Legacy of Muhammad Mursi

By Ali Hassnain

Over the year I have thought repeatedly about what Mursi could have done differently in his short rule to avoid a coup. Muhammad Mursi, the leader of Ikhwan, first elected President of Egypt and the reformer, had so much promise and potential when Egypt elected him. I am undecided to this date; some would say his reforms were too much, others would argue he was not revolutionary enough.

One thing is for sure. His legacy would live on history books as a positive one. He did not destroy his country because of his ego, like some other rulers did, all but one of which are deceased now and their countries ruined. He knew he was going to be overthrown, warnings were issued; he wasn’t thrown in any mid-night coup. He preferred his homeland over his presidency. Yet he had showed balanced resistance against people who overthrew him.

He didn’t issue a Fatwa of Jihad against his opponents, neither accepted the injustices incurred on him. His death was what can be truly termed a judicial murder. UNHCR and Amnesty International among others have showed concern how he was being denied health care and kept in harsh conditions. Timing of his death itself raises many doubts. It is a sad episode and I hope Egyptians can unite in upholding the rule of law and ideology of peace and progress as taught by Islam and as, what we in Pakistan believe, Mursi preached.

He would be remembered in Pakistan fondly as he was the first Egyptian President to visit Pakistan in a bilateral visit. It indicated a major foreign policy shift of his country at the time.

Today, he died in a cage, in a court room. It reminds one of the conversation of the great companion of Prophet (PBUH), Abdullah Ibn Zubair (RA) which he had with his mother before his martyrdom. Maybe at some level Mursi knew when he signed up for the job; it was over. May Allah look at his life and struggle kindly and bless him with Jannat ul firdous. (Ameen).

Hazrat Abdullah Ibz Zubair (RA) visited his 100 years old mother (RA) for advice before facing the forces of Hajjaj out to get him.

He said, “O’ my mother in death, I will find peace and tranquility. O’ my mother! All my companions have left me until my own family and children have left my side and I only have a handful of people around me. And the people are ready to give me whatever I want form this Dunya. What is your opinion my mother?”

She said, “O’ my son! You are more knowledgeable regarding your circumstances than me. But I do say, if you know that you are on the truth, and then die like your companions and if you want the Dunya, then you are the most wretched of people because you have wasted yourself and your companions. And how long are you going to live in this Dunya?” Then she continued, “If you say that you are on the truth, but when your companions left you, you became weak. This is not the action of the free man and the people of Deen! And how long are you going to live in this Dunya?”

He said, “O’ my mother, I’m scared that if they kill me, then they will mutilate my body and they will hang me up.”

She said, “O’ my son! A slaughtered goat doesn’t feel the pain when it is skinned!”

And when she said this, he stood up and kissed her upon her forehead and he said, “I swear by Allah, this is my opinion! I have no desire to live in this Dunya for my aspiration is the life of the hereafter and all my life I have stood up for truth but I wanted to know is your opinion so that your opinion strengthens my opinion!”

And then his mother said, “Come closer my son!”

When he came closer to her, she embraced him and when she did so, she felt that he had some metal armour on. And she said, “O’ my son! What is this? For people who want Shahaadah don’t wear this!”

He said, “O’ my mother! I only did this to comfort you!”

She said, “My son, take it off.” Then she said, “O’ my son! Tie your belt so when you fall, your ‘awrah is not exposed! O’ My son! Fight with bravery for you are the son of Zubayr and the grandson of Abu Bakr and your grandmother was Safiyyah.”

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