Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Day I Decided To Go Secular…

People whom know me on the personal level or read my posts on this blog might get the idea that I am conservative (which I am to an extent).
Those same people might think that I would have backed up (and voted) for the Muslim Brotherhood (the Freedom and Justice political party) in the current Egyptian Parliamentary elections.

Well, they were wrong, and here’s why…

I didn’t vote for the Muslim Brotherhood because I do not want a parliament with a vast majority party that would (over time) morph into another version of the corrupt National Democratic Party (Mubarak’s x-party which has been dismantled after the 2011 Revolution).

Being conservative does not mean being narrow-minded. It does not mean turning a blind eye to the consequences that might occur if we don’t think things through (and see the big picture).

I believe in an Egypt which applies Islamic rulings in things like justice, fighting corruption, helping the poor, cleanliness, opposing what is wrong, respecting other religions, respects human rights, and every other beautiful core concept in Islam.

At the same time, I believe in an Egypt which accommodates other points of view without out-casting them or denying them the right to have a say in their country.

Only through a balanced Parliament can we achieve such an equation.

To say it in simple words…

I voted secular because I believe Egypt has always been great enough to accommodate all cultures, religions, and political ideologies.

I voted secular because I believe we owe it to Egypt to keep it that way… a country we are all proud to be part of.

God bless you my Egypt, God bless you :)

Mood: Hoping for the best ISA

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Decision to Protest in Canada…


On the 18th of November 2011 tens of thousands of protestors were demonstrating against the delay of Presidential Elections beyond April 2012 (wanting the Military to go back to their Barracks).

After the vast majority left, the Army and Police forces went in full force and attacked the protestors. The result after 3 days of clashes (till yesterday) was 33 dead and 1700 injured.

One significant video showed policemen (some in civilian clothes) dragging dead/unconscious bodies and piling them at the corner of the street in a pile of garbage.

This video (among other ones) infuriated me (and I am sure thousands if not millions of Egyptians).
I then decided to do the only symbolic thing I could do from where I am... I went and peacefully demonstrated with my family outside the Egyptian Embassy in Canada.


A Sign direct to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (being the ruling council in Egypt which for sure ordered the attack on protestors) states: “My brother is NOT to be thrown in the garbage!” (a symbolic statement indicating that all Egyptians are brothers, and treating my brother like this is unacceptable).

Mood: Praying, and Hoping for the Best



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcoming Parliamentary Elections in Egypt – GO VOTE!!

The Voting:

Starting last week the Egyptian government opened a site for Egyptians aboard to register themselves for the next Egyptian Parliamentary elections voting process (from their current location, i.e. Canada…etc).

To date, only around 167,000 (Egyptians Worldwide) have registered online. This is nothing compared to the 7 million Egyptians living abroad.

One might argue that most of them (eligible for voting) will just show up on the day of the elections in their country of residency, and vote.

Yet, I believe we need to encourage each other, and register NOW!!

Link: http://www.elections2011.eg/  

Parties To Vote For:

Someone might come and say: “Wait a minute ya rewesh, I don’t know whom to vote for or which party to choose from!”.

Well, I came across the below site created by a German media company for the Arab Human Rights organization. Mainly, what it does it ask you 29 questions about various topics and your opinion about each one of them.
After you finish the survey, it will match your opinions with the Political parties which match your opinions (to a great extent).
Not only that, it also has a section that will give you an idea about each party, and whom are the icons within it.
Try it, it is useful…

Link: http://egypt.electionnaire.com/  

The Coalitions:

FYI, some of the voting parties have created coalitions. I found the below image on Facebook (in Arabic) which explains the various pacts/coalitions.

Hope this was helpful.

Mood: Eager to vote!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Canada: Trees, Toast, and Thighs...


So about 4 months have passed since I immigrated to Canada, and oh my oh my oh my… have they been eventful!

Let me start by saying that immigration is nothing like a mere move to another country to work (i.e. Egyptians whom go to the Gulf states to work…etc.).

Life as you know it is totally different out there (or here is more like it now). Things like mobile phones charges, bills, filling gas, getting insurance for you house, and many other things are not the same.

Trivial things you might think, i have to differ. Believe me, when you move to a new country and have to figure out how on earth will you and our family (if you have one) will live here… it is overwhelming.

Let me start by stating that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries I have been to (I have been to a few). God has blessed it with stunning scenery. Not to forget that you actually do experience all 4 seasons of the year.

At some point, one of my friends asked me about the first things i noticed in Canada… and I said: “Trees, Toast, and Thighs”! and I meant every word.

The Trees:

Everywhere you look around there are trees, in their beautiful colors and shapes.

And oh Lord it is even more beautiful in autumn out here. I feel that I am in a beautiful wallpaper or antique wall picture… it is amazing.

