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Rumi - Quotes
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi

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End of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
Egypt’s New Constitution must follow Turkey’s model and completely outlaw religious interference in politics

By Freydoon Khoie

In the 16 months after Hosni Mubarak's dramatic February 2011 ouster, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood quickly rose from the cave to the castle, winning the parliamentary and presidential elections, and then appointing its members to executive positions across the Egyptian government and showed its true totalitarian and violent color. But 15 months and an uprising-cum-coup later, even the Brotherhood's former caves are off-limits to it. On Monday, a Cairo court ruled the Brotherhood illegal and authorized the military-backed government to seize its assets and properties. This was an excellent decision and should be followed through until Muslim brotherhood is completely and totally uprooted from political stage. Muslim Brotherhood leaders and rank and file should be told that religion has no place in national politics. If they want to participate in politics, they have to form secular and democratic political parties, draft platforms and enter politics with no reference what so ever to Islam. Islam and all other religions is a personal issue and all citizens are allowed to practice their choice of religion freely without any attempt to impose their religious view upon others.

The court's excellent decision reinforces the decapitation strategy that the military has pursued against the Brotherhood since it toppled Mohamed Morsi on July 3, which has ended the organization's capabilities. But whereas decapitation left open the possibility that rank-and-file Muslim Brothers might select new -- and perhaps less aggressive -- leaders over time. Monday's court ruling will have much longer term consequences and appeal court should uphold the decision.

The Brotherhood's social service networks must be completely depoliticized and outlawed for raising funds for political purpose, recruitment of new members and any other political activity. They should be encouraged to redraft the party platform and re-establish the Freedom and Justice Party as a secular political party if they wish to participate in politics.

The military leaders should press on by completely outlawing the Brotherhood and uproot and destroy political Islamism in Egypt, and this is certainly the best thing for Egypt. Theocratic ideologies will always enjoy support in that notoriously religious country, and several Islamist parties -- including those that are more radical than the Brotherhood -- remain untouched but the laws should firmly prevent them from political participation in the country. They must be told that they cannot preach Islam and still get involved in election and run for any political office. They must completely get rid of the notion that "Islam is the solution,". Islam is not the solution and has nothing to offer in the world for managing the national politics and the economy in a multi religious, multi-racial and multi ethnic society. The Brotherhood has never articulated a coherent Islamist vision because there is none. They only meant to manipulate Islam and deceive the faithful to secure votes and establish a totalitarian dictatorship like Iran. Far from representing any specific concept of what its stated goal of an "Islamic state" might entail, the Brotherhood is, first and foremost, a cultish and hierarchal vanguard, whose priority is internal cohesion and complete obedience to its own institutional directives which is totally against democratic principles. And whereas ideas rarely die, cults often do.

Indeed, the outlawing of the Muslim Brotherhood would, in fact, destroy it, at least within Egypt. But that would still leave perhaps hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file former members, who are unlikely to abandon the radical quest for total control -- "Islamizing the society" and then "Islamizing the state," as they term it -- that the Brotherhood indoctrinated them to pursue during the five-to-eight year "tarbiya" process through which one becomes a brother. So what will these ordinary Brothers do? I can anticipate three possibilities, two of which would try for possible resurrection which should be prevented by the people and the army.

First, in lieu of the organization's nationwide command chain, ordinary Muslim Brothers may generally look towards those leaders who have gone into exile for guidance. The Brotherhood has already moved its media operations to London, and at least three of its six top leaders are outside of Egypt: Secretary-general Mahmoud Hussein is in Turkey and deputy supreme guide Gomaa Amin is in London, while deputy supreme guide Mahmoud Ezzat is believed to be in Gaza. (The whereabouts of a fourth top leader, Mahmoud Ghozlan, are unknown.) From this foreign perch, Brotherhood leaders have rejected an Egypt-based leader's attempt at reconciling with the Egyptian public, and called on Muslim Brothers in Egypt to continue protesting against Morsi's ouster -- which they have done, albeit with much lower numbers than before. While the Brotherhood would not be able to coordinate highly detailed activities from abroad without a command-chain within Egypt, it could keep ordinary Brothers engaged, thus keeping the ground fertile for Brotherhood leaders to return and reestablish the organization if and when a political opening emerges.

Second, ordinary Muslim Brothers will decide to participate in elections on secular platforms, perhaps after a few years, as independents. Without a national organization controlling their strategy, they will have no choice but to join other secular political parties and decide to run in some areas and not others, and they would stand a better chance of performing well than is currently appreciated. While it is true that the Brotherhood is extremely unpopular, this could change as Egypt's economy continues its decline under the military-backed government, but the new constitution must close all the doors for any religious based political party or activity. More importantly, given that the more local levels of the Brotherhood's leadership have not been arrested, Muslim Brothers could coordinate within districts to choose secular candidates and efficiently mobilize supporters through interpersonal networks that will survive even without the Brotherhood's hierarchy. The fact that Egypt's political field is otherwise deeply divided among dozens of secular parties, many of which are barely distinct from one another ideologically as well as poorly organized, would advantage well-organized Secular Brotherhood independents. Brotherhood independents might then use those victories to push for renewed freedom for resurrecting their now-defunct organization so long as they remain secular.

Third, ordinary Muslim Brothers may abandon the Brotherhood and turn to other Islamist movements, including violent ones. After all, younger Muslim Brothers tend to be more radical than their strategically conservative leaders, and they may now act on that radicalism. Moreover, rank-and-file Muslim Brothers have used violence as a political tool in the recent past -- most notably last December, when Brotherhood cadres attacked, tortured, and killed protesters outside the presidential palace in northern Cairo. And history is rich with examples of Muslim Brothers who turned towards jihadi activities during periods of state repression and this policy will be the death nail on their coffin and finish off Muslim Brotherhood for good.

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