King Abdullah (Khan n.d)
This is a picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia from 2005 until his death in 2015. He took power after the death of his stepbrother who succumbed to death in in the early 2005. He died recently at the age of ninety years after reported to be suffering from pneumonia. Besides, citizens celebrate him for uniting all the sheikhdoms under one umbrella governed by two mosques in which he was the custodian (Khan n.d).
The king is putting on an attire of Islamic origin insinuating that he is a Muslim by religion. A black cloth with a white veil and a black ring on the head holds the veil in position. The cloth has a brown shiny ends towards the arms. He is brown, with spectacles and well-trimmed bear heads. He is waving using both hands possibly to an audience not shown in the pictured. He seems aged, about eighty years of age. In addition, from the facial expression the king seems happy since smiles are evident on his face.
Additionally, on the background is the flag of the country he governs, Saudi Arabia. The flag is green in color with a white logo. The flag is wavering with some parts partially folded. On the further back is a grey background with its portion showing bright color symbolizing light illuminating at the point.
Clearly, the presence of the flag in the background shows patriotism and the urge to boost the performance of the nation and the people living in it.
According to the Arab News (2013), Ghazanfar Ali Khan, one of their staff took the photo on Monday 23 September 2013 during the celebration of the Kingdom’s National day. During this time, the king united all the disparate sheikhdoms into a single founder under the late King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul into two holy mosques. However, their socioeconomic and cultural systems neither changed nor modified.
Several other photos show the king in the above attire an indication of great achievement. In a different photograph, the king waves to the citizens during his campaigns or any event in which the citizens were pleased. Also resembling the picture is a picture he took when he appointed women in the senior representative council, the Shura council. Regardless of gender in the country, the king heralded the change and maintained the council should have twenty percent of women representatives (Shalim & Avi 14).
The king is wavering and putting a smile that resembles that of my father when he was vying for the position of a senator in a country in Africa. He could put a happy face and wave often to lure the citizens to vote him on the voting day. Besides, his Islamic attire reminds me our sheikh who addressed us while dressing in the same attire during major celebrations (Wagner 96).
On reasoning this out, king Abdullah greatly enjoyed support from his people and was always happy harmonizing the people he governed. Furthermore, he fought for gender equality in his kingdom bridging the rift between Saudi Arabia and other Countries such as the United States.
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Khan, Ghazanfar A. “King Abdullah lends new dimension to unification.” arab news [jubail] 23 Sept. 2013: n. pag. Print.
Shlaim, Avi, and Avi Shlaim. The Politics of Partition: King Abdullah, the Zionists, and Palestine, 1921-1951. New York: Columbia UP, 1990. Print.
Wagner, Heather L. King Abdullah Ii. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. Print.