Monday, January 30, 2012

O blessed distractions

Stupid poem. Bear with me.
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O blessed distractions
You're just around the corner
My heart awaits you
Eagerly

O burdensome responsibilities
You're about to crash down
Enveloping me in a cocoon 
Lovingly

O bland chores and duties
You're waiting for me
Each and every single day
Untiringly

O Khalahood-duties
You tackle me, overwhelm me
Every week, more than once
Welcome!

O even and odd jobs
You consume me with your demands
Every day, every moment
Gladly!

My heart awaits you all
Craves you all
So that you'd embrace
And envelope
Prevent me from thinking
Prevent me from hurting
My heart awaits you all
For you're its sellotape.

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Copyright Uni_Emptyoony_2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Way to ♥ Venerate RasoolAllah (sallAllahu alyhi wasallam) ♥

Venerate: {meaning: to admire, adore, apotheosize, appreciate, be in awe of, cherish, esteem, exalt, hallow, hold in awe, honor, idolize, look up to, love, put on a pedestal, regard, respect, think highly of, treasure, value him} •► is to OBEY him, do as he commanded and avoid that which he forbade, and to love him; he is not to be venerated through innovations, myths and sins. Celebrating his birthday is of this blameworthy type because it is a SIN. The people who venerated the Prophet (sallAllahu alyhi wasallam) the most were the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), as ‘Urwah ibn Mas’ood (radi Allahu 'anhu) said to the Quraysh:

♥ “O people, by Allaah I have visited kings. I went to Caesar, Chosroes and the Negus, but by Allaah I never saw a king whose companions venerated him as much as the companions of Muhammad venerated Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). By Allaah, whenever he spat it never fell on the ground, it fell into into the hand of one his companions, then they wiped their faces and skins with it. If he instructed them to do something, they would hasten to do as he commanded. When he did wudoo’, they would almost fight over his water. When he spoke they would lower their voices in his presence; and they did not stare at him out of respect for him.” ♥

(al-Bukhaari, 3/178, no. 2731, 2732; al-Fath, 5/388).

Yet despite this level of veneration, they never took the day of his birth as an ‘Eid (festival). If that had been prescribed in Islam they would not have neglected to do that.


THINK ABOUT IT! WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING?
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

LiveDeen Lectureshop - A Review :)


Assalamualaikum

I finally had the opportunity to attend the LiveDeen event here in Karachi. It was a lecture + workshop = lectureshop titled 'Faith - The Next Level' held at the Imperial, Clifton in Karachi on Jan 22nd, 2012. Three speakers were to present three topics related to the theme, and they had flown over to Karachi all the way from the UK. They were:

1. Brother Adnan Rashid
2. Shaikh Abu Abdissalaam
3. Brother Kamran Kiyani 

And the lectureshop was to be conducted from 10.30 am to 4.15 pm. I reached there by 10.15 am, and was greeted with a pleasant surprise. Volunteers sitting on the front desk were filling out registration forms and the one I went to, turned out to be a junior from my A'Level days :). Brought back some memories!

The event started at 10.30 with the recitation of the Holy Quran by one of my acquaintances again, Abdullah Ali. Masha Allah, beautiful qirat. Then the first lecture began. The first speaker (Brother Adnan Rashid) was speaking on 'Where are the Salahuddin Ayubis of today?'. Interesting topic no? I was quite intrigued. The talk began with an introduction of Tipu Sultan! Br. Adnan explained that he's talking about Tipu Sultan (kinda more familiar to us subcontinental-history-knowing folks!) because this man had lots of similarities with Salahuddin Ayubi. And for that, he quoted some verses of Allama Iqbal regarding Tipu Sultan. In his British-accented Urdu, he was quoting Iqbal! And we were staring at him quite dumbly. At least I was (and people in my vicinity were). Something to be ashamed about!

The most important point that was highlighted throughout  his speech was that Salahuddin Ayubi and Tipu Sultan, both could have chosen to live (literally) like kings. They could have all they wanted: wealth at their disposal, luxuries, good food, etc. Why then, did they choose to live in constant battle, and constant hardship? What made them die and not leave behind huge bank accounts? What made them do things that made them physically exhausted, away from their families for months at end... what drove them? The answer lay in their principles. They knew their responsibilities as kings, and they knew the suffering of the Ummah. They knew that they were in a position where they could make a difference to respective pathetic state of the Muslims at their times and their locations. So they didn't care about the luxuries they could indulge their whole lives in, they just cared about their duty towards Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala and their duty towards Islam.

