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Let us be a generation of dialogue....

Let us be a generation of dialogue so our Children will be a Generation of Choice
1- Our generation opened its eyes to the dreams of revolution but soon after woke up to the bitter realities of defeat, poverty, the crisis of housing, transportation, bread, high prices, inflation and many other issues of the World Bank.
By the end of the fifties, there were different tides in Egypt ranging from right to left to religious extremism, secularism, nationalism and communism. Then the revolution arrived with principles that “satisfied all parties” and so the majority of these tides were molded into it and our generation was bred in an era of great dreams and inspiring leadership where the president’s speeches were often quoted and the logic of dialogue was whatever we had learnt from our fathers the revolutionaries: The outcome of the dialogue has to be an implementation of the decree and resolution of 30th March and the October document…..then our generation woke up to loss.

2- We are now at the end of the eighties and once again there are a number of ideologies in Egypt, most of which are radically religious that adapt the same logic of the revolution in order to get to the chair of presidency and rule with a grip of force imposing a unique opinion with the logic of judging any opponents as heretics worthy of beheading. Dialogue to them must either end with consent and blessing or beheading.
The worst to be feared is if this radical tide finds complete support in the silent majority. This will lead to the same crisis happening again with our children and grandchildren when they are bred to sanctify the infallible leading ruler and wake up later to a state far worse than ours.

3- Today, our generation addresses the blame to the previous generation that has inherited it this legacy of loss and holds it responsible for its implicit silence or positive agreement to the current state of things after all the dreams have evaporated to emptiness and bitter pessimism. We fear another day when our grandchildren hold us, in turn, responsible for going after the other revolution and handing over the future of our children to an adventure whose end we knew very well.

4- Egypt is not in need of another revolution as revolutions have come to have a bad reputation especially as they will lead to transforming the army to a means of suppressing people and treating the country as an internal battle front.
What Egypt needs now is a free comprehensive dialogue in which everybody takes part whether he/she belongs to the radicals, secularists, nationalists, leftists, Quranics, Wafdis, Nasserites etc. We would like it to be a civilized dialogue free from calling one another titles aes and exchanging accusations of heresy, treachery, treason…as only those with a weak argument resort to abuse and insult.

5-This long awaited dialogue is the ideal means to encourage the silent majority to contribute in opinion towards the concerns of their nation. It is also the ideal means towards civilized maturity and acquiring the basic methods of civilized dialogue without resorting to violence and implementing one sided opinions with force or with loud insults, accusations and intimidation.

6- Naturally, every opinion holder would want to defend his/her opinion with solid proof and evidence, this is why a reading in all sources is a principal means of consolidating one’s opinion and retorting an opponent with his/her own words. The result of this will be enriching for general knowledge and well deliberated opinions as most of these opinion holders did not take enough time to study them, but rather acquired them through education or found way to their hearts unconsciously.

7- With dialogue and whatever follows it of reading and research, opinions will crystallize and take their final form, then leaderships will also crystallize when those that can only scream disappear and only intellectuals that know how to defeat an opinion with an opinion remain on the arena.

8- Those who propose their opinions to people and ask them to fight for the sake of realizing them should accept peoples’ discussion about these opinions, and should be patient in responding to them and to be an example in good manners and the polite dialogue, and it is, eventually, a test that only a few would be able to pass, as to those who refuse dialogue and take satisfaction in accusing others of heresy and treason, they put themselves in a difficult situation…The Quran has, in several occasions, clarified the basics of constructive dialogue and how it should elevate to the highest ethical degree that some of us, unfortunately, do not know.

9- Government and political parties should provide the necessary means for the success of this dialogue; most important of which is the freedom of press and the safety of all parties involved in the dialogue. At the end, our grandchildren will find before them a number of alternatives from which they can choose rather than have a particular regime imposed on them implicitly or explicitly which will destroy their future and, for that, we can only be cursed by them.

