Saturday, 6 July 2013


a beautiful small Cairo mosque

Sherine Garrana
IN ENGLISH, video addressing Mr.Obama: 
IN ENGLISH, video 'Egypt, the next President'? 
 Non-optional surgery~ addressing a 
political impediment far removed from Religion itself. 

 All guidance is left to our Maker and our Maker alone. Scholars are there to help with our understanding when understanding is sought. In Islam and indeed all sprituality there can be no coercion involved since that would eliminate our free will which is in direct balance with our fate.

Although many muslims and non-muslims alike continue to judge  rather than reach out to understand one another, condemnation often follows and therein lies the gravest error of all. Our hearts lie within, invisible and unheard no matter what our appearance suggests or bespeaks.

Crucially, for peace on earth, I can only hope that the general consensus be this: When we refer to Islam, it be seen as a religion that embraces all others, not discarding but rather including all spiritual belief systems from time immemorial. As a muslim who is keen to protect rather than defend the religion of Islam, a faith deep enough to withstand all slurs by its critics and abuse by its own followers I believe it best to add little else here.

Removal of a left-behind item in a surgical operation requires a second operation if only for basic recovery. Possibly a contentious statement to make in the fragile days ahead and certainly one that must be seen with due perspective. 
St.Mark's Coptic Cathedral Alexandria
Islam does not require to be force-fed to Egypt. Islam is part of its identity, its culture and its very ethos. Perhaps all who have ever lived in Egypt and who speak the language and catch the anima of its phrases would agree that Islam by definition is present in its spirit, 'surrender to our Maker' is there in every breath we take. This by no means excludes the integral ancient Coptic spirit that presides within Egypt for centuries.   Muslims and Christian Copts alike practise their faith and indeed more often than not share in each others' celebratory well-wishing through inherent respect for tradition if nothing else. Egyptian synagogues, churches and mosques are a testament to this even though political events in the Middle East with Judasim being mistaken for Zionism have confused and disturbed such roots to an almost insurmountable extent.
Always politics gnawing at the roots.
restoration of snagogue, Cairo

Jewish sites are as much a part of Egypt's culture as mosques or Coptic churches, according to Egypt's Ministry of Culture.
THE GIST- Egypt will shoulder the costs of restoring the country's 11 historic synagogues.

And yet, with forceful swing of the pendulum present shocking so-called safety measures are suggested as seen here by Major General Sameh Tarabulsi: The closure of mosques at dawn.
Closing mosques for dawn prayers is being declared a safety measure and how temporary would remain to be seen. This is declared with reference to the desperate measures many of the ousted factious groups may stoop to with a motto of 'kill or be killed' and driven to murderous deeds in the knowledge that they will be imprisoned in due course. However, why they would choose to attack in particular those who pray is anyone's guess. Apart from the widely shared belief that all sin is shifted to the perpetrator should a person be killed during prayer, surely every person wishing to pray or congregate in prayer must be entitled to use their own discretion. To impose such an embargo neither is nor can with all consideration be the answer.  (in Arabic)

Time to break out of a rut in Egypt

Robert Kagan, The Washington Post
 "Morsi was not only an incompetent ruler but also in many ways an undemocratic one. He imposed restrictions on the media and excluded the opposition from important constitutional decisions. He ruled not so much as a dictator but as a majoritarian, which often amounted to the same thing. With a majority in parliament and a large national following, and with no experience whatsoever in the give-and-take of democratic governance, Morsi failed in the elementary task of creating a system of compromise, inclusiveness, and checks and balances."
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*"Egypt’s second revolution: Questions of legitimacy

Democracy is constituted by the express and active will of real, living people, not by a box; this is especially true when these people are engaged in an on-going revolution, charting their and their nation’s future

Hani Shukrallah , Thursday 4 Jul 2013

"The US government, a substantial section of mainstream Western media and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood all seem to agree: what took place in Egypt over the past few days was a military coup, a setback for the country's alleged "transition" to democracy. Irrespective of the variety of vested interests involved, what the three detractors of one of the most potent popular revolutionary upsurges in modern history share is contempt. Twenty-two million signatures (at nearly 50 percent of the nation’s adult population) are collected demanding the ousting of the president; the same demand is made by some 17 million people (at nearly 30 percent of the adult population) as they hit the streets throughout the country, in what has been described as the biggest demonstration in the history of mankind, and they do so against a barrage of threats and predictions warning of 30 June’s "rivers of blood," and stay there.
Unprecedented it may be, yet not really worth seeing (the Washington Post persisted in speaking of "rival demonstrations" between Morsi supporters and the "opposition"), it is not democracy; it is the army and the "deep state." Nothing short of the most profound sense of contempt for these very people could explain such utter blindness.
For the Muslim Brotherhood the contempt is deep-seated within a doctrine that constructs the leaders of the Gama’a as the ultimate interpreters of God’s will on earth, and as such owed blind obedience, and a lot of hand-kissing, by their "flock" – little wonder then that a rebellious Egyptian people have come to call them "sheep."
From the Western side of the above equation – and I am still dealing here with ideological perspective rather than crass interest – it is the equally deep-seated conviction that such people as Arabs and Muslims are incapable of insisting on the sort of "liberties" that "Western Man" takes for granted."
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*"Have no doubt, Egyptian citizens are determined realists. They have overcome the fear that imprisoned them for so long but they are yet to reach a new national equilibrium. They care deeply about overcoming repression, social injustice and economic incompetence. And they will not hesitate to return to the streets in their millions should the army have ambitions beyond helping them collectively to press the rest button on the revolution and its legitimate objectives."
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* Two articles submitted by 
Hala Halim,  Amira Nowaira

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