Egypt, May Allah Deliver You

Dear Egypt,

Like a member of the family, I am worried about you. You’ve plodded along all these years, your people courageous and positive even under the most oppressive of political and economic circumstances.  Your youth have now reached critical mass, and like youth everywhere, feel injustice acutely, and know their own strength.

The events of the past week portray everything– their love for you, their sense of the  profound insults that have been dumped upon their generation by the current regime, their passion,  energy, and  commitment to taking what is rightfully theirs– you.

I admire them all, and pray for their success and safety throughout this historic transition. I am worried, however, for your sick, your elderly, your hungry, the ones who are now even more oppressed than they were just one week ago. I am worried, not that your youth will give up, nor that they will be crushed by their own army, but that those of their families who need this change most of all will not get it in time.

I am worried for those who will be left behind, those who will sacrifice members to the ranks of the shaheed. I am worried for the members of my kids’ extended family who live near Tahrir Square.

Behind my worry, though, is a smile. I can’t help imagining that  one day your infrastructure will expand, develop, and serve the needs of all your people, and do so efficiently, even pleasantly. I can’t help hoping that the very youth who are in the Square today will someday have their rights of jobs, money, free elections, and– most important of all– the opportunity to develop their talents, establish businesses, and contribute even more to their society than they’ve been allowed to do until now.

Selfishly, I can’t help hoping that someday, I’ll be able to see you again and savor you– comfortably, at last– for more than just a few days at a time.  I hope your environment– political, social, physical, and economic– will become fresh, clean and inviting for my grandchildren, who carry your blood, and will grow up knowing you. I want them to know you as they know the United States, a place where they can learn, study, vote, and involve themselves in whatever enterprise or social activity calls to their talents, all with an attendant expectation of fulfillment.

That day is a long way off, but these days are steering your course towards the conditions that will make that day possible.

I am worried, though, and there is nothing I can do to help you, except  pray. Sometimes prayer is the most important help a person can offer, even though it is often the resource of last resort.

May Allah protect you, and deliver you quickly and safely, to those who rightfully own you– your people.

Love, Marahm

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About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions of narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my sense of identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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6 Responses to Egypt, May Allah Deliver You

  1. Stephanie says:

    Beautifully written! I love this! I’m inspired and touched by what’s happening in Egypt. And plenty worried as well.

  2. Marahm says:

    Thank you, Stephanie. I am nearly nauseated with tension, and I’m not even Egyptian. If I were thirty years younger, without grandkids, I’d want to go there and help.

  3. Safiyyah says:

    Prayer is beneficial as a resource of first resort 🙂

  4. What a beautiful letter, Marahm 🙂 You really have a gift for writing! I think prayer is a very valuable mean to help the Egyptians, and I also pray that they will succeed and finally be free.

  5. Irving says:

    A wonderful letter to the nation of Egypt and its people 🙂 And Amin to your prayer!

    Ya Haqq!

  6. Salam, long time no see, life’s crazy crazy crazy.
    Love this all on Egypt I felt the same too that no matter when in history ppl felt years of oppression eventaully there was a revolution but ppl dont always learn from history.

    Same goes for the bees. I had the same problem my grasses grew so tall they were flowering and all the bees came to drink and i wanted to mow. First time i tried and they bounced at me (luckily not sting me) I ran away and waited until night when they were asleep. Then attacked the lawn and cleaned it all up next day they returned looking for their flowers i felt bad but oh well. The thing is to learn from nature that is why Allah give us reason in our minds and examples to show us as the Quran says “see in nature… for those who think…”
    As for the blog in question i felt the same long ago. I was heavily into commenting then suddenly wondered what I’m wasting my dunya doing when the same topics keep coming up and the same ppl have the same opionions that never change. “To you your way and to me mine…” I read the articles sometimes now but never comment. The tactic is to get blog hits and controversy gets blog hits. The more controversy the more popular……

    I love your blog always..thoughtful, mature….. Love to you.

    PS: my hard drive crashed with my Nano novel stuck inside. Dont know what I’m going to do to get it out and be able to publish it. Also this is a controversial book and a difficult uneasy climate…. not sure if i should publish it…. dilemas u know…… *gulp* How’s your publishing options for this year going? XOXOX

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