Wednesday, April 06, 2011

An open letter to the people of Egypt

An open letter to the people of Egypt
[English version of a statement issued in Arabic by the Bahá’ís of Egypt dated April 2011]


April 2011

An open letter to the people of Egypt

Our fellow citizens:

      The events of recent months have provided us, the Bahá’ís of Egypt, with an opportunity we have never experienced before: to communicate directly with you, our brothers and sisters. Though small in number, we are privileged to belong to this land wherein, for more than a hundred years, we have endeavoured to live by the principles enshrined in our Faith and striven to serve our country as upright citizens. This chance is one for which we have longed—especially because we have wished to express our thanks to those countless fair-minded, compassionate souls who supported our efforts in the last few years to obtain a measure of equality before the law. But we rejoice primarily in the fact that, at such a critical juncture in our nation’s history, we are able to make a humble contribution to the conversation which has now begun about its future and to share some perspectives, drawn from our own experience and that of Bahá’ís throughout the world, as to the prerequisites for walking the path towards lasting material and spiritual prosperity.

      Whatever directly motivated the rapid change that has occurred, the outcome demonstrates the collective desire of us all, the people of Egypt, to exercise greater control over our destiny. The freedom to do so is unfamiliar to us, having not previously enjoyed this degree of liberty. And our collective history, as Egyptians, Arabs, and Africans, has taught us that there is no shortage of self-interested forces in the world that would prevent us from determining our own future or, alternatively, would invite us to voluntarily abdicate this responsibility. Colonialism, religious orthodoxy, authoritarian rule, and outright tyranny have all played their part in the past. Today, the “gentler” force of consumerism and the erosion of morality which it fosters are equally capable of holding us back, under the pretence of making us more free.

      The fact that, as a people, we have chosen to become actively involved in determining the direction of our nation is a public sign that our society has reached a new stage in its development. A planted seed grows gradually and organically, and evolves through stages of increasing strength until it attains to a state that is recognizably “mature”; human societies share this trait too. At a certain time, dissatisfaction grows within a population at being held back from full participation in the processes that steer the course of a country, and the desire for more responsibility to be ceded to the citizens becomes overwhelming. Set in this context, the events that have taken place in Egypt can be seen as a response to forces that are, in fact, drawing the entire human race towards greater maturity and interdependence. One indication that humanity is advancing in this direction is that aspects of conduct which did not seem out of place in an earlier age—behaviours that resulted in conflict, corruption, and inequality—are increasingly seen as incompatible with the values that underpin a just society. Over time, people everywhere are becoming bolder in rejecting the attitudes and systems that prevented their progress towards maturity.

      The movement towards greater maturity is thus a global phenomenon. Still, it does not follow that all nations and peoples advance along the path at a uniform speed. At certain points, circumstances may converge upon a historically significant moment wherein a particular society can fundamentally re-direct its course. At such times, an expression of collective will can have a decisive and abiding effect on the future of the country. Egypt has arrived at precisely such a moment. It will not last forever.

      At this juncture, then, we face the weighty question of what we seek to achieve with the opportunity we have acquired. What are the choices before us? Many models of collective living are on offer and being championed by various interested parties. Are we to move towards an individualistic, fragmented society, wherein all feel liberated to pursue their own interests, even at the expense of the common good? Will we be tempted by the lures of materialism and its beholden agent, consumerism? Will we opt for a system that feeds on religious fanaticism? Are we prepared to allow an elite to emerge that will be oblivious to our collective aspirations, and may even seek to manipulate our desire for change? Or, will the process of change be allowed to lose momentum, dissolve into factional squabbling, and crumble under the weight of institutional inertia? It might justly be argued that, looking across the Arab region—and, indeed, beyond—the world wants for an unquestionably successful model of society worthy of emulation. Thus, if no existing model proves to be satisfactory, we might well consider charting a different course, and perhaps demonstrate to the community of nations that a new, truly progressive approach to the organization of society is possible. Egypt’s stature in the international order—its intellectual tradition, its history, its location—means that an enlightened choice on its part could influence the course of human development in the entire region, and impact even the world.

