Monday, October 07, 2013

My legacy: Between Islam, Justice, and Revolution

In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful.  

For the historical record and at times when truth and lies are mixed I want to make my legacy clear for those of you who can listen and see. In several occasions throughout the last couple years I saw people disputing over the positions of my friends after they died or went to jail and thus I wanted to make some points clear. 

Now, people will have no excuse to question me or find justifications to blame me when I die or go to jail for my positions. Also, it is a reminder for me and all my brothers and sisters who're striving to be on the side of the truth. 

My political stance on Egypt since January 25th 2011:

This is an update I made before any of the massacres took place right when Morsi was ousted by Al Sisi in early July 2013 to make it clear for people who are confused about my positions and those who haven't followed my writings since I started posting about Egypt with my real name in 2011. 

Things are not back and white, people are not only pro or anti, and the reality is much more complicated than the bits and bites of information you get from here and there, and the news that are filtered 20 times before you read it.

1- "I'm initially against the practices of Mubarak's regime that is: (Mubarak himself and his businessmen gang, the National Democratic Party also known as "Feloul", The Military industrial complex, The Police, and the security apparatus that brings them all together against the interest of the people). I still like to believe that this is the regime that we revolted against and will continue to.

Later on, I became also an opponent to the Muslim Brotherhood for allying with Mubarak's regime and I have lots of conflicting issues with the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization in terms of both their ideology and management in post 2011 Egypt. 

I didn't participate in all the electoral political events that took place since 2011 including the parliamentary elections and the presidential elections. So, I didn't vote for Morsi or anyone else because my fight wasn't in electoral politics rather in creating media, political awareness, and international solidarity.

I'm with the original goals of the revolution and at the same time I hold strong Islamic/religious principals and I have so many issues with the current opposition scene in Egypt." 

July 1st right after the June 30th protest explaining why I opposed the June30 and Tamarod initiatives. 

2- "a) Egypt is the second largest recipient of foreign aid from the US after Israel, 2 billion US $ 1.3 billion of it is a military aid to the Egyptian military to guarantee a good tie with Israel, control the Suez Canal and the Rafah border with Gaza.

b) The Egyptian military industrial complex controls over than an estimation of 40% of the economy in Egypt over which they pay no taxes or share with the rest of the population that's sinking in deep poverty.

c) The Supreme council of the Armed forces SCAF was and continues to be involved in war crimes against Egyptian protesters and civilians from the general population. (Killing, torture, military trials, rape, and more) even before Mubarak stepped down."

I spent the last two years and a half of my life repeating what I just wrote above in every possible occasion, in every talk I have given in the United States, for every interview I conducted with a media outlet, and to every person I met who didn't know just to see the whole world including my countrymen celebrating the military industrial complex solidification of power in my own country this week. If you want to accuse me of being a Morsi supporter (When I didn't even vote for him), or if you want to call me pessimistic, please go ahead. I'm not interested in debating ignorant crowds. I'm only making a statement for the historical record and a witness I shall bear when I stand in front of God."

In July the 4th, 2013 after Al Sisi ousted Morsi and took over power in Egypt. 

On Islam and Revolution:

My religious outlook in life that I'm trying to attain though I keep failing is described here: "And strive in His cause as you ought to strive.(With sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you "Muslims" before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give charity and hold fast to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper." (Quran 22:78).

And my political strategy is best described here: "And I do not intend to differ from you in that which I have forbidden you. My intent is to seek reform to the best of my power; and my success (in my task) can only come from Allah. Upon him I have put my trust, and to Him I shall return." (Quran 11:88).

I like to think that I'm a revolutionary because I'm a Muslim and because Islam itself as a lifestyle and a doctrine is revolutionary. Both standing up for justice and revolution are an act of worship and the revolutionary model Islam has is yet to be introduced to nowadays non-Muslims and even some Muslims.
 I have always wanted to write about this, and talk about Islam and revolution from my personal experience but I get so overwhelmed every time I try to. For now, this is something I can relate to that I wanted to share with people. This is a passage I translated from a statement written by a group of young revolutionary men in Egypt who're revolting because they're religious Muslims.

