Live, and Let Live

This is your life, and it is yours alone. You have complete freedom over your actions, as long as this freedom does not hinder someone else’s. You’re free to love, free to hate, free to build, free to waste. You’re free to live a life that defines you. Because in the end, that’s all that matters.

The same with feelings. You cannot force a certain feeling on someone. Just because you sympathize with someone, doesn’t mean the whole world must feel the same way. We are, nevertheless, different in how we express our emotions, and our brains are not wired the same way. Though this argument immediately turns empty with certain subjects of interest. Some subjects should never be argued between one human being and another, unless one of them is a psychopath, only then no justified blame can be thrown.

As we move forward in time, we’re constantly anticipating changes that would make our lives easier. Time, along side with hard work, has always mesmerized us with the amount, quality, and pace of development, growth, and evolution that the future holds for us. But all of this is of the material world. Speaking of the spiritual world, nothing but pure degradation is the outcome of these changes.

As fast as the expansion and development of the material world is considered, spirituality, along side with humanity, is coming to an end. We are, nonetheless, spiritual beings.

One of the reasons why we’ve reached this level of apathy, is I believe to be ignoring our instincts, ignoring our brothers and sisters’ need for sympathy. We became selfish living beings. For as long as ‘we’ are living a decent life, nothing else matters.

Surely, there’s nothing wrong with living your life. As the motto goes: “Live, and let live.” but if I’m living a decent life, and my brothers and sisters aren’t being able to live, how am I suppose to live?

I will end this post with Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s famous quote:

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

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Overview of the Past Year

General el-Sisi

On the 30th of June 2013, Egypt witnessed one of its most tremendous demonstrations against any ruler or government. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of the 19 Generals of the infamous SCAF, and who has been Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the presidency of the former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, was moved by the massive protests, and decided to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood by force, since they were not willing to cooperate with the demands of the people by any means necessary.

Back then, General el-Sisi declared that the SCAF did not have any intention other than to protect the country borders, and specifically mentioned that the military taking over the power once again wasn’t part of its plan. A statement which many people, including myself, took for granted, and only a few along with the MB started chanting ‘Down Down with the Military Rule’ right away.

Though the Muslim Brotherhood organization is not to be taken carelessly, it’s one of the most organized and widespread organizations in the Mideast, on which most of its official members rely religiously, financially, and without its significant presence on the surface, those members would suffer big time.

So the MB, along with those in favor of a religiously based country, started demonstrating all over Egypt, and finally chose Rabaa Mosque and its surroundings to be their ‘base’, where they started building camps and lecturing their spectators, holding on to a fine line of hope for Morsi’s government to return; i.e. The electoral legitimacy. But the decision was already made, MB leaders were taken into custody one by one, and the MB organization was gone to a point of no return inside Egypt. Its only residual remained around the Rabaa Mosque area for about 40 days, before being eventually evacuated by force.

After the evacuation took place, dozens of corpses were discovered, covered in white sheets around the Rabaa Mosque area. Some of which were burnt to a degree that makes them unidentifiable. Countless rumors were already spreading, some in favor of the MB, others in favor of the officials who ordered the evacuation. To this day, which side exactly was responsible for this genocide, is still unknown to the public.

Nevertheless, the MB was officially pronounced a terrorist organization by the Egyptian officials, something that rendered new internal conflicts between the Egyptians. Families were torn apart from the very inside out following this announcement. One mother reportedly turned her own son in to the police because he was a member of the MB.

The MB supporters, along with ordinary non-politically oriented people who were merely concerned about the return of a military rule in Egypt, started demonstrating and organizing marches. Some demonstrations were naive enough to demand the return of Mohammed Morsi to the presidency. Others were just demonstrating against the premeditated violence committed against civilians, journalists, and anyone daring to oppose the military coup.

Local media went back to its old habits of polishing the officials, specifically General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was now seen as the savior who managed to free the Egyptians from radical Islam unto salvation. Regardless to el-Sisi’s dark past with Mubarak’s Regime and SCAF, he was suddenly held over shoulders, and was seen as the hero of this epoch.

