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Salih Islam         Salih.jpg (24033 bytes)

Salih at right, with Shaikh Abdullah Al Fadl and his son, Abdul Wahhab Al Fadl, at the far left.         

        Salih Islam was a man of considerable vision. He did not shrink from making unpleasant decisions, as some others in the Government were prone to do. In my judgement, he was absolutely fair in the various matters of controversy in which the company from time to time became involved, and he was, as I was fond of saying, the first "Saudi" that I had ever met.
        This meant that without any qualifications, he regarded himself as a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Almost without exception, everyone else – government officials and all, would define themselves according to their traditional family or territorial background. If you asked a man who came from central Arabia what he was, he would say a Nejdi; if he came from Jiddah he was a Hejazi. If he came from the desert he might be a Murra, or as in Khamis’ case an Ajmi from the Ajman. But no one else in those days would have said he was a Saudi. It was only after the development of a stronger central government bureaucracy that people began to think of themselves as Saudi Arabs.