Message for us: We all know that the Ummah is in crisis today. Be it economic, social, political, moral, you name it, we're in it. We're all Muslims, and we all have amazing lives. By amazing I mean we (or whoever is reading this anyway) are educated, don't worry about the next day's meal, don't worry about whether we have a place to sleep at night, etc. We all are fairly average/above average individuals. What is stopping us from putting in our bit of effort towards the betterment of Muslims in the country/world today? What  makes us indulge in the self-involved lifestyle that we indulge in today? What makes us so involved in stuff like trying out different cuisines, entertainment avenues, complain about them etc? Why don't we take some action?

So this was the wake up call of a speech, presented by Br. Adnan Rashid.


The second speaker was Abu Abdissalam. His topic was on 'The Battle Between Hearts and Minds'. The topic was pretty interesting in the sense that he really talked about personal stuff which we could all relate to. He started by telling his story; how he was a rebellious kid being raised in the UK, who just knew he was a Muslim (by birth) but had no association with Allah SWT. Then, one day he saw a pamphlet on the floor which was titled 'Do you know this book?'. He picked it up. It was a booklet that explained the Quranic references to science. And one of the aspects was that the universe is expanding. When he attended his Physics class, his professor was (coincidentally) explaining that science has discovered that the universe is expanding. So he asked the professor how long science has known this fact. The prof answered '40 years'. He was flabbergasted. The Holy Quran had revealed the fact 1400 years ago. This marked the change in him, and the quest to know more and more 'about the book'. This was the turning point in his life. And his whole talk was on how you have to be convinced from your brain and heart, that this is the way of life to follow. Until and unless you're convinced, you're always going to remain a 'born and bred Muslim' and nothing much beyond that.


Message for us 'born Muslims': Have we taken the time to research Islam to the extent that our hearts and minds are totally convinced that Islam should be part of each and every thing we do in life? It should be there in our academics, our social interactions, our patterns and schedules etc etc.


The third speaker, Mr. Kamran Kiyani was a management trainer/expert. His research was focused on deriving leadership and management principles from Islam and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet  (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam).


His talk was very interactive. The first thing he did was, that he woke us all up (we had just had lunch - excuse us). He started off like this, "When you want to answer 'yes', please stand up. So my first question is, Have you had lunch?"


Majority of the room scrambled to its feet.


Second question "Who hasn't had lunch". Some volunteers stood up of course.


And it went on. The fun (and very inspiring) part was that he narrated specific incidents from the time of the Holy Prophet and asked us to form pairs and discuss which leadership principle is derived from each incident. We had 15 seconds to discuss and then come up with the answer. So it went like this:


Incident 1: The Holy Prophet carried bricks himself to build the Masjid-e-Nabwi in Medina.
Answer: Leadership principle is 'leading by example'.


Incident 2: The Holy Prophet signed the Treaty of Hudaibiyah even though in the short term, Muslims were humiliated.
Answer: The leader has long-term vision.


Incident 3: The Holy Prophet did not say anything to the bedouin who came to the Masjid-e-Nabwi and started relieving himself.
Answer: The leader doesn't get emotional. He guides people kindly.


Etc :).


This is how it went. Only too soon, the talks ended. Finally, there was a panel Q/A session where the three speakers were called onstage and they were asked questions which had been written down during the course of the lectures, and passed onto the moderator. Questions were pretty relevant and interesting. Unfortunately, my question was never answered. We ran out of time.


Some interesting questions were:


1. Everybody can't be Salahuddin Ayubi. There has got to be other practical stuff that people can do.
Ans (given by Br. Adnan Rashid): Yes, everybody can't be Salahuddin Ayubi, but the talk was intended to make you think that now that you have faith, there is a 'next level' which basically means 'action'. You can't just sit there and declare you're a Muslim. You have got to take some action. And action is taken according to circumstances, and skills. Different people have different skills and they can take various actions accordingly. Everybody is a leader in some aspect. They should identify their leadership positions and then try to educate the followers. Some examples are:


If somebody is a good writer, they should use this skill in spreading the knowledge of deen. It doesn't have to the primary thing you should do. It can be secondary. But at least, it should be there.


