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مشاهدة النسخة كاملة : Egypt and Algeria: Hajj season a reconciliation opportunity


ahmad abd almunim
03-12-2009, 06:23 AM
By: Hussein Abdul-Basir

Eid Al-Adha this year, 1430 AH/ 2009 AD, coincides with the tension that arose between the two Muslim Algerian and Egyptian peoples. In fact, these two peoples have a common history of deep love and strong unity. Moreover, both peoples are characterized by stern commitment to religion and keenness to observe Islamic fundamentals as possible in spite of conspiracies woven against them. However, it seemed that conspiracies began to fructify having been promoted by artists and footballers.
How astonishing and ridiculous!

Amazingly, foreign occupation or colonization did not succeed in severing the ties of love, unity and compassion connecting Muslim peoples to each other. However, biased, weak-willed and ill-intentioned people speaking in a Algerian and Egyptian false patriotic language managed to achieve objectives occupation forces could not achieve. They managed to sow the seeds of discord, which is the main fruit to be reaped. Fierce grudge and hate now filled the hearts of both parties. It even happened that some intellectuals say very sorrowful words. As for masses, we need not mention to what extent of tension they have reached due to media frenzy. In fact, all this resulted from ignorance and ill-mindedness and paying attention to insignificant issues while neglecting significant ones.
I do not like to add fuel to the fire through giving mention of examples of shameful behaviors I have seen and heard myself. Actually, such behaviors are shocking and heart-breaking to true believers, even to those of minimum cultural level and to those aware of conspiracies aiming at having people concern for insignificant matters and making them retarded in all walks of life.
In fact, time was opportune for the Zionist entity to declare the highest level of schadenfreude through offering to intermediate between the two sister countries to settle the dispute. It seems that Muslims unity is something important to Jews!
Amid this poisonous and dark atmosphere, Allah conferred a great bounty on Muslims, i.e. the season of Hajj, the great season that comes only once in lifetime. This time the opportunity comes after the troublesome events lived by Algerians and Egyptians.

Hajj season came to draw the attention of forgetful Muslims to the fact that it is inevitable that Muslims, regardless of their places, languages and colors, have to be one united Ummah and that there are more serious issues than football to unite them.
Hajj season came once again to stress the fact that the tie connecting Muslims is more stronger than to be severed by a leather-made football kicked by feet of some young men. It is sorrowful that thousands watch a football game, not to mention millions watching TV, neglecting everything else and concentrating wholeheartedly and completely enthusiastic on the so-called "round witch" which I call the "blown up leather piece".

Dear Egyptians,

Dear Algerians,

Dear all Muslim peoples,

The tie connecting us, religion, is much more powerful than any other tie.

It is the Islamic tie,

… the tie of faith.

It is indeed too strong to be weakened by a game or sport.

It is, undoubtedly, too strong to be weakened by souls filled with grudge and hate and are far away from religion.

Dear furious Egyptian youths,

Dear enthusiastic Algerian youths,

Let us all calm down, for the case in hand is too simple to be a cause of conflict between Muslim brothers.

Let us make use of these days we live, and hopefully of all our days, to strengthen love, fraternity, brotherhood and compassion ties, in respond to the command of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Allah (the Exalted) said, "And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur'an), and be not divided among yourselves," [Al 'Imran, 103].

I ask Allah to unite the hearts of Muslims in general and those of Egyptians and Algerians in particular. I also pray Him to guard us against Fitnahs (trials) both known and secret. May Allah's peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.