Autumn

The Toast:


One of the good things out here  is the food variety (for the likes of me whom LOVE food big time).

One discovery (or even revelation) i came across was toast bread. It smells so fresh, feels so soft, and tastes so YUMMY!

Egg and cheese on Toast...yummy!
 
The Thighs:


Arriving in Summer here one could not but notice the amount of THIGHS all over the place! I mean this country is like the “Hot Shorts Haven” or something lol.

All over the place you’ll see beautiful, fit women (and men - not that I look at those :P) in hot shorts. It sure is something anyone WILL notice.

It seems because a lot of people here walk to get around, many of them are fit and have strong toned legs (a bit of generalizing here, but what the heck).

No Comment :D

I do not understand how they remain fit with all the food options around them. This is one challenge I think I will fail in… miserably :(

First impressions on Canada: I love it… love it…love it… can I go on?.... yeah, this is my blog so I will… love it… love it… love it.

God bless this beautiful country!!

Mood: Cheerful :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

And So, The Journey Starts...

And finally, the journey I have been waiting for has started.

I decided to blog my experience here, as I might need to say things I do not want my family or some of my friends to see or know.

Over the past couple of weeks a beautiful feeling of relief and happiness took over me. No more stupid managers, no more heat, no more waiting.
Yet, now as i am getting ready to leave my life in this part of the world to take "head on" another life, a feeling of fear started to creep in.

I feel like: "rrrr.... What exactly am I doing??"
When I think of all the "what if"s that could make things go wrong, it is overwhelming.
I decided to just jump in, and take it as it comes. It's like jumping in the ocean and swimming, hoping to make it in the right direction. The comforting part is that I know HE is watching over us, and all will go well (Ameen).


Tomorrow I head out, hoping that the west would gracefully embrace me and my family. I know I will do my best to embrace everything about it :)

"O west, here I come to you with open arms!!"

Mood: hoping for the best be'iznAllah :)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

“Egyptian Public Opinion” Survey

As i was reading the news on "The Washington Post" site today, I found an interesting survey about “Egyptian Public Opinion” done by the International Republican Institute (IRI) - Dated Arp11.

Here are the most interesting highlights…

  • Unemployment and Security are the top concerns on their minds
  • Health and Education areas are the most important to invest in
  • After Al Jazeera (Qatari channel), Al Hayat TV (Egyptian private channel) is the second source of news for participants
  • 80% view their financial future positively (after the revolution)
  • 94% approve Hosni Mubarak’s resignation
  • 77% approve the current Government’s (Essam Sharaf’s Government) performance
  • 76% still want the Parliament Elections to take place in September 2011
  • 95% will vote in the next Parliament Elections
  • 68% would rather vote for new parties
  • 64% had joined the revolution’s demonstrations for economic reasons
  • 19% had joined the revolution’s demonstrations for political reasons
  • 67% would rather Egypt be closer to USA than to Iran
Source: The Washington Post

Mood: Optimistic :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jokes: On the lighter side...

بنائا علي طلب الجماهير تقرر إعادة طرح الأفلام التالية: احلام سلفى و كاميليا، السبحة لا تزال فى جيبى، انا و انت وعذاب القبر، حجبنى يا، النمر و الانثى مع محرم، شورت و فانلة و حجاب، اخوان ولكن ظرفاء، انف و 3 دقون، سهر الليالى فى طاعة الله، ثمن دستة اخوان، طباخ المرشد

Thanks to MR.Y

Mood: Trying to change the mood...

Monday, May 09, 2011

إثبت

After the incident where some salafis attacked a church in Egypt because of a rumor that a woman whom converted to Islam was being held against her will in the church, i just wanted to dedicate this to all Egyptian Christians...

مرقص قال لحسن: "زمان كان فيه فى مصر فيلم أسمه حسن و مرقص و كوهين ... من كام سنة نزل فيلم حسن و مرقص ، شكلها كده السنة دي حسن هيعمل الفيلم لوحده". حسن رد عليه و قال له: "إثبت يا مرقص متخليش أبو لهب يشمت فينا!"


Mood: Hopeful...

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Are Demonstrations & Revolutions Allowed In Islam?

I was watching the famous Egyptian talk show “Al Ashera Masa’an” on Dream TV, and they were discussing the Camilla Shahata issue (a Christian woman whom had converted to Islam a few months ago, but was “allegedly” forced back to Christianity by being detained in a church somewhere).

One of the guests was a Salafi (Salafi comes from the word “Salaf” which mean the early followers of islam, as in: people whom follow the early followers of Islam before any alterations or impurities went into the application of Islam), this guy said something that is also mentioned by other Salafis (and was used by pro-Mubarak fake religious figures as a way to discredit pro-democracy demonstrators in Egypt). He said that he does not believe in demonstrations and that it is NOT part of our religion or accepted per Islam (per his interpretation).

