Saturday, 12 February 2011

Arise O Egypt

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I rarely comment on World News, but my family and I watched this on TV and were so impressed that I felt it was well worth posting portions of this BBC news item about it:

Egypt's Muslims and Christians join hands in protest

By Anne Alexander

University of Cambridge

Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
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Making my way to Tahrir Square during the anti-Mubarak protests, a striking piece of graffiti caught my eye.

Scrawled on the concrete pillar of a flyover was the symbol of a Muslim crescent embracing the Christian cross and the words: "We are all against the regime".

During the big "Day of Departure" protest in Tahrir Square last Friday, Coptic Christian protesters made a human chain around their Muslim brothers and sisters as they performed the noon prayers.


A Christian Copt holds a sign: "From Muslim and Christian brothers,
Leave Mubarak you coward"


Two days later, "Martyrs' Sunday" was celebrated by Egyptians of both religions as an affirmation of national unity in struggle.
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I was told: "We are all in this together. Muslims and Christians." Other people were listening and nodding. "One hand, one hand," the crowd roared.

This time they were not talking about the people and the army, as they had a few days earlier, but about Egyptian unity. Muslims and Christians: One hand.
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The sign of the crescent embracing the cross was everywhere: From the careful calligraphy of the handmade placards, to slogans picked out in stones on the floor.

A man prays on his national flag with his 'crescent and cross' sunglasses nearby

I saw three elderly men, two Muslims clutching gilded copies of the Koran, arms flung around a third, hugging an ornate cross to his chest.

A group of young men and women belted out a song of the 1919 revolution, accompanied by a guitar. "Arise O Egypt, arise. Arise Egyptians: Muslims, Christians and Jews."

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The symbol of the crescent embracing the cross was the banner of the 1919 revolution against British control of Egypt, and became the badge of the nationalist Wafd party which dominated Egyptian politics until the early 1950s.
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It remains to be seen whether this unity forged in struggle will strike deep and lasting roots in Egyptian society, but Maha Abdelrahman is confident that the potential for change is real.

Anne Alexander is a Buckley Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge
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You can find the full article on the BBC website here.

If they can embrace each other, then why can't the rest of us realise there are more important things to worry about (or die for) than the way you choose to pray to God?

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7 comments:

  1. Definitely!
    Thanks for sharing the article.
    Kat :-)

    (discovered your blog via Writing Your Way Home community)

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  2. Lori
    Me too!

    Hi Kat
    Thanks for popping over and welcome to my blog. :-)

    It seemed an article well worth sharing. Far too often the news media dwelsl on fears and failures rather than the success stories of humanity. i think we all need reminding that we can get it right.

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  3. I don't know about anything that's happening there 'coz I haven't had time to read the news (I don't read the news regularly), but it's always NICE to see people go hand-in-hand together for a cause despite their differences. :-D

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  4. It was an amazing revolution. Protesters scolding other protesters for showing anger to policemen, reminding each other "we are all Egyptians." There were so many moments that could have turned the tide and led to massive death - but each time, they stopped it. Wonderful.

    Wonder - Filled

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  5. Amel
    Egypt overhtrew their government peacefully - by simply refusing to accept things anymore. Very little violence - only patience and refusing to be afraid. It was very moving to watch.

    Hayden
    I know. It was just wonderful and wonder filled. I felt proud to be human, which (normally) I rarely feel watching the news on TV!

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  6. So good topic really i like any post talking about Ancient Egypt but i want to say thing to u Ancient Egypt not that only ... you can see in Ancient Egypt Ra God The Sun God and more , you shall search in Google and Wikipedia about that .... thanks a gain ,,,

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