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King Abdullah tells Jordanians Hussein was their father
February 7, 1999
Web posted at: 12:12 p.m. EST (1712 GMT)
Following is the text of King Abdullah's address to the
Jordanian people following the death of his father.
"Our brother citizens, sons of the one Jordanian family,
family and tribe, friends of Hussein everywhere, Arabs and
Muslims: With all the faith and accepting God's will and with
the patience of the believers and the faith of the patient, I
mourn to you, to the Arab, Islamic and the whole world, the
king, the human, the believer, the Hashemite Sharif Hussein
Bin Talal Bin Abdullah Bin Hussein, king of the Hashemite
kingdom of Jordan, who passed away a content and patient
believer. This is God's judgment and God's will.
"While I regard his passing as a great loss for the (Arab)
nation and the country, I beseech almighty God to grant
Hussein great mercy and inspire the Jordanians and the sons
of the Arab and Islamic nations and all those who love him in
the world, leaders and people, patience and solace.
"May God have mercy on Hussein, the father, the brother, the
commander and the man. Patience, patience, believing in the
one and only God. Hussein's soul will remain with us and
among us and will not go away from our hearts and souls and
we shall preserve Hussein's legacy in building and in giving,
with all loyalty and sincerity, for the sake of Jordan, the
dearest and the strongest, with all the strength and faith,
in one rank, one heart and one family.
"The sons of the Jordanian family, my family and tribe:
Hussein was a father, a brother to every one of you just as
he was my father. Today, you are my brothers and sisters and
with you I find sympathy and condolence under God. May God
bestow upon you consolation."
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