Mubarak stepped Down!

11 02 2011

A few moments ago, Omar Suliman announced that Hosny Mubarak has stepped down!!

I have no more to say, I just want to document this historic Event in my blog.

11th of February 2011 will not be forgotten.

Good riddance Mubarak…God Bless Egypt forever!!

Egypt now has an Ex-President!!

Dear Terrorist, I am praying for you.

5 01 2011

I have two extremely contradicting images in my mind right now, the first with The Lord Jesus Christ spreading peace and love in the world, insisting in His teachings on the power of love and forgiveness. And another terrible image of a group of extremists working on spreading hatred and violene. The two images are fighting over which will dominate my thinking and feeling.

On one hand, I feel terrible about what has happened in St. Mark and Pope Petrus Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt. In the past days I was charged with lots of negative feelings. I couldn’t resist being filled with resentment and anger, seeing my people being killed by cold blooded hands. I couldn’t even appreciate condolences from my Muslim friends. I blamed every one  of being partially responsible for this horrendous incident. After all they are following the same teachings that made the attackers make such move.

While on the other hand, I feel that we as a Church are blessed with such persecution, it’s a gift from God as it’s written : “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” (Philippians 1:29).  I feel obliged as a Christian to rejoice in the Lord all the time specially in the time of tribulations. I feel I need to replace my grief  with hope and trust in God’s promises. And above all, I have to overcome my resentment and anger. There  should’t be a place for such feelings in a Christian’s heart.

While writing these words, It seems now to me that there is no way to compare these two mental  images, I don’t know how I even tried to compare them. Of course I decide to follow my Lord’s teachings. I’ll  give no room for hatred but for love, no room for cursing but for blessing. There is no room in my heart for evil but only for God.

So, here are some messages I have for the people involved _some way or another_  in this incident:

To the Islamic fanatics:  I love you and I pray for you. Even though I can’t understand why you are blinded with hatred against us, I still have hopes that one day you will know the truth. I hope that you will know that you are gaining nothing from this, on the contrary you are giving us more reasons to come closer to God, you are opening the gates of the heaven to many of us. You are giving us a golden chance to entrust God more and remember our ancestors who gladly offered their souls for our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that one day you will know that you are not fighting against us but against our Protector and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Ultimately I hope one day you will get to know Him personally. It is not impossible as I remember Irianos the governor who killed thousands of Copts before he knew Jesus Christ and died as a martyr himself.

To my Muslim friends: Some of you shocked me with your denial and projection of what happened, others showed what solidarity means. However, I am sorry to say that I no more know who is sincere and who is not. I lost confidence in many of you. I hope one day we become really and genuinely united. Trust is so easily broken but it needs so much effort to be built. This doesn’t mean that I hold you all blamable for what happened but I need some time to heal from the wounds. I still love you and appreciate you as compatriots.

To my friends who lost relatives and loved ones in this terrible incident: Your pain is my pain. I pray to the Lord that He heals your wounds soon. We didn’t lose these martyrs, we actually gained new intercessors in the heaven. Maybe, we are deprived from seeing them by eyes, but they will remain in our hearts. It’s our faith that makes us stronger than any circumstances, and it’s our faith that they are rejoicing now and praising the Lord for His wondrous deeds. I specially pray for Mr. Fikry, Sherry,  Remon, Michael, Rafik, Emad, and Mina, May the king of peace shines with His peace and comfort on your hearts.

To the beloved martyrs:  Remember us in your prayers  in front of  the throne of grace. We mourn your departure but with hope that we will be reunited again one day. You gained a great reward from the Lord. Enjoy it and intercede for us who are still struggling in this world.

To all the Christians in Egypt:  There are no better words to say than to repeat after St. Paul what he said to the Romans:

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “ If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.



RIP Egyptian Dignity!

19 11 2009

I was going to write a post asking Egyptians to get over it, we lost a match, and this is a 50% probability in any match. However, I had a deeper look on the overall situation, and I was really frustrated!!

A couple of weeks ago, the war between Egypt and Algeria was online, using resources like YouTube, Facebook. Both sides made posters, videos, that only aimed  at degrading the other side. They burned the Egyptian flag, and we draw a belly dancer on theirs. They edited photos for Hassan shehata and the Egyptian team, and we did so. At that time, I was wondering if a match deserved all that, and I could never expect that things would evolve to reach the current situation.

Then the war evolved more, with aggressiveness from both sides, we threw their players with stones, and they reacted in the same manner, until then things were happening in an individual or small group scope. Then things went even worse, the Egyptians in Sudan and Algeria were attacked, injured, and even there was a guy who got killed.

After all the humiliation the Egyptians faced in Sudan and Algeria, Things started to get some political aspect. The government Calling the Algerian Ambassador,  people asking for cutting the relations between the two countries!

I have to tell you that we did that to ourselves, I don’t like to mix politics with anything else, but when Egyptian government didn’t react to what happened to Egyptians in Gulf countries when they asked for help, when they were mistreated,  faced in justice and humiliation. When others always hear about the daily struggle every Egyptian has to go through. When we are loosing our leadership to the Arab world, when our status is becoming weaker a day after day, when Arabs come to Egypt only to  go to cabarets and get drunk, after they used to come and learn from us.  We used to be an inspiration for other nations, and they used to honor any Egyptian in their lands, it is not the case anymore.

After we lost our image, I can imagine anything happening to Egyptians. I have to say that “How we ask for others respect while our government is not respecting us??!!”

