Mai El-Sadany Also forgot to add: Because the masses did not see much of an impact from the legislation of Parliament while it was sitting, a significant number do not have strong feelings about returning it to power. Revolutionaries in the street are waiting to see how the Constitutional battle plays out (which has a more long-term effect), the release of citizens imprisoned by military trials, etc. Everyday people want to see economic development and issues of security, traffic, food, dealt with. While Morsy has laid out these goals, he hasn't worked towards them (see www.morsimeter.com) and has not even appointed a new cabinet and prime minister. For this reason, some see Morsy's parliament battle as fighting the wrong fight.
Mai El-Sadany Thank you for the comment! While I agree with you that parliam was an elected body that represented the will of voters when chosen, it is also true that it was elected based on an unconstitutional electoral law. For this reason, many are hesitant to support an action that deliberately challenges the judiciary and may set a precedent where it is okay for the executive to reverse Court decisions and detract from the separation of powers. While the Court decision may have been politicized and while Morsy's actions may be a noble endeavor to remove SCAF, some will argue that two wrongs do not make a right: doing something unconstitutional to challenge another unconstitutional matter may be equally questionable. Hope that makes sense!
Mai El-Sadany It's concerning to read about such fraud and corruption. One can only hope that the Egyptian people will not settle for such and future democratic elections will witness less transgressions like these.
Mai El-Sadany Thanks!! The court released a verdict which finds the parliamentary election law invalid, making the parliament unconstitutional by extension. SCAF then released a verdict implementing the court ruling and barring MP's from entering the Parliament building and holding meetings, etc.
Mai El-Sadany A final note: I hope that these comments do not detract from the actual message of the article. The Muslim community, like many others, suffers from domestic violence which is unacceptable and is a reflection of the patriarchical nature of society which is a global wide problem. The Muslim community is also a victim of racism, whether direct and violent hate crimes or hurtful comments and stares. Whether Shaima Alawadi was a victim of domestic violence or racism, I will always stand against both domestic violence and racism. It's a life lost and I hope we take a moment to remember her and put our differences aside to always fight the good fight.
Mai El-Sadany The word 'beat' in the verse you cite has over a dozen definitions in the Arabic language among which include 'separate.' Many scholars interpret the verse as saying: if you get into a fight with your wife or you disagree, take a break/separate/give yourself space. Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad is the most revered example for all Muslims and the source of so much guidance. He always treated his wives with the utmost love and respect and the examples are endless. As for the personal attacks, I will let them rest. I'm sorry you don't believe I deserve a Stanford degree, but that is certainly something you should take up with their Admissions Office.