Other Salafis have said more than that, others said that going against the ruler is forbidden (Haram/sinful).
But just out of fairness, I have to say, that there are other Salafis whom say the opposite of that.

For me the right to peacefully demonstrate is given and logical. Yet, I thought I’d do some research.

What do Salafis say?
1- Demonstrations are not part of islam and they never happened in our history.
2- Going against (revolting) the ruler are not part of islam.

Their Proof (main two):
1-

في الصحيحين من حديث عبادة بن الصامت قال: "بايعنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم على السمع والطاعة في العسر واليسر والمنشط والمكره وعلى أثرة علينا وعلى أن لا ننازع الأمر أهله وعلى أن نقول بالحق أينما كنا لا نخاف في الله لومة لائم. وفي رواية: وعلى أن لا ننازع الأمر أهله إلا أن تروا كفرا بواحا عندكم من الله فيه برهان"


Part of this Hadeeth (Saying by the prophet) states that Muslims promised the prophet not to argue or go against the people whom are leading something rightfully. And that one must always say the truth and what is right no matter what.

Answer:In islam hadeeths and Quran verses are not separate, they continue each other and build an overall weaved fikh (Islamic rulings). Maybe here the prophet said “not to go against someone whom is leading”, but other hadeeths do state that we have to go against them if they are corrupt (check the proof later on in this post). One would conclude from that (and from the fact in this very hadeeth states that one must always say the truth no matter what the consequences will be) that going against the ruler is not something to be taken lightly. Yet, if the ruler is unjust or systematically corrupt…etc. we must stand against him!



2-
- في صحيح مسلم من حديث حذيفة رضي الله عنهما "يكون بعدي أئمة لا يهتدون بهداي ولا يستنون بسنتي وسيقوم فيهم رجال قلوبهم قلوب الشياطين في جثمان إنس "قال حذيفة: قلت: كيف أصنع يا رسول الله إن أدركت ذلك؟ قال: تسمع وتطيع الأمير وإن ضرب ظهرك وأخذ مالك فاسمع وأطع".



In this Hadeeth, the prophet is advising his followers that when times are tough and rulers are brutal make sure you follow the ruler even if they beat you (torture you…etc).

Answer:This hadeeth is obviously in cases when a muslim cannot do anything against the corrupt ruler (certain death and having no support).

Ibn Hazm (an Islamic philosopher and researcher whom lived in Andalusia about 1000 years ago) was once confronted by people whom used the same argument. His answer was simple: “Your argument (letting a ruler rule even If he does everything wrong) means that muslims can be forced to pay unjust taxes, their chidren can be killed by the sword, their women raped, all this only if the ruler is said to be a muslim” does that sound logical?!!!

Proof From Quran & Suna That Demonstrations & Revolutions Are Allowed:
1-
قوله تعالى: "فَاسْتَخَفَّ قَوْمَهُ فَأَطَاعُوهُ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا قَوْمًا فَاسِقِينَ [الزخرف/54]

During the time of Prophet Moses, God in this verse said (meaning of) that the people whom obeyed the pharaoh (Feroon) are evildoers. In other words, Moses and his followers (the Israelites and Egyptians whom followed him) whom went against the Atheist Pharaoh (the ruler) were righteous, and the others whom followed the brutal Pharaoh were evildoers.

Since Islam is a continuation of Judaism and Christianity (as per Islamic belief) , and since Moses went against the ruler (to worshipping God and wanting to leave Egypt to go worship in peace elsewhere), then it is not something non-religious to go against an unjust ruler (especially in peaceful ways as the Jews did).

2-
OK, as for demonstrations, the prophet and his followers during their early days in Makkah (Mecca), when they first decided to go public as a group with their religion, the first thing they did was a peaceful demonstration. The prophet (Mohamed) and his uncle Hamza were in front of a two columns made up of all the followers in Makkah. They then peacefully headed to the Kaabah (worshiping area) walking (demonstrating) peacefully through the streets. This was an obvious peaceful way of showing themselves in front of people.
If demonstrations were not allowed or not part of Islam, do you think the prophet would have done this??

3-
OK, someone might say, that the above was about going against an “Atheist” not a Muslim ruler.

If so is said, then this is the answer:

After the decease of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (4th Islamic state ruler after the prophet passed away), Abdullah Ibn Marawan (islamic state ruler) was denounced in “Al Madena” city because of his injustice which lead to war in the Higri year 63.
So, here you have the followers of the prophet (whom learned about Islam first hand from the Prophet) whom lived in Al Madina all revolted against a “MUSILM” ruler because he was unjust.

