The famous Kuwaiti thinker, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nafisi, announced a decision that he is seriously considering taking these days, which is to retire from “public work,” and what he meant, as he said, is “public awareness.”
Abdullah Al-Nafisi said in a tweet monitored by “Watan”, (I am seriously thinking these days of retiring (public work) enough for the past half a century. The last tweet was on 7/26 of this year. We ask God for forgiveness).
I’m seriously thinking these days about retiring (public work) and what was meant by it (public awareness). Half a century has passed. The last tweet was on 7/26 of this year. We ask God’s forgiveness.
– Dr. Abdullah Alnefisi (@DrAlnefisi) September 1, 2021
Abdullah Al-Nafisi is considering retiring
The decision of the thinker Al-Nafisi sparked a wide interaction on social media platforms, as he is one of the thinkers who have provided a lot to Arab peoples in raising awareness and advice over the past years.
Many of the predictions made by Kuwaiti thinker Abdullah Al-Nafisi were right, from his talk about the rulers of the Emirates to Israeli normalization through the current situation in Arab countries.
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The singer Shukri Ahmed Al-Fattah commented on Al-Nafisi’s decision, saying to him: “God has imposed on you the duty not to conceal knowledge and to take over on the Day of March, and we are at a time when we need your knowledge and experience in understanding the reality surrounding us far from polishing a party or organizing our beloved doctor. For every person, you have a country, and for every nation, what I thought about was taking over on the day of the crawl, so do not be a coward and stingy.”
God has imposed on you the duty not to conceal knowledge and to take over on the day of the crawl, and we are at a time when we need your knowledge and experience in understanding the reality surrounding us, far from polishing a party or organizing our beloved doctor. Don’t be a coward and stingy
– Shukri Ahmed Al Fattah (@shukrifattaha) September 1, 2021
While Mohsen Al-Hajri said: “Doctors like you do not retire because they have a message of reform, and the nation is still in dire need of reformers like you until the Hour of Resurrection.”
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And he added: “I ask Almighty God to make (the fifty years) a beacon for more years in the cause of God, until certainty comes to you, and you are firm, supporter of truth, and a fighter in the cause of God.” So be patient until you meet the Prophet at the Basin.
Doctors like you do not retire because they have a message of reform, and the nation is still in dire need of reformers like you until the Hour of Resurrection.
I ask Almighty God to make (the fifty years) a beacon for more years in the cause of God, until certainty comes to you, and you are steadfast, supporter of the truth, and a fighter in the cause of God.
“So be patient until you meet the Prophet at the Basin.”
— Mohsen Fahd Al-Shahwani Al-Hajri (@Mohsen_AlHajri) September 1, 2021
While Jamil Al-Hithi called, Dr. Al-Nafisi to reverse his decision.
Dr. Abdullah, please reconsider the decision. There are still those who need your voice, opinion and words
— Gamil Alhaithy | Jamil Alhaithy (@Gamilalhaithy) September 1, 2021
May God make it easy for you doctor.. it has benefited and Prime Time Zone are witnesses to God on earth..
And I hope that it is just a thought.. only.. the frequent events still make us need.. your humble proposal.
— Faisal Al-Otaibi (@otibi___9) September 1, 2021
Abdul Sattar Al-Jilani sent a message to Dr. Al-Nafisi saying to him: “Like you, he does not have the right to retire because your duty, Doctor, is great, and it is: to educate the youth of the nation who are mired in intellectual and political chaos, floundering randomly, they do not know the truth until it is too late, and you are the one who teaches your students.” Knowledge and learning up to the cemetery, may God bless your life and give you more of His bounty.
Like you, he doesn’t have the right to retire
Because your duty, Doctor, is great, and it is: to educate the youth of the nation who are mired in intellectual and political chaos, floundering randomly, they do not know the truth until it is too late, and you are the one who teaches your students: knowledge and learning until the cemetery, may God bless your life and give you more of His bounty •• •
— Abdul Sattar Jilani (@AlAbdalsatar) September 1, 2021
Who is Abdullah Al-Nafisi?
Al-Nafisi is a prominent Kuwaiti politician who worked as a professor of political science at the universities of Kuwait and the UAE.
He was elected as a deputy in the National Assembly in 1985, and was a political advisor to the President of the National Assembly between 1992 and 1996.
Al-Nafisi and the black box that caused a sensation
The thinker and former Kuwaiti MP Abdullah Al-Nafisi had sparked controversy beyond his country’s borders due to the man’s frankness in presenting his ideas and recovering many of his memories and confrontational stances, through a series of meetings broadcast on YouTube, which observers linked to his summoning for investigation, and even the attempt to assassinate him from an unknown party.
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Over a period of about four months, the “Al-Qabas Electronic” channel broadcast 32 dialogue episodes of the “Black Box” program with Al-Nafisi (75 years), who opened dozens of sensitive files from his black box full of secrets, mysteries and bold ideas.
Since the broadcast of the first episodes, Al-Nafisi has sparked a sharp controversy, as usual, on the communication sites and the media, forcing his media host, Ammar Taqi, to host him in four additional episodes after the end of the series, in order to answer the many questions and criticisms that affected the program and the guest, in parallel with hundreds of comments and tweets that praised him. .
Al-Nafisi began recounting his memories by returning to the origins of his Najdi family before their displacement to Kuwait in the late nineteenth century, then he was sent with his brother by their father in the early fifties to “Victoria” College in Cairo, which was one of the most important European boarding schools in the region, where it was completed by British educational staff primary, preparatory and secondary education.
Among the remarkable stations mentioned by the Kuwaiti thinker, he decided to cut off his studies of medicine in Britain as soon as he learned about the ideas of atheists, and he returned to his country to devote himself to learning the origins of his religion, considering that this ideological foundation was necessary before continuing his education in any other field.
This interruption was the reason for him to change his direction later towards political science, in which he obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in the early seventies, after specializing in Shiite political thought and his role in the region.
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In this illustrated biography, Al-Nafisi revealed the revolutionary aspect of his personality. When he was surprised by his teacher, Professor Jalal Sadiq Al-Azm, as he spread his atheistic ideas through the pulpit of the American University in Beirut, Al-Nafisi – a student in his twenties – sought to provoke a state of popular and religious rejection of Al-Azm’s ideas, then led demonstrations Student demands to drop him, forcing the university administration finally to dismiss him from work.
When Al-Nafisi returned to his country to head the political science department at Kuwait University, he led a strike with his colleagues in favor of the educational institution’s independence from power, and then published a book entitled “Kuwait.. The Other Opinion” in which he protested the dissolution of the National Assembly (Parliament), to obtain his punishment by dismissal from his academic work. and confiscation of his passport.
Al-Nafisi also spoke during the program about his political and intellectual clashes under the dome of Parliament when he became a deputy in the mid-eighties, as well as on state television when he was presenting a talk show entitled “The Round Table,” and even in the so-called diwaniyas, one of which was taken by the security forces to the center the police.
He revealed dozens of situations that he experienced during his meetings with personalities who created the political reality in the region, such as the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar, senior Shiite figures in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, and many presidents, officials and thinkers.
Among the opinions that sparked controversy in this series, Al-Nafisi repeated his criticism of the authority in his country and in the rest of the region, considering that it is governed by a “desert organization” and lacks political acumen. “If this situation does not end, history will go down in its surgical operations.”
He also recalled his memories of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s, speaking of his insistence at the time to hold the authority accountable for its positions, and the need to reform the internal situation after the liberation of Kuwait to restore confidence between the citizen and the authority.
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