Jamaal (my husband) just spoke to our neighbor, who is the Shaykh on our street in Egypt. Subhan’Allah, he said this Friday was the first time in his life he was able to say whatever he wanted in his khutbah. Two million people were at Tahrir Square and the thugs were more brutal than ever. They killed seven people and some were killed while they were chanting “la ilaaha illa Allah – there is no God but Allah” but they simply refused to give up their position while being shot at.
The selflessness of people with their food and belongings is amazing, he said. People have stopped panic buying and just buy what they need for the day. The streets are safer today than they ever were – people are saying for once, the bad guys are actually getting caught and ‘arrested’ – and this by a team of neighborhood watch guards. Another amazing thing he said is how, despite the intimidation and use of force against them, despite the 30 years of oppression which also took innocent life, the protesters have remained peaceful. He said the religious people are not calling for khilafah (caliphate) or some sort of Islamic State, but just the freedom of self-determination and democracy.
He said we used to think that the youth were lost, but they are not lost. They are filling the masajid and stepping up, and have a lot of potential and desire to do good. The shuyukh and old people are supporting and encouraging them. He mentioned they have their own make-shift hospital in Tahrir, and the spirit of helping one another is stronger than its ever been.
After 30 years of oppression, they know “al jaza min jins al-a`mal – the reward one receives always matches the deeds one does.” The Oppressors will certainly get what is coming to them. The way that people stayed out during the cold nights and had thabat (steadfastness), and the way that the people are searching the police is very powerful. Their fear is over.