      Too often, change brought about by popular protest eventually results in disappointment. This is not because the movement that provided the catalyst for change lacks unity—indeed, its ability to foster unity among disparate peoples and interests is the essential feature that ensured its success—but rather because the realization quickly dawns that it is far easier to find common cause against the status quo than it is to agree upon what should replace it. That is why it is vital that we endeavour to achieve broad consensus on the operating principles that are to shape a new model for our society. Once agreement is reached, the policies that follow are far more likely to attract the support of the populations whom they affect.

      A natural temptation, when considering how our nation should progress, is to immediately seek to devise practical solutions to recognized grievances and acknowledged societal problems. But even if worthy ideas were to emerge, they would not constitute in themselves a compelling vision of how we wish our country to develop. The essential merit of principle is that, if it wins support, it induces an attitude, a dynamic, a will, an aspiration, which facilitate the discovery and implementation of practical measures. Yet a discussion of principles must be prepared to move beyond the level of abstraction. At the conceptual level, it may prove relatively easy to bring about agreement on a set of guiding principles, but without an examination of their ramifications they may amount to little more than empty slogans. An attempt to reach consensus should allow for the most searching exploration of the specific, and profound, implications that the adoption of a particular principle would carry for our nation. It is in that spirit, then, that the following principles are set out.

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      A mature society demonstrates one feature above all others: a recognition of the oneness of humanity. How fortunate, then, that the most abiding memory of recent months is not of religious divisions or ethnic conflict, but of differences being put aside in favour of a common cause. Our instinctive ability, as a people, to recognize the truth that we all belong to one human family served us well. Nevertheless, to develop institutions, agencies, and social structures that promote the oneness of humanity is an altogether greater challenge. Far from being an expression of vague and pious hope, this principle informs the nature of those essential relationships that must bind all the states and nations as members of one human family. Its genesis lies in the recognition that we were all created out of the same substance by the one Creator, and therefore, it is indefensible for one person, tribe, or nation to claim superiority over another. Its acceptance would require an organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change with far-reaching consequences for every aspect of our collective life. And beyond its societal implications, it calls for a profound re-examination of each of our own attitudes, values, and relationships with others—ultimately, for a transformation in the human heart. None of us are exempt from its exacting demands.

      The ramifications of this fundamental truth—the oneness of humanity—are so profound that many other vital principles, essential for the future development of Egypt, can be derived from it. A prime example is the equality of men and women. Does anything retard progress in our country more efficiently than the persistent exclusion of women from full participation in the affairs of the nation? Redressing this balance will by itself bring about improvement in every aspect of Egyptian life: religious, cultural, social, economic, and political. Like the bird that cannot fly if one wing is weaker than the other, so humanity’s ability to scale the heights of real attainment are severely impeded so long as women are denied the opportunities afforded to men. Once the same prerogatives are accorded both sexes, they will both flourish, to the benefit of all. But beyond the matter of civil rights, the principle of gender equality brings with it an attitude that must be extended to the home, to the workplace, to every social space, to the political sphere—ultimately, even to international relations.

      Nowhere could the equality of the sexes more helpfully be established than in education, which exists to enable men and women of every background to fulfil their innate potential to contribute to the progress of society. If it is to succeed, it must offer adequate preparation for participation in the economic life of the nation, but so, too, it must possess a robust moral dimension. Schools must impress upon their students the responsibilities inherent in being a citizen of Egypt and inculcate those values that tend toward the betterment of society and care for one’s fellow human beings. Education cannot be allowed to be the means whereby disunity and hatred of others are instilled into innocent minds. With the right approach, it can also become an effective instrument for protecting future generations from the insidious blight of corruption that so conspicuously afflicts present-day Egypt. Furthermore, access to basic education must be universal, regardless of any distinctions based on gender, ethnicity, or means. Strategies for harnessing the resources of our nation—our heritage, our agriculture, our industry—will prove fruitless if we neglect the most important resource of all: our own God-given spiritual and intellectual capacities. To prioritize improving the means by which we educate ourselves will yield an abundant harvest in the years to come.

      Related to the topic of education is the interaction between science and religion, twin sources of insight that humanity can draw upon as it seeks to achieve progress. It is a blessing that Egyptian society, as a whole, does not assume that the two must be in conflict, a perception sadly commonplace elsewhere. Indeed, we possess a proud history of fostering a spirit of rational and scientific enquiry—with admirable results in the areas of farming and medicine, to name but two—while retaining a strong religious tradition and respect for the values promulgated by the world’s great faiths. There is nothing in such values that should incline us toward irrational thinking or fanaticism. All of us, especially our younger generation, can be conscious that it is possible for individuals to be imbued with sincere spirituality while actively labouring for the material progress of their nation.

