Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Chai

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Here's wishing all my Chinese readers a happy and prosperous New Year. May the days ahead bring peace and stability to us all.

MY THOUGHTS

EGYPT OH EGYPT


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I have been following the events in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt since January 25th,2011 i.e. the historic moment when unprecedented protests with tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets calling for an end to President Mubarak's 30-year rule.And yesterday February 1st,2011, Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has announced in a televised address,which aired at 11pm local time on Tuesday, that he will not run for re-election but refused to step down from office - the central demand of millions of protesters who have demonstrated across Egypt over the past week.

The turmoil, in which more than 100 people have died, is affecting Egypt's tourist industry, the oil price and unsettled financial markets around the globe. Internally the crisis deepened with Egyptians facing lawlessness on the streets with the army and citizens trying to stop looters and robbers from rampaging the cities and homes. Banks and shops are closed indefinitely causing shortage of money and food except for shops selling locks and keys which are doing brisk business.

The interesting thing about the protest is that it is not instigated or organized by any political parties. It is an organic and spontaneous protest by the people from all walks of life, young and old, men and women and children,Muslims and Christians alike.

Earlier I was touched by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speech when he addressed members of his AKP party in parliament, appealing to Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president: "You have to listen to the wishes of the people in order to create security and stability. First you must take steps that are good for Egypt. You must take steps that satisfy the people.Everyone has the right to fight for freedom, but without violence.You must not forget that the people who oppose you are still human, still your brothers."said the Turkish PM. In what he said was both a warning and piece of advice for Mubarak, Erdogan said, “We are all passing, and we will be judged by what we left behind.”

This is so true. As the Malay proverb says:

Harimau mati meninggalkan belang
Manusia mati meninggalkan nama

literally:
The tiger dies leaving behind its stripes
Man dies leaving behind his name


How we wished to be remembered when we have passed away depends on our deeds when we are alive. There's nothing else we take with us when we die except the shrouds that we are buried in; the palace, families, wealth and power are left behind.

Whatever power we posses now are ours because Allah has willing it.

"Say O Muhammad (sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam): "O Allâh! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endow with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things.

You make the night to enter into the day, and You make the day to enter into the night (i.e. increase and decrease in the hours of the night and the day during winter and summer), You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living. And You give wealth and sustenance to whom You will, without limit (measure or account)."

(Al Baqarah 3:26-27)


Let us not be possessive of power because with power comes responsibility and accountability. Ultimately rulers have to answer to the Almighty for the use or misuse of the power that have been given to them.

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Will the people of Egypt has a better government if their current President stand down?

Islamic wisdom says the conduct of the people determines their destiny, and based upon the same Allah changes their rulers.I hope and pray that Allah ease the path for a better government for the people of the great nation of Egypt.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan
Umi


source :
Bloomberg
english.aljazeera.net

14 comments:

  1. Hi Umi,
    Chinese Lunar New Year is a holiday in Indonesia, and most shopping malls will be decorated with Chinese traditional decorations.

    Re: Egypt
    The Mubarak regime has been in power for 30 years so the best thing would be to let younger ones lead the country through general elections.

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  2. @Harry Nizam
    Hi Harry,
    Same thing here ..a long holiday for everyone.

    Re:Egypt
    He is tenacious and the face off is hopefully will not drag on for weeks to come.

    Thank you for the visit Harry

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  3. Salam,
    semoga Puan Umie kita sihat selalu..
    ermmm..krisis Mesir rasanya rakyat
    sudah lama memendam rasa itulah jadinya..
    buat rakan2 tionghua semua...
    Happy Chinese New Year..Xin Nian Kuai Le.

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  4. @zulkbo
    W/salam sdr zulkbo
    Semoga sdr juga sihat sejahtera
    Begitulah nampaknya ketentuan Ilahi.Semuanya sudah tertulis.Doa kita buat yang terbaik buat mereka.

    Terima kasih sudi ziarah Umi

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  5. Mungkin rasanya jika ada jaminan untuk tidak di dakwa dan di siasat untuk hal yang lalu, keberangkalian untuk berundur lebih, yang mengerikan pemimpin selalunya selepas era kepimpinannya, ngeri untuk di heret ke sana sini. Dia org dan semua org tahu, tanpa kuasa habislah nikmat imunisasi mereka selama ni, agaknya lah. :)

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  6. Happy Holidays Umihoney. Sorry for what's happening in Egypt. Semoga Malaysians yg terkandas di sana selamat semuanya. Risau mak ayah, anak isteri sedara mara di Malaysia.

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  7. @Hati Curio
    Pertama tama terima kasih sudi mampir ya.
    Begitulah keaadaan kita yang bernama insan ini.Tiada yang kekal didunia ini.Umpama roda sekejap diatas sekejap dibawah. Semasa diatas kita berkuasa kaya raya.
    Ketakutan mungkin penyebabnya seperti pendapat saudara Rad atau mungkin juga keangkuhan yang dia tidak akan jadi seperti Ben Ali dan akan berkuasa sehingga hujung nyawa. Wallahuallam.
    Terima kasih berkongsi pendapat :)

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  8. @TK
    Hi dear friend happy holidays to you too.

    I too feel sorry for the Egyptian people and other nationalities including our citizens that are caught in the turmoil.

    I hope our Wisma Putra will take the necessary steps possible to ensure all is well with our citizens and students there.

    Thank you for dropping by TK

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  9. Semoga segera pulih keadaan kat Mesir..and for the best of everyone.

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  10. @Cheqna
    Amin.Itulah harapan kita semua.Kesiankan rakyat Mesir.
    Terima kasih Cheqna sudi singgah

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  11. Happy Chinese New Year. First time i celebrated Chinese Spring Festival and New Year.

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  12. @Explore4life

    Wishing you a very happy Chinese New Year celebration with family and friends. May the new year brings prosperity and success to you.
    Thank you for dropping by ya.

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  13. I really want a quick solution of Egypt problem. Except muslim nations rest of the world compete to developthemselves but muslim people are still fighting for power.I hope not only Egypt every muslim nation should be proceed on to develop facilities for education, science and technology to upgrade their social and international status.

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  14. @China Tour
    Thank you for visiting first of all.

    I agree with you that Muslims should focus on education,science and technology to be at par with the rest of the world. For this to happen however the Muslim leaders too must not be dictatorial and deny them their basic human rights. This is not Islamic at all;truly contrary to Islamic teachings.

    I believe the Egyptian has legitimate grievances that can't be suppressed or ignored any longer.I also believe that other citizens in the regions are facing similar problems. The region can develop if there is just and fair governance.Equal opportunities for all and not just for the elite few.

    I'd like to quote you a proverb by Confucius
    "In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of."

    "Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright."- Benjamin Franklin

    I don't think at all the protest in Egypt is about a competition for power.They are fighting to regain their dignity and honour. The youth of Egypt are educated and are capable of taking their country to a greater height. They want a say in the running of the country by casting their votes in a fair and just election in a democratic environment.

    I thank you for sharing your opinion.I appreciate that very much.

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