Sunday, December 04, 2005

The American Hospital

"...These men! Who are they? Are they diplomats? Are they politicians? Merchants? No! These men have come here to teach us, and the Lord knows we are as ignorant as donkeys. They will build a hospital and take care of our sick. Everybody dies today. But when these men come, we shall have our sick attended to. The doctor wants something. I don't know what it is but I want to say publicly that whatever he wants, I am going to give it to him."

So spoke Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah - the 6th ruler of Kuwait (1896-1915), known as "Mubarak the Great" or "Mubarak Al Kabeer" - to his people, at the time the Arabian Mission of the Reformed Church of America was established in Kuwait.
Sheikh Mubarak prudently saw the advantages of setting up a hospital in Kuwait and was its greatest patron.
Although the original piece of land for the Mission compound was paid for by the Arabian Mission itself, Sheikh Mubarak donated an extra acre to square off the property.

Now despite his impolite speech, the man was GREAT. Could you imagine what could happen nowadays if such a mission was to do her job in Kuwait? I mean they would act as
لجنة التعريف بغير الإسلام
إذا كانوا المسلمين نفسهم مو بالعين بعض وكل واحد ينتقد دين الثاني وطقوسه. شراح يصير لو مثلا وجدت بعثة للتبشير باليهودية في الكويت؟
I've been quite busy lately preparing for Al Qurain Festival so I kinda swept away with the American Hospital thing. Preserving historical buildings is something we should thank the government for taking care of but ........ (Can you finish the sentence?)
After all it is a beautiful building
وحسافة فيه يظل بلا معنى
يا ريت المعرض يكون شي يسوى ويستاهل الافتتاح في مهرجان القرين
By the way, if any of you guys could get any information of where i might find any old pictures of the American Hospital. it would be much appreciated.


At 12/05/2005 1:07 AM, Blogger غريب said...

طولي بالك عزيزتي تري اخر العمر موت الموضوع مو مستاهل

At 12/08/2005 5:51 PM, Blogger ValenciaLover said...

Work is work ya غريب
and i must show some interest, after all it is a nice building. Have you seen it with the new work done on it?
7aram, what our men did to that building is really worth the appreciation.

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