The reputable Bassem Youssef, who played a huge role in overthrowing the MB, started criticizing these scenes on his satirical TV show Albernameg. He tried hard enough to direct the people to a non-idealizing mentality, one that refuses to create a new dictator, and one that is always anticipating hard work from the current regime towards achieving the goals of the revolution. But after the very first episode following the coup, his contract with the local media channel CBC was ended abruptly, which lead to him moving to a Saudi financed Egyptian channel MBC Masr. When his show continued to air on MBC Masr, he was then heavily criticized by the local media to the extent of being called an infiltrator.

Although el-Sisi was very clear about his and the military’s intention following the coup, that is being only concerned about the crimes committed in the name of religion and far from taking over the rule, he nominated himself for presidency. He, along with the local media, started utilizing the term ‘War on Terror’ in order to gain legitimacy for his actions, that included thousands of unjustified civilian and journalist arrests, not to mention the shooting and killing of protesters that has yet to be stopped.

Almost all youths of the Egyptian nation took the decision to boycott the presidential election, though their reasons slightly differed. Some saw that el-Sisi isn’t qualified to be president due to his lack of experience in the political world. Some simply saw that it wouldn’t be ethical to elect a president whose hands are stained with Egyptian blood. Others, who watched his interviews on local TV, saw how he thinks about serious problems that have been with the Egyptians for decades, such as unemployment, poverty and hunger, with such amateurishness. But most of all, many criticized his lack of concern towards having a presidential program, that he doesn’t seem willing to be obliged to have specific well known goals in his campaign.

Nevertheless, the elections took place but with an extremely low turnout, a turnout that was seen by almost everyone across the country, which made denying it rather difficult, even on the local media. Hence, the supreme electoral committee suddenly announced the second day of elections a national holiday. When that attempt failed to let people contribute, they decided to extend the elections to an extra day, with the local media heavily criticizing those who chose to boycott the elections, and warning them about a 500 Egyptian pounds (70 dollars) fine on everyone boycotting. With all these desperate attempts to let people go and vote, the incidence rate continued to be insignificant.

Surprisingly on the next day, all national news announced the winning of el-Sisi with 23 Million votes, an outcome that is significantly high compared to previous elections outcome that had all political parties contributing.

The Egyptians have been struggling with dictatorship for quite some time now. The transformation from dictatorship to democracy will need massive awareness, cure from denial, and eventually willingness to change. All those aspects are yet to be present among the Egyptians. We have to be aware of the huge degradation that has gotten into us due to the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, we are still divided. Some have already given up on the revolution, fearing to end up as Syria or Libya. Some think we do not deserve democracy, that we are barbaric and will kill each other when given the chance. Some truly believe that nothing other than a military rule can guide us to being a developed nation. Only a few still believe in change, and gladly they’re the youths, without whom nothing will ever continue to succeed.

May God be with us all

Some People

Some people spend their whole life trying to be famous.. Others just wish they could be invisible..

Some people try to get money by any means necessary.. Others try to spend it on anything unnecessary..

Some people risk millions of lives for the benefit of themselves.. Others don’t really care about their lives anymore..

Some people are willing to do anything for the benefit of human kind.. Others are willing to do exactly the opposite..

Some people dream of becoming successful to feed their ego.. Others dream of becoming less aware of themselves to kill their ego..

Some people put so much trust in you and you throw it all away.. Others put so much shit on you and you keep them locked in pain..

Some people would do anything just to be with someone.. Others would do anything just to avoid being with someone..

Some people invest in what they own today for owning more tomorrow.. Others don’t know what the future holds for them..

Some people collect what they’ve invested to be able to live happily.. Others already gave up on what they have and don’t know how to live humanly..

Some people buy.. Some people sell..

Some people write.. Some people tell..

Some people cry.. Some people pray..

Some people love.. Some people learn..

Some people continue to do the same things

Some people do not understand the meaning of life.. Others got the whole truth in their heart..

Which kind are you?

