In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
[Shamim A Siddiqi,
The moment the VP of Egypt Omar Suleiman announced that the President General Hosni Mubarak has stepped down following the will of the mass uprising, the masses at the Tahreer Ground and every nook and corner of the country were echoing with the captioned slogan in an endless chain of enthusiasm and ecstasy. These were the rightful moments of deliverance from the clutches of a total dictatorship and the people were quite honest to acclaim it with this spontaneous welcome.
It is the glorious reward of 17
days and nights constant fighting of young “kids” of
This is the open success of mass
movements against sitting tyrants and the resounding replica of Tunisia where
Mohammad Bouazizi, the fruit vendor of Sidi Bouzid, the city 200 miles South of
Tunis laid down the foundation of mass uprising by putting his body on fire in
protest against the oppressive regime of Zine-el-Abidine who ruled that country
ruthlessly for 23 years and ultimately people forced him to run away to SA as a
refugee. The dominant role of military was very constructive in
These are the encouraging signs as how to bring revolution in a country where the sons of the soil through wrongful means usurp the power and then try to perpetuate their regime as their life long episode under martial law, or emergency, keeping the fundamental human right, the election process, democratic institutions all suspended at the behest and active support of the so-called democratic countries of the West. The Mass Movements get momentum only when the masses are hard pressed, human rights are denied, elections if held at all are marred with fraud, rigging, forced balloting accompanied with a lot of disqualifications both of the candidates and the voters making the election a farce. Simultaneously, people suffer from mass scale unemployment, higher cost of living, increase in foreign debts and face extremely harsh and hard terms of loan if IMF is involved in it. Thus the country is ruined and the masses have no choice but to come to street in protest and agitation demanding the change of regime in power and they succeed very often when the national army becomes neutral and refuses to take any action against general uprising.
The success of mass movements in
In these mass movements and would be uprising in the near future the role of Islamic Movements have been very nominal or marginal. Unfortunately, they could not feel the pulses of their youth who organized the mass uprisings through Internet services on mass scale and have given new dimensions to the use of internet services which enabled them to contact millions and millions of people in no time and call tem to assemble at a given point for mass rallies and demonstrations, picketing and public meetings. They with flash button could tell the public to attend such and such places in such and such number where they will be addressed by such and such people. It is a kind of mass whispering campaign secretly and silently and no despotic ruler could or can disturb their program or agenda.
Islamic Movements could not
muster this system and hence were no where there in their orbits. As such these
mass uprising were neither pro nor anti Islam. They were simple younger
generation of their country and played havoc with the well-establish
dictatorship of their respective countries, even beyond the imagination of
their western masters in
Muslim leadership is now to get
lesson from the organized efforts of
The second task before them is to build the team of Da’ees and increase its numerical strength to the level that when the uprising happens and mass awakening takes place, the team of Da’ees, irrespective of age factor should and must be in the field to cover and sustain the results of these uprising in favor of Islam and the Islamic Movement and the opportunists and secular leadership is not able to pocket the results of mass uprising. This is the game of preplanning, precaution and preparation for the preemptive “attack” when the iron is hot. This is also called the wisdom of a Mumin who foresees the events before hand and makes himself or herself ready to face all the eventualities in no time.
May Allah bless the Muslim Ummah every where.
February, 11, 2011