This photo was taken the weekend before last. I was holding two year-old Tameem’s hand and looking at the Manama skyline.
As I look at the photo I find myself wondering about the future of this country. I find myself hoping and praying.
I want him to grow up in a hate-free Bahrain. I want him to grow up – and grow old – in a society free of sectarianism, violence and polarisation.
I want him to grow up in a country whose foundation is based on love, compassion, mutual trust and understanding. I want him and his siblings – and all the children of Bahrain – to know how to forgive and consider our differences a strength, not a source of conflict.
I want their tolerant, compassionate Bahrain to be a beacon for other countries to follow. I want him and his generation to talk about the lessons they learnt from the 2011 crisis, and how it laid the foundation for further reforms, that made Bahrain stronger and better than it ever was.
Can it be done? Yes, if we all believe, and if we all stop hating and if we all work on it together. There’s a lot of work to be done, but with God’s grace we’ll overcome the pain, and rebuild this magical island into one of the greatest nation’s on earth.