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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

God, Friends don’t always agree. But not all issues are the same. Jerusalem is, and has often been, historically different. Changing longstanding US policy, the American president recognized the city as Israel’s capital, and began the process of moving the embassy. The Egyptian president warned against it, and then spoke against it. Most of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

God, After over 300 people were killed at a mosque, the state must do something. The president issued a directive to the army and police: utmost force, within three months. Terrorism must be eradicated from the Sinai. And may it be so. God, but with the utmost care. There are civilian lives at stake, unmercifully … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

God, Small developments can multiply. Small disagreements can explode. For those involved there is no small. For the nation, wait and see. The region’s largest fish farm opened in one of the nation’s poorest districts. The pollution from burning post-harvest rice straw witnessed significant reduction. The negotiations with Ethiopia over Nile dam construction reached an … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

God, Help Egypt navigate her way in the world. Help her navigate her way at home. Ally Saudi Arabia has launched new efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region, while securing power and reform in the kingdom. There is war in Yemen and Syria. There are palpitations in Lebanon. There is ongoing regional instability. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: World Youth

Friday Prayers for Egypt: World Youth

God, They came from around the world. They discussed much local and regional. If they paid attention, they watched leaders consult and sign million dollar contracts. And they lent presence to an effort to give a strong message: Egypt wants to listen to the youth. The world should do the same. So they should, God. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Accountable

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Accountable

God, It was too big a disaster. After 16 security personnel were killed in an ambush in the Western desert, several top police and military brass took the fall. Among them, Sisi’s son’s father-in-law, the chief-of-staff. The message is powerful: All are accountable. It was too big an opportunity. After contentious debate about two islands … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

God, All life is precious, all that exists. Even in death you care for their life. But those that never existed? What then if they did? Last week sixteen policemen were killed in a shootout with terrorists. Foreign news agencies put the death toll much higher, relying on unnamed security sources. Egypt reacted angrily, and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

God, It can be difficult to begin again. Promising signs give way to more trouble. Egypt is looking to rebuild after several hard years of revolution. Be with her. The president has launched a new administrative capital city to house government by the end of the decade. But will it end as previous efforts, Cairo … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: United Nations

Friday Prayers for Egypt: United Nations

God, Significant things happened within Egypt this week. A prisoner was acquitted after four years detainment. Two churches reopened after security concerns. Police station spot inspections were begun by parliament. But the president was in New York at the United Nations, significantly negotiating the path of the nation. He earned praise for helping un-divide the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Militant Human Rights

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Militant Human Rights

God, Egypt is abuzz over human rights allegations, accusing security of systemized torture. Egypt is ablaze in militant conflict, attacking security in systemized violence. Clarity, God, and safety. Settle the challenges Egypt must face. The government refutes the charges of torture, stating any examples are individual, investigated, and prosecuted. It states the research into the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rohingya

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rohingya

God, The Azhar spoke out about the death and displacement of Muslims from Myanmar. It called on the world’s conscience to care, and the international community to do something about it. It also asserted—rightly or wrongly—that if they were Jews, Christians, or Buddhists, there would have been action already. God, some of the images are … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Precaution

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Precaution

God, As Muslims celebrate, keep their joy. As Egyptians observe, keep them safe. In Egypt and around the region, security is stepped up in prevention of extremist attacks. The pilgrimage, a time of piety for many, is a time of advertising for others. May the eid pass peacefully, God. May peace come in their supplication. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

God, They started out friendly. Probably they still are. But the American president played an unexpected wild card, with developments still uncertain. The US cut its military aid. Trump has repeatedly praised Sisi, who has returned the admiration. But even so his administration followed an Obama pattern in holding back some aid pending better progress … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Proposals

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Proposals

God, Egypt is debating significant changes. Give her the wisdom to walk the right path. Some have proposed the constitution be amended to allow the president a six-year term. Others say leave the constitution alone, and implement it. Some have proposed the marriage age be lowered to 16 to legalize longstanding practice. Others say there … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Ag, HR

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Ag, HR

God, Egypt used to be a breadbasket. Now she imports her food. But vegetables are still desired abroad, if only they would accept them. Several nations have put a ban on Egyptian agriculture, wary of pesticides. Egypt had been hoping for boom harvest sales, having recently devalued the currency. Now they may face a domestic … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Reform

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Reform

God, Two more price categories are now set for increase: Water, by up to 50%, and bus tickets, the same. Subsidies are being slashed across the board, and inflation is rising. The government has implemented procedures to help the poor, who are many. The economy is struggling, and has been imbalanced for a long time. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

God, Terrorism is defeated neither by force nor ideology. Yet they dare not be neglected. Egypt took a step in both directions this week. God, give her success. A military base was inaugurated toward the Libyan border. And the president formalized an anti-extremism council, with representatives also from the Azhar and Orthodox church. May the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

God, Five more policemen were killed today. Several high-profile militants were killed this week. And to avoid adding their number to the roll, Egypt’s churches canceled summer activities for the next three weeks. The intelligence services are finding material – warning the Christians and raiding the hideouts. Yet extremist elements are finding recruits – threatening … Continue reading