10 February, 2011

All Eyes on Egypt

The Egyptian flag, is very similar in color to many Arab flags, with red, white and black; remove the emblem in the middle, it is a Yemeni flag. According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism was associated with colors. The colors on the Egyptian flag is said to mean the following:
  • White: symbolizes the revolution which ended the monarchy but without bloodshed and also stands for peace and honesty. 
  • Red: refers to the period before the 1952 revolution; which brought a group of army officers to power after deposing King Farouk, the King of Egypt, and also stands for hardiness, bravery, strength and valor. 
  • Black: symbolizes the end of the oppression of the Egyptian people at the hands of the Monarchy and British colonialism and symbolizes determination.
For the last two weeks or so, no where else are the world's eyes turned to and riveted on as much, as to and on Egypt. And what have we been witnessing? A people and a nation that has displayed itself as all what its flag symbolizes. First: there is the Egyptian army and military - a force with a history like no other in the Arab or Muslim world. A force of warriors and heroes, that through all major wars and confrontations with Israel - has been at the forefront. A force, that for the last two weeks, has displayed incredible discipline and patriotism. And then there are the Egyptians: we can't help but be awed by such orderliness, zeal and an incredible will not only for caring for each other but for their country too. I too, am truly proud of belonging here. May God bless the people of that great land: Egypt. And may God give them security and peace.

Flag image from: World Flags 101