"We think of the true revolutionary as one that must be in peace with their religion, and we think that a Muslim who is truly religious will necessarily become revolutionary. Islam's outlook and theory on change is at its foundations revolutionary by default. Islam does not accept conciliation with the oppressors, it refuses to work under any umbrella of corruption, and it does not put personal and individual interests ahead of the Islamic approach and its principals.
Those Muslims who operate under the umbrellas of corruption, accept half-way solutions, abandon their Islamic founding principles, adopt other ever-changing principles, raise false slogans that are not in accordance with their beliefs, and then claim to do all of this for Islam are harming nothing but Islam itself. The ends do not justify the means in Islam, both the ends and the means must be pure and in accordance to faith." 

Ahrar Movement in July 2013.

On Justice:

1- "O you who have believed be upholders of Justice, and bearers of witness to Truth for the sake of Allah, even though it may be against yourselves or against your parents and kinsmen, or the rich or the poor, for God is more concerned with their well-being than you are. Do not, then, follow your own desires lest you keep away from Justice. If you twist or turn away from (The Truth), know that God is well aware of all that you do". (Quran: 4:136).

"O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in Justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do". (Quran: 5:8).

This is my measure for what Justice mean and the reason why I believe standing up for justice should not be selective, based on our own desires and preferences, or on what we can relate to. Standing up for justice and speaking the truth should only be for the sake of establishing justice on earth among mankind as we are commanded to do.

So for example, If you want to condemn violence and persecution only when it's against people "you can relate to", and if you're in the west or you're a liberal Middle Easterner yourself (whatever that means) and you feel like you're having such a hard time speaking up for people who're just too conservative for your own progressive preferences, that's your problem. Don't expect everyone to follow your twisted model of "Standing up for justice" and don't think for a minute that there's any moral flexibility or relativity in justifying the killing or persecution of a group you have personal biases against. 

On Truth:

1- Prophet Muhammad peace and mercy be upon him said: "A time will also come upon people when they will employ deceit in everything. At that time the liars will be declared as the Truthful and the Truthful will be condemned as liars. The evil one’s will be regarded as upright while the upright will be regarded as evil people; The "Ruwaibadha" will represent (lead) the people. It was asked as to who the "Ruwaibadha" were? He said they were the incompetent, unscrupulous and insignificant people. They will attend to the important matters pertaining to the public and make decisions.”

2- "Men are known by holding to truth, and truth is not distinguished through men." Ali bin Abi Talib may Allah be pleased with him.

So, even if millions agreed on something wrong it doesn't change the fact it's wrong, and just because a human being you like and respect picked up the wrong position it doesn't change the fact the position itself is wrong. 

Your measure shouldn't be the men you have known for being truthful rather, truth should be your only measure. Follow the truth, stick to it, hold it strongly even if it means your death, even if you're alone there.
At times, it won't matter who's saying the truth and who's standing on your side now with it, because these things are ever changing. 

Establishing Justice and holding to truth are both obligated commandments. The believers do not compromise the basic commandments of God in order to attain some limited measure of material success. They are principled individuals, sticking by their beliefs and practices regardless of how odd they may seem or how lonely and isolated the society may make them. Allah said, “Say, not equal are the evil and the good, although the abundance of evil might impress you. So fear Allah, O you of understanding, that you may be successful” (Quran 5:100).

And if you are trying your best to be on the side of the Truth and Justice:

"So, be patient. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And let them not disquiet you who have no certainty in faith." (Quran 30:60).

Sunday, Dhul Qidaa the 30th,1434
October the 6th, 2013
Berkeley, CA


The said...

Salam Alikom

A fascinating read, and extremely similar to the views of other Egyptians I know. I think Egyptians are tiring of all this now don't you?

Please do write about your Islamic stance too, I know how hard it is but ins'allah, you can :-) It is a tough one... for one Islam says we should obey our rulers, for another it says we should stand for justice. Like all things Islamic, finding the happy middle is the goal!

The said...

Salam Alikom

A fascinating read, and extremely similar to the views of other Egyptians I know. I think Egyptians are tiring of all this now don't you?

Please do write about your Islamic stance too, I know how hard it is but ins'allah, you can :-) It is a tough one... for one Islam says we should obey our rulers, for another it says we should stand for justice. Like all things Islamic, finding the happy middle is the goal!