An Ancient Nation Rising Once Again
If 911 was a seminal moment in the life of 1.2 billion people of the world that portrayed them as scum of the earth, 211 must be their redemption. For a decade sensitive and proud Muslims had to tread thin water for fear that they would be called Al Qaeda or Taliban with the slightest pretext, and would be locked up in the gulags especially created for them by the vengeance seeking rulers of the western world. Such was the impact of that lowly moment in that awful day of September that no Muslim writer in the west had the courage to defend their community, and it was left to progressive Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and writers of other religions to defend these people.
A group of progressive Muslims sought vainglory in condemning their own religion, degrading their prophet, and using every opportunity to slight their religious institutions, without realizing that every other organized religions are guilty of the same offense.
Now with the blood of 400 or so people, a nation of 85 million have wiped their communal shame, not only theirs, but world-wide of the brethren of their own faith, and how fitting it is that it is the people of an ancient civilization, who were among the firsts to make true transformation from animal life to human, that have that honor! Eric Walberg wrote, “An openly operating Muslim Brotherhood will contribute in a host of ways to solving Egypt’s horrendous poverty and social degradation, giving Muslims a new confidence and pride. Sectarian problems, also ironically, will fade as Muslims take control of their lives after decades of neocolonial humiliation.”
Nonetheless, if Egypt has to lead the Muslim world they have to do that shedding their Muslim label and embracing their secular identity. So far the people of Egypt has demonstrated that they are capable of doing that, which raises the specter that they indeed are competent of becoming true leaders once again, like they were 5000 years ago. Writing about the revolution, John Stubley wrote glowingly, “We are witnessing unfold in Egypt an expression of the inner reality of the human being in our time. No longer does the human being of today wish to subjugate themselves to the ruler ship of another. No longer do we seek for Pharaohs, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers etc. who stand in for our own highest potential. No – today, we ourselves are the kings and queens we are looking for – the new Pharaohs of Egypt and the world.”Continued on the next page