1- Al Akhbar newspaper published this article about twenty years ago in 05/06/1989 under the column of “opinion to people” as part of a sequence of articles that I used to write entitled: Quran is the solution”.
Then Al Akhbar closed its doors in my face and I published them elsewhere…

2- We started paying the price for our peaceful struggle four years prior to publishing this article in 05/05/1985 when I included five of my books on the curriculum I was teaching to my students at Al Azhar University which discussed the contradiction of the Sunni Ideology with the Quran and Islam. I was later under investigation for two years, then resigned leaving them in March 1987. The radicals, inside and outside Egypt, congregated against me and pressurized the regime to throw me along other Quranists in the jail with the charge of denying the Sunna in November- December 1987. After we were released this article was amongst the articles I had published in Al Akhbar. Eventually, the regime became too fed up with me and resorted to his “police approach” and members of Ahl Al Quran were detained in two campaigns in 2000 and 2001 and later in May / October 2007 and we are expecting the fourth campaign soon.
We have been paying the price since a quarter of a century…

3- The strange thing is that we do not back off neither calm down nor contradict in anything we say. Nor are we intimidated by the regime despite all its military might, control of the media and all its alliances with Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and Middle Eastern tendencies….What is even stranger; is our confidence in triumph.
The reason for this is that we believe in Almighty God, in the Hereafter, in that only what is destined to us shall happen and that the time and place of our death is in the hands of God alone. That God is the sole provider and no other human can withhold what God had destined to us nor grant us what God did not destine for us…
The reason for our confidence is that we believe that no matter how long this life might be, it will come to an end, that it is a test and a choice between true faith and disbelief, between obedience and disobedience, between justice and injustice, and that after this life shall come the day of judgment where we shall all stand before the creator to be held individually accountable over the freedom and choices that were granted to us in this life in order to be tested and accordingly rewarded.
The reason for this is because we believe that no mundane pleasure can mount to an instant in heaven ….and that all the torture in this life do not mount to an instant of torture in hell…So what if pleasure in the hereafter is eternal and so is torture with no hope of escape or alleviation?
Thanks to this faith we do not aspire to any mundane position nor await any reward from a human. Our peaceful struggle is for the sake of God and only hope to be witnesses for our time and people on the Day of Judgment.

4- I have related all of this in order to alleviate my sorrows about my nephew, the Islamic writer, Reda Abdulrahman Ali. He is (today Sunday the 9th November 08) being detained in a secret prison by the Egyptian Police with no knowledge of what could be happening to him and at the same time intimidating my family and terrorizing them because their biggest crime is that they are my family.

The Egyptian regime is used to taking members of my family as hostages to force me to abandon writing about reform. I don’t even alienate a Saudi role in this and their riches that buys the service of the highest generals of the Egyptian police, especially as the emergency law that protects Mubarak with his despotic regime since he came to power, gives the secret police absolute authority to kidnap any individual, to detain and torture him/her. A lot of these people actually die until a modern expression has come to be common in Egypt which is “the phenomenon of coerced disappearance”, and nobody knows how many tenths of thousands of Egyptians were victims to this coerced disappearance. Some of them are still in prison since the eighties and their parents don’t know anything about them, some of them have perished under torture and were buried secretively and nobody can prove anything because the National Security (secret police) do not keep a register of its victims. It is not accountable or supervised by any authority…what has made the title “National Security” equally intimidating to all.

Out of fear that Mr. Reda Abdel Rahman Ali’s destiny ends up being a mere figure amongst the unknown figures of “coerced disappearances” , we declare to the free world that the President Hosni Mubarak- and his minister of internal affairs Habib Al Adeli- are responsible not only the life and safety of the Islamic writer Reda Abdul Rahman Ali, but for all Quarnists and their families that the regime take as hostages for the sake of settling accounts with the International Center of The Quran…
The International Center of The Quran also confirms, once more, that the prosecution that befalls the Quranists since Mubarak came to power in 1981 will not stop them from pursuing their peaceful call for religious reform for Muslims and for democratic reform for Egypt and the entire Arab world.
For this, we hope for the support of all powers that favor peace, tolerance, democratic reform and human rights…
The peaceful Muslim Quranists have only their pens to stand up against the armies of Hosni Mubarak and his police.

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