The Cultural Salon of Qatari Forum for Authors hosted a symposium entitled “Components and Pillars of Qatari National Identity in the Diwan of Sheikh Jassim”, in which His Excellency Khalid bin Ghanem Al-Ali lectured, and it was presented by Dr. Ali Afifi Ali Ghazi, where the lecturer started from the concept of identity, its levels, sources and apparent and deep components, explaining that Each individual has an individual identity, a collective identity, and a national identity, and it must be alerted, cared for, and reminded of it in the face of globalization and what it carries of modernity, fluid and non-standard life, and that we must produce compliance instead of being consumers of it, through socialization, which has the greatest role in promoting Qatari national identity is through the family, the council, and the school. The identity is the image that a society or a specific human group wants to be known among other peoples.
He dealt with the components and pillars of the Qatari identity, and cited historical events that passed through the people of Qatar, as well as through the poems of the founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, and linked that to the collective memory, and why is identity important in our lived reality today? To make it clear that the Qatari identity is represented in the actions of the people of Qatar, such as courage, daring, hiring the poor, steadfastness on the principle, and others. Then, he explained that this identity is based on a number of pillars, from which the people of Qatar derived their principles, which formed their identity, the first and most important of which is the Islamic religion. That is why Sheikh Jassim’s poems came urging on religion, recommending it, as Sheikh Jassim says: I advise you from me, O boy, O Ibn Jassim.. Do not be absent from it, O generous boy.. Hold on to God’s piety and be faithful to Him in work.. with knowledge that is right and correct. You see whoever obeys God, all obey him.. and the necks of the difficult kings humiliate him, and giving assistance to those who need it, which Sheikh Jassim practically embodied when he assisted those who sought refuge in him, as he said: The Kaaba of the oppressed yearns for the one who befriends us.. We protect him and we do not accept without his consent. Forbearance, generosity and altruism, renunciation of injustice and striving to achieve justice, urging to work and patience to obtain what is required, fulfillment and defense of the homeland, and taking care of time and not wasting it on what is useless.
At the beginning of the meeting, Ghazi was introduced to the lecturer, and he mentioned that he is a researcher in the history of Qatar, and is in the process of preparing a doctoral thesis at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and he holds a master’s degree from the same institute. On the subject of “Qatari constitutional experience”, he participated in a number of conferences and seminars, and published a number of articles and studies, including “Faisal bin Turki’s campaign against Qatar between British documents and local narratives.”