OPINION: Saudi National Day—Celebrating Unity, Resilience, and Aspirations


The illustrious history and the ongoing achievements of our nation are a source of immense pride and love for all its citizens

In a momentous epic, characterized by unwavering determination and a small but resolute army, victory was ultimately achieved after a fierce and close-fought battle within the walls of Masmak Castle. This historic battle showcased the remarkable courage and military competence of those involved, leaving a lasting impression on historians and thinkers alike.

Beyond its immediate significance, this epic imparted valuable lessons in the art of military strategy, the establishment of states, and the realization of ambitious dreams.

As a consequence of this remarkable victory, the heroic figure, King Abdulaziz, may God have mercy on him, achieved a pivotal milestone. On the morning of the fifth of Shawwal in the year 1319 AH, equivalent to January 15, 1902 AD, he successfully reclaimed Riyadh, the historic capital of his ancestors. With resolute determination, he embarked on a mission to unify the nation and its diverse people, setting the stage for a transformative era in the country’s history.

Following an unwavering and valiant struggle that spanned over three decades, marked by unflagging efforts and significant sacrifices, this remarkable journey culminated in a historic achievement. The great Saudi homeland, vast as a continent in its expanse, witnessed the realization of an unparalleled triumph—a record-setting unification effort that stands as an unprecedented achievement in contemporary history.

This endeavor not only united the diverse regions but also heralded the longest and most significant instance of Arab unity witnessed in recent times.

In the wake of the successful unification of the Kingdom, a momentous royal decree was issued, officially christening it as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This historic decree came into effect on the 21st of Jumada al-Awwal in the year 1351 AH, corresponding to September 23, 1932 AD. This date holds profound significance in the collective memory of the Saudi people, carrying immense influence and motivation in the hearts and minds of all Saudis.

As we come together to celebrate, we mark the 93rd anniversary of this joyous occasion on September 23, 2023.

As we joyously celebrate this momentous National Day, we remain mindful of the noble objectives that underpin this commemoration. Our celebrations serve as a poignant reminder of the paramount importance of fostering national unity and nurturing a deep love for our cherished homeland, particularly among the youth and younger generations.

Additionally, this occasion reinforces our unwavering loyalty to our esteemed leadership and underscores our profound sense of belonging to our beloved homeland.

The expressions of love for one’s homeland are deeply rooted in our culture and history, with profound significance. One of the most poignant references to this love comes from our revered Messenger, Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.

He spoke passionately of his affection for Mecca, referring to it as a land of goodness and expressing the depth of his attachment, lamenting that only the expulsion by his people forced him to leave. His words resonate with the sentiment that Mecca held a special place in his heart.

Likewise, the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, also expressed his love for Medina, beseeching God to make it dear to his followers, just as Mecca was beloved, or even more so.

These sentiments highlight the profound connection between a person and their homeland, emphasizing the deep-rooted affection and longing that individuals can harbor for the places that hold special significance in their lives.

Indeed, the blessings bestowed upon our Saudi homeland are numerous, and among the most paramount of these blessings is the gift of security and safety. Security within our homelands is a fundamental necessity sought by people everywhere. It serves as the cornerstone of peace and stability, allowing individuals to live their lives free from fear and uncertainty.

In reflection, we are reminded of the timeless wisdom found in the request of the Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, to his Lord, Glory be to Him. His foremost plea was for the safety and security of the land.

This underscores the intrinsic importance of security as the foundation upon which all aspects of life, including worship and prosperity, can be built. A secure homeland not only brings peace to its inhabitants but also paves the way for progress, development, and the fulfillment of individual and collective aspirations.

The wisdom of ensuring security within a land is not only a matter of human concern but also a divine one. As emphasized in the Quran, in the words of the Almighty, “And when Abraham said, ‘My Lord, make this country safe'”, it is a fundamental prayer and aspiration. This divine verse underscores the paramount significance of establishing security within a nation, as it lays the foundation for the proper practice of worship and devotion.

In times of turmoil and unrest, an individual’s ability to wholeheartedly worship their Lord can be greatly hindered by the pervasive fear and anxiety that accompanies such circumstances. Security and stability within one’s homeland are not merely worldly concerns, they hold profound spiritual implications.

The illustrious history and the ongoing achievements of our nation are a source of immense pride and love for all its citizens. When we reflect on our country’s honorable past and its remarkable accomplishments in the present, it instills in us a deep sense of affection and admiration for our homeland.

