My heart is torn between East and West. I live somewhere between the present and the past. I don't know who I am.
Al Aswany acknowledged a bunch of people in the dedication of his book. Bilal Fadl was one of them. I met that idiot in New York and my mom humiliated his ass in front of a whole room of people and then we lived happily ever after. “Intellectual” circles in Egypt make me nauseous. Al Aswany practically wrote a mini-melodrama in the introduction of the book to win the sympathy of liberal intellectuals like himself and Westerners to ensure that his version of Egyptian society is the most authentic (Hell no. It’s full of ugly stereotypes and biases). Reading that book while listening to the Morsi speech in the background is the ultimate irony.
I had to write a paper on one of his books ‘Friendly Fire’ - it’s exactly as you describe it, stories full of ugly stereotypes and biases. Let’s also not forget that this is the same guy who came out and said that illiterate people shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they tend to vote for “Islamists”.
I actually used to respect the guy for his activism under Mubarak’s regime but he really messed up after the revolution.
I discussed this issue before in this post. I think sexual harassment in itself is a disgusting act wherever it happens to take place whether it be in Egypt or in any other part of the world.
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(cringe) oh man no please don’t tell me you thought that speech was good please no
Just going to put it out there and say that whilst I thought Morsi’s speech was really good (if a bit on the long side), I was really upset and angered by the fact that he didn’t address the Shi’aa killings that took place in Giza. To be fair, the presidency did issue a statement condemning the act but an incident on that scale should have at least been mentioned in such an important speech.
The single most factor that unites the opposition in Egypt is their deep-rooted and often Islamophobic hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis (the so-called “Islamists”.) They’re even willing to work with prominent figures from the old regime in order to try and “make Egypt a better…
I don’t believe the opposition is out of “islamophobic” attitudes.
I think we can all remember a time in 2011 when we were all “Eid wa7da” or “one hand” and we had plans to include all parties in the government, and we wanted true democracy. And you have the videos of individuals (including morsy ) from the brotherhood talk about how understanding and how willing they are to deal with all parties. That was all fine and dandy.
Fast forward to now and well, I dont think I need to explain. We’ve seen Morsy’s actions and they are nothing like his words before the elections. We’ve seen how they are calling anyone against them “kufar”. We’ve seen how they are abusing Islam.
I dont think its “islamophobia” because as a muslim country we know what real Islam is. We have a phobia of becoming another Iran. And before, we thought ” NO WAY, Egypt is not Iran.” But this past year has shown us that we could easily become it in a very short period of time.
and while we are it, I am personally against any party that wants to rule with a religious affiliation. Who are you to come and “rule me” with a religion ? Religion is something between every individual and God.
I couldn’t care less if the president prayed 10 times a day or if he wasn’t even muslim. As a people we want someone who will bring Justice.
In my point of view, any party who uses any religion to campaign for themselves is a party that has no real plans, structure, or foundation to rule a country, and so they use what is easily accessible to them, and especially easy to use with poor, uneducated people: religion.
its perfect for them because anyone who says anything against them is “against God”
This does not mean we need Mubarak back. Hell no. We need to find someone who truly cares for the country and its people. We cannot be so limited to the point of choosing either from the past regime or from a religiously affiliated party.
I agree with some of what you have to say but in all honesty, you’ve brought up points that have absolutely nothing to do with what I had originally posted. I’ll address these points anyway.
Egypt becoming another Iran? Please don’t make me laugh. Anyone with a basic history of either country’s progression would tell you that Egypt’s situation has no relevance to the events that took place in Iran. This in itself is the very Islamophopic attitude that I am referring to whereby the opposition and the media fabricate such ludicrous lies about the “Ikhwanization” of Egypt (whatever that means) and accuse the government of trying to “turn the country into another Iran.” Turn it into another Iran how exactly? Why are you so horrified by such a (non-existent) prospect? Is it because the only aspect of Iran we’re told about is the one where big, angry, scary ISLAMIST guys with bushy, furrowed eyebrows tell women how to dress? Sadly, that’s the only thing we know about Iran and why some people in Egypt hold such negative sentiments towards its politics.
Again, your fears are unfounded. The Islamophobia I am talking about is where the opposition and the media have made it the norm to stereotype and ridicule those who choose to grow their beards as “extremist Islamists”. The Islamophobia I am talking about is the one where you have women wearing the hijab being attacked in the street by some members of the opposition. The Islamophobia I am talking about is where anything pertaining to religion is ridiculed and deemed “backwards.”
The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) in Egypt has also been subject to such attacks. They have been demonised to such a degree that anyone belonging or suspected (because apparently, it has now become a crime to be affiliated with the group) of belonging to the group or its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) are subject to vicious attacks including harassment on the street as well as the vandalisation of their headquarters and offices. Just today, a member of the FJP was killed after he was shot in the head. There has also been other cases (TW: GRAPHIC IMAGE. The man in the picture actually died) of violence instigated against individuals just because they are members of the MB or FJP. They also refer to the MB as “sheep”. When you begin to dehumanise an individual or a group of people in such a manner, it’s easy to justify acts of aggression towards them and that’s exactly what we’ve seen happening. Quite frankly, I don’t see any difference in the way that the MB are being portrayed now to how they were being portrayed under Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. It’s the same narrative and we’re being told to fear the same people when it’s the remnants of the old regime who we should really be opposing, the very same people who are supporting the 30/6 protests against Morsi, the very same people who ruined the country in the first place and the very same people whose actions instigated the 2011 revolution in Egypt. Yet we now seem to think it’s normal that the opposition should unite forces with such despicable figures (Shafiq, Amr Moussa, Okasha and even some judges etc.) who call themselves “revolutionaries”.
