World’s News Agencies are talking about Kuwait Unity after Mosque’s Incident

July 3, 2015

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The victims of the attack were declared martyrs of the nation. The country’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was among the first to visit the bombed mosque, while tens of thousands of Kuwaitis took to social media to express national unity and adherents of both sects joined together in communal prayers to reject sectarianism. via Upstreamonline

This time the attack seems to have backfired, at least for now. Instead of fueling the kind of sectarian animosity that has devastated Iraq and Syria, the Kuwait attack has reawakened a sense of national solidarity not seen since Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion. Via SeatlleTImes

Within 24 hours of the attack, billboards across Kuwait went up showing an image of the Kuwaiti flag wrapped around a hand, with the slogan: “We stand as one.” One of the landmark Kuwait Towers was graced with an illuminated message of condolence that referred to those killed as martyrs.

Sunni activists have taken to social media urging Sunnis to pray at Shiite mosques. Kuwaiti celebrities appear in television commercials speaking about unity, while four of the country’s best-known singers recorded and released a song within hours of the blast praising Kuwait’s history of coexistence.

The ruling emir, Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, surprised many by arriving at the scene of the blast within an hour of the explosion. A YouTube video of him touring the site soon went viral.

All differences melted away and everyone was fighting against a single enemy, for a single cause. This is the same scenario, only we are fighting an ideology,

Following a suicide attack on a mosque, many Kuwaitis have reacted by publicly rejecting sectarianism and calling for unity on their social media accounts.

Hundreds of Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait’s grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any attempt to stir sectarian division a week after an Islamic State staged the country’s deadliest militant attack. Via Reuters

Sunnis and Shi’ites pray together at Kuwait’s grand mosque for unity after deadly bombing.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah visited the Al-Imam Al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City only minutes after the attack by IS. Via Tribune

“The Kuwaiti people gave yet another example of national unity — We became united as we were during the Iraqi invasion” in 1990, the senior cleric at the targeted mosque, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mazeedi, said at the same reception.

Shia MP Yousef al-Zalzalah said in parliament: “The Kuwaiti people have sent a clear message to terrorists that you will never divide this society.”

Kuwaiti political analyst Dhafer al-Ajmi said that if anything the bombing had brought Kuwaitis closer together.

“We must win this war against terror and to do so we must end discrimination and instigation,” against Shias, MP Khalil Abul, a Shia, said in the debate.

The ruling emir, Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, surprised many by arriving at the scene of the blast within an hour of the explosion. A YouTube video of him touring the site soon went viral.


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