Saudi security officer’s act of kindness caught on camera

Frame grabs from a video showing a security officer lending his shoes to a pilgrim who lost her slippers at the Grand Mosque.
Updated 12 August 2018

Saudi security officer’s act of kindness caught on camera

  • Viral video shows a security officer lending his shoes to a pilgrim who lost her slippers at the Grand Mosque

JEDDAH: The Arabic hashtag “Security guard takes his shoes off for an elderly woman” was trending in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
A video has gone viral showing a security guard in the Grand Mosque taking his shoes off and giving them to an elderly woman who was wearing slippers made of cardboard. The act of kindness was caught on camera and the video went viral on social media. People in the Kingdom expressed their joy and pride over the guard’s generosity and kindness toward a fellow human.
Tweeting in Arabic. @4n2qedasaCYsVAl said: “I repeated the video several times and each time, it effected me more. He did not hesitate, not even for a moment, he quickly took his shoes off to protect the woman from the hot asphalt, he did not think of his own feet. Saudis, how kind your hearts are, and how strong your faith in Allah is.”
“These are the ethics of our religion. Our security men have good in them, and they are the ones fit enough to serve the Grand Mosque’s guests (Pilgrims),” tweet Noura.

 


Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

  • “You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness,” Prince Khalid said
  • The ambassador encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it

LONDON: Riyadh does not seek conflict with Tehran but will not let “Iran’s meddling in the region” go unchecked, said the Saudi ambassador to Britain. 
“We do not seek conflict. We do not seek escalation. We have always been supporters of taking a firm stand against Iran. Our issue is not with the people of Iran, it is with the regime running the country,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan told the Daily Telegraph. 
“But we do not believe in appeasement. At no point in history has appeasement proved to be a successful strategy. You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness.”
France, Germany and the UK, three of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), triggered a “dispute resolution mechanism” recently in response to Iran ramping up its nuclear program in violation of the deal.
Prince Khalid criticized the JCPOA because it does not address “all the other things that Iran” is doing in the region.
“Iran’s meddling in the region is as challenging as the nuclear program. This is why we were concerned with the nuclear deal,” he said.
The ambassador also touched on recent allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“It is very easy for people to throw these unsubstantiated allegations against Saudi Arabia because they know that it is very difficult for Riyadh to defend itself when it does not have proper access to the details,” Prince Khalid said.
“We need to see the evidence before we make any response, because the evidence made public so far is circumstantial at best.”
Saudis do not always represent themselves well because they are “a reticent people and our culture does not push us to talking about ourselves,” he said. “We need to do a better job on showing the world who we really are.” 
The ambassador, who was appointed last year, encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it. 
“There are a lot of misconceptions about Saudi Arabia. We want people to come and see Saudi Arabia for themselves, and not rely on what they have read somewhere or heard somewhere to form their opinion of the country,” he said.
“There is plenty to see, and you will find a warm, generous and hospitable people there waiting to greet you.”