I never believed in one Arabic united nation, and I don’t want this to happen, I do not even consider myself an Arab, even I speak Arabic. I am Egyptian with Egyptian roots and no single drop in my blood is Arabic, though my grandparents were forced some day to speak Arabic instead of Coptic. I am still Coptic (Egyptian) not Arab. I think it’s time to think about this, Egypt is not an Arab nation, Egypt was invaded by Arabs, It doesn’t matter if we speak Arabic, or the Majority of the population is Muslim. We have our roots and civilization that we should be proud of and try to revive. We should get our image and respect back after we lost it by ourselves. and I think this is not going to happen if we just speak about Arab unity, and how the Egyptians sacrificed  in all ages for the Arabs.

We are Egyptians and we have a great history, that any other Arab nation would love to have . So, wake up Egyptians, we can get alive back, now we are not living we are just breathing air!!

A buch of current events to talk about

16 11 2009

In the past couple of days some major events happened that are worth mentioning and talking about, specially on the 14th of November:

1- The Copts celebrated the 38th anniversary of enthroning Pope Shenouda as Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of  Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark. Thousands of Christians celebrated this day with joy, and it really showed that this man is truly loved by his people. There was a huge celebration at the Cathedral in Cairo, and though I didn’t attend I heard that it was not properly organized. specially the part in which the Coptic artists said their words. I really don’t know when we will master organizing events. It is a huge event with thousands of audience, and they should have invested more effort in producing it in the perfect manner. but what  can I say, we -The Egyptians- always say about ourselves that we are bad at _Tafnish_ (finishing!). I have no idea is it running in our blood or one day we will be the masters of  _Tafnish_!! Anyway, the people left happy and joyful, which is the most important thing. May God Bless you our holy father and _sheh en rompi_(a Coptic phrase meaning 100 years _302bal 100 sana!!_).

2- The second event was the soccer match between Egypt and Algeria. oh boy! what can I say about this? it is really indescribable! I successfully managed to watch the match online, though I missed the first goal by Amr Zaki, but thanks to YouTube I saw it later. I have to say I am not into football but this match meant a lot to all Egyptians, it was more of a war than a match. First, because it was a qualifying match to world cup. And also, because we lost the first match against Algeria a couple of months ago. Anyway, this huge match was equally joyful, exciting,  disappointing, and frustrating to me. Here is why:

  • The Egyptian team taught those bloody Algerians a lesson about unity, hard work, and perseverance. And we actually deserved wining this hard match.
  • I couldn’t imagine how badly our people are interested in football, they forgot their daily struggle and pain in life and joyfully celebrated the Egyptian team wining. I am not sure though if they really admire football or they just wanted a good excuse to be happy at least for one day.
  • A true proof of hypocrisy was shown on that day: before the match they kept praying and asking God to win. Spectators even prayed in Cairo stadium the Maghreb prayer and followed the prayers with_do3a2_, till now there is nothing wrong. Always the Egyptians claim to be faithful and true followers of religion. But after wining (remember that God answered their prayers, so they should be grateful), They shouted at the Algerian team and cheerers with insults and swear words not considering that the match was airing on TV, or there were girls (who claim to be offended with such words) in the stadium. I can assure you that they sware with the same enthusiasm of their prayers. And that wasn’t the end, when they celebrated in the streets some (records say over 300 young men) sexually harassed the girls in the streets, and friends told me that this happened in many places in Cairo and people just watched this happening without intervening!!  So, where was the police? where were the other decent men at these times?? Weren’t you the same guys who asked God’s help in the much, but after the match has the piousness vanished in the air?
  • Now on Facebook all sort of insults are targeting the Algerians instead of  the famous _YA RAB_(O God!) in the status updates. Come on, there is a coming match next Wednesday!! Or will you remember your God five minutes before the match?? I really don’t like the Algerian behavior or attitude, but this is not an excuse to remember God some time and forget Him some other times! isn’t this plain hypocrisy?? I really want to know do the Egyptians consider themselves truly religious?? after all this acts that is practiced by the majority?  I think we really need to be consistent with our actions choosing whether to be religious or not. but claiming something and doing the opposite is really hypocritic.
  • I think there is no need to talk about Arab’s or Muslim’s unity. It is enough to see the videos on Facebook and YouTube, and judge by yourself.

The blog’s banner

16 11 2009

Well, as you see, I made a custom banner for my blog, nothing fancy, but it much describes my identity and my character. So I want to share this banner’s story and what does it represent.

starting from the left:

1- Egypt’s flag and map: Yes, I am Egyptian(but not an Arab!) and I can summarize this by saying that I love Egypt but not the Egyptians.  But this is another story and another post. However, I can’t deny that I am pure Egyptian, and this is reflected on many aspects of my life.

2- The Coptic flag: This represents my ethnic roots and my belief . I am Coptic Christian. and this is also another story. I want to assure that I am not seeking a state for the Copts within Egypt. This flag only represents another part of my identity which is my Coptic Orthodox beliefs.

3-What is this?!  really what is this??: OK, this is some how difficult to explain in few words, but this is Coptic language! it is not dead. it is reviving! and this is a verse from Proverbs (18:2) which is: “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding ,but delights in airing his own opinions”. I consider this verse as my inspiration in life.

4- The Coptic cross: Copts are really artistic, and there is a distinctive art practiced by the Copts. Specially Iconography. and this cross is a representation of Coptic art.

5- Pope Shenouda III:  This marvelous man is the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He is a true successful leader, I really admire his wisdom, sense of humor, and knowledge.

So, to sum up, this banner represents me. My identity and my roots. Also, the majority of my posts will be about these issues and even more. So please feel free to ask any questions about it, and I’ll be happy to answer.