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Post 9/11 or Post Mubarak Freedom?

The fall of Egyptian regime will be a turning point in current history, it might even be more significant than 9/11. This incident will create so many implications on different levels.
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It can be easily said that the Egyptians could obtain a very high level of independence -Egypt is not any country, it is the heart of the Muslim world and most importantly the heart of the Middle East and its most populous Muslim Sunni country. The US was very keen to keep very good relations with Egypt, whilst monitoring it closely to make sure that it is governed by a pro-US regime that remains in power. Similarly, the US tried to bind Egypt, through many treaties, to maintaining Israel’s security which is mostly dependent on its relationship with Egypt.

On the other hand, Egypt was the gate through which modernization and westernisation of Muslims started. It was the first Arab country to allow women, in mass, to discard the hijab, and other countries quickly followed. The spread of cinema and liberal plays, drama and nudity were shown on Egyptian TV first. Despite the huge number of Egyptian scholars, many of them were controlled by the government whilst others tried to avoid any conflict with the government – all were imprisoned if they spoke out against the suppressive regime.

Egypt was governed by Egyptian Muslims who ruled it by proxy on behalf of America. The fall of the Egyptian regimes means much given that the western occupation of this country has come to an end. It will be very difficult to rule it again after this landmark independence. The real battle Egypt has fought is the battle against its own will. For decades they lived under an authoritarian regime that subjugated them and left them to fight poverty and deprivation. The regime left no means for them to fight, yet their will remained alive and strong in a bid to fight for its freedom.

This will inspire many other Arab groups to copy the Egyptian model. It has given confidence to the Muslims living under dictator regimes that will and determination can achieve what they thought was impossible.  Other suppressive regimes will, at the very least, allow more space for people to breath.
“And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you to imprison you, or to kill you, or to get you out; they were plotting and Allah too was planning, and Allah is the Best of the planners.”[1]
It is likely that any Egyptian regime that follows the previous one will be cautious in following the same pattern in governing the country; it will provide more freedom and be more lenient towards many Islamic practices. Despite the fact that it will not be an Islamic system, it will allow Islamic practices to spread as it has proven that peace, freedom, and a reasonable lifestyle can provide a good environment for Islam to spread.

It will be impossible for Israel to attack Gaza as happened in 2008. In fact, the Palestinian regime might also fall down at which point it is likely that Israel will be forced to give more to secure any future deals.

We should remember that we need to continuously thank Allah for this victory as no means could lead to it without the support of Allah. This is evident for those who followed the momentous event and how things progressed step by step.
“If you give thanks, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”[2] 

 

 


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[1] Al Anfal, verse 30
[2] Surah Ibrahim, verse 7

About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.

3 comments

  1. JazakAllaah
    JazakAllaahu khayrun Shaykh, it was good to read your incite into the possible aftermath of the Egyptian Uprisal and the implications it may have on Palestine and the shuyookh of egypt.

  2. Jzk
    Jzk Sheukh for this. Its true we do not give enough thanks to Allah (swt). Inshallah maybe this will encourage other sincere Muslims to rise againt the unjust leaders they have. May Allah (swt) make it easy for them.

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