It was as if my brain cells got burnt due to the fire those terrorist criminals set in all our human and national existence… it was the first time I wished if I could turn into a ball of fire taking in its way all those who exploit religion and claim that they alone are people of knowledge and Fatwa and only them know the proper religion and anyone else are just hypocrite ignorant.
Only a message I received from my friend and dear brother Nabil Morqos brought me back to my senses… I here excerpt some of its lines so that all those whose minds and consciences were appalled by the heinous evil act can read: “…defending our elite Christian and Islamic values that prevent us in such crucial moments from submitting to our instinct is by not reacting by using violence against violence or sword against sword… and let us remember the decisive clear words of our master and teacher; Jesus which he said to the one who hit the slave of the chief priest cutting his ear thinking he was defending the Christian man in doing so: “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword“… we do not use the sword because the effective weapons our master Jesus used to defeat death was his prayers in the garden of Gethsemane and his obedience to the father even if crucified… and his love even for those who crucified him… he prayed for them while he was hanged on the cross in his last moments “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do“… let us pray from our martyrs in Tanta and Alexandria… let us pray for those who killed them… let us ask our heavenly father for more love, mercy and forgiveness so that we can beat evil and terrorism powers that kill our Christian sons, Muslim brothers, our police and army men… but they will not hit our unity… not our county… not our love, faith in Jesus and our commitment to defend our country that Pope Shenouda taught us it is a country that lives in us… best regards, Nabil Morqos”.
This was part of my friend and dear brother’s message in which he pointed to the elite forgiving spirit established by respected Islamic and Christian examples like Imams Muhammed Abdo, Mahmoud Shaltoot and Sheikh al-Bakouri and figures like Dr. Abdo Sallam and father Christian… he also pointed to the support and encouragement of Bishop Mosa for all efforts defending those elite Christian and Islamic values and I do agree with him.
And to the resurrection which I do not think is the moment following the incidents that took place in the site called Calvary alone… but it is the whole pure journey that started when the angel told pure Virgin Mary of her pregnancy… all what in this journey bears the meaning of resurrection to the humanity… if resurrection is about right coming to reality and winning… and wrong vanishing and defeated…
All words and stances of prophet Jesus were about the clear right defeating the wrong of the Jews… it was a right that stands with the humans and do justice for the weak and poor… also a right that uncovers those who exploit religion and manipulate people… he declared that he came not to destroy but to fulfill… “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."…the Gospel of Matthew, chapter five… “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled"… the Gospel of Matthew, chapter five.
Resurrection was and will be in some of its meanings an establishment of the argument that stands against the incoherence of the pretexts of those hypocrites… even if they were scribes and Pharisees: “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."… Gospel of Matthew, chapter 23.
Resurrection was and will be in some of its meanings a true reading of the unseen that is to be one day on earth… as he knew that one day stone will cry out if evil and tyrant powers managed to silence the voices of those who praise God feeling happy and asking for peace… “And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."… Gospel of Luke, chapter 19…
Stones have already cried out and still do in Palestine… prophet Jesus said even more about Jerusalem: “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, if thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."… Gospel of Luke, chapter 19.
He could not have been clearer or more obvious than that as we are now watching and suffering from the siege that encircles Jerusalem and the beleaguerment practiced from all sides in addition to the attempts to destroy it with its sons inside it… It is the resurrection of establishing justice…
May God preserve our unity and help us get rid of all evil surrounding us… “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil."… There is no God save Thee. Be Thou Glorified… I have been a wrong-doer… Peace be upon prophet Muhammed and upon all prophets and messengers.
Translated into English by: Dalia Elnaggar
Translated into English by: Dalia Elnaggar
This article was published in Almasry alyoum newspaper on April 12, 2017.
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