4-
Also, during the rule of Ali Ibn Abi Taleib, a lot of the prophet’s followers (of them were Talha Ibn AL Zubaier, AL Zubaier Ibn AL Awam, and A’esha Bent Abi Bakr the prophet’s widow) went against him because per their point of view that he didn’t want to chase the killers of Osman Ibn Affan (3rd ruler of the Islamic state after the prophet passed away).
If going against a “Muslim” ruler was unacceptable or not part of religion or only done against non-Muslim rulers, then how come Ali Ibn Abi Taleb when in confrontation with them never used that argument. Don’t you think of all people Ali Ibn Abi Taleb of all people knew our religion well enough to use such an argument (if it was valid)?

5-

-"إنه سيلي أموركم من بعدي رجال يطفئون السنة و يحدثون بدعة ويؤخرون الصلاة عن مواقيتها . قال ابن مسعود: كيف بي إذا أدركتهم ؟ قال: ليس - يا ابن أم عبد -طاعة لمن عصى الله . قالها ثلاثا ".


Part of this hadeeth states very clearly: “There is no obeying to whom disobeys God”. When a ruler is unjust, forges elections, imprisons people because of their political views, allows torture, does not fight corruption…etc Isn’t that considered disobeying God and his rules of justice, freedom of believe, Shura – ballots and public opinion, being merciful to everything even animals…etc (per our Islamic believe)?

6-

-في صحيح مسلم من حديث عبد الله بن مسعود أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "ما من نبي بعثه الله في أمة قبلي إلا كان له من أمته حواريون وأصحاب يأخذون بسنته ويقتدون بأمره، ثم إنها تخلف من بعدهم خلوف يقولون ما لا يفعلون ويفعلون ما لا يؤمرون، فمن جاهدهم بيده فهو مؤمن ومن جاهدهم بلسانه فهو مؤمن ومن جاهدهم بقلبه فهو مؤمن، وليس وراء ذلك من الإيمان حبة خردل".



As part of this hadeeth the prophet states that rulers whom “say what they do not do, and do what they do not say” have to be stopped if not by hand or tongue, then at least by the heart (as in by pleading God to stop those rulers).

7- And Finally, the knockout by Abu Bakr!

أبو بكر الصديق: "يا أيها الناس إني وليتُ عليكم ولست بخيركم، فإن رأيتموني على الحق فأعينوني وإن رأيتموني على باطل فسددوني، أطيعوني ما أطعت الله ورسوله، فإن عصيتُ الله فلا طاعة لي عليكم"،


Abu Bakr (the first ruler of the Islamic state after the prophet passed away) said the following after being announced the ruler (meaning of): “O People I have been assigned as your ruler, yet I am not the best of you. If you see me doing what is right, help me continue it. And, if you see me doing something wrong, stop me. Only obey me if I do what adheres to the rulings of God and his prophet. If I do not adhere to them, then you should not obey”.

It is obvious (to me at least) that going against the ruler “IS” part of Islam and “IS” allowed if the ruler is unjust, corrupt, brutal…etc.

We need to remember that the current revolutions in the Middle East were peaceful (Egypt and Tunisia), they were for just causes, against injustice, corruption, demanding dignity and equality.
Another point we need to remember is that the two rulers Hosni Mubarak (Egypt) and Zein El Abedeen Bin Ali (Tunisia) stayed in power for over 30 years through brutality, forging elections, detaining (or destroying) any opposition…etc. They by no means deserved to give them “another chance” or “maybe they will change”…etc. These rulers, didn’t just do one or two mistakes, they systematically over 30 or more done many wrongdoings to their people and country.


For someone to tell me that I (or muslims) should shut up and not revolt against unworthy dictators because “THIS IS ISLAM”… that is way out of line!!
To me Islam has many meanings. One of the most important ones is “Hope”.
Hope in a better life in the grace of God…
Hope to live in justice, dignity, and to treat and be treated in fairness…

Hope that can best be illustrated by the look in the eyes of this Egyptian woman…

HOPE in the eyes of an Egyptian woman as Mubarak stepped down on 11Feb11

Sources:
- Ismalonline Fatawa
- Dream TV

Monday, May 02, 2011

Bin Laden Dead... ABOUT TIME!

Bin Laden


President Obama has announced that Usama Bin Laden has been shot (in the head) dead in a compound in Pakistan. It is said that he is buried in the sea.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13256676

I had no doubt that they'd get him eventually. I find it strange that it actually took the strongest nation in history that long to nail one guy!


What can i say, he totally @$&@ all of us (muslims and non-muslims).

This saying comes up in my mind: "You reap what you sow". But, i guess he knew that from day one.