On this significant day, the Saudi people rightfully take pride in their homeland, its sovereignty, and its prominent position on the global stage.

Saudi Arabia’s influence extends far beyond its borders, as it plays a pivotal role in shaping the course of international events, both in the present and for the future. This global influence is underscored by numerous examples of the nation’s impact on the world stage.

One such noteworthy example is the recent Economic Corridor Agreement discussed during the G20 Summit held in India. This transformative initiative establishes vital connections between India, the Middle East, and Europe, with Saudi Arabia serving as a central and indispensable hub in this ambitious project. This agreement demonstrates the country’s significance in fostering international cooperation and driving economic progress.

This day serves as a poignant reminder for Saudis, evoking feelings of pride, victory, unwavering resolve, and visionary leadership. It is a day that brings into sharp focus the sacrifices and dedicated efforts of our forefathers, who made the most invaluable sacrifices to ensure that our homeland would always hold a cherished and esteemed place.

We pay tribute to the brave soldiers and individuals who, through their selfless acts, laid down their lives in service to our beloved homeland. Their sacrifices are a testament to the indomitable spirit of our nation, and we hold their memory close to our hearts.

It is essential to remember that a nation’s history is the bedrock upon which its present and future stand. Our homeland boasts a storied and illustrious history, crafted by great men who were willing to give their all so that our nation would continue to stand tall and proud, even in the face of adversity and the animosity of detractors.

Today, we remain steadfast in our commitment to carry forward the legacy of these great individuals, dedicating our strength and determination to the enduring journey they set us on.

We collectively take immense pride in witnessing the extraordinary renaissance our country is currently undergoing—a transformation that has surpassed all prior expectations. This remarkable journey is guided by the sagacious leadership that is diligently working against the clock to elevate both the status of the Saudi citizen and our nation to a position of global leadership across all domains.

Our aspirations and dreams find a powerful catalyst in the visionary 2030 vision—a bold and ambitious blueprint for the future. This vision artfully intertwines the noble heritage of our past, the prosperity we currently enjoy, and the radiant potential of our future.

Our nation, by the grace of God, has emerged as a global exemplar of progress, security, safety, and prosperity. It stands today as Great Saudi Arabia, a title we proclaim with profound pride and unwavering confidence.

Our beloved homeland has become a symbol of pride and solace, a source of inspiration for those who have faced life’s disappointments and the hardships of their own lands.

From across Arab and Muslim nations and from every corner of the world, many have sought refuge and opportunities within our borders. In Saudi Arabia, they have found not only a sanctuary but also opportunities for meaningful work and the promise of a decent life.

Our nation’s welcoming embrace serves as a beacon of hope and a testament to the inclusivity and generosity that define our great country.

The world’s attention is perpetually drawn to Saudi Arabia, recognizing its pivotal role and significant geopolitical advantages. Our nation has ascended to a position of power and influence on the global stage, a testament to the far-reaching impact of our actions and the astute leadership that guides us.

Under the guidance of our exceptional leadership, Saudi Arabia has harnessed all available advantages and resources within the nation to secure a position of global prominence. Our strategic efforts have yielded tangible results, positioning us as a nation that plays a critical role in shaping international affairs and contributing to the betterment of the world.

The splendid days of our homeland endure, and we fervently beseech the Almighty, the ever-living God, to safeguard and bestow success upon the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Trustworthy Crown Prince. May our nation remain shielded from the malevolence of aggressors and the cunning schemes of those who seek harm.

As we mark this occasion, we extend our warmest wishes for a prosperous and harmonious new year for our beloved country. May it continue to flourish under the watchful care of its dedicated leaders, and may the spirit of unity and progress prevail, ensuring a future of peace and prosperity for all its citizens.

Major General Khaled Almraeed is specialized in military and strategic affairs. He is the author of a book on the restoration of Riyadh 1319 from a military and strategic perspective. He tweets under @khaledalmraeed.

Share post:



For Kuwait’s new emir, Saudi ties are seen as key

Kuwait (Reuters) - Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah was named...

Pope Francis deplores Israeli killings of civilians at Gaza church

Vatican City (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday again...

Palestinians must find new path from Israeli rule after war, top official says

Ramallah (Reuters) - Immediately after Israel's war in Gaza...

Israel says it struck Hezbollah sites after attacks from Lebanon

Jerusalem/Beirut (Reuters) - Israel said on Sunday it had...