Sometimes the hardest questions have the simplest answers, we just need to know where to look for them. Other times the questions that seem so hard are in fact simple, and we are the ones complicating things. Most of the time, our perception and understanding to ourselves, as well as our perspective to the world around us, is what indicates simplicity or complexity towards our decisions or whatever we encounter. It is for that reason that we cannot fairly judge the people around us, when we don’t have the slightest idea on what’s going on inside their world, or how they get to see it.
Its funny how we sometimes hide our true personality behind a more acceptable mask or appearance to look better or to appeal to as many people as possible. Sometimes it’s our family and loved ones who get to see the genuine side of ours. Other times our true identity is never shown to any human beings other than ourselves.
It’s even more funny I used the word “personality” followed by the word “mask”. For your info, the word “personality” comes from the Latin word “persona” which means mask, which makes allot of sense.
Prior to any elections, politicians will always wear masks that identifies them as one of the people to gain as many votes as possible, while in fact they could be the furthest from this identification. Company sales representatives will always wear masks that identifies their company as the best in its field, regardless to where the truth lies. Celebrities are sometimes willing to wear masks of whatever company willing to pay them the greatest amount of money and fortune, in return for an advertisement!
But recently in Egypt, a powerful new influential form of deceit has risen, which is the religious masks phenomenon. I personally wasn’t aware of the magnitude of this problem, until I began to see its impact on the people.
It’s based on falsely convincing the people around you that you have a message to deliver in the name of God, while in reality you’re looking for achieving your own personal benefits and purposes. In Egypt’s case, a group of people calling themselves the “Muslim Brotherhood” as well as other political parties, wore religious masks in order to gain parliamentary seats and achieve absolute power over the country.
These parties, with their highly intelligence and co-ordination all over the country, have succeeded in exploiting the ignorance of the Egyptian people, among whom were religiously, politically, and even linguistic illiterates, to their own political benefit. They deliberately deceived them into thinking that they are living in a non-Muslim world, and that Egypt badly needs them to be in charge for the sake of Islam. As a result, they were blindly given most of the votes from the poor illiterate people, whom alone form about 30% of the Egyptian population, and they won about 65% of the parliament, followed by a re-vote between one of them, Mohamed Morsi, and one of the former regime candidates, Ahmed Shafiq.
After winning the presidential elections, I thought the activities hiding behind religious masks would come to an end. But on the contrary, it was spread to a more dangerous zone where it can deceive more and more religiously and politically illiterates, the Egyptian media. Nowadays you find the so called “Sheikhs” and “Imams” appearing on their private media channels, approving every single word coming from President Morsi or his regime
as if they were claiming that they are actually descendants of the holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, and that they should not be questioned!
Of course logically now any one with the opposition side is now, God forbid, against Allah and his Prophet, and should be treated as if they were enemies of Islam. And they are actually treated this way now.
A few months earlier from today, a group of protesters were gathered at the Ittihadiya Palace with their tents and “Nesto” cheese, opposing the new incompatible constitution, while another group of religiously motivated people suddenly attacked them, tortured whoever fell in their hands in the name of Allah, claiming that those were thugs who needed discipline.
Now if any religiously illiterate person saw what happened on that day, the stereotyping of Muslims to violence will no longer be a stereotype. It will be a fact that Islam is a religion that encourages violence when all the people around the globe watch us kill each other over differences in political views.
The leaders responsible for this incident are well known, and we do have solid proof on social networking sites that proves the fact that they were heading towards Ittihadya Palace to show those protesters some discipline. But none of whom were questioned, in fact they are still to this day misleading people on TV and the internet, as if nothing has ever happened!
I see the main problem in pure ignorant large amounts of people, following false leaders who are in fact misleading them from the right path. All of this originated from the idea of politicians wearing religious masks to intentionally deceive the young religiously illiterate people into believing that those leaders have a straight connection to Allah, and therefore worth dying for.
In conclusion, we need to know our religion, our Islam, where there is no one whatsoever between you and Allah in this epoch. A mosque is a place where you pray and learn your religion, not a place where you should be hearing political arguments. A parliament is where you should be hearing political arguments. A politician is either a politician or an Islamic preacher, as we’ve all seen what this can lead to in the end.
Oh and one more thing, Morsi and his regime are not descendants of the holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him. They are part of the religious masks phenomenon and should be sent for trials in court on charges of deceit, torture and murder.
May Allah be with us all
The question shouldn’t be fate or not fate.. We sometimes know the reasons behind some incidents, other times the reasons remain hidden. It’s not our duty to look for them either, as it would open an endless ocean of misery. What we should be interested in is our duty. Were we good enough? Did we do our best? If the answer is yes, then we don’t and never have to worry about anything in our lives, since it is all moving upon Allah’s will.
When ill, we are prepared to travel the world in search of a doctor who can cure us, but when our souls are diseased, we leave them to rot, waiting for Allah to send down guidance on a plate. We forget that we’re not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience on Earth, or as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin used to say it. Let us become more interested in feeding our souls rather than feeding our stomach, spend more time soul building rather than body building, and more time shopping for what could possibly make our souls look more wonderful and beautiful.