If somebody is a mom with 3 kids, she is in a position of authority over those kids. She should try her best to educate/nurture them on the straight path.


If somebody is the head of an organization, or a project leader - he/she can try to make the people whom he/she influences follow the right path.


If somebody is a techie, why not use technology to further the cause of deen?


There are hundreds of ways you can help out. Why limit yourself?

Other questions were interesting too. I guess this post has gone on long enough :). I've been meaning to write about my amazing experience for ages. The conference proved to be a turning point in my life at least. Jazakallah Khairan to the speakers, the organizers, volunteers, and the people who forwarded the invitations so that it reached me :):).

May Allah Guide us all, Ameen!

Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I

A must read. The article is written by Yasmin Mogahed.
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Part II
When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” The question was a personal one, but it seemed clear to me why the question was chosen for me.
 
I was one to get attached.

Ever since I was a child, this temperament was clear. While other children in preschool could easily recover once their parents left, I could not. My tears, once set in motion, did not stop easily. As I grew up, I learned to become attached to everything around me. From the time I was in first grade, I needed a best friend. As I got older, any fall-out with a friend shattered me. I couldn’t let go of anything. People, places, events, photographs, moments—even outcomes became objects of strong attachment. If things didn’t work out the way I wanted or imagined they should, I was devastated. And disappointment for me wasn’t an ordinary emotion. It was catastrophic. Once let down, I never fully recovered. I could never forget, and the break never mended. Like a glass vase that you place on the edge of a table, once broken, the pieces never quite fit again.

But the problem wasn’t with the vase. Or even that the vases kept breaking. The problem was that I kept putting them on the edge of tables. Through my attachments, I was dependent on my relationships to fulfill my needs. I allowed those relationships to define my happiness or my sadness, my fulfillment or my emptiness, my security, and even my self-worth. And so, like the vase placed where it will inevitably fall, through those dependencies I set myself up for disappointment. I set myself up to be broken. And that’s exactly what I found: one disappointment, one break after another.

But the people who broke me were not to blame any more than gravity can be blamed for breaking the vase. We can’t blame the laws of physics when a twig snaps because we leaned on it for support. The twig was never created to carry us.

Our weight was only meant to be carried by God. We are told in the Quran: “…whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God hears and knows all things.” (Qur’an 2: 256)

There is a crucial lesson in this verse: that there is only one handhold that never breaks. There is only one place where we can lay our dependencies. There is only one relationship that should define our self-worth and only one source from which to seek our ultimate happiness, fulfillment, and security. That place is God.
But this world is all about seeking those things everywhere else. Some of us seek it in our careers, some seek it in wealth, some in status. Some, like me, seek it in our relationships. In her book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert describes her own quest for happiness. She describes moving in and out of relationships, and even traveling the globe in search of this fulfillment. She seeks that fulfillment—unsuccessfully—in her relationships, in meditation, even in food.

And that’s exactly where I spent much of my own life: seeking a way to fill my inner void. So it was no wonder that the little girl in my dream asked me this question. It was a question about loss, about disappointment. It was a question about being let down. A question about seeking something and coming back empty handed. It was about what happens when you try to dig in concrete with your bare hands: not only do you come back with nothing—you break your fingers in the process. And I learned this not by reading it, not by hearing it from a wise sage. I learned it by trying it again, and again, and again.
And so, the little girl’s question was essentially my own question…being asked to myself.

Ultimately, the question was about the nature of the dunya as a place of fleeting moments and temporary attachments. As a place where people are with you today, and leave or die tomorrow. But this reality hurts our very being because it goes against our nature. We, as humans, are made to seek, love, and strive for what is perfect and what is permanent. We are made to seek what’s eternal. We seek this because we were not made for this life. Our first and true home was Paradise: a land that is both perfect and eternal. So the yearning for that type of life is a part of our being. The problem is that we try to find that here. And so we create ageless creams and cosmetic surgery in a desperate attempt to hold on—in an attempt to mold this world into what it is not, and will never be.