You repeatedly talk about what the people want but I think you’re forgetting a very important point: the people have already chosen what they want. The people of Egypt have already chosen who they want to rule them and how they want to be ruled. The people exercised their democratic rights and the majority voted in free and fair elections for the current president to represent them. They also voted in favour of adopting the new constitution and before all that, they voted in Parliamentary elections which resulted in a majority win for the FJP and Al-Nour parties. They won these elections not because they’ve been “brainwashing” the people or because they’ve been bribing them with “sugar and oil” to get into power - the MB has been doing such work for 80+ years in Egypt and they were actually getting thrown in prisons and tortured for doing that work. They won these elections because they have a strong following and support base, something which the opposition clearly lacks. Fair enough, many people voted for Morsi in the 2nd round because they did not want Shafiq to get into power. Nevertheless, it’s really upsetting to see Egyptians talking about their fellow countrymen and women in that way. Some of these people that you see as “uneducated” actually have a better understanding of what’s going on in Egypt than those who claim to be experts. I also think you really need to research more about secularism because such a model simply won’t work in Egypt.
You also talk about Morsi’s actions and his promises before the elections. Morsi repeatedly invited the opposition to meet and discuss future plans for Egypt but they repeatedly rejected his requests and invitations. Who’s not willing to deal with who now? That’s also what I was referring to in my original post. Do I think the MB is perfect? Absolutely not! Of course the government and Morsi have their problems and of course they’ve made mistakes and it’s something we need to call them out on but we must offer alternatives and solutions when doing so, not simply ridiculing and attacking their every move. Morsi has a lot of work to do but that’s why we have 4-year terms, to give the elected president, whoever they may be, a chance to implement their political programs in order to better the country’s situation.
Please accept my apologies if you’ve recently sent me a message and I haven’t got back to you yet. I just have a few things that need sorting out but I promise I’ll reply to you soon.
To the UNRWA, Mahmoud Abbas and his fellow scumbags in the PA government: Stop trying to hijack the success of Assaf in order to polish your dirty as filth reputation. You’ve done absolutely nothing for the Palestinian people. Your fake smiles, certificates, trophies and honours aren’t impressing anyone. You’re still hated no matter how many nice press photos you take shaking hands with the winner so either go do your jobs properly or just leave the Palestinian people be.
Here are some views:
theorthodoxbrit answered: I think people have the right to express their displeasure but selling it as an attempt to force him to leave office is unproductive.
tooteh answered: Worse than ever.
qalbrawan answered: Im not allowed to leave my house. I think its gonna get violent and i know morsi wont step down.
missegyptian answered: I think we have seen enough nonsense from Morsi and his political party to ask for him to leave.Egypt is deteriorating, lets not “just wait”
rarefreespirit answered: I dont think it will be enough to get morsi to step down
soso-surprise answered: well considering today [reference to protests held by supporters of Morsi in Cairo on 21/06/2013] owe can see ALOT OF supporters for Morsi and Hamas are bffs w/Morsi i can tell it’ll be a bloody day
bloglikeanegyptian answered: yeah i’m not optimistic i don’t think people are united enough in their request for earlier elections, which is what they should ask for
LOL. You can vote for whoever you want, I am not supporting anyone, just so you know, so I really don’t care who you, your family or friends vote for. I actually like Assaf’s voice better than Ahmad Gamal’s but that wasn’t my point. Egypt has nothing to do with this and I know many Egyptians who also support Assaf so please don’t talk about the country or the people like that.
Hope you and your loved ones are doing well.
What’s a bit surprising to me is that, when it comes to discussions of Hijab, or as much as I hate this concept, “explanations of Hijab” to non-Muslims, everything is touched upon — fashion industry, the male gaze, feminist rhetoric, female empowerment, convenience, culture, tradition, “But everyone else covers, too! [insert picture of women following 20 major and minor world religion with some sort of head covering] — just not Divine commandment. At the end of the day, we do wear this because He commanded us to. We cover, in this specific way, because this is how we were commanded to cover. (If you’re gonna pollute my askbox with anonymous demands for proof for this - don’t bother. I’m not about to pass Fatwas, sorry.)
Yes, the Hijab has liberating effects, it has empowering effects, it has a thousand blessings in disguise. But those are effects, not causes. The way prayer has a thousand benefits, yet the reason we pray is not because of those benefits, it’s because we are commanded to.
“Commandment” has negative connotations. But God doesn’t command for His own good. He doesn’t need us to pray to Him, He doesn’t need us to wear Hijab for him. A central Shari’i principal is to bring benefit or prevent harm. Look at each commandment, at each rule — it brings benefit or prevents harm.
Excellent point and very well-put.