We were watching an Egyptian talk show (I think it’s called Hadaath al Sa3a – Event of the Hour) in which people are calling to congratulate or remark on our guy’s, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, shoe-throwing incident.
Some remarks that had me laughing:
(woman) “I have one thing to say *pause* Le-le-le-le-leyyyyyysh!!!”
(man) “I usually wear a size 42, but from here on in count me as a size 44(10)!”
(man) “God’s hand was guiding that shoe – even when our hero missed Bush, it hit the American flag!”
The majority of the callers thanked God, commented on how happy and proud they were, praised Zaidi, and pleaded with the Ummah to shake off the rust and stand for what they believe.
I too praise Zaidi. I wonder at the courage it takes to do something like that, especially in light of the fact that he was imprisoned before, and therefore is fully aware of the consequences that await him.
And I plead with you and with myself, to wake up. To take action. I find it sadly pathetic that our actions are limited to throwing shoes. It screams of how pathetically futile we are. I pray that the beating Zaidi faced afterwards is not in vain.
It’s time. To wake up, to believe, and to take action. For Palestine, for Afghanistan, for Iraq. For this Ummah.