Mood: Meh...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Indonesian Carbon Copy...

An Indonesian colleague said this to a friend of mine: “You guys should not worry or be in such a rush. Your revolution is almost carbon copy of ours. Starting with the countries situation, the build up to the revolution, the following events. Even our first Parliament election was not as we wanted. It took us 5 years to get on the right track”.


I find it amazing how people think that all the (expected) benefits from the Egyptian revolution would happen at once. If people would just read about other revolutions they'd find that it took years for democracy to take place.


Not to forget that in each successful revolution (that moved society towards democracy) a lot of problems and pains were experienced.


When i heard what our Indonesian colleague said, i went and read about their revolution. And what do you know, he was correct, it was very similar.



Reading it, and thinking of what he said, made me feel more confident.


Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Suharto



Patience my fellow Egyptians…patience



Mood: Optimistic

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Egyptian Police Service: A Mockery… Our House as an Example

Wala 7awla wala kowata ila BelAh



Since the Revolution (25Jan11 – 11Feb11) a lot of stories have been circulated about the police not going back to work full force or the police not doing their job...etc.


I have been hearing many weird incidents. For example, people calling the police asking for help, and the response they get was: “Let the Army protect you, isn’t this what you people wanted?!



This attitude is obviously driven by the fact that the police had their @$$es kicked (by the people) during the revolution because of their brutality, corruption..etc. over the years.


I never imagined that we would experience this firsthand…


M (the guy whom takes care of our house), went back to his hometown for his usual monthly vacation (a few days). He came back Thursday night, and slept in his room.


In the morning (Friday), my mother went to the house and as she entered into it, she found things on the floor.



Our bedroom was the worst (condition wise). All our stuff was on the floor. The Kids bedroom, TV room, kitchen and Dining room were all very obviously checked for valuables.


The good thing “al 7amdo lelAh” was that the thieves seemed to be only looking for jewelry & money. And since we have been abroad for years now, none of that was in the house.


Nothing much was stolen except maybe some of our old clothes (not sure yet). And, some women’s accessories.


The odd thing was that our Satellite receiver was thrown on the floor (as if they were going to take it, but left in a hurry or something). The video device also wasn't stolen.


My mother and relatives made a police complaint. Of course the police just sent one guy to look around, he didn’t even think of bringing someone to check for finger prints. When asked, the police replied: “we only do that when there is a murder”!!!!??!!


Mashy ya sedy 7aneb2a nemawetlak 7ad 3alashan teshoof sho3’lak 3edel :S


Another annoying part was the Blacksmith. My relatives brought him to fix the windows and make them more secure. He knew we needed him (being a Friday and all), so he sort of squeezed more money out of us. 3alam wes7'a!


Thinking of it…. this is the first time since i was born that this house has ever been broken into!!!


It is obvious that whoever did this knows M’s leaving schedule. I think someone living in the area could be behind this. The reason I think so is that the building adjacent to ours was also broken into (another empty flat) during the same week. And, a new car at the end of our street was broken into.


Our area seems to be a target now.


M told me the police are not doing anything like before. He said: “We no longer see MOKHBEREEN (plain dressed policemen) walking around to check that the area is secure (yes, people tend to know them).


I think this is what's triggering the thieves coming into our area.


You think my story is over… NOT YET!


The following day, M found a 12ish (pre-teen) year old girl clicking on the intercom (by 7.30PM).


He stood from afar to see what she was going to do. Our neighbor upstairs (old man living by himself) opened for her, yet she didn't go up.


M then went to her, and asked her what she wanted. She said she wanted money, and then she said i am lost, and then she said her father is a carpenter, and then a plumber, then she said she is from “Hadayek Al Quba” area. When asked where exactly from there, she said she cannot remember the name of the street. She just kept lying all the time.


M, my aunt, her daughter (whom arrived at the same time), and a lot of neighbors kept asking the girl what she wanted... no proper straightforward answer was given.


They called the cops... imagine how long did they have to wait? An hour and a half!! And even after that no one showed up.


Whenever they called the police to ask where on earth is the police, the answer was: “we will send someone.. we will send someone…”


My Cousin H had to come all the way from the other side of town, take M and the girl in his car and drive her to the Police station (5 min drive). M didn’t want to take her on foot beucase she could easily scream on the way and say that M was kidnapping her or something.


The interesting part was that as they took the girl into the police station, they found the police station filled to the brim with policemen and plain clothed policemen. They were all just sitting inside the station doing nothing. 7AGA WES7’A!


So, instead of going out to secure their area, they just sat in there till it was time for them to leave (nahayet el wardeya beta3ethom).


This is an obvious dirty trick to show that they DO go to work, but that doesn’t mean they HAVE to walk around in the streets or answer for calls of help.


el mante2a ba2t mal2af weee OM EL POLICE 7ale2!



