Egypt Protests Exposing our Double Standards

Egypt Protests Exposing our Double Standards

In recent weeks, the Pakistani media has published various commentaries written on Egyptian crisis in support of Muslim Brotherhood(MB), highlighting the atrocities going on in Egypt committed by the army allegedly with the support of the West.


With due respect to all these authors, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and bashing the west, their analyses reminded of a famous quote by Gerlad Celente, an American trend forecaster, where he claimed that,  “I’m a political atheist: I don’t believe in political religions nor do I bow to political gods.” For readers, or American his followers, the quote may carry many meanings, but, in short, it sends a simple message: Politics and religion don’t mix.


Egypt is indeed going through a severe crisis and conflict, where both official and unofficial sources have confirmed deaths of scores of Egyptians – which is indeed condemnable and unacceptable.  But is it wise to start playing the Muslim or Western Conspiracy card at this time, undermining the hundreds of thousands who protested for the ousting of Morsi?


First of all, let us analyse some facts:


  • The Muslim Brotherhood won the elections by a slight margin of 51.7% to 48.3% in the final stage, where as only bagging 25% of the total votes in the first phase. Morsi was contesting against an ex-regime contestant, which gave him the edge of being a “new candidate”. Thus, the theory floated in these analyses of him being a widely popular leader, and the MB a widely popular party, isn’t completely true.


  • The United States was the first major supporter of Morsi’s government giving the Muslim Brotherhood its full backing and approving financial aid for the country, so the West supported the MB.


  • Those who are treating as a complete Islamic State fail realise that the country has a greater influence of secularism compared many Muslim countries. Egypt’s long term fruitful ties with Israel are a good example of that.


  • Morsi, against the people’s expectations, started acting in the same dictatorial manner as Mubarak and passed a decree that put him above the law. This was one of the many reasons his own voters turned against him.


  • More than 47 Churches have been burnt, destroyed, or looted during the conflict, making the Co-opts as equal victims, and for sure, the attackers weren’t non-Muslims from the West. And thus the Muslims are not the lone victims.


Never would this article, through any reason, support dictatorships in any situation but the aforementioned instances would help in setting the facts straight to help understand as to why the second uprising in Egypt occurred resulting in chaos.


Amid all these developments, the protests arranged by religious parties in many Muslims countries, especially Pakistan, for Morsi, MB and democracy and against the Egyptian military and the West, are also worth mentioning . Such demonstrations coming from parties, such as Jamaat e Islami and Jamiat e Ulema e Islam, which have remained avid supporters of dictatorships in the past is somehow baffling.


A further saddening fact is when in Pakistan or other Muslim states, the common people – including minorities or people from other sects – are killed by militants, none of these parties come forward to protest against the known culprits. On the other hand, such parties have also shied away from condemning the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates who have announced their support for the Egyptian dictatorship, coupled with announcing multi-billion dollar aid packages.


It’s good to protest against the massacre going on in another country, especially when the victims are considered as our own Muslim brothers. What’s wrong in such protests is the discrepancy and the double standards resulting in ignorance of atrocities occurring at home.


Why can’t the same people protest in the same manner when our Shia brothers and sisters are bombed and assassinated on the name of religion? Why can’t we be equally vocal and come forward for the Christians, and other non Muslims whose places of worship are burnt on allegations of Blasphemy? Why do we, on these instances, forget to use the Islamic narrative and don’t mention the letter written by the Prophet Muhammad to the Christian Monks at Mt. Sinai, assuring them security of their Cathedrals? And why, above all, do we forget the fact that more than the west, it’s us, the prime elements of conspiracies against our own selves?


The West may have different standards for Democracy when it comes to Muslims, but as Muslims do we have the same standards for humanity and human lives? For that purpose, let us leave the Egyptian uprising as a normal political process, that they would go through, and thus would need our lecturing on whether to allow a dictator or not? It’s their country, they would manage, let us focus on our own, and set our own house in order first.

Farooq Yousaf

A research associate, marketing consultant and content editor, belonging to Frontier region of Pakistan, working for the Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad

  • M.Saeed

    The Brotherhood’s mission statement is: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way.” On the other hand, Jamat e Islami, the Pakistan equivalent was founded by Maulana Moududi, purely as a religious organization having no direct political aspirations. He and his party later change its stance.

    According to his concept, a Muslim state did not necessarily mean an Islamic state. He said,”An Islamic state is a Muslim state, but a Muslim state may not be an Islamic state unless and until the Constitution of the state is based on The Holy Qura’an and Sunnah”.

    He believed that the leaders seeking an independent state in the name of Pakistan, were in no case competent enough to lead an Islamic state. He thought, he was the only competent person of his time to lead and guide an Islamic State.

    It is well demonstrated by ground realities today that, unless and until Islamic Way of Life is not allowed to live with time growing out of its confines in the 7th century, it cannot impress and motivate the humanity. The Promise of the Ultimate Creator is that, it carries the Ultimate Code of life for all times to come. Therefore, it is Dynamic and if one fails to appreciate and act according to the given instructions, then the non believers in its dynamism are to be blamed.

  • M.Saeed

    The Egyptian Mullah Safwat Higazi had told the Tahrir square Muslim Brotherhood’s rally for change in support of Morsi that, if elected, Morsi would liberate Gaza, convert Egypt into a “United Caliphate” of the Arabs with Jerusalem as its capital, and that Millions of Martyrs would fight Jihad to secure the Arab Caliphate under his leadership. But, he surprisingly turned around after winning (at a just 51.7% votes in a less than 50% voters’ turn-out) and instead vowed to work for peaceful relations with Israel.

    Now, just compare Morsi with Saddam’s campaign of Arabistan with Baghdad its capital, that was, quite understandably, unplayed by the Arab rulers. Saddam had started his campaign with an open outcry to make a huge army that should be able to run-over and overwhelm the “Zionist Entity” just by its numerical strength.

    Like Saddam, Morsi was the obvious terror monger for the West and had to be subdued, although he tried his best to back-out from his electioneering promises.

    Whiter, the greedy manipulators!

    • Abdulaziz

      I bet you live in a Western country. Any country that will use religious laws to influence the constitution will fail and cause misery to most in the country. 7th century laws was appropriate for lawless, uneducated, brutal, greedy nomads. If you turn Pakistan into another Zia-like regime, the world, including most Arabs, will spit on you.

      • M.Saeed

        I bet you are an Indian and hiding behind a Muslim name.

        Western democracy was born in Athens of the 6th century B.C and is a political system that empowers all members of a society with equal chances of participation through their “right to vote”.

        Study what Umer bin Khittab of 7 century AD gave to the world in governance which made him the 51st most important person in the list of those who helped to improve humanity.

  • M.Saeed

    Mr. Abdul Lathif,
    You should know that, there are “good military dictators” like Musharraf, as qualified by the former US President Bush and there are bad dictators like Saddam he captured and ordered to be hanged till death.