Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Gong Xi Fa Chai
Here's wishing all my Chinese readers a happy and prosperous New Year. May the days ahead bring peace and stability to us all.
EGYPT OH EGYPT
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
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.
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