Following more on what's buzzing around in Egypt as the coming elections draw nearer, we will actually see so many misunderstandings in the society on what does Islam really offers to the human being.
I'd conclude that the so-called 'Islamophobia' previously said been spreading all over the European countries, has now make way to Egyptian society. Not that this false thought is not there inside them before, but as the people now have much more liberties and freedom to speak, this false thought had become much more 'protruding' than ever.
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The 25th January revolution had undeniably brought so much changes to Egypt. Things Egyptians had never even dream of before, now had become realities. Human rights, equality in society, freedom of expression, just to name a few.
Being one of the most important contributor to the success of the revolution, Muslim Brotherhood openly testified that for the upcoming elections, and for the future of Egypt, those things are what they will stand for and fight for alongside all other parties and the people of Egypt themselves. They repeatedly clarified that the nature of this revolution is that the people had expressed what they want, and it is also what Islam wants for the people.
But somehow this simple and clear message of them had been cynically and openly opposed by groups of people, also in the name of nation and some in the name of Islam. In brief, they say that if it happens that the Islamists (Muslim Brotherhood expected to gain majority votes) win in the coming election, Egypt will be ruled by another 'Khomeini', and will become another 'Iran'. In other word, those things that people want such as the justice in society, equality, freedom, etc will not be as it is expected to be. Extreme rigidity and limitation will be implied, they said.
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I can't help myself from quoting the essence of Sayyid Qutb's thoughts in response to this kind of problem. Writing in his famous book, 'Haza Ad-Deen'/This Is The Religion (Dar Shorouk), Sayyid Qutb presented countless logical replies.
Concisely, Sayyid Qutb took us in a journey way backward to when the world has not even know anything about Islam at all, which was the time before prophet Muhammad s.a.w was sent to mankind. Nobody at that time even had an idea what is freedom and what is equality. No idea, not even a hint. Their limited and blinded mind had to go through a very dark ages of slavery, repression, injustice, and inequalities. Division of human in term of skin colours, languages, wealth, castes, and lineages, are totally acknowledged, and swallowed by the oppressed despite its poignancy.
Islam came and faced these all with its own way. Uniting all the mankind on the basis of tauheed, giving them the honor they deserved, and guided them out of the dark world they're living in. Under the roof of Islamic caliphate, the idea of human rights, equalities, and dignity, are things indulged by every human being, Muslim and non-Muslim. The world community learnt and benefited from Islam.
Back to our time, the time where Islam is no longer what it was thousand years ago. Not the Islam that guide the world system, and not the Islam that is referred to in daily life.
Yet today, we can see and hear loud and clear how everyone now echoing what Islam had first brought to the mankind, when it came more than thousand years ago. Human rights, equality, freedom, and dignity. The same things. The things they learnt from Islam, though without realizing it. The difference is those things they're calling upon today are not anywhere near the perfection taught by Islam. The women rights they're calling upon is so much less perfect than what Islam has to offer, for example.
So isn't it really ironic when they're asking and fighting for these things, which is offered in much more better shape in Islam, and in the same time, they're rejecting Islam?
Or is that they had again been blinded and lured once again into those dark region, and let the history pass away without enlightenment?