And that’s why if we live in dunya with our hearts, it breaks us. That’s why this dunya hurts. It is because the definition of dunya, as something temporary and imperfect, goes against everything we are made to yearn for. Allah put a yearning in us that can only be fulfilled by what is eternal and perfect. By trying to find fulfillment in what is fleeting, we are running after a hologram…a mirage. We are digging into concrete with our bare hands. Seeking to turn what is by its very nature temporary into something eternal is like trying to extract from fire, water.  You just get burned. Only when we stop putting our hopes in dunya, only when we stop trying to make the dunya into what it is not—and was never meant to be (jannah)—will this life finally stop breaking our hearts.

We must also realize that nothing happens without a purpose. Nothing. Not even broken hearts. Not even pain. That broken heart and that pain are lessons and signs for us. They are warnings that something is wrong. They are warnings that we need to make a change. Just like the pain of being burned is what warns us to remove our hand from the fire, emotional pain warns us that we need to make an internal change. That we need to detach. Pain is a form of forced detachment. Like the loved one who hurts you again and again and again, the more dunya hurts us, the more we inevitably detach from it. The more we inevitably stop loving it.
And pain is a pointer to our attachments. That which makes us cry, that which causes us most pain is where our false attachments lie. And it is those things which we are attached to as we should only be attached to Allah which become barriers on our path to God. But the pain itself is what makes the false attachment evident. The pain creates a condition in our life that we seek to change, and if there is anything about our condition that we don’t like, there is a divine formula to change it. God says: “Verily never will God change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves.” (Qur’an, 13:11)

After years of falling into the same pattern of disappointments and heartbreak, I finally began to realize something profound. I had always thought that love of dunya meant being attached to material things. And I was not attached to material things. I was attached to people. I was attached to moments. I was attached to emotions. So I thought that the love of dunya just did not apply to me. What I didn’t realize was that people, moments, emotions are all a part of dunya. What I didn’t realize is that all the pain I had experienced in life was due to one thing, and one thing only: love of dunya.

As soon as I began to have that realization, a veil was lifted from my eyes. I started to see what my problem was. I was expecting this life to be what it is not, and was never meant to be: perfect. And being the idealist that I am, I was struggling with every cell in my body to make it so. It had to be perfect. And I would not stop until it was. I gave my blood, sweat, and tears to this endeavor: making the dunya into jannah. This meant expecting people around me to be perfect. Expecting my relationships to be perfect. Expecting so much from those around me and from this life. Expectations. Expectations. Expectations. And if there is one recipe for unhappiness it is that: expectations. But herein lay my fatal mistake. My mistake was not in having expectations; as humans, we should never lose hope. The problem was in *where* I was placing those expectations and that hope. At the end of the day, my hope and expectations were not being placed in God. My hope and expectations were in people, relationships, means. Ultimately, my hope was in this dunya rather than Allah.

And so I came to realize a very deep Truth. An ayah began to cross my mind. It was an ayah I had heard before, but for the first time I realized that it was actually describing me:  “Those who rest not their hope on their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present, and those who heed not Our Signs.” (Qur’an, 10:7)

By thinking that I can have everything here, my hope was not in my meeting with God. My hope was in dunya. But what does it mean to place your hope in dunya? How can this be avoided? It means when you have friends, don’t expect your friends to fill your emptiness. When you get married, don’t expect your spouse to fulfill your every need. When you’re an activist, don’t put your hope in the results. When you’re in trouble don’t depend on yourself. Don’t depend on people. Depend on God.

Seek the help of people—but realize that it is not the people (or even your own self) that can save you. Only Allah can do these things. The people are only tools, a means used by God. But they are not the source of help, aid, or salvation of any kind. Only God is. The people cannot even create the wing of a fly (22:73).  And so, even while you interact with people externally, turn your heart towards God. Face Him alone, as Prophet Ibrahim (as) said so beautifully: “For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah.” (Qur’an, 6:79)

But how does Prophet Ibrahim (as) describe his journey to that point? He studies the moon, the sun and the stars and realizes that they are not perfect. They set.

They let us down.

