Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt Revolution

photo by Idris Abdul Rashid

"Revolution is possible!", the voice in my head jubilantly greeted me on the historic 12 February morning, the moment I woke up from my temporary death. The song uprising by Muse kept on playing in my head, over and over again. It was so beautiful. The truth.

Egypt revolution started on 25 January 2011.

5 days before the historic date, the Abolish ISA Movement had its planning meeting at Shah's Village where a conversation took place between the Chairman, Syed Ibrahim and I over lunch. He was telling me about his trip to Egypt to visit his son who was studying there. He was telling me how corrupt the government of Egypt was. Bribery was so common that it was committed out in the open, with impunity.

"My son told me that there is a fatwa issued in Egypt legalizing bribery".

It's nothing unusual isn't it? That religious institutions are being used as a tool to legalize government's unlawful, immoral and corrupt act. Worse, people hold on to these tainted religious institutions so tightly that they would be ever ready to wage war against those who question its legitimacy.

Religion is no longer seen in its substance, as more often than not, most people are more concerned to defend its form.

I replied to what Syed Ibrahim said "Instead of issuing a fatwa against the corrupt government that allows corrupt practices, those contemptuous so called religious leaders issued a fatwa legalizing corruption?".What an insult to religion!

Frankly, at this point in time, driven by an immense feeling of frustration, I felt like change in Egypt or any country around the world was nearly impossible.Look at how far we have deviated from what is right. Will change ever be possible?

25 January proved me wrong. The beautiful revolution proved me wrong.

Some may have deviated from the right path, but there are still people who believe in what is right. There are still people who believe in the truth. There are still people who would die for freedom, justice and liberties. People of Egypt have shown us what faith is. People of Egypt have shown us that falsehood could never prevail. People of Egypt have shown us that truth will eventually triumph.

In the midst of jubilant celebration of the victorious struggle, Yusuf al-Qaradawi beautifully summed up this beautiful destiny as revolution "not only a revolution of the youth, but it is rather a revolution of the Egyptian people, in its entirety and in all its categories, including Muslims and Christians, the poor and the rich, who all said "No" to the tyrant".


amicus curiae said...

alah fad. compared to one of the oldest civilisation in the world, malaysians here still cringe about valentines-and laugh hard to ulama's fatwa.

can malaysians be inspired and learn about egypt when all we care is about what's the latest colour iphone(dan) will be. and how spoilt their day would be because of traffic jam (caused by peaceful demo) for the general good.

maybe we'll have to wait until malaysia is as old as egypt. but then again, we've surpassed their count of tyrannous Pharaohs.

fadiahnadwafikri said...

hahaha, kan Af?

I just saw someone's fb's status that said "so mubarak resigned... then what?"followed by "then people will fight to be n power and yada yada yada, demo again and yada yada".

And I was like really? basically he's saying just because we cant be sure that we would have a fair system of governance at the end of every struggle, we should opt to condone tyranny under the existing ruling govt.that view is just perversely retarded.

It seems to me that he cant even differentiate the simple notion of doing what is right and fighting against what is wrong, and the obligation of doing the right thing even when its outcome is full of uncertainty. He fails to understand that what matters is striving to uphold what is right.

What a shame!

HiDa said...

Fad, I love this entry!!

fadiahnadwafikri said...


homersimpson said...


may i add as well, since then some 'tiny' milestones did occur.

first of all mubarak a goner is no small feat. a new n fresh of everything. its real life for the people there, not changing say a fun fair management.

then it was iranian ship getting the green lite to navigate thru the suez much to the anguish of israel.

then it was announced that egypt have every intention to open up rafah crossings permanently n unconditionally.

and yesterday i think, hamas n fatah decided to kiss n make up for once, (since no mubarak to dictate fatah stands) so i guess things are actually looking good. we will see, insyallah.

oh btw, i saw the man utd rss, so glory2 to wembley :)

and Allah knows best

fadiahnadwafikri said...

Dear HomerSimpson,

Yes, things are looking good.The blood and tears indeed didn't go in vain:)

My prayers are w the people of Egypt.

and yeah,I can see a glorious road for MU to wembley!:)