      Our nation is blessed by an abundance of youth. Some amongst us are in education; some are beginning careers or starting families; some, though older, remember what it was like to pass through those stages of life. Reform of the education system will go a long way towards ensuring that the potential of the younger generation to contribute to the life of society is realized; however, by itself, that is not sufficient. Conditions must be nurtured so that opportunities for meaningful employment multiply, talent is harnessed, and possibilities to progress are accessed on the basis of merit, not privilege. Disenchantment will grow if, because of persistent corruption, inequality, and neglect, the efforts youth make to improve the conditions of families, communities, and neighbourhoods are thwarted at every turn. The high aspirations of the young represent a trust that society as a whole—indeed, the state itself—cannot afford, either economically or morally, to ignore.

      This is not to say that youth are in need of special privileges. Much of the dissatisfaction that younger adults have expressed in recent months comes from an acute awareness that they lack equality of opportunity, not preferential treatment. From the conditions faced by the youth and by so many others in our society it is clear that pre-eminent among the principles that should propel the renewal we seek is justice. Its far-reaching implications are at the core of most of the issues on which we must, as a people, agree. And it is from the interplay of the two vital principles of justice and the oneness of humanity that an important truth emerges: each individual comes into the world as a trust of the whole, and the collective resources of the human race should therefore be expended for the benefit of all, not just a fraction. Neglect of this ideal has a particularly destabilizing influence on society, as extremes of wealth and poverty exacerbate existing social tensions and provoke unrest. Measures to alleviate poverty cannot ignore the existence of extreme wealth, for where there are inordinate riches accumulated by the few, the many will not escape impoverishment.

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      Considered only in the abstract, perhaps few will dispute the essential merit of the principles discussed here. Yet, their implementation would have profound political, economic, social, and personal implications, which render them more challenging than they may appear at first. But regardless of the principles to be adopted, their capacity to imprint themselves on our emerging society will depend in large measure on the degree to which Egyptians have embraced them. For to the extent that all can be enabled to participate in the consultative processes that affect us—so that we tread the path towards becoming protagonists of our own material and spiritual development—will we avoid the risk of our society falling into the pattern of any of the existing models that see no advantage in empowering the people.

      The challenge before us, then, is to initiate a process of consultation about the principles that are to inform the reshaping of our society. This is a painstaking task. To fashion from divergent conceptions a coherent set of principles with the creative power to unify our population will be no small accomplishment. However, we can be confident that every sincere effort invested for this purpose will be richly rewarded by the release, from our own selves, of a fresh measure of those constructive energies on which our future depends. In such a broadly based national conversation—engaging people at all levels, in villages and in cities, in neighbourhoods and in the home, extending to the grassroots of society and drawing in every concerned citizen—it will be vital that the process not move too quickly to the pragmatic and the expedient, and not be reduced to the deals and decisions involved in the distribution of power among a new elite who would presume to become the arbiters of our future.

      The ongoing and wide-scale involvement of the population in such a consultative process will go a long way towards persuading the citizenry that policy-makers have the creation of a just society at heart. Given the opportunity to participate in such a process, we will be confirmed in our newly awakened consciousness that we have ownership of our own future and come to realize the collective power we already possess to transform ourselves.

The Bahá’ís of Egypt

Story in BWNS
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73 comments:

  1. I believe, as Egyptians we must listen to all layers of our society, regardless of their religious or political beliefs and that includes the Baha'is I should think. Indeed the letter I've just read is like a very good guidebook for many years to come. In it there is a good deal of love and guidance. May God ever bless our Egypt an us.

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  2. Thank you for your insight.

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  3. Abu Rashid
    I dare say that this letter is like 10 pints (or quarts) of blood that had been injected into the ailing \suffering body of our beloved Egypt. Surely Egypt will recover and become stronger that 30 years ago IF, yes if we cleave to the subject matter therein. May God ever bless Egypt and its peoples.

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  4. This is to thank the Baha'is of our beloved Egypt for their insightful open letter.