For us, this is a firsthand experience and proof that the police is trying to teach people (the revolution) a lesson that: “if you want us, it will be on our terms (police terms”. In other words, we’ll have to accept their way and their rules.



Note: I sent a complaint to the Minister of Interior…I doubt anything will happen though.



Mood: Pissed off :(

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Egypt: A Few Thoughts

A few thoughts that crossed my mind since the toppling of Mubarak's regime...

فعلا... مصر بلد المتناقدات...
أحلي ناس في مصر عملوا أطهر ثورة في التاريخ المعاصر و بقت مثل يحتذى به و يقلد من سلم و فداء و نكت و حماية...
و أسوأ ناس في مصر عملوا أحقر أعمال من بعد الثورة و بقت فوضى من سرقة و بلطجة و إثارة فتن و مظاهرات فئوية...
والأن هي صراع الإرادات.. ترى لمن تكون الغلبة؟ ...الإجابة عندك أنت
!

For the first time in a while, Mubarak stated a threat that he actually kept... "either stability (him remaining) or chaos". His minions are delivering their master's threat very well... Allah yethabet Ahl Masr!

Robert Fisk: “Muslims have not lost their faith. Under the stones and coshes of Mubarak's police killers, they counter-attacked, shouting "Allah akbar" for this was indeed for them a "jihad" – not a religious war but a struggle for justice. "God is Great" and a demand for justice are entirely consistent. For the struggle against injustice is the very spirit of the Koran”.

Al Qaradawi (From Tahrir Square):"The victory of this revolution belongs to all... Muslims and Christians", "We are all believers, we are all Egyptians".

دا إحنا حنشوف أحلا غسيل aya qu’est ce qu’il y a حيتنشر الأيام و السنين إلي جاية! :)

With the Revolution bringing down Mubarak, we owe gratitude (in order) to the protesters whom paid their lives for our freedom, the protesters whom repelled the police/thugs, the protesters whom joined later on, the protester supporters in Egypt, and the Army. Not to forget the Egyptians in diaspora… “You guys did some serious Pro-Revolution PR abroad”… SALUTE!

Mood: Thinking of Twitting for a Change...hmmm

Monday, February 28, 2011

How Dare You?!!

I dedicate this to all Egyptian Revolution supporters living in the Gulf states

ردا علي كل من إنتقد أو إنتقص من مؤيدي ثورة 25 يناير من المصريين في الخارج...
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أنا: الأنا هنا و إن كانت عني (أنا كاتب هذه السطور) و لكنها أيضا تضم كل مصري مؤيد لثورة 25 يناير من المصريين المقيمين في الخارج و خصوصا المصريين العاملين في الخليج الذين ساقهم حظهم العثر"المهبب" لسماع مثل الهراء الأتي ذكره.

إنت: إنت هنا تنطبق علي كل ذكر (أو أنثى) سمح لنفسه أن ينتقص (بلبلدي كده "يلسن") علي أنا (ومن هم مثلي من مؤيدي ثورة 25 يناير من المصريين العاملين في الخليج خصوصا) تحت بند "إنت عمال تسخن و إنت مش عارف الدنيا هنا عملا إزاي" و "إنت أصلك متعرفش" وأي نوع من الإستخفاف و الإتهام الصريح أو المبطن إني أجلس هنا في الخليج في التكييف و يعتقد إني "بق" و "كلمنجي" و عامل فيها ثورجي علشان أنا بعيد و إني لو كنت في مصر، كنت حستخبي في البيت و أسكت ساكت (و أظهر علي حقيقتي إلي هو فاكرها عني).

الرسالة دي كنت عاوز أكتبهالك من بداية الثورة. لما كنت أنا بشجع الثورة و فجاء’ لقيتك يا إما مش مع الثورة أو مش عاوز دوشة... لأ و إه وصلت بيك الوقاحة إنك تديني كلمتين من إلي ذكرتهم فوق. دا طبعا غير التلميحات و الهمز و اللمز على، في حين كنت سيادتك ما قدمتش حاجة طول وقت الثورة.