So Prophet Ibrahim (as) was thereby led to face Allah alone. Like him, we need to put our full hope, trust, and dependency on God. And God alone. And if we do that, we will learn what it means to finally find peace and stability of heart. Only then will the roller coaster that once defined our lives finally come to an end. That is because if our inner state is dependent on something that is by definition inconstant, that inner state will also be inconstant. If our inner state is dependent on something changing and temporary, that inner state will be in a constant state of instability, agitation, and unrest. This means that one moment we’re happy, but as soon as that which our happiness depended upon changes, our happiness also changes. And we become sad. We remain always swinging from one extreme to another and not realizing why.

We experience this emotional roller coaster because we can never find stability and lasting peace until our attachment and dependency is on what is stable and lasting. How can we hope to find constancy if what we hold on to is inconstant and perishing? In the statement of Abu Bakr is a deep illustration of this truth. After the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ died, the people went into shock and could not handle the news. But although no one loved the Prophet ﷺ like Abu Bakr, Abu Bakr understood well the only place where one’s dependency should lie. He said: “If you worshipped Muhammad, know that Muhammad is dead. But if you worshipped Allah, know that Allah never dies.”

To attain that state, don’t let your source of fulfillment be anything other than your relationship with God. Don’t let your definition of success, failure, or self-worth be anything other than your position with Him (Qur’an, 49:13). And if you do this, you become unbreakable, because your handhold is unbreakable. You become unconquerable, because your supporter can never be conquered. And you will never become empty, because your source of fulfillment is unending and never diminishes.

Looking back at the dream I had when I was 17, I wonder if that little girl was me. I wonder this because the answer I gave her was a lesson I would need to spend the next painful years of my life learning. My answer to her question of why people have to leave each other was: “because this life isn’t perfect; for if it was, what would the next be called?”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mind Explosion!

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.(Quran 17:37)


Friday, January 20, 2012

Ya Rabb….



Ya Rabb…..
By Asma bint Shameem

I hope for your Mercy, Ya Rabb, while the whole world is asleep
I knock on Your door with heart so humble, my eyes thus weep
Hands raised high…..head bowed so low….. before You I kneel
I open my heart to you, I bewail my sorrows…..all what I feel
O, Knower of my troubles, Knower of my woes and fears
In great distress and grief I cry…..I let flow my tears
O Dispeller of my anguish, O Reliever of my pain
You are the One I turn to….. to You only, I complain
With emotions so raging, and soul so aching, my heart cries
I am hoping, Ya Rabbi, my prayers will pierce the highest skies
Its indeed Your Infinite Bounty, Your Mercy that sustains all
And indeed Your Forgiveness that restores those who fall
Only to You I stretch forth my hands, begging you… I plea
If you won’t turn to me, where else can this wretched soul flee
You alone can allay my pain, only You can relieve my distress
You are ar-Rahmaan, ar-Raheem, take me out of this mess
Send Mercy on me…. Suffering and agony is hard to bear
Forgive me my sins and all the disobedience that I did dare
Rescue me from this, Ya Rabbi, You are the Redeemer
Save me from such tribulations…..You are my Savior
Grant me patience to bear, in these times of trials and tribulance
Let me be thankful to You….give me persistence and endurance
For I know, the Prophet said, “In times of trouble, if I bear patiently
……You will forgive me my mistakes and reward me certainly”
So guide me always…..keep me strong and steadfast on this Deen
Don’t let me go astray, even in most difficult times one’s ever seen
You are my Wakeel…..to You I turn over all my affairs
All my hopes and wishes, Ya Maula….I entrust to Your Care
You are my refuge, You are my comfort… You are the Only One
Indeed to you I belong and to You, surely, is my return

Monday, January 16, 2012

Random and Disjointed

Just some stuff floating in my brain:

1. If I don't think about it too long and too hard, it probably wouldn't affect much.

2. Life's twists and turns are only going to end when you leave the world.

3. Intelligence isn't that you achieve amazing grades throughout your life. It's actually doing your best to gain the best in the Hereafter.