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  5. Gordon J Kerr ChinaApr 7, 2011 05:11 AM

    A thoughtful and insightful analysis. The experience of the world wide Baha'i community, which is many millions strong, in transcending the barriers of race, religion, class and gender also adds substance to the principles outlined so eloquently in this letter. People of good heart everywhere long to see the noble sons and daughters of Egypt rise up and create a just, peaceful and prosperous society where the rights and freedoms of all its members are protected.

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  6. Not only for Egypt, what is offered here, would be beneficial to almost all the nations of the world. This analysis should be read and put into practice by anyone who wants to be leader of any country. This indeed is a breath of fresh air! Thanks to the Baha'is of Egypt! Your society and country will like the Phoenix rise out f its ashes.. I am sure!

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  7. I've read the above letter. It is full with practical steps to be taken valiantly and without fear only for the good of ALL Egypt and its inhabitants. I call on all concerned not to leave hold of this valuable letter. It is like a gift from the All-Merciful that had arrived just in the proper time.

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  8. So, is the author of this message anonymous, then? To have the right to speak on behalf of the Baha'is of Egypt, the author of this message would have to be either elected by Baha'is or appointed by the Universal House of Justice.

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  9. This statement was authored and owned by the Baha'i Community of Egypt.

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  10. May you be blessed and protected as you strive to fulfill the goals mentioned in this letter, which was so inspiring to read. It was heartwarming to know that the Baha'is of Egypt have survived a myriad of tests and difficulties and are now prepared and able to make so many important contributions to their dear country.
    My prayers and best wishes!

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  11. Abu Bangui
    The letter from the Baha'is said:
    … a planted seed grows gradually … until maturity

    I believe (gradually) is the magic word.
    So, please let us be wise, particularly after so many years of coerced civil services inactivity.
    Let us NOT, in our tremendous emerging youthful energy lose sight and step on the seed.
    Let us, as a great nation, consult and consult again. Let us meditate and meditate again … for indeed time is short and we cannot afford to make mistakes.
    Let us dear brothers & sisters, young and old alike protect this gradually growing seed and, be exactly like a mother who would protect her newly born baby.
    Let us not lose sight please. Let us take every single step in building up our new Egypt with lots of care, patience, consultation, trust and huge amounts of true & very sincere love.
    Signed: Abu Bangui.

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  12. Very thoughtful...thank you for your contributions!

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  13. I have read this letter by the Bahais of Egypt is heart touching. I wish those who are now in the high administrative office of Egyptian government have access to it and utilize the treasures it has for the development of new Egypt and role model for the whole region and whole. Thank you The Bahais of Egypt for this inspiring letter.
    Tobby Tobias Atimnedi, USA

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  14. Actually many did receive it, or in the process of.

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  17. A choicest offering for Egypt affecting the whole world. One can't help but foresee the fruits of the endeavours by every member of the society in building a unified, just, prosperous and spiritually mature society that will be an example to the rest of the world.
    May divine assistance and confirmations descend upon all protagonists and well wishers.

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  18. A very power and Enlightened letter sir....

    I hope that who ever is the recipient of this letter they don't just toss it aside because I remember reading epistles Bahá'u'lláh sent to the world's leaders in the 1860's and 70's and because the worlds leaders CHOSE TO IGNORE HIM the earth has been in a state of confusion since then... too many wars and societal upheavals to mention here... I am hoping today in 2011 Egypt and the world has learned it's lesson by now..

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  19. An remarkable letter and it fills me with pride to be able to share it. That these concepts will inevitably come to pass I have no doubt. The choice we have is to embrace them and make the transition relatively painless, or resist them and make it infinitely more difficult. Egypt has such a glorious opportunity.

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  20. I am very hopeful that the political leaders and leaders of thought in Egypt would take this mighty prescription into account. They do not have much choice, when it comes to social order, harmony, and respect of the rights of minorities. In some African countries that have a stronger civil society than what is in Egypt, they bring the Baha'is on board when consulting on important national and regional matters. From good governance, moral leadership, environmental stewardship, gender issues, minority rights, and access to information to critical studies and discussions of draft laws, the Baha'i Writings offer them a wealth of ideas and practical blue-prints. This open letter to the Egyptians from their Baha'i brethren is a wholesome remedy and a sure panacea for Egypt's chronic ills. It might be a sour pill for some, but any delay in administering this medicine will be costly and much regretted.

