A couple days back, the Muslim world lost a strong leader and defender of the deen. The former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi met his death while standing in court testifying. He came to power as the first democratically elected leader of Egypt following years of military dictatorship under Hosni Mubarak. Only a year after being elected, the Egyptian military turned on Morsi and overthrew him and charged him with a number of different things.
Depending on which side of the divide you fall, President Morsi is either a principled hero of epic proportions or a bungling nefarious criminal mastermind. So who is the real President Morsi? These are ten things you probably didn’t know about him.
He was a Hafiz of the Qur’an
He was Intelligent
He has a PHD, is a professor and was the head of the Department of Engineering in Zagazig University. He has previously worked on various projects in America and was a visiting professor there.
He lived in an Apartment
When Morsi walked into the Presidential palace for the first time, he had made up his mind that he would not live in it. He resisted to carry out official government business in these vast palaces, but he would continue to live an apartment rented out for some time.
He Refused Special Treatment for his Dying Sister
Whilst Morsi was president, his sister fell seriously ill. When he went to visit her in hospital, the doctors told him that she may get better treatment if she was transferred to Europe or America. All they needed was the order from him and a medivac chopper and airplane would be commandeered. He refused stating that his family should not be favored above those of order Egyptians merely because of the position he held. His sister passed away in a government hospital like any other Egyptian citizen.
The Adhan took Precedence over Everything
While delivering a speech, he was notified of prayer time, and suddenly stopped everything and called the call to prayer. Subhan’Allah.
The Worlds Lowest Paid Leader
Such a humble leader. He lived in an apartment. Maybe he could buy himself a house? It turns out that President Morsi was the lowest paid world leader. Read that again. In. The. World. He stipulated that his salary would be $10,000 for the entire year.
No Pictures Please
The picture below shows Egypt under Hosni Mubarak on the bottom and under Mohamed Morsi on the top. Egypt, like most Arab dictatorships, had the picture of their leader plastered across the walls of every building. You couldn’t go anywhere in Egypt without seeing Mubarak staring down at you. When Morsi was elected, he decreed that his picture should not be hung in any Government buildings and replaced the portraits of his predecessor with that of the name of Allah. This policy has been reversed unfortunately.