Few years ago I worked in Lahore. As common there, we had an army of drivers, office boys & cleaners in the office. They were very very low paid so on occasions I used to collect money for them to help. I would send an email request to colleagues expecting people to drop money at a collection point but response was used to be almost zero. Frustrated I would take an envelope and do a round in the office. Some will donate 10s, few 100s, & rare will 1000 + Rupees. In short it was a daunting task to make people cough up money. There was a colleague from Egypt. On one such a round, I passed by him also and explained my purpose of visit. Without a second thought he put his hand in pocket and gave me 4 or 5 thousand Rupees. I was shocked!
The Egyptian brother was living in the same block as I so we met on few occasions with families afterwards. Time passes quickly. I moved out of Pakistan, and after sometime I lost touch with him. Few days ago when uprising against Mubarak regime was at its peak, I received a message from him through another colleague. He was in Cairo and taking full part in the uprising. See this message first, and then he himself wrote a message.
Tomorrow I am also going to Cairo and will meet him there. Stay tuned to read my story.
I just spoke to the brother from Egypt (our ex colleague), who is in Cairo now. It was uplifting to detect a hint of hope in his voice. He goes to Tahrir (Liberation) Square every day and participates in the demonstrations. He and his family are all well but of course, there 300 martyrs and many thousands who are injured as a result of state brutality.
MashAllah, he sounded well determined and hopeful that people will bring Mubarak down! I told him about our apprehensions that when Mubarak goes, Americans and British may replace him with another of their cronies! He also mentioned that Muslims in Egypt do want to see the change of system and he remembered our discussions about Khilafah!
I thought I share this with you all. I am copying him on this e-mail so that he could keep us up to date with the situation on ground.
We pray that may Allah bring what is best for this ummah. Ameen
MESSAGE 2: (From Egyptian Brother)
AOA All brothers;
Very sorry for late reply, but I was totally occupied in past few weeks because of the new situation, please forgive me for being late. Al Hamdu Lellah Egyptians removed this regime and hopefully the people in Libya will follow Insha Allah, then other Muslim countries will follow….
I hope Muslims will unite now and make sure they don’t do old mistakes again, ,
Situation is improving day by day now and there is no security issue at all as the media trying to show, its moving better than before for sure.
Some people are trying to gain benefit from this revolution and taking their rights, and some are trying to take whatever they can -:) regardless of it is their right or not, but those are well know to all.
We hope a person who understands Islam will lead us this time Insha Allah, we are all sure that Islam is the only way for this Umah to come up again and make the world more peaceful.
I hope to live one day to see the whole Muslim countries united under one flag of La Ellah Ela Allah Mohamed Rasul Allah, Amein,
I will keep you people updated on the situation here, and let’s do what we can to make people understand the beauty of Islam, and let’s start with ourselves and improve our knowledge about our great religion.
Please come and visit us in Egypt, I will be very happy to see you people again Insha Allah…
— [Yes, I AM coming brother – Kashif]– Read My Visit & See Photos to Egypt Here