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  21. May God bless Egypt, and make it a shining lamp of justice in the Earth :)

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  22. Egypt can be a strong catalyst throughout the region if it follows this good advice.

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  23. Forging a new path along the lines outlined in this powerful letter written by the Baha'is of Egypt would not only benefit all the people of Egypt but also inspire all countries of the world. We pray that Allah will guide the decision makers to weigh carefully such principles proposed so thoughtfully by the Baha'is.

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  24. I am very happy that the Baha'is of Egypt have found a open voice in our new country. We must allow open opinion to be fully expressed. But we need examples of how ideas become action. We need ideas on how to take the energy of anger into the discipline of being productive. We need help to tame the extreme elements in our society. How do we keep the loudest voice from always getting its way? How can Baha'i help with that?

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  25. Very good questions. This will be the challenge, but of course, it is up to all Egyptians to act. I invite those reading this blog to express their opinions regarding these questions...this would be a wonderful thread to follow....

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  26. Antonio BastosApr 10, 2011 08:22 PM

    From: Antonio Bastos (Brazil)
    I feel this letter is Godly inspired. It is a clear guideline for all mankind, not only for Egyptian brothers.
    I will pray for theese havenly words can touch all Egyptian hearts, all human heart.
    Thank you Baha'is of Egypt.

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  27. Very well put. Unfortunately, even with the inspiring events in Egypt, the country remains deeply divided based on ideological and religious fixations. Egypt might need to go through more convulsions and failures before opting for such a course. Presently, one can only wish for people to start listening to one another...in sincerity!

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  28. michiel van HoorikApr 12, 2011 04:22 AM

    I enjoy the use of language here.
    The expression change has a meaning in the true contest.
    Barack sadly uses this expression on bil-boards.
    I read here what people really think.
    That is something different from a survey on the internet for electoral use.
    May the indigenous wisdom come through for all ignorants

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  29. This letter spells out exactly what a spiritually ailing world needs now. All the nations of the world are looking to Egypt as a model of what our world should look like in the future. It is indeed a gradual process! May these principles of love, unity and justice planted in the hearts Egyptians continue to gain strength day by day and overflow into the neighbouring nations and unto the world! Peace and Love to all..... A Caribbean Friend! A world Citizen! A Baha'i.....

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  30. This amazing statement by the Bahá'ís of Egypt is both lofty and practical. Would that all Egyptians were required to read and discuss it at length before making any decisions about the future of their glorious country. In fact, if each member of the global family of man were to read this letter and adopt the principles espoused in it, the world would be a much better place for everyone!!!

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  31. The statement is really about promoting ideas for the future of Egypt. The primary concern of the Baha'is of Egypt is the wellbeing of their nation. Naturally, these principles and ideas are applicable everywhere.

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  32. Vafa from CanadaApr 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    This open letter of the Baha'is of Egypt should be sent to all countries in the Middle East that are going through some turmoil, to hopefully open the vision of the people and offer them a path of true fullfilment and progress for their society, and ultimately the entire world.

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  33. Please see this news story regarding the statement:
    http://news.bahai.org/story/817

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  34. Egypt! The stories of your former prosperity and rich civilization have enriched the pages of history and inspired generations. This letter is like a gleaming light full of hope and guidance. Your future can be filled with peace and material and spiritual prosperity such that it would eclipse even your former glory! Please God you may achieve it and not cast away so precious an opportunity. May pyramids of love and tolerance and justice be erected in all your hearts.

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  35. How amazing! As an Australian, I can comment on the social organisation of Egypt. How much more important that the citizens of Egypt should be able to do so.

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  36. May the fundamental principles so eloquently presented in this inspiring letter serve as a guiding charter for all of Africa and beyond!

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  37. The emphasis on "models" in this letter is very insightful. If we think scientifically for a moment, we realize that a model has variables and parameters. If we leave certain variables out of our model for the future (such as "equality of men and women" or "universal education") the model will fail in its description and prediction of the best course of action the Egyptian people should take, and the past will come back to haunt us. So the question of properly parameterized models makes a wonderful "model" to consider as the people consult about their future. Also, I might add that it is important not to walk into the future backwards, only facing the past. The people must have the courage to turn and face forward the future.

