Manama– King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has stressed the strong link between Bahrain and the values of tolerance and acceptance.
In a message addressed to Bahrainis and residents of Bahrain as the world celebrates the International Day for Tolerance, the King said that the values of tolerance and acceptance were an integral part of the Bahraini character and culture and that all people should have and protect them like all previous generations did in the past.
King Hamad pointed out that Bahrain is built on the values of tolerance, openness and co-existence, which has made it “an oasis of peace for all religions, creeds and ethnicities.”
“We can see today how citizens and residents live and work together in harmony, regardless of their origins, and this reflects the prevalence of tolerance among Bahraini people and their determination to upkeep it,” said the King.
King Hamad said the tolerance of Bahrain’s society is reflected in the co-existence of mosques, churches, and Hindu and Jewish temples, adding that “this is a unique sight that has remained over several centuries as a visible sign of tolerance and a source of great pride.”
The King pointed out that tolerance is not only a principle that generates pride, but also a value that is deeply anchored in Bahraini traditions and the true teachings of Islam. Tolerance is also an urgent necessity for economic and social progress for all people across the world, added King Hamad.
“Since we assumed the duty of ruling the country, we have shouldered the responsibility of preserving Bahrain’s cosmopolitan society and respecting plurality to the extent that such values have been enshrined in our constitution and national laws,” King said.
King Hamad also pointed out that celebrating tolerance is the Bahraini model of respecting, accepting and appreciating the rich diversity of theworld’s cultures.
The King reiterated that any form of tampering with the principles of religion or sects is not accepted in the Kingdom, adding that those who do not accept tolerance do not possess any Bahraini values.