Monday, May 30, 2005
Mona Makaram Abeid, one of Al Ghad party’s pillars, resigned from the party a few days ago. Along with Ayman Noor, she was instrumental in the formation of this party. I don’t have enough information as to what lead her to do that, but I know that several of Ayman Noor’s associates decided to break away from him. I remember reading opinions about Noor’s dictatorial style of management, however, I am not sure that was the cause of their departure.
Abeid’s decision is a huge blow to the party. I feel devastated. Just as we thought that at last a single progressive party started to appear on Egypt’s political scene, it gets one blow after the other. What a shame.
The party’s newspaper does enhance the perception that Noor is very self centered. The paper reserves huge space for his activities and opinions as if Al Ghad party is Ayman Noor and Ayman Noor is Al Ghad party.
The progressives are breaking apart while the Muslim Brotherhood are spending millions on social services in order to increase their already wide popular base. What a shame.
Black Day in Egypt
An unknown group called “The Egyptian Mothers” started to spread the word urging all Egyptians to dress in black next Wednesday in order to protest against what happened to a number of protestors during the referendum last Wednesday. I just received a chain email urging me to do that. The group’s appeal was also posted on the Kifaya movement website.
I don’t think many people will heed their call for 2 reasons. First, It is impossible to reach a wide audience without using the government owned media. Second, the vast majority of Egyptians are not involved in the current political upheavals we have been witnessing so far.
A Few Brave Voices
I’ve stated before that terrorism will never end and we will never witness peace and tranquility of mind until Islam enters the furnace that all major religions entered which is the furnace of reform. Without religious reform, all other stuff such as spreading democracy, eradicating poverty, and ending dictatorships will be like as if you cut a tree but left the roots deeply entrenched in the earth.
If Islamic law was not reformed to suit the 21st century, the words “islamic law” or “sharia law” will still struck fear in the hearts of nonmuslims and muslims alike.
Few voices understand this fact and they are willing to stand up and sound the alarm to find themselves being silenced by the radicals and the official religious establishment. Among those brave voices is the great Islamic scholar Gamal al-Banna who put it so eloquently when he said: Look at Europe; when Europe began to progress, the first progress was religious reform. It came before all the other reforms. Why? Because it liberated the soul, the conscience, the mind ... this is a necessary element for political and economic reform.
This morning, please take a few minutes to read this excellent article that gives you an idea about what I am talking about.