Hānī Labīb provides a panorama of what he believes shows positive progress toward citizenship in Egypt in 2007.
In his last Sunday article in 2007, Hānī Labīb points out works and meetings that he believes have promoted citizenship during 2007. He referred to different events, books and media activities that he thinks activate and support the principles of citizenship.
He mentioned Hānī Saryy al-Dīn’s declaration on the freedom of the stock market deals following the sectarian attitude of al-Faysal Islamic Bank that prevented Christians from dealing in the bank’s shares. [Hānī Saryy al-Dīn is the chairman of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority].
He hailed the efforts of the National Council for Human Rights that established a special committee to offer judiciary help to people who cannot afford it. Amongst the books he mentioned was ‘al-Bashmūrī’ [Reviewer: a name] by Salwá Bakr who discusses Egypt’s history in the Coptic era, ‘Rajā’ī Fīk’ [My hope is in you] that discusses the problem of the emigration of Christian youth [Reviewer: To read the book review by Labīb see: AWR, 2007, week 49, article 25] and ‘al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn wa-al-Aqbāt: Tadā‘iyāt al-Sidām wa-al-Hiwār’ [The Muslim Brotherhood and Copts: the Consequences of Clashes and Dialogue] by Robier al-Fāris. The book presents the outlawed group’s attacks against Copts throughout history.
Labīb also mentioned Nash’at Zaqlamah’s two-volume book on Pope Kyrillos in which Zaqlamah provides many positive examples of relations between the church and the State throughout history.
Labīb hailed the Coptic Antiquities Organization that takes care of all issues related to the Coptic culture; architecture and music. Labīb further considered the official recognition of the garments of clergymen to be a positive sign that should stop any abuse or misuse of the uniform.
He also praised the Muslim thinkers Jamāl al-Bannā and Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah, the muftī of Egypt for their kind efforts and enlightening ideas that reinforce the principles of citizenship against fundamentalist thinking.
At the end of his article Labīb stressed the importance of the family as the primary social unit which is responsible for the educating and bringing up their children in a way that encourages them to respect others and does not breed religious, racial or social discrimination.