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Reply to Dhaif Alsafha

Assalamu Alaikum,

I would like to reply to Dhaif Alsafha on his message with subject name "Abu Isha Batal.. Abu Isha Tafih."

I want to start by saying that I am not, nor have I ever been a member of any Libyan opposition group. I always consider myself a member of the Islamic community at large. In the UK I always faught for my children not to be forced to enter Christian assemblies in schools, and faught very hard with many good muslims to establish an Islamic essambly for our Muslim chidren in the schools.

In direct reply to our friend Dhaif Alsafha, I would like to say it doesn't matter that you were not able to drive the car because Benghazi was all new bridges and lakes, there is only the one lake in Benghazi and it was there before I left Libya. May be you were so impressed with these bridges that you overlooked the conditions of the roads, the state the country was in or the fact that a large number of young men are not able to get jobs. Did you see the conditions of the cars on the roads. I saw a car that was so out of shape and shaking from side to side when it was moving, the only thing that made me see that it was a Mazda was the writing on the back of the car, and there were many like it. While you were there did you ever wonder if this is how an oil rich country should be like. For God's sake man, did you ever go to any of the Gulf countries and see how they are living, how high the standard of living is. They managed to raise their standard of living from almost nothing to one of the best in the region, because the leaders of these countries provided stability and they cared about their people. I was not lying about my experience, I have no reason to. May be you saw things differently when you were in Libya and it made you happy, but I assure you what I saw did not make me happy. I was not able to drive in Libya either but it was only partly because some roads changed, and the city got bigger, but this is only natural, it was twenty two years, but the main reason was that there was no traffic control, no law on the roads, and the reason for this is that things are left out of control on purpose.

This reminds me of this time when I was in Egypt in the early nineties, I was in a taxi in Cairo, he never stopped at traffic lights when they were red, so I asked him why he doesn't stop, so he stopped at the next traffic light, which was red and operated by a police man in a box. The police man shouted at the taxi driver and said to him why did you stop, move. So I said to the driver never to stop again. It was so funny, until I actually saw worse things on the roads in Libya, it was heart breaking then.

The other thing I wanted to say is that last night I was watching a program on the Libyan channel, a program called Doon Istithnaa. Firstly the desk in front of the presenter was disgraceful for an oil rich country's channel, then the presenter at one point said that we take our teachings from the Quran, but mentioned the Sunna. Is this the Libya you are talking about. When I was in Libya, I always spent a long time trying to make a telephone call out side Libya because it was so difficult to get an international line. The world of telecommunications has developed so much, the telephone is not a luxury any more it is part of every day life. When you make a call to anywhere in the world you expect to be connected in seconds. This reminds me of yet another Egyptian experience. When I was in Egypt in the early nineties, I wanted to make a telephone call to the UK. I had to go to the post office, book the call and wait. When I went to Egypt again only a few years later, I could buy a card and use any public phone in the street. This also made my heart break when I saw the state the Libyan telecommunication service is in.

I am sure that many people have more to say, I shall refrain from saying more now, because every time I think about these things they break my heart to the point of bringing a tear to my eye.

Salamu Alaikum.


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