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JAMAICA, New York (February 11, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) congratulates the Egyptian people on the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned today after 18 days of protest against his oppressive regime. The Egyptian military has assumed rule and will aid in establishing a civilian government.
President Barack Obama said today “above all, this transition must bring all of Egypt’s voices to the table.” He also appealed to the Egyptian military to serve the Egyptian people by “protecting the rights of Egypt’s citizens, lifting the emergency law, revising the constitution and other laws to make this change irreversible, and laying out a clear path to elections that are fair and free.” Unwavering support is crucial in establishing a civilian government that will uphold the law and protect the rights of Egyptian citizens. ICNA appeals to the Obama administration as well as the United Nations to assist in a smooth, peaceful and immediate transition to an all-inclusive democratic state that will represent all parties in Egypt.
Egypt shines as a beacon of hope for those who oppose authoritarian rule; its historic revolution testifies to the fact that freedom cannot be shackled, as God does not reject the prayer of the oppressed. ICNA extends its deepest condolences to the families of those martyred in this cause; may God grant them the highest in Paradise. We pray that they are not forgotten, and their lives not taken in vain. We encourage protesters to peacefully endure in their plight against oppression of any form.
ICNA’s partner organization Helping Hand has arranged for a local humanitarian organization to bring food and medicine to those affected by the volatile situation in Egypt. Please donate generously to the Egypt Relief Fund at www.hhrd.com/donate.
For more updates on the Egyptian revolution, follow ICNA at twitter.com/icna and facebook.com/icna.
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!