I’m not affiliated to any religious movement, nor political party. I am an ordinary Muslim, who writes about Islam, Muslim’s social issues, and other issues, which I perceive worth writing about.
This article features Dr. Mohamed Morsi, who made headlines across the world, aggressively, in the last one and a half years. It therefore has nothing to do with the party, to which he may or may not belong.
Mohamed Morsi is a contemporary Muslim personality and phenomenon, which I believe Muslims need to know, the untold story about the man.
The first thing that caught my attention about Mohamed Morsi, is that he popped up, out from “nowhere” into the Egyptian political arena, which subsequently made him an iconic figure and the 3rd runner-up for Time’s person of the year, for 2012.
We have many Muslim leaders, from the past and contemporary, but Mohamed Morsi is an exemplary Muslim president, who I believe every Muslim should look up at, with respect. Mohamed Morsi is not only the first democratically elected Arab Muslim leader, he’s also the first Arab Muslim leader, who has memorized the whole Qur’an, by heart.
Egyptians know that, one of Mohamed Morsi’s sons is working in one of the Gulf States, to make a living, and another son of his, is currently unemployed and is searching for job. They also know, that Mohamed Morsi’s sister passed away, last year, in the Zagazig University Hospital. He had refused to use public (tax payers’) money to send her abroad for treatment. In other words, he couldn’t afford financially, to send his sister, who battled cancer for ten years, abroad for treatment.
Only a few people know that Mohamed Morsi disallowed his family members to go on holidays at the expense of the state. Instead, they have to take commercial flights, in economy class.
Back in history, it’s said, that Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz used to light the state-funded lantern when he looked into state-related issues. But whenever he wanted to do his personal things, he would blow out the state-funded lantern, and light his own. Does it sound familiar?
Did you know, that Mohamed Morsi offered his Friday prayers constantly? Maybe, I have to indicate here, that Friday prayers must be done in congregation, not in one’s office, unless one’s office is where the congregation takes place, for the public. In addition to that, Mohamed Morsi is very consistent in his Fajr prayers.
Barack Obama promised to bring hope to America and Americans. He was eventually accused of failing to deliver, after four years (not one year) of full term. Yet, he is re-elected to serve a second term. Mohamed Morsi was ousted, after one year, for failing to fulfill his promises, as the President, of a country that was militarily ruled throughout its contemporary history.
I just wonder, where in history did any ruler manage to make miracles, and turned a “seventh class” country into a “first class” country within a year? More so, I personally find the narrations, that assume that Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz had made wonders in two years, to be questionable.
We were told, that Mohamed Morsi approved the “ultimate power” for himself and had therefore set himself as an elected dictator, so to impose the Islamic Shari’ah law on “secular” Egypt. That was the story of his opponents. But the story on the side of the coin says, that Mohamed Morsi did what he did, so he could lead the country, effectively. Although Mohamed Morsi had that “ultimate power” as the president, he still got ousted within a year. I wonder how long he would have stayed, if he didn’t have that “ultimate power.”
Yes, Mohamed Morsi legislated that “ultimate power”, but for the President, not for Mohamed Morsi (himself). He knew very well, more than anyone else, that he had four years (to eight years, maximum) to serve, and hand over that “ultimate power” to someone else, whom may be his opponent.
In the one year Mohamed Morsi spent in office, everyone automatically gained ultimate freedom of speech in Egypt, to the extent that he was mocked on various media platforms, and he even had to sue some offenders. Did I say he sued somebody? Yes, he had to. Can someone show me one Arab Muslim leader who ever sued an ant, for offense? If you mistakenly offend him, you and your immediate family will go missing. If you offend him purposely, you and your entire village/town/city (his people) will perish. Less than an hour, after Mohamed Morsi was overthrown, his ousters shut down all TV and cable channels and papers which are run or belong to Islamist. Why? I have no idea.
Before the military coup take place, millions gathered in support of Mohamed Morsi, to remain in power. After he’s ousted, they are still gathering, even in bigger numbers, calling for him be returned to his post. On the other hand, those who demonstrated and demanded for him to be overthrown” disappeared. I expected them to continue to gather, in support and defence of the coup. This is to say, that I see consistency in the support Mohamed Morsi had attained, automatically.
A week before the coup, a sudden shortage of fuel occurred in Cairo. Miraculously, barely 24 hours, after Mohamed Morsi was overthrown, the scarce of fuel situation no longer existed. Where did they get fuel from, within 24 hours?
Mohamed Morsi wasn’t a perfect president. Perhaps, he also lacks the experience. But the truth is, no experienced president will ever be perfect, either. Whether Mohamed Morsi returns back to office or not, until the time of writing these lines, no one, who knows what has happened, and who has read from different sources, can accuse Mohamed Morsi of corruption, immorality, or favouritism, or even dishonesty towards his country. All it requires is to be just.
Mohamed Morsi extended invitation to leaders of the political parties who lost in last year’s elections, to join him to form a coalition government, but they refused. When he appointed Ministers from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), that’s when they (the opponents) started attacking him for dictatorship and partisanship. That’s, precisely, why they refused joining in any government, right from the beginning. So to use his reactions to accuse him.
Saying all I’ve said about Mohamed Morsi; the man was religious, pious, a Hafiz, an exemplary, this and that (all religious related) Mohamed Morsi wasn’t elected because he had Islamic education background. The truth is; he doesn’t. Mohamed Morsi is a trained engineer, who had studied and taught in California, USA, before returning home, to work as the head of the engineering department at Zagazig University. Isn’t that enough to entitle him to be a qualified leader?
Why was Mohamed Morsi ousted? Does it have something to do with him being an ‘Islamist’, a practicing Muslim, or being from the Muslim Brotherhood? Is it because he was an inexperienced politician? Was it due to the fact that he failed to change Egypt miraculously into a world class country, within 365 days? I have no answer to any of the questions above. Only time will tell.
I’m dreaming, with high hopes, for the day I’ll read a book, authored by Dr. Mohamed Morsi. I’m afraid he might not write that book with a pen and ink, as he has started writing history (his story) with his body, sweat, blood and tears.
Feel free to comment. I would like to hear your views.
Allah knows best.