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

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Different Types of Masks

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

Peace

A Plea of Desperation

Here we are, once again.. Back to square number one. After a long way towards freedom, full of obstacles, we finally learn one thing.. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got..

Its no longer a choice, we are bound to get our ass kicked. No matter what we do or what we say, some people don’t listen.. Or maybe some people got used to their current lifestyle, and are not willing to pay for a change..

We all live in the same bubble, but not all of us pay the price. Its the weak, unhealthy, poor and anonymous people who get to work their ass off the hook of every system. And its the powerful, healthy, rich and well known people who take credit for it.

If you are one of the latter, you will never show sympathy to anyone from the former. If you are one of the former, you will always show envy towards the latter. Its really a sick world we’re living, and guess who takes the credit then? Atheists!

To have a dream and live for it is good, but you have to have something aside, tolerance. If you are not tolerant towards the daily events of your life, you might just give up your dream right before it happens..

Watch the current events with care. See how the presidential candidates refused to unite with each other, and how that affected the votes. See how each candidate’s supporters fight each other on whose right and whose wrong. Most of all, take a close look at Shafiq’s supporters and how they feel about themselves. Do not underestimate the power of ignorance.

Those who piss us the most, are our greatest teachers. We may start questioning ourselves or even fall in the “Why” misconception. I just hope we get out of where we are soon, a plea of desperation..

May Allah be with us all..

Peace!

A Message to the Islamists

So that’s how it goes around here. The smart thinks he’s the smartest ass around, not knowing that every little detail is clearer than water. We are friends as long as it is safe. But if we ever fall in water, I may have to drown you in order to live. That’s today’s ideology of some people growing their beards, shortening their pants and, unfortunately, carrying a Muslim ID.

I remember the date quite well. On the 19th of November 2011, there were protesters “AKA martyr’s relatives” occupying Tahrir square, chanting against SCAF when the police forces scattered them by force. Back then, those people who grow their beards, shorten their pants and, unfortunately, carry a Muslim ID, claimed that those, who were scattered by the forces, were a bunch of thugs who had the intention to hinder the parliamentary elections. Out of which were 41 killed and thousands seriously injured.

Days went by and those people who grow their beards, shorten their pants and, unfortunately, carry a Muslim ID, won 65% of the parliamentary chairs. Which gave them the power to speak in the name of the Revolution, and guess what? They became best friends with SCAF! So any idiot chanting against SCAF is someone who has really bad intentions.

But Good Lord, nothing ever lasts! It seems like they forgot about their pinky promise and the devil played his role in splitting them apart, pity.

The thing is, no one gets away with it unless you’re an asshole, and you’re not. Every little detail is clear to the third person who is watching, the two sides always see from their point of view.

If we ever have to unite with you again it’ll be for the bigger benefit, Egypt. Otherwise you’ll always stay a douche, who thinks that Allah will forgive him for growing his beard, shortening his pants and, unfortunately, carrying a Muslim ID.

May Allah be with us all..

Peace!

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!