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HM King Hamad Honours Isa Award Laureate
09 : 50 PM - 26/05/2013

Manama-May-26(BNA)His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in the presence of His Royal the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, patronized today a ceremony held at Isa Cultural Center to honor the winner of 2011-2012 Isa Award for Service to Humanity, Dr. Jameela Mahmood, the founder of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia).
On arrival, HM the King was received by Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Isa Award for Service to Humanity, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.
HM the King delivered the following speech:
In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
It is a memorable day, both in the life of this nation and personally, to be celebrating the life of our father, His Highness Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, may he rest in peace, and to take this time to remember his qualities and the merits of his humanity.

On this occasion, we should take time to consider the values and principles which he embodied, and which, after he left us, have remained in our hearts as facts of love, kindness and loyalty.

And so we have decided to inaugurate this award bearing his name, the Isa Award For Service To Humanity, which today celebrates its first session, to serve as a role model, a catalyst, and a beacon that illuminates the lives of Bahrain's dedicated sons and daughters, helps them lay the foundations for coexistence, and promotes the virtues of humanitarian service.

There are many pictures of our father; the leader and the man who built a strong, unified nation open to the world and humanity; pictures still present with us till today.

He was the Prince and Commander in Chief, the father of all, a brother to all, friend of every one of his people and a great man, who was loved and respected by the whole world.

A man who gave us so much humanitarian credit that shall remain with us for generations to come, a man who was the truest embodiment of Bahrain's tolerance, humanity and urbanization.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

When we established this Award, and issued a decree to modify it, we were determined to ensure that the winner would be fully deserving of this honor, regardless of any ideological or geographical or national consideration.

The Award's ultimate purpose is dedication to serving humanity. An award that crosses borders, an award to honor the most noble human qualities.

This Award reflects our firm belief that the people of Bahrain are an exemplary model of harmony and brotherhood, their relationships built on strong foundations, and living in an atmosphere of democratic openness, through the consolidation of principles such as coexistence, solidarity, and tolerance.

The same values by which His Highness father Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, may he rest in peace, lived have inspired many by his sincere humility, his proximity to his people in good times and bad, and in his helping his people reach their aspirations, making them open to the world.

The life and achievements of the late Amir are an incentive for each person seeking and working to serve mankind by trying to alleviate human suffering wherever it is happening, and we stand here to appreciate and pay respect to those people who work to serve humanity without waiting for worldly rewards, yet only seek that their work is accepted by Allah.

Brothers and sisters,

It is an immense pleasure that the first person to win this Award is a virtuous lady, famous for her distinctive achievements in the field of helping individuals and groups, whether in her native land, Malaysia, or anywhere on earth where a need for humanitarian intervention exists: Dr. Jameela Mahmood.

The path of Dr. Jameela Mahmood is paved by selflessness and dedication to spreading humanitarian work and raising awareness of human rights.

Her remarkable work began by her personal efforts to help people in need in her country, and she subsequently expanded her mission to engage various institutions, and both public and private organizations, to contribute to humanitarian efforts inside and outside Malaysia.

As we express our heartfelt congratulations to Dr Jameela Mahmood, we would also like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, members of the Board, Nominating Committee and the arbitral tribunal for their all effort, diligence and high standards of objectivity and fairness, and their impartiality in the selection of the winner.

As this Award highlights the nature of the Bahraini people's benevolent characteristics of solidarity and brotherhood and their selfless nature in trying to ease the suffering of humans anywhere in the world, we would like to invite young people again to work for the future of this nation and the good of humanity, thankful for their presence to celebrate this Award, which commemorates our late father, Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, may he rest in peace.

We ask Allah that Isa Award for Service to Humanity adds value to, and is supportive of, humanitarian work, both in the Kingdom of Bahrain and around the world.

We also hope that this Award becomes a beacon that evokes the principles and works of His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and of his humility and love of humanity, may his soul rest in peace.

Peace and God's mercy and blessings be upon you

Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Isa Award for Service to Humanity, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa then delivered a speech, during which, he expressed his pride in chairing the board of trustees of the Award, which was initiated by HM the King in memory of the late Amir of the Kingdom of Bahrain, HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, so as to remember his sincere and outstanding efforts in serving humanity.

Shaikh Mohammed added that the late Amir had accomplished great achievements for humanity in Bahrain and established kind relations with everybody, pointing out that the Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described him as the friend of peace, and the Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called him the supporter of regional and world's stability for years.

Shaikh Mohammed affirmed the great contribution of the late Amir in the political, economic and social fields for 4 decades, during which he worked with his brother HRH the Prime Minister on developing Bahrain's human resources, economic progress, international relations and social welfare.

Shaikh Mohammed asserted that through winning the award, Dr. Jameela Mahmood reflects the appreciation toward women's essential humanitarian role in the world, congratulating her and wishing her further success. He also expressed his sincere thanks to the Royal Charity Organization (RCO), members of the board of trustees, General Secretariat, nominating and arbitral committees, as well as all parties who supported and positively contributed in the success of this noble humanitarian work.

Then, a documentary on the life of Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa was presented regarding his work in charity and humanitarian relief. After that, the Head of the award's nomination committee Professor Jan Paulson made a speech during which he said that it was an honor for him to preside on the nominating committee.

He also asserted that the award is a wonderful initiative which enabled him to contribute to the promotion of its philanthropic objectives. He added that the first meeting of the committee took place in Manama 2010 and was followed by a number of meetings in London, pointing out that the members interacted with philanthropic foundations and non-governmental institutions to identify sources of information about possible recipients of the award.

Professor Paulson asserted that such an award should be thought of as an investment in the promotion of good values, adding that the recognition that comes with the award shines a spotlight on someone who deserves to be a role model. He stressed that only through such values, children will understand that human greatness lies in simplicity and altruism, adding that their models should be people who care more for others than themselves. Then, a documentary on Dr. Jameela Mahmood's achievements was presented showing her efforts in disaster prevention and relief, education, community service, environment protection, climate change, and poverty alleviation.

Later, HM the King honored the winner of Isa Award for service to humanity Dr. Jameela Mahmood. Dr. Jameela expressed her honor in being the winner of the award, saying that she heard much praise regarding the late Amir HH Shaikh Isa with much love and admiration who shared with the world, a great vision and generosity.

She applauded HM the King's decision to establish the award which is the first of its kind in the Gulf and Muslim world, saying that innovation is clearly demonstrated in Bahrain's leadership and forward thinking. She pointed out that her humanitarian action stemmed from solidarity and responsibility to ensure the rights of those who are faced with crises and strengthen them beyond aid and relief. She added that MERCY Malaysia organization's goal is to influence all sectors to play a role in and beyond humanitarian assistance while focusing on reducing vulnerability to crises, whether they be conflict or natural hazard related. Finally, Dr. Jameela expressed thanks and appreciation to HM the King and the people of Bahrain for their warmth and hospitality.

HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa then held a lunch banquet at Al Gudhaibiya Palace, which was attended by HRH the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, members of the royal family, Speakers of the Shura and Representatives Councils, ministers, Dr. Jameela Mahmood, the founder of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society and her accompanying delegation as well as a number of guests who were attending the ceremony to honor the winner of 2011-2012 Isa Award for Service to Humanity.


BNA 1757 GMT 2013/05/26

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