أحب أرد و أقول لك يالي متهمني إني "بق" و "كلمنجي" و إني عامل أسد علشان في أمان هنا (في الخليج)... إني (و أمثالي) و إن كنت خارج مصر و لكن بعد علمي بما حدث يوم 25 يناير و أنه هناك إتجاه في مصر لخروج إحتجاجات ضد النظام يوم 28 يناير "سخنت" كل المصريين الي أعرفهم هنا و قلتلهم إني رايح أتظاهر أمام السفارة المصرية هنا يوم الجمعة 28 يناير.
مع العلم إنه في الخليج...
معناش تصريح (لو كان فيه حاجة كده أصلا)
المظاهرات هنا ممنوعة تماما و ليست شيء مقبول
أعداد المصريين ليست كبيرة حتي نشجع بعضنا و نحتمي ببعض
لوحد إتمسك بيتطرد من البلد

ولكني خرجت و تعرف كام واحد من المصريين إلي أعرفهم جم المظاهرة؟ 2 و لقينا واحد كمان لما وصلنا هناك. عدد المتظاهرين كان قليل بالعشرات. يعني ممكن نتلم في ثانية واحدة و نطرد من البلد. و لعلم سيادتك إني كنت فعلا حتشد من أمن العاصمة فعلا بعد لما سخن عليا ضابط من بتعهم لولا ستر ربنا.

عامل فيها بطل؟ لأ،الأبطال هما إلي في مصر، إلي هزموا الشرطة.. إلي ماتو و إلي دافعوا عن الثورة لحد يوم التنحي. بل وإني لا أنكر إني كنت خايف و أنا رايح المظاهرة... بقدم رجل و أخر رجل... بس رحت. رحت لأني كنت حموت، نفسي أبقى مع أهلي في مصر في المظاهرة ضد النظام الفاسد!

مش بس كده سيادتك...و أنا في المظاهرة مراتي كمان بعتتلي رسالة تقولي إنها جية تتظاهر معانا (و تركت العيال مع صديقة) و بعد خناقة و نرفزة مني عليها (خوفا عليها) عارف يا "روح أمك" قالتلي إيه و من بعدها سكت؟ قالت لي: "أنا عاوزة أساند بلدي، أنا عاوزة أقف مع أهل بلدي، مش إنت بس إلي وطني و نفسك تعبر عن وطنيتك... وأنا كمان !"
مراتي يا "دكر منك له" الي طلعت أرجل منك و من أمثالك... حطتت حياتها الهانئة هنا علي كفها (مع إحتمل الطرد من البلد) بس علشان تعمل حاجة رمزية علشان بلدها و أهلها و أخوتها إلي وقفوا في التحرير و السويس و كورنيش الإسكندرية علشان كرمتي و كرمتك. في حين إن سيادتك كنت قاعد في البيت تمصمص شفايفك وأنت بتتفرج من البيت علي الثورة مع كباية شاي، في الوقت الي الباقيين في شوارع مصر بيكتبوا التاريخ.
و جي بعد كده تلسن عليا؟!

ما بتحبش المظاهرات... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش الفوضي بسبب الثورة... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش الثورجية... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش التغيير... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
بتحب حسني مبارك... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
بتحب الوضع القديم... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
إنما تقل أدبك و تلسن و تشكك في (و أمثالي) تحت بند إني "بق" و لو كنت في مصر كنت حبقي قاعد في البيت زي الجبان... لأ... جت كسر حقق... يا......يا إبن ال....... (أرجو ملء الفراغ بكل ما تستطيع إضافته من ألفاظ معبرة!)

أهدي هذه الرسالة إلي كل من تعرض مثلي لما ذكرته... لو حد ألك الكلام ده، حت الرسالة دي في بقو! (مشيها بقو)
Mood: Pissed

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hafez Ibrahim's Poem About Egypt

As i was browsing around, i read an article talking about the relevance of what has happened in Egypt and what was stated in a beautiful poem by Hafez Ibrahim (1872–1932) called "مصر تتحدث عن نفسها" (Egypt Speaks About Itself).

Hafez Ibrahim


The below part really struck me...

ما رمانى رام و راح سليما... من قديم عناية الله جندى

كم بغت دولة على وجار ... ثم زالت وتلك عقبى التعدى

قل لمن انكروا مفاخر قومى... مثل ما انكروا ماثر ولدى

هل وفقتم بقمة الهرم الاكبر؟... يوما فرايتم بعض جهدى ؟

While i was searching around, i found out that Um Kalthoum sang this poem. Hope you like it...




Mood: Proud

Bon Jovi & Wyclef Jean Dedicate Songs To Egypt's Revolution

Bon Jovi... "No Apologies" (I dedicate this to Mubarak!)



Wyclef Jean... "Freedom" (I dedicate this to all of the Revolution's supporters)



Mood: Pleased :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt: Answering Pessimism About The 25th of January Revolution's Prospects

As expected, with Mubarak and his regime oustedthere have been (and will be for days and years to come) many ex-Mubarak regime members (whom have been excluded from the regime at some point the past) coming out now and acting like angles. Some of them were well known to be corrupt in their time of service, and now are coming out totell it allabout the regime and how corrupt it was.

