The past week has been a pleasant surprise.
I am a Muslim first and foremost, but being Egyptian is also a part of my identity.
I was born in the United States and have lived here my whole life, yet I have always felt an attachment to Egypt, where the rest of my non-immediate family lives and where I myself lived during some formidable years of my life. The actions of the Egyptian society this past week have truly made me proud to be Egyptian.
I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what is going on in Umm Iddunya, the nickname of Egypt meaning “Mother of the World”.
The Egyptian people planned and organized major protests against an unfair regime. Yes, that’s right, the words “Egyptian people” and “planned and organized” were just used in the same sentence. If you told me two Egyptians would meet at an agreed location at an agreed time, I would have laughed. I may be exaggerating a bit, but my point is made.
The Christians in Egypt said they would protect the Muslims while they prayed Jumu’ah (Friday prayer). That is the state the country has gotten to: where even the Christians and Muslims have united for a common cause.
This is unheard of, but Alhamdulillah it is needed for the advancement of the country of Egypt.
I hope the people of Egypt continue to be motivated to fight for their rights. I hope they do not accept these vain attempts by Husni Mubarak to keep his regime in place. May Allah help all of those fighting tyrannical rule, wherever they may be.
We are all brothers and sisters in Islam, and we should all be united against injustice anywhere and everywhere.