Invisible heroes deserve our respect and gratitude

Invisible heroes deserve our respect and gratitude

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A billboard displays instructions on containing the spread of the coronavirus, in Riyadh. (Reuters)

As coronavirus infections surged in our Kingdom, employees, citizens and residents have heeded the call to stay at home to limit the transmission of the disease. But invisible heroes are still on the front lines, scrubbing down surfaces, cleaning our streets and placing their health at risk while they work day and night to serve the community. 

Though they might be standing merely a few feet away from us, they reside thousands of miles away from their families, working hard and effortlessly, all for the sake of providing for their families. They are our street sweepers and our cleaners. These are our invisible heroes, who perform their diligent duties by keeping our streets clean and removing harm from our neighborhoods, all while doing it alone. 

The Prophet Muhammad is an adaptation of trust and truthfulness, for he was called As-Sadiq Al-Ameen due to his noteworthy noble qualities. He lived among his people — the people of Makkah — for 40 years before he was sent as a prophet, and they never heard him lie or be treacherous. He endured their abuse, their hostility, their rejection of the truth and his message after he received the message from the Almighty. He endured it all, and yet they still entrusted him with their money and precious goods, for they had never found anyone more honest and loyal than the Prophet.

Honesty and integrity, once pledged by society, improves its vitality, leading to an authentic life and the development of consistency and competence, elevating and strengthening a community. They are two traits that cannot be adopted unless we lead by example, follow the true leaders who know their values, the rules they will abide by and the values they are committed to upholding with every segment of our society, including the weakest. 

Honesty and integrity, once pledged by society, improves its vitality, leading to an authentic life.

Prince Turki bin Talal 

It is our social responsibility, rooted in our Arab traits of generosity and preserving dignity, to thank the invisible heroes for their honest day’s work and for protecting our community. Prophet Muhammad once said in his Hadith: “You gain no victory or livelihood except through (the blessings and invocations of) the poor amongst you.”

For our cleaners, the honor and integrity in the manner with which they perform their jobs are deserving of our respect and our gratitude. 

  • Prince Turki bin Talal is Governor of Aseer Region.
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