There is beauty pouring out of Cairo, out of Egypt, out of the assembled persons, who are young and filled with life. The population gathered is diverse: Muslim, Christian, and secular. All joined in a celebration of unity and freedom this past weekend.
The demonstrators have taken a place in Tahrir Square, in Egypt. Appropriately, Tahrir means liberation in Arabic; thus, Liberation Square. Friday is the holy day of the Islamic religion; Sunday, the Christian holy day. Reports have said the Christians protect the Muslims as they pray; the Muslims protect the Christians. At times the crowd prays as one.
On Friday, the Muslims prayed. The crowd, numbering in the tens of thousands, chanted, “Muslims and Christians, one hand.” They carried on their shoulders an Imam, a Muslim holy man, who held in one hand a Qur’an, in the other, a large cross. People were crying. As the Muslims prayed, their Christian counterparts turned off loudspeakers, which carried protest chants from the distance. The Christians said, “Amen,” as the Imam asked God (Allah) for peace, freedom and dignity. Then on Sunday, the Coptic Christians held a Mass in the central plaza. Coptic simply means Egyptian, from the Arabic word, Gibt, which is a variation of the word Egypt, and dates back to 641 A.D. It relates to the name, Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt. Christians and Muslims attended the Mass together. The Priest read Bible verses that invoked peace, love, and dignity for Egypt and its people.
The crowd shares the belief that they are all Egyptians; brother with brother against Mubarak. Some have said, “Now we are talking to people we don’t usually talk to.” This particular speaker said, “The Muslim Brotherhood is here, but it is only one part of us. We are all brothers”. This particular speaker defined himself as secular.
In an article written on Sunday, February 6, a man wrote that the united prayers were to bless the souls of the martyrs who died in the pro-Mubarak attacks on the peaceful demonstrators. “The bullets, the thugs’ knives and stones did not differentiate between Muslim and Christian. Everyone I know has a wound, physical or psychological”, he wrote. “At noon, the Muslims lined up for prayer, we hardly had a place to stand, let alone bow and prostrate on the cold asphalt of the square while it rained.”