Proud of You

Faris Bin Hizam has complained that some great accomplishments by the men and women of this country do not receive the attention they deserve in the mainstream media. He is right. That’s why I want to dedicate this post to these great people, especially women. I want to celebrate them and let the world know that our women are making a difference not just for Saudi Arabia but for the whole world.

I am proud of Dr. Huwaida Al Guthami, the heart surgeon at Prince Sultan Cardiac Center who pioneered some of most recent advancements in this field. Dr. Al Guthami was recently awarded with the King Faisal medallion of the fourth degree.

I am proud of Dr. Khawla Al Kuraya, the senior scientist at KFSH & RC and the director of research center at KFNCCC&R. She has recently received the Harvard University Scientific Achievement Award.

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buthainaI am proud of Buthaina Al Nassr, the first Saudi female news anchor. Buthaina was the first face to welcome the viewers at the launch of Al Ekhbariya news channel, and she continues to deliver some of the best reporting work on local issues on television.

These three women and many others work hard everyday to make life better for all of us. In addition to them, there are millions who do the same away from the limelight. Take my grandmother for example: although she was widowed twice when she was young, she worked hard to support her family and raised all of her children to become contributing members to their society. When my father (may his soul rest in peace) said he wants to leave school and get a job to help the family she firmly refused and insisted that he continues his education. He became a teacher and his brother became a dentist, and till this day, there is nothing my family puts more emphasis on than education. I am proud of her, and I am thankful that she continues to bless our life with her prayers and wisdom.

12 thoughts on “Proud of You

  1. May God bless your Father’s & Grandmother’s souls.
    And God bless YOU and all the men & women of this country who are working hard to make a difference.

    كل عام و انت بخير و تقبل الله طاعتكم و صيامك

  2. Thanks Ahmed for presenting yet another good side of women in KSA. It is great ones like these that are capable of bringing about the needed changes in the country. I am glad you posted the pictures unedited ie with real faces uncovered. Somehow you could not do that when your cousin married. But I understand the dilemma you must have faced – to post the bride’s picture unveiled or not. Perhaps when you marry it would be easier for you…

  3. You are right to be proud of your gran. The old saying is ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’…so true… i too was brought up to believe education is the key & have tried to instill this in my daughter…

    Thank u for posting on Saudi women, forgive me but my knowledge in this area is only begininng and your post helps in my understanding..Ta for that…i’ll definitely be back and keep reading…g

  4. I am constantly amazed at the achievements of Saudi women. I supposedly have many more opportunities (as a western woman), yet I am way, way behind so many of them!

  5. Barikallah! I love Buthayna Nasser. I’ve seen a few clips of her on YouTube, standing her ground (and ground for Muslim women everywhere) against some conservative imams.
    And people think that we Muslim women all sit at home!

  6. We are also proud of your grandmothr and all saudi women who devote their lives for their families and country. These moslem women who make this country great. We consider them heros and we love them. May Allah pless them.

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