Is Saudi Arabia changing its flag?

After the amendment in Saudi Flag Law, many are saying that لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوُل اللّهِ is going to be removed from the flag. What is the reality?

The flag of Saudi Arabia has an Arabic inscription لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوُل اللّهِ meaning “there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah“. The Saudi flag is green in color and the inscription is above a white sword.

According to the amendments which have been approved by Saudi Shura Council, no changes are being made to the flag of Saudi Arabia. There will be no changes in the Kingdom’s flag, content, or emblem.

The amendments shall help in protecting the flag and the anthem from “harming, tampering and changes”. This has been assured by the Shura member Saad Al Otaibi.

 

Major Amendments in Saudi Flag Law

  • In an interview, he also briefed that the new regulations define the places and times the flag shall be hoisted.
  • There are also specifications for the state emblem and the national anthem and when it should be played.
  • As far as the private sector is concerned with hoisting the flag, they have all the right to do so. However, they shall attain the permit first which shall specify regulations, such as the shape and size of the flag. This shall ensure that all the flags used by the private sector are complying with the regulations.  
  • Al Otaibi also said the basic law of governance of the state which was instituted 50 years from now does not specify the rules for the national anthem. 

Public prosecution of Saudi Arabia has also assured the protection of the flag stating that the person insulting it shall face imprisonment of one year or fines of up to SR 3,000 or both penalties.

Source: Gulf News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.