Activists on social media circulated a photo documenting a bus in the streets of Kuwait, placing a map on which was written the Persian Gulf instead of the Arabian Gulf.
Appointment of the Persian Gulf (Persian Gulf) on the map (Persian Gulf)
Transportation company pic.twitter.com/IKgzIwKbPb
– Samia Makimi (@samiaalmikai) May 25, 2021
The photo sparked widespread anger in Kuwait, and activists demanded that it be removed and that the transportation company that belongs to the bus that carried the map be held accountable.
One of the tweeters saw that an Egyptian was behind publishing the map, and wrote: (If its character is not Egyptian, I will bear the response. It is intentional.)
If its character is not Egyptian, I can accept the response
– Al-Anzi bobender (@ naser7755) May 25, 2021
Another suggested launching the term (the Islamic Gulf), and wrote: (It is assumed that they call it the Islamic Gulf because of what might upset).
It is assumed that they call the Islamic Gulf, because it is upset
– Bosmakh (@ khj0yHdLnY9X5ho) May 26, 2021
Nachat said that this bus belongs to the KGL Transportation Company, noting that it is a private company such as City Bus.
This is followed by KGL, which is a private company such as CityBus
– ana wa bus (@ amani72433381) May 26, 2021
Another praised the strength of the observation of the documentary, and wrote: “A calamity. By God. There is no censorship and no follow-up.
calamity. I swear. There is no oversight and no follow-up.
I swear by God! Whoever notices this thing
– Kuwait was born ❤️Kuwait❤️ (@Love_akuwait) May 26, 2021
Another blamed the municipality, and said: “The responsibility lies with the municipality because it is the authority to license advertisements.”
Responsibility rests with the municipality, as it is the competent authority to license advertisements.
– Ahmed Saleh (@ buFahad59) May 26, 2021
Kuwait Municipality interacts
Which happened later, as Kuwait Municipality interacted with the event and removed the advertisement.
Al-Majlis newspaper, which is concerned with the news of the councils of the State of Kuwait, stated that MP Fayez Al-Jumhour thanked the Minister of Municipality, Shaya Al-Shaya and its General Director, Ahmed Al-Manfuhi, to remove an advertisement on a bus belonging to a company, on which he drew a map with the Persian Gulf written on it.
Persian Gulf on a “bus” in the streets of Kuwait
MP Fayez Al-Jamhour thanks Minister Shaya Al-Shaya and Ahmed Al-Manfuhi
To remove the “map of the Persian Gulf” from a bus
More: https://t.co/JuJoupK2WB pic.twitter.com/xwiZ8Q1KAg
– Boards (@ALmjalesAPP) May 27, 2021
The public indicated the necessity of investigating the owner of the advertisement and holding him accountable.
Arab Gulf or Persian?
The term Arab Gulf is still the only one adopted in the Arabic language, and it is used by all Arab League countries. It is also used by the United Nations in Arab documents and Arab geographical societies.
Whereas Iran uses the term Persian Gulf in its Arabic-speaking newspapers and media, and the term Basra Bay was also used, a name that was common in documents dating back to the Ottoman era, and is still used on a small scale in some Arab countries, especially Iraq.
As for the term Islamic Gulf, some thinkers put it to Khomeini, but he rejected it.
Previously, 307,000 Prime Time Zone voted on the Internet for the name (Persian Gulf), compared to about 127,000 votes for the name (Arabian Gulf).
The National Geographic newspaper in 2004 angered the Iranians when, in its eighth edition of the Atlas of the World, it mentioned the name (Al-Khaleej Al-Arabi) in parentheses and in lower case, under the name (Persian Gulf).
At the time, the Iranian authorities decided to ban the magazine in the country, and prevent its journalists from entering Iran.
In 2006, The Economist only used the word (Gulf), and Iran also banned it in the country, and the entry of its journalists was also banned.
While the Sports Federation of Islamic Solidarity, based in Riyadh, canceled the athletics championship that was to be hosted by Iran in April 2010 because the medals that were to be distributed by the Iranians bear the phrase (Persian Gulf).
Iran responded to this cancellation by announcing that it would ban every foreign airline that does not use the term (Persian Gulf) from entering its airspace.
The Iranians also closed the Egyptian pavilion at the Tehran International Book Fair after confiscating one of the books that mentioned the name (The Arabian Gulf).
The crisis reached its climax in 2010, when the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council described the insistence on naming this Gulf the Persian Gulf with laughter at history, saying that the Arab presence on the eastern coast of the Arabian Gulf has been continuous and historically proven for more than three thousand years, while the Persian presence there is new and does not return to more than three thousand years. From the Safavid state.
A copy of the Qur’an without Surat An-Nisa
In another context, Kuwait witnessed another situation that caused a sensation after the circulation of a copy of the Qur’an incomplete, which harms the words of God Almighty and represents a danger to the Islamic religion.
At the time, the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Kuwait, Issa Al-Kandari, addressed a letter to the Public Authority to take care of the printing and publishing of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet and their sciences. To provide him with a response to the actions taken by the Commission regarding the existence in the Gulf country of a copy of the Qur’an devoid of Surah (Women).
– ترند (@Trendnews) May 19, 2021
The Qur’ans of Kuwait are not
The Public Authority for the Care of the Printing and Publishing of the Noble Qur’an in the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowments confirmed at a later time that this copy was not from the Kuwaiti Qur’an issued by the Authority and was not from the Qur’an that the Commission authorized to print or circulate in the country.
The official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted the official spokesman for the authority, Mubarak Al-Hayyan, as saying that the authority, which is mandated to authorize the printing or issuance of the Noble Qur’an, prints and reviews the Qur’ans according to the best and most accurate technical specifications.
Al-Hayyan added: (Immediately after receiving a report from the minister to investigate the incident, the Director General of the Authority took prompt measures to refer the incident of circulation of the news of the existence of a commercial copy of the Holy Qur’an without Surah al-Nisa ‘) to the Public Prosecution to take the necessary measures towards investigating it to reach those who entered the country without obtaining permission from Commission).
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