On another hand, a few Mubarak regime officials (i.e. ex-Prime Minister, and ex-Interior Ministeretc) have been prohibited from travelling abroad till a full investigation takes place.
One of those people is a guy called Rashid Mohammed Rashid (ex-Ministry of Trade and Industry Minister).

I was watching the TV yesterday, and as I was browsing through I found an interview with Rashid Mohammed Rashid (he is aboard nowleft as soon as the government was removed by Mubarak on 02Feb11).

Rashid Mohammed Rashid
Understandably he was defending himself (which he has the right to do as any human being). But, he said a few sentences which were not that easy to swallow.

Rashid said to the Al Arabiya interviewer (meaning of):
We will have a revolution that will be hijacked by people we do not want. Check what happened to the other revolutions
The French revolution, Napoleon kidnapped it for his own glory and ruined it.
The Russian revolution, was kidnapped by the communists and ruined.
The Chinese revolution, was kidnapped and ruin too.
The Iranian revolution, was at the beginning a normal revolution and then was kidnapped by the fanatics and check where they are now
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When I heard that part I was like: “WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo, hang on buddykeep your pants on!”.

So, this guy (Rashid) simplistically generalized three major historical People’s revolutions which were all under different contexts, had different goals, and all happened at different times in history (with failures and successes through history). And he boldly labeled them all as failures! COME ON!!!

Cheeeez! Where shall I start here????...

A little history check about those revolutions

First of all, the Iranian revolution (1979):


I am not sure where he gets his info from, but he was totally misguided/misinformed (or misBEYSTAHBEL”) on this one.
Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with Iran’s political/social ideologies, it is a disgrace that he said something wrong about a revolution just to prove his point.
It is a known fact that the Iranian revolution was an Islamic revolution from day one. It was fueled by the supporters of Ayatoulah Khomini (whom was in France). And by far he was its leader.
So, please Mr. Rashidget your facts right!

The French Revolution (started 1789):


Summary: “Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.”

The Russian Revolution (1917):

The date referred to is 1917 which actually was 2 revolutions in the same year.
Nov 1917: “October Revolution (November in the Gregorian calendar), the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the workers' Soviets, overthrew the Provisional Government in St Petersburg (Feb 1917 revolution). The Bolsheviks appointed themselves as leaders of various government ministries and seized control of the countryside, establishing the Cheka to quash dissent. To end the war, the Bolshevik leadership signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany in March 1918”. A civil war broke out and the Bolsheviks won (as a result peasants took over and redistributed land).

The Chinese Revolution (Started 1911):


Although there are other ones in 1913 and 1949 but this was the start.
Summary: “motivated by anger at corruption in the Qing government, frustration with the government's inability to restrain the interventions of foreign powers, and the majority Han Chinese's resentment toward a government dominated by an ethnic minority; the Manchus.”

Facts
Let me put it this way...

French revolution: Labeling the French revolution and what it did for France as a failure just because of Napoleon at some point in time lost for England is inaccurate and unfair.
The French revolution paved the way for the modern state in France. France now is part of the free democratic world and is one of G8 countries. That is besides it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Russian Revolution: “The Russian revolution paved the way for the Soviet union. Which was the second major world power last century. Even now Russia (after the Soviet Union lost the cold war, and broke down in 1989-1990) is part of the G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries (the rising powers that are foreseen to play a major role in the near future). That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Chinese Revolution: “The Chinese revolution paved the way for the current Chinese state. It (throughout the third quarter of last century) was one of the major world powers. Even now China is one of G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries. That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

The question to Mr. Rashid should be … "if those countries (he mentioned) ended up into such powerful nationswouldn’t you want OUR revolution to head that way too?
Do you think Mubarak and his regime were helping us head there with their repression and corruption? "

All revolutions usually start with noble goals, go through mistakes (maybe even disasters), and over the long term work themselves out. Especially, if the revolution’s goal was democracy.

Yes, wrong things will happen in our Revolution;
Yes, wrong decisions will be taken at some point or the other;
Yes, it will be missy;
Yes, maybe someone we do not want will hijack it (or at least try) for a while.

But remember two things
1- People have now tasted the power of standing up for their rights. They will not give in easily to an oppressive regime any time soon.
2- Yes, we will suffer on the short term (with wrong decisions or bad turns here and there because of our Democratic evolution)…but if History teaches us anything, it is that what happened (the toppling of Mubarak’s corrupt/repressive regime) was the BEST thing that can happen to us on the long run. And that Democracy is an ongoing evolution to the best.

The changes and pains we will be going through are already years overdue, and they are something that HAD TO HAPPEN (a long time ago) for the benefit of Egypt, and for the benefit of the generations to come.
Resourses:
- Wikipedia
- Al Arabiya News channel

Mood: Optimistic :)