Egypt: Arab Spring to Muslim Fall from Power

Muslim fall from power in Egypt

Demonstrators on Army Truck in Tahrir Square, Cairo Date: 29 January 2011 Photographed by: Ramy Raoof

PRAYER ALERT: The Muslim fall from power in Egypt has repercussions in many nations which experienced the Arab Spring. Many Muslims were envisioning a revived Sunni caliphate ruling from Morocco in northwest Africa to Syria in the Middle East. The Sunni Ummayad caliphate—led by one supreme religious and political “successor to Muhammad”—actually ruled that entire region and much more in the 7th and 8th centuries. The Sunni Fatimid caliphate ruled it from the 10th to the 12th century. And the Arab Spring of 2011 opened the way for the Sunni Muslims to gain influence throughout that region.

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, where the Muslim Ennahda Party has won 40+ percent of the seats and rules in a coalition with two secular parties. The Arab Spring forced rulers from power in Libya and Yemen. It erupted in civil uprisings in Syria and Bahrain. It gave momentum to major protests in Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait. In all these Sunni-dominated nations, Muslim forces gained influence during the Arab Spring. But nowhere was the Sunni Muslim victory more complete than in Egypt. There the Mubarak regime quickly fell, and the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood dominated both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

But Sunni hopes were dashed by the Muslim fall from power in Egypt after only one year. Muslim Brotherhood branches in Tunisia, Syria and elsewhere are now distancing themselves from their parent organization in Egypt. Their opponents are openly celebrating the Muslim fall from power in Egypt. Many throughout the region are agitating to reverse the Arab Spring back to what they claim were its mostly secular beginnings. Tunisians are even mounting a signature-gathering campaign against the Muslim Ennahda Party—much like the one Egyptians used to rally against the Morsi regime.

It is well-documented that in Egypt last year the Muslim Brotherhood was better organized than other parties to fill the power void. But the MB proved to be inept in the task of governance. Since the Arab Spring, Egyptians have clamored for a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Instead they got a government that ignored court decisions, imposed an Islamic constitution, and purged the military of opponents. Support for the MB regime fell as inflation soared, tourism declined, foreign reserves shrank, gas lines lengthened and poverty deepened. Persecution of the 13% of Egyptians who are Christians increased in severity and was practically legalized.

Islam was made to conquer and dominate by force, not to govern by popular consent. But what are the options? Dictatorships have been the rule in North Africa and the Middle East. Democracies have only been temporary exceptions (apart from Israel, the only abiding democracy in the region). Yet Scripture says that Egyptians will keep rising against tyrannical rule. They “will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them” (Isa. 19:20). They will find that the Lord will answer when they realize that He is the only answer.

PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are sovereign over all times and seasons and nations. You see how the Arab Spring released uprisings against oppressors. But more oppressors took their place. And Muslims have often exercised the worst oppression—spiritually, physically and politically—with shariah law. They have done so in fear of a tyrannical god. But You are a God of perfect love, which drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18). You have a perfect law, which gives freedom (James 1:25). Be that God to Your people in Egypt. You have seen their suffering, the increase of arrests and prison sentences. You have seen the abductions, the rapes and forced conversions of their children.

We now thank you for answering their cries. Thank you for the Muslim fall from power in Egypt. It has given Your people new hope. Now, drive out their fears. Teach them the law of love, which never fails. Let Your kingdom come to them, and through them, to all Egyptians who cry out because of oppressors. The military is not the answer they seek. Secular humanism is not the answer either. You are the answer, and You have a plan to prosper them. Those who seek You, with all their heart, will find You and Your good plan for them (Jer. 29:11-13). So set the course for oppressors to fail. Set the course for Your government to increase. Fulfill Your Word, to send a Savior and a Champion to Egypt, and to cause the fullness of the Gentiles to come in, even in all Arab lands. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

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