4. The greatest peace of the mind and heart is attained when you're closest to your Creator, Allah the Almighty.

5. Badminton isn't as easy as it looks. Nothing is.

6. We underestimate a lot of things, but the most important thing which everybody underestimates is the Holy Quran.

7. Life will never hand you lemons to make lemonade. You gotta find the lemons too.

8. It's not that great a deal if one has never made shaami kebab in their lives.

9. Leaving the country is what most people want. There should be some attraction to it.

10. It's entirely possible for the heart to feel like it's overfull, and can't take in more feelings and emotions.

11. Meeting new people in life is normal. It's part of life. It's not supposed to be scary.

12. Appreciation is inherent in human beings. We crave it.

13. If one 'rises above' material needs, then it is entirely possible to have a very peaceful life.

14. People will never have time for you. Only those will, who really really care.

15. Blogging (for a blogger) can become a distant part of a past life. It's normal.

16. If one laughs too hard, there can be an inherent danger to break out crying.

17. When the greed for power is the only 'kick', then the leader will let even his close aides fall - and watch calmly - anything for his own power to remain intact.

18. When you're different enough, you may be deemed 'crazy'.

19. Being 'horizontal' is never ever the same as being 'vertical' in life. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On a high note :)

Assalamualaikum

The previous days were pretty low, in terms of many things. Alhamdulillah, today proved amazing (again, in terms of many things).

The main thing? :)..

I stood second in my MS.. Allah ka laakhh shukkar! I cannot be grateful enough to Allah SWT for the achievement because since I had shifted departments, I was a complete loser in the beginning. Not quite knowing anything really, I had to bear quite a few embarrassments (say, "Who has never done Finite State Machines before?") :).

But now, I think the disappointments were worth it. Every hour spent studying up the stuff was worth it. Alhamdulillah multiplied by a gazillion.

PS: Insan kisi haal pe khush nahi .. :p. I do so wish the difference between the first and second position was not just 0.1 (GPA).. sigh. But *hurriedly*, I am grateful for the honor, anyway. :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Of neighborly rights and Surah Kahf

As I am forced to listen to another distasteful song (among many now!), I can't help thinking about how Islam makes us perfect in even this teensy (apparently) matter: Taking care of neighbors.

And one of the basic rights of neighbors is to let them live in peace and not bug them with pointless music and utterly blood-boiling yells and screams. Considering it's the shab-e-jummah, it really is sad that a group of folks are spending it cheering to some crude music, and that too for hours and hours. I prayed Isha prayers while the songs were going on. And I don't have the power to march up to the community center and tell them to shut it.

Anyway, to make this post a little worthy of being shared, do remember that reading Surah Kahf on Jummah day (Thursday after maghrib, to Friday maghrib time) is highly recommended and a nice means of earning sawaab.

Some supporting Ahadith for this:
The hadith related by Hakim and Bayhaqi, from Abu Sa`id (Allah be pleased with him), “Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday, light shall shine forth for him between the two Fridays”. [Ibn Hajar, Talkhis al-Habir]

Hazrat Abu Darda radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam saying, “If anyone memorises ten verses from the beginning of Surah Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).” (Muslim)

Hazrat Abu Darda radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam saying, “Anyone who reads the first three verses of Surah Kahf, he will be protected from the trial of the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).” (Tirmizi)
Source:  Haq Islam

Monday, January 2, 2012

At least somebody said something :)

And I quote:

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Fate of Israel peace treaty may be decided in referendum

Referring to the issue of recognizing Israel, al-Bayoumi said that the Muslim Brotherhood was not required to recognize Egypt's neighbor to the north, saying that Israel was an "occupying entity and we will not allow anyone of our members to meet with an Israeli." 

"I won't allow myself to meet with a criminal and there's no chance that we'll cooperate with Israel," the Egyptian official said. 

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You can read the complete article at: Haaretz.com

I still have hope in Egypt. It's a nation that's not bothered by the divisions we are foolishly involved with. All Egyptians are Egyptians. They may be divided politically, but not really on religion-basis. There is no Barelvi Egyptian, or Deobandi Egyptian, etc etc. Another cool thing is: they're mostly literate. So they make educated decisions and revolt against corrupt leaders with a clear goal in mind. Nothing is 'aeween mein' ..

I hope the Brotherhood remains true to its word and gets Egypt out of the problems (and the secular army's stronghold) it's currently  involved in. Ameen!