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  38. I can't think of a single 'model' country in the world today. They are all traveling in darkness down the broad to ruin.

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  39. Egypt is one of the Muslim countries where alcoholic drinks are legal. They throw out the good of Islam while preserving the obsolete and distorted.

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  40. That is, partly, because there has always been a sizable Christian population as well as multitudes of foreign travelers in Egypt.

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  41. Someone made a video of the statement:
    http://cfs-p6.l3.fbcdn.net/214631/384/155206861208094_58422.mp4?oh=fb5b916ebba82469fa20ea5fbdaabf74&oe=4DAC7100&l3s=20110416100232&l3e=20110418101232&lh=05e6edeaa84d3c961e57d&xwrhost=video.l3.fbcdn.net&L3O=cfs-l3-snc6.facebook.com

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  42. There is truly a new chapter in Egypt. One where materialistic relations are being reconsidered and new geopolitical relations are being developed. A new ambassador from Iran to Egypt has been appointed, a military ship was granted permission to cross the Suez Canal (which has not been done for 30 years) and there is potential conversation of reconsidering illegal agreements with Israel. Indeed this is encouraging news, and these developments will usher in an age of true friendship and justice. Relations between Nations should be mutually beneficial and serve humanity. InShallah... Iran plays a supportive role in guiding Egypt down this road of transformation. Indeed the Islamic Republic is the only Nation in the modern age that has truly overturned systems and created new ones. The appointment of an ambassador from the Islamic Republic will serve this purpose and is truly a sign of Egypt's willingness to accept Iran's guidance and input.

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  43. My opinion: I think the spirit of that writing was beautiful.

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  44. To Anonymous before last: interesting view! One can also say that siding with just certain nations or certain philosophies at the exclusion of others would be in conflict with the very ideals pointed out in the comment. It is essential that, as indicated in the comment, "Relations between Nations should be mutually beneficial and serve humanity..." this ideal must apply to relations with all nations, accompanied with respect for human rights and enforced with treating all people with dignity and justice, and not a select group of people at the expense of others.

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  45. "How do we keep the loudest voice from always getting its way?"

    In my opinion, the key to preventing this (and corruption of all sorts) is to quickly establish temporary local assemblies to implement the local level of this "national conversation" that will slowly, but surely create a "new model" of governance for Egypt and possibly the entire world. These local assemblies, of course, should be representative of all the diverse groups within a community so every group has a voice on the assembly. The number of members on the assembly should not be too small (lack of true representation might occur) nor too large (the consultative process can get bogged down). Somewhere between 5 and 9 is good. The members of these local assemblies would be servants to their community and would have no power as individuals. Only the assembly, through concensus, would have any authority to act on behalf of the community. In this way, the loud voice will be heard, but not necessarily get his/her way.

    This suggestion, of course, is not an end-all ~ it is simply a first step to get the process moving in a harmonious, sustainable, and productive manner.

    I pray for the happiness and well-being of all Egyptians. May God guide your every word and deed.

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  46. The idea of having local assemblies to consult and guide a community is good. I wonder, though, how and who would do this. I do see peole gathering around kitchen tables, over back fences, in cafes, everywhere, having these conversations. Is the training program offered by the Baha'is elsewhere for building community available in Egypt? That is very grassroots, and can lead to groups of neighbors gaining the courage and capabilities to move forward. Amazing, with internet I'm talking around someone's table at the moment and sharing my prayer that the seeds planted by your wonderful letter will flourish.

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  47. Yes, training programs are offered in Egypt.

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  48. My heart is filled with hope for Egypt and for the World in reading these inspirational words. They are not just wishful thinking, but a blueprint for a future society.

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  49. Marx & Engels said it first.

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  50. A brilliant and articulate letter addressing both the spiritual and material challenges facing the people of this noble nation. As an educator, I was particularly impressed by the statements on this subject. My hope is that this letter may start a national consultation on the nation's most important topics. A real wisdom lies within people waiting to be tapped. May Egypt arise to show the world the power of unity.

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  51. I would like to share this on Facebook, keep coming back to your blog and the letter from Egypt and want to share it on my social network, please advise....

