunni mosque for the deceased, while burying them in shi’a cemeteries and flying the bodies of those who weren’t Kuwaiti to Najf, Iran. These acts of solidarity just show the willingness of the people to stand by each other, and to keep each other one unit. This is what Islam is to many people, and when it happens that we unite like this, it’s touchingly beauty even though it had to be brought by with such a tragedy that spanned 3 continents.
Finally, Kuwait mourned for others as well as their own.
Kuwaiti people didn’t just mourn for themselves, they’ve mourned the loss and injuries of the other countries that have been faced with such terror that day. If that doesn’t show you how empathy and sympathy doesn’t exist nowadays, I don’t know what shows you that.
I mostly wrote this for myself as a means to keep my faith and hope in my people strong. When I first heard the news of the bombing, I cried out of sheer frustration that my beliefs are getting the likes of me killed. I cried because I thought that hope is gone for us Shi’a people and that we will always be the target of someone’s blade. But this is just a huge heartfelt thank you to you people who have restored my hope. A big thank you to my Sunni brothers and sisters who have defended us with the ferocity of lions. I do hope that my prayers for all those who continue to support us are accepted on this Holy Month, and that we continue to unite for better days. I beg of you to keep this kindness in your heart, and continue to keep your hand in ours so we may progress together. Thank you.