Moment of Silence

I’m feeling terribly sad about what happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Its a disaster. No words can fully describe the brutality of such incident. It reminded me of the 9/11 incident. I kept thinking of all the possible theories while following the news with care. As a Muslim, I was reminded of the 9/11 impact on the Muslim world, and how it changed the way Arabs and Muslims are depicted and treated in the US and elsewhere. Then I thought of the several theories that were proposed afterwards concerning the 9/11 incident; That 9/11 was actually an inside job, seeking a motive for invading Iraq for economical purposes, and so forth.

It’s so pathetic. It’s so pathetic either ways, whether it’s because a bunch of crazy lunatics covering their faces are misleading the public into thinking that Islam is a religion of violence, or because a bunch of heartless bastards creating violence for political and economical purposes and blaming the Muslims for it. Either way, it is absolutely crazy, irrational and unacceptable.

I just got home from work and wasn’t following the news much, so I don’t know exactly what the investigations have lead to so far. But I know for sure that whoever did this, whoever responsible for this, deserves severe and maximum type of punishment. I just pray for all the innocent people who lost their lives, lost their loved ones, for all those who got severely injured, and for every single person feeling insecure. May none of us, nor our children, witness such hatred and violence again, Amen.

Conversation with a friend

Hello again, this time I wanna post something that has been occupying my mind for a while. I graduated from faculty of Engineering major Electronics and Communication during January 2011. It was a tough job to concentrate on my graduation project while Egypt was passing through a historical moment that was not expected at all. But finally Al7amdulellah I passed with a B+ which was something I could not dream of.

Thinking about my future under the circumstances that Egypt is currently passing by makes me wanna migrate to another country. At the same time looking at some one like Wael Ghonim, the 31 year old former head of marketing at Google middle east and north Africa, who left his position in order to focus on what’s happening in Egypt nowadays, makes me wanna think twice before migrating.

I was discussing this issue with a friend of mine yesterday, whether I should take an opportunity to work outside Egypt or not. Frankly speaking, the salary isn’t the only aspect I’m concerned about. I’m concerned more about the lifestyle, the weather, the working environment and finally the experience. For example, the lifestyle in the Gulf countries is much different from that in Egypt. The weather is much more hot, everything is indoor. Plus that your friends won’t be around if you wanna chill out for a while!

Then my friend illuminated something that wasn’t on my mind at that time. Simply he told me that the lifestyle you’re worrying about, sooner or later will come to an end. Your friends will get married, everyone will focus on his/her life and eventually you’ll be worrying about making enough money to marry instead of chilling out for a while. Simply that’s the circle of life, you never stay a teenager forever or a 20 year old forever, every age has its interests and we are all getting old sooner or later. A dark point of view but still kind of realistic at least.

So I told him: Alright! I’m a person who cannot live outside my country because I love my country! and Egypt is my mother and her Nile is my blood and stuff like that..

His response was unpredictable to me I guess. He told me: Whenever you are outside Egypt, you will have this feeling for sure, its like withdrawal symptoms of a certain drug or something. But whenever you get this feeling, take the first trip back to Egypt! Only then you will realize the dark true reality that Egypt is not as good as it seems to you now! You will see the pollution, the traffic chaos and the continued corruption although the last regime was removed!

Then he told me a story of a friend of his who was doing his masters degree in Finland, and while he was there he was asked to fill out a questionnaire that was necessary to start doing his masters. The questionnaire was psychological questions with choices from Excellent to bad, so he filled them all with fair and good. Only to find out that a woman from the government is visiting him the next day concerned about his psychological state! Knowing that, made me feel like an animal in my country! These people understand and treat you like a human being, while we here argue about whether the human rights representatives are taking external financial aids or not.. Sick, isn’t it?

In conclusion, Egypt is still my mother and her Nile is still my blood. But the fact that Egyptians are treated like animals and proud! is not so pleasing to me.

I hope one day we could understand the true meaning of human beings and respect them the way they should be respected. And I hope we do not need to migrate to be treated as human beings, I wanna be treated like a human being here.

May Allah be with us all

Peace!