Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’
It’s kind of amazing how uncertainty and instability brings out the worst in some people, but the best in others. It’s nice, for once, to the examples of the best getting some attention. A few days ago, I put up this story on on this blog about Muslims surrounding a Christian shrine during Christmas services to provide a “human shield” for those inside worshipping. A quote from a local muslim artist was simple, yet profound:
“We either live together, or we die together.”
– Mohamed El-Sawy
Yesterday, journalist Maryam Ishani, of the blog foreignpolicy.com, gave an account of the chaos that is still going on in Egypt, particularly in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The blog The Islamic Workplace picked it up and posted the story, but with a strikingly different image. The image used above the story was of Egyptian Christians forming a circle around Muslims during an outdoor prayer session.
My battered faith in humanity just got a much-needed shot in the arm. We might actually figure out how to live on this planet without exterminating each other.
The other thing I think this brings into glaring clarity is the role of blogs. There are times when I think that having a blog is kind of like the internet equivalent of littering. I mean, seriously, how many of these things does the world really need? But when stories like this come around where one blog reports it, another blog picks it up and then another and then another, one of the roles… scrtach that last word, let’s say responsibilities… that blogs have is to perpetuate and spread the good information and not perpetuate the bad, or refute the bad, or call out the bad. Good information can mean good as in uplifting, but also good as in factual. This is one of those examples of blogs fufilling both definitions of good in one shot.
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.