"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws."
— Douglas Adams
King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH) is a teaching hospital. Periodic meetings are held by the hospital director and faculty members; nothing out of the ordinary here.
In a recent meeting, “Donate A Smile For KAUH” video was criticized. As a student, I wasn’t included in the meeting but bad news travel fast. A number of faculty members consider our video a form of “mujahara bil ma39iya” (boasting of sinful acts. which is punishable in this country), and are calling for it’s removal off YouTube.
Though the majority of faculty and students agree that the video succeeded in achieving it’s purpose (which is making people smile), some believe that it speaks of our decadent selves. I still don’t understand how us making a video about smiling would lead certain individuals to label us as morally degraded.
A technical note, if I may:
- Permission from KAUH director and Dean of Medicine were taken before the shooting started.
- All individuals appearing in the video signed a consent form.
- All shooting was done within hospital boundaries.
Do you think our video is offensive to you as a Saudi/Muslim/KAUH inhabitant? If so, please explain the manner in which you find it offensive.
Do you believe the video should be removed?
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P.S. Don't forget to watch Kalam Nawa3em on MBC, March 28th at 11pm. They're showing a piece on Donate A Smile For KAUH! and if you miss it, watch it online, it's episode number 321.