remember egypt?

With all that is going on in the world, be it in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Wisconsin (btw if you haven’t watched this clip from Monday’s the Daily Show, please do), and in our own backyards, it’s hard to keep up.  I know I mentally exhausted myself during the Egyptian uprising.

One of my dear readers, Sr. Winnie is a fellow WOE (wife of an Egyptian) who’s lived for many years in Egypt.  She was kind enough to share with me her family’s experience during the Egyptian revolution, and has agreed to let me share it here with you all.

Her son was interviewed by the National Post about participating in the protests:

Q: What has been one of the most memorable moments?
A: Christians were guarding Muslims as they prayed during the protest from the security thugs. I still am grinning from the continuous displays of amazing solidarity.

And Sr. Winnie and her husband also have an online gallery of photos they took:

Tahrir on Jan 30

cleaning up after the revolution:

The tyrant is gone, and now the hard work begins.  Paradise does not come after revolution.  Instead, the struggle continues.

Things are still tumultuous in all of these areas, and even if we cannot devote every waking moment to following every little detail, we can still help by keeping those who struggle with our dua.  It doesn’t take more than a few minutes each day to add a line to our dua after salat, asking Allah to guide those who are seeking good leadership and justice, and to help them to change themselves so that they are worthy of good leadership.

Allah has told us in the Qur’an:

ان الله لايغير مابقوم حتى يغيروا مابانفسهم

Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

[13:11]

The change we must make in ourselves, in our ummah, does include striving for justice.  But it also must include a reflection on ourselves, our character, how we treat others, and how well we strive to emulate the example of our beloved messenger .

So even if we are not on the ground in Egypt, in Libya, in Bahrain, in Yemen, or in any place where people are striving for justice, we should still take this opportunity to reflect on ourselves and how we can change for the better, so that Allah will make a change in our condition, inshaAllah.

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