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.