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يقف فى المظاهرة مرتديًا زيا غير زيّه، يندد بصوت عال يحمل خليطا من الألم والخوف معًا، لم يأت من أجل بوزيد فقط، بل من أجل رفاقه الأربعة الذين قُتلوا خلال شهرين، ولم يستطع أن يعترض حتى لا يعلم أحدهم أنه شرطى، وقف جبريل صالح جبريل (٢٩ سنة)، عسكرى فى شرطة مدينة البيضاء، يقول: «جئت معترضًا على الاغتيالات التى طالت الإعلاميين بعد الشرطة والجيش، حتى صوت الشارع يبو (يبغون) يخرسونه، التكفيريون بيختاروا فى الشباب، نبو تقوم الدولة بعد سقوط شرعية المؤتمر فى ٧ فبراير، ولا نريد أن تُفرض علينا الحكومة، أصدقائى الأربعة قتلوا ، والحكومة تقول ما نعرف من قتلهم، مع إن كل الشعب عارف!».

Among the demonstrators was a disguised policeman from Bayda city, Gebreel Saleh, 29. His voice echoed fear and pain, he was not there just for Abuzeiad, four of his colleagues had been killed in two months. “I came here to protest the assassinations of media men, journalists, policemen, and army soldiers, they want to silence everybody, we want to rebuild our country, the legitimacy of the General National Congress fell on November 7th, we don’t want a government enforced on us, a government who says it does not know who killed my four friends while all the people know who killed them.”

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali shatters the liberal illusion

More than any other critic of Islam, liberals really cannot stand Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Why?
Because she’s a woman.
She’s an ex-Muslim, now apostate.
She’s a Somali refugee.
She’s university educated.
And she’s also black.

She shatters every single illusion of the worldview promoted by the vocal, metropolitan, liberal elite running amok in our Western societies. That worldview claims that “Islamophobes” (translation: anyone who dares to criticise Islam) are white, working-class men who are uneducated and from predominantly Christian countries in the West.

It’s why, for example, a photo of Birmingham-Pakistani girl Saffiyah Khan apparently confronting a bald, white EDL protestor last weekend went viral. For liberals, this was propaganda of a ‘Category A’ variety and reinforced every stereotype they want you to believe. For anyone who watched the full video and subsequently investigated Khan’s Facebook page, you’ll know what a complete media stitch-up that whole episode was.

The truth…

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why a state of emergency is not the solution

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Presidential decree with state of emergency

Not even a week after President Sisi’s ‘successful trip’ to the US in which he met with his biggest fan the new US president, the church bombings occurred. As usual, the Orthodox Church had called on its people in New Jersey and New York to go greet Sisi on the streets with flags as a show of support – which they did.

President Sisi did not make an immediate statement following the Palm Sunday attacks but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the absurd statement that ‘this is a failed attempt at striking Egypt.’ In addition, the prime minister announced a three-day mourning period. By evening, the president ordered the military to ‘help police’ secure vital infrastructure in the country. The following day, April 10th, at 1pm, the president appeared on TV and declared a state of emergency [martial law]  for three months, contrary to…

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Turning political tricks: Saudi Arabia does not represent Islamic sharia

I have argued before that no one exclusively represents Islam because religion is a set of ideas enacted by those who believe in them. Recently, I have been seeing Islamists in the United States and Europe making the point that Saudi Arabia is not necessarily the embodiment of Islamic sharia and that sharia can be interpreted to suit this day and age. While this is somehow true and kind of possible, it deceivingly and maliciously misses the greatest problem with Islamic sharia, which is Islamic sharia itself.

Once a moderate group who rules according to sharia is in power, it will be instantly challenged by another group with a harsher interpretation of god’s word, because guess what, extremists exist, and the more extreme they get the more intolerant of other views they become, remember how ISIS dethroned Al-Qaida and became the new kings of evil? The point is not whether sharia can be modern, the point is sharia is theocracy, plain and simple. It’s disturbing to see liberals acknowledging the rule of Islam as people’s culture that must be accepted and respected, because Islam does not rule, god’s men rule through exploiting Islam.

 

copts and the law for the construction of churches — hakawi from the east – حكاوى من الشرق

The problems and controversies surrounding the proposed law for the construction of churches have escalated. As mentioned in a previous post, the law consisted of 8 articles some of which were contested by many Coptic leaders. On August 18th, the Orthodox Church suddenly issued a vague statement saying that the law that was circulated had […]

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What about your first meaningful statement?

There is a proclivity for vagueness in some contemporary Arabic texts, it is not unusual to come across unpunctuated paragraphs in documents written by lawyers. Mind clogging redundancy and excessive use of synonyms are dominant traits in various texts in modern spoken and written Arabic. When president Sisi promised reformation of religious discourse he did not mention any clear procedures, let alone a strategy and ministers often speak about plans with no well-defined implementing operations. Shaymaa expected DiCaprio lives in our realm of vagueness, she thought he would run along with her weird generic question and say anything. DiCaprio does not do that; DiCaprio speaks with a purpose.

Egypt has individuals capable of asking good questions in English. Nepotism and mismanagement are topics for another day.

The power of words: Haram

Haram, adj./noun: Prohibited in Islam
Halal, adj./noun: Allowed in Islam

Up until the early seventies, Egyptians were not used to inserting the words haram and halal in every minute activity of their lives. They lived with a version of Islam that embraced modern life while providing the spiritual bliss, moral support, and wisdoms needed from religions. They did not indulge in orgies nor drink their livers to death, they weren’t sinners nor blasphemers, just people trying to figure out their place in the world. After the 1952 coup, the quality of education in Egypt began declining steadily when all of its stages, from grade one to last year of college, were made free. Egypt could not offer free schooling to all citizens while maintaining quality. As a result, the Egyptian critical mind was dulled, just in time for the arriving preachers spreading Salafism like the plague on Saudi oil money during the seventies.

How do you plant an idea in people’s heads? An idea that grows and empowers itself? Keep it simple, one word, sufficient and powerful, Haram. But you need to support it with mental engines to keep it active. If you enter the bathroom with your left leg you invite the devil, if you stand naked before a mirror you will be possessed by djins, if you don’t cover your hair you anger God himself. Use the unknown, which works perfectly with a malfunctioning critical mind. There are djins everywhere ready to interfere in your life and harm you and there is a God willing to burn you for the simplest of things, the Saudis have the scriptures and interpretations to prove it.

If there are people who get paid to exorcise a house that constantly and mysteriously gets set on fire, don’t you think we have a financial motive to question?

Once an idea is planted in the collective consciousness of people it can gain new mental engines and even leave its old ones. It is extremely important here to mention the Egyptian middle class was taken over by peasants, technicians, fishermen, merchants and workers who migrate from upper Egypt and coastal cities to live, study, work, get married, and raise their children in Cairo; they come with their traditions and beliefs, djins included. The word Haram has became prominent in many discourses in Egypt, it’s new mental engine is “I need to be good, I must not do anything Haram, I have to ask the sheiks about Harams”.

Our good is being dictated by Saudi Sheiks on oil money, even some Egyptian Muslim conservatives are aware of this and they are furious.