People commonly think that royalty always look down upon the common people and does not consider them worthy of importance, but the royalty of Saudi Arabia has proven otherwise. They have shown the world that in Muslim religion every person is worthy of respect be it non-Muslim or a Muslim. Recently a royal family of Saudi Arabia gave a farewell party for their driver who is a Sri Lankan non-Muslim and had worked for them for 33 years. Several people of the royal family attended the party which was held at the Prince Abdul Raman bin Farhan Al-Saud’s place in Riyadh.
76 years old driver, Watti, was nicknamed Samy by the royal family as a sign of affection. He said that he did not feel like a stranger in his 33-year tenure as a driver of the royal family. According to Samy, the royal family treated him like part of the family. This was the reason which encouraged him to stay working for 33 years with one employer. Samy affirmed the generosity of the Saudi royalty by stating an incident in which the prince of Saudi Arabia summoned him and gave SR 10, 000 after a relative of Samy had stolen the same amount from him. He said that he found affection, warmth and respect as well as good treatment under the royal employment. The fact that the prince called him ‘prince Samy jokingly, proved the good nature of the royal family.
Samy’s statement about him being a part of the family was reinforced by Prince Abdul Rahman’s grandson, Prince Mansour bin Saad Al-Saud, who said that he could not imagine the palace without Samy and always considered him a part and parcel of his family. A relative of the imperial family, Yousuf Al-Hadithi who is a university professor said that they decided to give Samy a farewell when he wanted to retire after his long service of 33 years, despite the fact that the royal family was very upset with his decision. He said his Samy’s tenure as a driver is characterized by sincerity and commitment.
This proved that the Saudi people whether they are royalty or commoners do not distinguish on the basis of religion. They respect their employees and treat them with utmost fairness. The image of the Saudi people as arrogant people is a wrong and unjust portrayal when they are humble, hospitable and friendly people. A person must have to be really satisfied with his job for a long term employment, Samy’s long tenure proves the great characteristics of the royal family, and otherwise he would have left the job early in his employment and found someone else with a higher salary.
The Saudis are considered one of the most generous people in the world not only because they are wealthy but because the religion Islam states this. Samy is just one example of the Saudi generosity; there must be many other non-Muslims who will be working for Saudis without any prejudice in the treatment from the employers.
Source: Arab News
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