Many vehicles here in KSA sport Arabic script decals like this one on the back window of this SUV. This particular decal contains exactly what the flag of Saudi Arabian government bears, however the flag itself has a solid green background with white Arabic script and sword. The script on the flag is called the “shahadah,” which is the Islamic declaration of faith spoken when one becomes a Muslim: “There is no god but God and Mohammad is his messenger.” The sword beneath the script denotes justice. It is interesting to note that the flag of Saudi Arabia is not normally seen or printed on things like t-shirts and such because the shahada is considered holy since it is from the Quran. For the 2002 Football World Cup, the FIFA had plans to produce an offical football including all the flags of each participating country on it, however Saudi Arabia officials objected on the grounds that it would be disrespectful to kick a football bearing the shahadah. But I guess it’s okay for it to appear on vehicles in this dusty country. Another fact regarding the Saudi Arabian flag is that because of the shahadah inscripted on it, it is unlawful for the flag to be flown at half-mast.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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