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A Hashemite flag of peace, tolerance and coexistence

Jun 10,2015 - Last updated at Jun 10,2015

As the Kingdom was witnessing national festivities this week, King Abdullah on Tuesday presented the Hashemite flag to the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army in a ceremony held at Al Husseiniya Palace in the presence of Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein, Royal family members and senior officials and top brass.

It was a highly significant move to present the flag, whose colours and motifs combine elements of history, legitimacy, religion and Arabism found in the Hashemite family, direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammad, and the Great Arab Revolt, marked on June 10 of every year, on the same day with Army Day.

It is the same flag hoisted by the Hashemites, led by Emir Abdullah, the great grandfather of King Abdullah II, as he led his soldiers through the southern city of Maan in 1920 during the Great Arab Revolt.

And it is the same flag used as the official standard of the revolt under the leadership of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali until another one was adopted.

Presenting the flag to the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, with its religious, historical and military significance, is a reaffirmation of the confidence in the army, its status and role as a carrier of a pan-Arab and Islamic message throughout its history, according to a Royal Court statement issued on the occasion.

In addition to its historic significance, the flag has religious importance; it includes an inscription of shahadatain (the two Islamic testimonies that there is no God but God, and that Mohammad is His messenger), as well as basmallah (in the name of Allah, most compassionate, most merciful) and the first verse of the Holy Koran.

Besides, it carries the seven-pointed star, which is an Islamic art symbol that refers to the first chapter of the Koran.

Thus, it is of extreme importance to present this flag to JAF at this particular time, as it is fighting a war, as part of an international coalition, against Daesh terrorist group that occupies large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and pretends to represent Islam when all it does is anti-Islamic.

The Hashemite family, led by King Abdullah who is JAF’s supreme commander, is the inheritor of the flag and all the sublime values it stands for.

It is also the defender of Arab and Islamic causes, standing at the forefront of the fight against terror, against the forces of darkness and evil, those attempting to take back faith and the region to their dark ages.


The Royal Court statement summed up the flag handover ceremony and its significance by highlighting this ongoing war on Daesh, describing these terrorist fighters as Khawarij: “It conveys a message to the nation, the generations and the entire humanity of all its religions and identities, a message of peace, love, tolerance, justice, refined manners and coexistence, in the face of those Khawarij, who falsely claim they are defending Islam, while Islam condemns them.”

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