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  52. I think the link shared by Bertromavich is spam please remove

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  53. the link shared by Bertromavich is not a real amazon link, the book exists (by the way has absolutely nothing to do with the topic of this post) but if people try to buy with this web page they could be scammed

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  54. To Anonymous writing: "I would like to share this on Facebook, keep coming back to your blog and the letter from Egypt and want to share it on my social network, please advise...."

    Sure you can use it on Facebook. Use this link:
    http://www.bahai-egypt.org/2011/04/open-letter-to-people-of-egypt.html

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  55. This open letter speaks truth for all and makes my heart sing with hope for the spread of unity and diversity and a just society! My prayers are with Egypt and all of the Middle East.

    I also pray that the US will awake from its trance of consumerism and exercise the spiritual principles required for justice and equality for all people, not only the elite and powerful. Is complacency a symptom or disease of wealth?

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  56. This letter is like a blue print! May government of Egypt become an example for all other countries in the region to follow.

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  57. The noble principles of oneness of mankind, consultaion, universal education, utilizing both science and religion as viable sources of knowledge, gender equality, and justice are powerful forces on which to build anew one of the greatest civilizations on earth: Egypt. Our prayers and highest hopes are with you.

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  58. Beautiful. I applaud all of your efforts to make your nation reach higher levels of perfection and excellence and to advance civilization to the point that matches our vision of what it should be for our children's children.

    I created a song to bridge the gap from the MidWest and the MidEast called Egyptian Moon. I hope that you enjoy.

    The producer's name is El Morro and the Emcee's name is Paladon (me).

    I made it available for free download in order to honor your victory and efforts to be free, in mind, body, spirit and soul.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_2195186

    Much Love.

    Paladon

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  59. Chris: Baha'i administration was dissolved by President Nasser in 1960. Thus, currently there is no National Assembly in Egypt.

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  60. Hi

    What a wonderful and insightful letter, tears came to my eyes when I read it. I got inspired and wrote a blog on this:

    http://www.commongroundgroup.net/2011/04/22/the-unifying-power-science-and-religion-in-progressive-nation-building/

    Bahram

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  61. Very nice blog. Congratulations!

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  62. The hope of all Baha'is for Egypt is the same as for the whole of thoughtful humanity that they will come together in unity, consult on the betterment of their fellow citizens and bring the dawn of this brand new day fully into the light and warm sunshine for all, regardless of age, race, religion or gender

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  63. Abu Salma,
    I wish to ask Bilo to elaborate a bit on the question of local assemblies. What is that? Also Bilo said that help or taraining is offered in that field. Kindly elaborate.
    Abu Salma

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  64. Abu Rashid
    Let us all (yes all) help each other.

    "A good execise for the heart is bending down and helping someone to get up."
    We the 80 million Egyptians, need to help each other get up BUT in true unity and true love.
    Abu Rashid

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  65. JJM

    It makes you think !!!!

    (Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot).

    True ?

    JJM

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  66. Response to Abu Salma:
    This link provides an overview of how community participation at the local level can be:
    http://statements.bahai.org/85-0319.htm
    and this one provides a glimpse into local community activities:
    http://info.bahai.org/article-1-6-0-3.html
    and this one concerning social and economic development:
    http://info.bahai.org/article-1-8-0-1.html

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  67. Abu Salma

    Bilo ... thank you for your brief explanation. The 3 links are OK but # 1 is best (participation at L L ).
    - - -
    Also please share what you see hereunder with whosoever ... for indeed it makes anyone think. Here we are:

    One must read and try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are good to follow in life all the time.

    1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout

    2] Do you know why a Car's WIND-SHIELD is so large & the Rear-view Mirror is so small?
    Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. Look Ahead and Move on

    3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write

    4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

    5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

    6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

    7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

    8] A blind person asked Swami Vivekanand: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?"
    He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

    9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes,when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.


    10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrows' TROUBLES, it takes away today’s' PEACE

    Abu Salma

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  68. Wonderful letter! Thank you!

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  69. This is a marvelous contribution of the Baha'i s of Egypt regarding the urgent need for the change in Egypt's constitution which would contribute not only to the welfare and progress of its nation both spiritually and materially but also serves as a unique model of Divine democracy for the whole world.

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  70. Dear Author,
    Why do you have to "remove" posts??? let everyone say what they think

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  71. What exactly are you referring to?

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  72. Thank you, Baha'is of Egypt. May God bless and keep you.

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