If you want to know more about Sheikh Mohammed you can follow his twitter account,he´s almost like an open book to me now ;-)
(there are also other al Thanis from Qatar using the social network,maybe Jassim is also using twitter?)
On Austria´s national day Sheikh Mohamed wrote:
!!!!!! الــــــــــــــــــف مـــــــــــــبــــــروك !!!!!!
=Congratulations in Arabic....I am very happy he didn´t forget,maybe he will also send me a prezzie,Aston Martin,anyone?
(OK,seriously -I guess he was probably cheering for something football-related,but anyway,let´s just interpret it the way I want it
I think he´s a really smart guy compared to other royals in the Gulf region.The Qatari royals generally seem to be more educated,modern and open-minded than let´s say in Saudi Arabia or UAE.The fact that the sheikhs and sheikhas of Qatar can use twitter and say or write (almost) everything they want is prooving they also have a fair amount of freedom of speech&expression.(Compared to the city of Dubai who also has a lot of young,popular sheikhs and sheikhas but they have official fanpages and facebook accounts that are run by professionals who write texts in their name, constantly praise Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid the almighty and upload suitable pictures of the young royals.No offence,they are very nice, friendly and polite but I don´t like authoritarian leaderships where ppl are told what to think or say.)
I´ve seen a video of Jassim on youtube where someone is recognising him in the car and he couldn´t stop laughing,this was a really nice,other people might have reacted in a different fashion...
Maybe he´s more religious and devout than other men of his age but I agree with you-this doesn´t make you a fanatic!We can assume that he has some good moral and ethic values and thinks about life and how to be a good person,I don´t see anything wrong with that.Religion is our way of trying to explain the world,everyone should have some higher believe and purpose in life.
I have also noticed that he is driving a lot,I guess people like to have him around,maybe the others are too lazy to drive themselves or they don´t trust a chauffeur who comes from outside the family?
We will never know the reason for sure but I don´t think Sheikh Jassim stepped down because of his mother´s behaviour, this would mean he can´t accept independent,strong women
and if I am correct he named one of his daughters "Sheikha Mozah"-I really hope Sheikh Jassim is on good terms with his mother,it would be sad if it were otherwise.