Egypt has rich history; both in the canvas of ancient histories as well as for being the hub for the Islamization. And I myself is an Egyptologist-self-freak as I got really excited with anything that has to do with Egypt histories (mummies, pharaohs, etc) – I even spent quite amounts of AUD dollars just to visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Melbourne 2011 (refer to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/myriads-of-melbourne-home-of-vegemite-city-of-4-seasons-in-a-day-australian-ranch-lifestyles-in-churchill-island-penguin-parade-in-phillip-island-queen-victoria-market-shopping-st-ki/). The existence of Al-Azhar University, which happens to be one of the most prominent Islamic universities in the world has cemented the position of Egypt as a top-notch Islamic country. Nevertheless, with the recent political turmoil happening in Egypt; it is sad to see that the country is plunging into the deep abyss due to political glitches – claiming thousands of innocent lives along the way.
Egypt 5th President and the first democratically-elected President, Mohamed Mursi, from Ikhwanul-Muslimin.
In 2011, Arab world was fueled with the sentiment called “Arab Spring”. Commoners and plain people came united together to topple ruthless leaders and wanted to make a breath change of the administrations in their respective countries. In conjunction with that, Egypt aslo joined the bandwagon; the sentiment led to the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s dictator was overthrown and Mohamed Morsi elected as the 5th President of Egypt on 30th June 2012. As the first democratically-elected President (with the former presidents election claimed to be marred with frauds and conspiracies), Morsi held the ambitious hopes of the Egyptians that the country will move forward to a new prosperous and transparent governance.
Former regime dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
As a politician with eminent background from the political party Muslim Brotherhood or “Ikhwanul-Muslimin”, Morsi was determined to eliminate bribes and any deficiencies in the government institutions which were rampant issues in the era of Hosni Mubarak. Nevertheless, his efforts were hindered by the fact that there were still a lot of Hosni Mubarak’s avid supporters and alliance in the governing arena. He also tried to cleanse the government from all Mubarak’s discrepancies, stains and remnants by firing officers that were closely affiliated with Hosni Mubarak’s era as well as trying to seek justices for those who were wrongly persecuted during the Mubarak’s regime.
General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi. Originally was selected by Mursi, he then joined force with the alliance to topple Mursi and seized the administration governance power. Talk about politics. Sheesh!
In 22nd November 2012, Morsi issued a declaration which stated that as a president, he would be exempted and immunized from any legal jurisdictions and challenges. The declaration was meant to protect Constituent Assembly draft which will reinforce new paths in the administration of new Egypt. Apart from that, those who were persecuted during Mubarak’s regime will be given second chance via retrials. This was important as to protect the draft from being sabotaged by the political foes. Unfortunately, this was viewed in wrong perspective by the secular and liberal groups – they saw these as the reinforcement of rigid Islamic laws; hence protested the declaration!
Tahrir Square – the place that plays pivotal role in assembling the voices of Egypt.
The secular incited gatherings and street-protests and this led to public unrest until it reached the apex on 3rd July 2013 when the originally-selected-by-Morsi -himself Defense Minister, Abdul Fattah As-Sisi has announced the military Coup d’etat of Egypt’s administration from Morsi’s governance. With that, Morsi was detained in his house and a few Ikhwanul Muslimin members were arrested. According to various reports, protests were conducted because of the inefficiencies of Morsi’s governance in stabilizing the economical growth, to overcome electricity shortage, public violence, etc – BUT, it is apparent that these are pressures and schemes concocted by Morsi’s political foes as well as Mubarak’s loyalists. Like what people said, you can’t hide the stench smell of a dead elephant. It is crystal clear. Sigh.
Rabaah Al-Adawiya mosque was ambushed and attacked by Al-Sisi’s soldiers just because it was the site for Morsi’s supporters – claiming more than 500 lives and injuring 3,700 people as well as destroying the facade of the historical mosque.
In the period of this political turmoil which in turn has become violence collision between the Morsi’s supporters and the soldiers led by As-Sisi, several sites were erected as the hub for these supporters to gather and one of them was the famous Rabaah al-Adawiyah Mosque. On 14th August 2013, the mosque was ambushed by the soldiers, killing more than 500 people and approximately 3,700 people were injured! With the usage of weapons and tear gasses by the soldiers against the merely stone-throwers of Morsi’s supporters, the facades of the famous Rabaah Al-Adawiyah were blown to smithereens. In the act of to condemn this malevolence, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyib Erdogan launched the “four fingers sign” to symbolise Rabaah Al-Adawiya as “Rabaah” which in Arab means 4. It was an act of protest towards the violence and ruckus caused by the As-Sisi’s soldiers.
When political parties and stances collided, the innocent lives are victimized. Inalillah…. *sniff*
On top of that, my heart fell for the heart-wrenching letter written by the leading Muslim Brotherhood leader Beltaji to his daughter, a 17 years-old Asmaa; who was killed in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. Turkey Prime Minister Erdogan wept and broke when the poem/letter was read as he imagined his own daughter :-
“My beloved daughter and dignified teacher Asma al-Beltaji; I do not say goodbye to you; I say tomorrow we shall meet again.
You have lived with your head held high, rebellious against tyranny and shackles and loving freedom. You have lived as a silent seeker of new horizons to rebuild this nation to assume its place among civilizations.
You never occupied yourself with what preoccupies those of your age. Even though traditional studies failed to fulfil your aspirations and interest; you have always been the first in your class.
I have not had enough of your precious company in this short life, especially that my time did not allow me to enjoy your companionship. The last time we sat together at Rabaa Al Adawiya square you asked me “even when you are with us you are busy” and I told you “it seems that this life will not be enough to enjoy each other’s company so I pray to God that we enjoy our companionship in paradise.”
Two nights before you were murdered I saw you in my dream in a white wedding dress and you were an icon of beauty. When you lay next to me I asked you “Is it your wedding night?” You answered, “It is in the noon not the evening”. When they told me you were murdered on Wednesday afternoon I understood what you meant and I knew God had accepted your soul as a martyr. You strengthened my belief that we are on the truth and our enemy is on falsehood.
It caused me severe pain not to be at your last farewell and see you for the last time; not to kiss your forehead; and not be honoured to lead your funeral prayer. I swear to God, my darling I was not afraid for my life or from an unjust prison, but I wanted to carry the message you scarified your soul for; to complete the revolution, to win and achieve its objectives.
Your soul has been elevated with your head held high resisting the tyrants. The treacherous bullets have hit you in the chest. What spectacularly determined and pure soul. I am confident that you were honest to God and He has chosen you among us to honour you with sacrifice.
Finally, my beloved daughter and dignified teacher:
I do not say goodbye, but I say farewell. We shall meet soon with our beloved Prophet and his companions in Heaven where our wish to enjoy each other’s company and our loved ones’ company will come true.”
Turkey Prime Minister, Erdogan cried when he heard the poem written by Beltaji, whose daughter, the 17 years-old Asmaa; was shot dead at Rabaa Al-Adawiyah. Inalillah. May ALLAH SWT blessed her soul.
To date, the political turmoil is still very much unrest in Egypt. The staged dramas are still continue to be played while along the way, thousands of innocent lives were claimed. As a Moslem, all I can do is pray and hope for the best. You know, all in all, this isn’t solely about Islam or Moslem. It is about breaching the rights of humanity. Democracy was staged as the valve to freedom; and yet democracy too is being used as a decoy to persecute the detested foes. To hear that Morsi now will be trialed under the charges of murdering innocent lives whereas Hosni Mubarak will most probably released from his sentences – you wonder “where is humanity?” May ALLAH SWT bless those who fight in the laws of Lord SWT. Amin.