‘And fear the Day when ye shall be brought back to Allah’
These words are hung on the wall behind the new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsiمحمد مرسي
(On a side note, I wish the English-speaking world would settle on the correct spelling of his name. Mohammed Morsy? Mohamed Morsi? Mohamed Mursi? Mohammed Morsey? I keep finding new spellings.)
I am wondering how people around the world might respond to this subtle, yet very important, message that the new leader of Egypt is sending. He is breaking with tradition of hanging his own picture on the wall.
For my Muslim friends, this might elicit warm heart-felt love and admiration. ♥ ♥ ♥
For my Jewish and non-Muslim friends, this might elicit alarm and red flags!
For me, President Morsi is sending a clear signal that he is going to rule and be ruled by a higher power than himself. God bless him!
Don’t forget — my dear American friends — that “In God We Trust” is the national motto of the United States. The House recently reaffirmed its support of this national motto, read about it here.
While I’m a firm believer in the separation of church and state, I also admire leaders who will look beyond their own self-interests, their own reelection, their narrow parochial values, to see and appreciate that we are all connected. We all live on this single planet.
It’s not such a bad thing to hope that a higher power is looking down on all of them — sitting in Cairo, DC, London, Beijing, Moscow and elsewhere — and that they are all guided by something bigger than themselves.
May the force be with you.