Muscat: The State Council devoted its fifth ordinary sitting of the first annual session of the seventh term held yesterday, to paying rich tributes to Late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour.
At the beginning of the session, Al Fatiha was read to the spirit of the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said - may God have mercy and blessings on him.
Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, State Council Chairman started his speech by stating that the session was devoted to the memory of late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
He said: I am honoured to present this eulogy, which expresses our overwhelming feelings and sadness, which we are bearing with patience.
On the morning of the first day of the loss, the Omanis, led by Royal family members, were able to agree on the candidate referred by the late Sultan. His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik received the recognition of the late His Majesty in front of others.
He added: Omanis have proved to be authentic and generous people and Oman is a great nation having rich heritage, history, culture, values and principles that have shaped its personality since ancient times.
Immediately after overcoming the colossal loss, the nation pledged allegiance to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik .
The Council Chairman pointed out that the supreme speech of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik - delivered before the Council of Oman were words of memory dedicated to the late
Sultan, and the finest expression of loyalty to him, describing him as the dearest and purest man, and that a speech cannot define him and enumerate what he accomplished and built.
He affirmed the best tribute to the late Majesty, is to follow his right path, and to consolidate his steps, which he steadfastly and determinedly made towards a progressive future and preserve what he accomplished and build upon it.
He mentioned the masses of mourners who flocked to the Sultanate from different countries of the world, bringing with them the memories of the late Sultan, admiring his noble stances and original policy in various affairs concerning world issues; thereby symbolising Oman with an identity of a country that seeks security, stability, and understanding and dialogue to solve all problems by peaceful means.
He went on to say: Qaboos, by virtue of his religious, civil and military upbringing, whether inside the palace in the Sultanate or during his study and training abroad, was allowed to combine traditional culture with modern science, and it, along with the ancient customs and traditions of his noble family and Omani society in general. This contributed to the formation of his unique leadership personality and noble qualities and values that he is distinguished by, and known to everyone who lived with him, or contacted him among his people and citizens, or his visitors and counterparts from different countries of the world.
He added: The personality of the late Sultan in itself is an integrated educational school: we learned many lessons of life; love for the homeland and people, self-denial, justice, dream and optimism, tolerance, calmness, rational dialogue, knowledge of news of nations and their history, analysis of political events and their corridors, appreciation of science and scholars, respect for the principles of religion, values of society, its customs and traditions, attention to discipline and order, and celebration of arts among other things.
He continued, His Majesty, when he began to issue orders to the officials; to implement something that matters to the country and the citizens; he examined it and discussed it with the specialists, and looked at its implications from various aspects and human dimensions first.
One of the most important decisions, which has had the greatest impact in leading the Sultanate towards transformation, was the development of the education system and its dissemination throughout the country, despite the scarcity of potential, as well as the development of the country’s infrastructure to meet His Majesty’s plan to complete the process of modernisation and development for the Sultanate.
He added: It was the late Sultans desire to extend the hand of friendship to all the countries of the world without exception, and the accession of the Sultanate to all international organisations: which accelerated the Sultanate’s involvement in the international system, and earned it respect and appreciation of all the countries of the world.
The issuance of the Basic Law of the State in 1996, clarified the nature of the state, the principles directed to its policy, the system of government, the rights and public duties, the functions of the Head of State, the Council of Ministers, the Council of Oman and the specialized councils.
At the end of his speech, he prayed to Allah to bless the dear deceased with his mercy and forgiveness.
He also prayed to Almighty to grant our Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, with good health and wellness, and our dear Oman under the auspicious reign of His Majesty, security, stability, goodness and prosperity.
Subsequently, both Dr Abdullah bin Rashid bin Aziz Al Siyabi and Dr Abdullah bin Abdulqadir bin Abdurrahman Al Kamali prayed for the spirit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said - may God rest his soul .
Following this, Mohammed bin Ali bin Nassir Al Alawi, in his speech said: Our beloved late Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s accomplishments and great glories cannot be summed up in a few minutes, and summate his efforts that enabled the prosperous era of Oman, presented it with a glorious past, constructed its happy present, and laid the foundations for this state. The late Sultan drove the modernism that built its structures, established its rules and pillars, and established justice, compassion and benevolence and provided science and knowledge and generated skills of its people.
He added, “Oman is the progressed state that you promised to your faithful people, in the early days of the dawn of the Blessed Renaissance which includes the state of law and institutions and good governance, wisdom, sophistication and good opinion, tolerance and peace, love and harmony, security, safety and human rights. ”
The nation today embodies the late Sultans goodwill, farsightedness, critical insight, enlightened conscious thought, and profound belief that man has nothing but what he sought, and that his endeavor will be seen, and rewarded with fuller reward.