By Yavus Selim

At times of great tribulation and turmoil, the first casualty is always the truth. Why? Because the greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressors and tyrants is their ability to manipulate the  facts  to suit their agenda. Because without the truth, we cannot see what is right and what is wrong. Without the truth, there is only falsehood… and injustice.

And that is how we find ourselves where we are in Egypt today, where the elected President of a nation – who was kidnapped and held incommunicado for months till his supporters could be imprisoned, crushed, tortured, killed and banned – stands trial for crimes that seem to multiply by the day. Depending on which side of the divide you fall, President Mursi is either a principled hero of epic proportions or a bungling nefarious criminal mastermind. So who is the real President Mursi?

Here are ten little known facts that may help provide us with some clues:

1. He is a Hafiz of the Qur'an

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One of the little known facts about the president is that he has memorised the entire Qur'an by heart. This is no mean feat and something that itself is worthy of praise. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur'an and teach it.” Abu Musa Al Asharee raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Part of showing glory to Allah is to show respect to a white-haired Muslim, and a carrier of the Qur'an who does not exaggerate in it nor ignore it and a just ruler.” An interesting combination of virtues there don't you think?

2. He is intelligent

It is widely assumed that Mursi is not that bright. He is repeatedly portrayed as bumbling and dimwitted. His detractors point to a series of decisions that seemed to exacerbate anger against him – such as the taxation U-turns, the choice of governor for Luxor and his battle royale against the judiciary. And yet the majority evidence points to Mursi being much more academically gifted than any of his detractors. 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. In his short time in office, he managed to achieve a fair amount and surrounded himself with individuals with proven track records in their fields.

3. He lived in an apartment

The Egyptian president has many palaces dotted around Cairo. They are sprawling in size and lavishly furnished. When Mursi walked into the Presidential palace for the first time, he had made up his mind that he would not live in any of them. He relented to carry out official government business in these vast palaces, but he would continue to live an apartment rented out for some time. This was how we were treated to the unbelievable sight of the President of a nation having death threats to his family being graffitied onto the walls of the elevator he used to get to his flat. Compare this to the other Muslim “leaders” who (and this is not an exaggeration) have toilets that are bigger than this President's home.

4. He refused special treatment for his dying sister

Whilst Mursi 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.

5. The adhan takes precedence over his speech

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When Mursi was delivering an important speech he was suddenly made aware that prayer time fell. Instead of ignoring the adhan and continuing his speech or even just staying silent for a minute – Mursi loudly and proudly repeated the adhan. The effect was electrifying and a generation of pious young Muslims saw that even their leaders submitted to the words of Allah.

6. The homeless widow

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The video above is of a homeless woman who used to sleep on the streets of Cairo. One day a car pulled up and Mursi himself got out of the back. He asked her why she slept on the streets. She told him that since she had become a widow, she was unable to continue paying for their apartment and eventually found herself on the street. Mursi said that no mother in Egypt should suffer like this and directed officials to provide her with a respectable apartment and enough of a stipend from the state to pay for it. Since the coup she has become homeless again.

7. He took part in aid work

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This is a picture of President Mursi visiting Banda Aceh, Indonesia following the devastating South Asian Tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people. He was there as part of an aid mission to help the survivors rebuild their shattered lives. Mursi isn't just another scheming member of the deep state of Egypt who has done nothing but worked for their own advancement and that of their families since day one. When Bashaar Al-Assad sent him a congratulatory message on his election to the Presidency, Mursi replied “I do not recognize you as the rightful representative of the Syrian people.” Despite all protocols, he could not bring himself to be polite to the murderer of so many innocent people.

8. The worlds lowest paid leader

We get so used to seeing the sickening figures that business moguls, sports stars and so-called celebrities pull in that we expect our political leaders to be earning mega bucks as well. We're not shocked when we see former Prime Ministers or Presidents become millionaires on the lucrative speakers circuit. Mursi could have taken the opportunity of being President to build a nest-egg for himself and his family. After all, he still lived in a rented flat. Maybe he could buy himself a house? It turns out that President Mursi 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. At the time of his kidnapping, it transpired that he had actually not actually drawn any salary at all. He had been working for free.

9. He rarely missed Fajr in the mosque

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President Mursi was so keen not to miss any prayers in congregation and in the mosque that it became a running joke amongst the coup supporters who felt such outward displays of piety were pretentious. Yet, ignoring their cynicism, Mursi did not miss his prayers and he was often seen moved to tears by the khutba on Friday prayers.

10. No pictures please

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Egypt, like most Arab dictatorships, had the picture of their “benevolent” leader plastered across the walls of every building. You couldn't go anywhere in Egypt without seeing Mubarak staring down at you. When Mursi 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 and many Egyptians are once again deifying their overlord.

The truth is the first casualty of war. And I accept that the truth is much more complex than these 10 points. There have been mistakes – Mursi admitted as much. But, whether you love or hate him, I hope some of these facts will help you gain a better understanding of the man behind the figure of love and hate. I hope they can help point you in the direction of the truth.

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  1. sameel salim

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  2. Kingston

    We all knew this was going to happen these other corrupt kings and “presidents” couldn’t have someone around like him because he would make them look bad, and his and Egypt’s well being would encourage people of other countries to get rid of the governments. So what they did was for a whole year they made everything as hard as possible for his government. Violence/weekly protests shutting down main roads. Corrupt businessmen sabotaged Egypt’s economy, the Media which is owned by secularists attacked Mursi and the MB 24/7 – you had hypocrites like Bassem Youssef making fun of the Islamists whilst he’s silent now. etc.

    Then after only two days of mass protests the army stepped in, arrested him and declared a new temporary regime. Now they are pushing for Sisi to become president.

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  3. Ibn Ismail

    It’s obvious that there was some kind of conspiracy against Mursi after it was made clear that he was adamant about moving Egypt in a more Islamic direction. Now the Egyptians are being led on a leash by their western secular puppet, the murderer of Muslims, el-Sisi. I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

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  4. Umm Reem

    What a shame that a nation had a president like him and they couldn’t keep him as their leader…may Allah free him and honor him.

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  5. Amad

    I’ll admit that Morsi may not have had the sharpest political acumen, but Id rather take a thousand honest men as leaders than shrewd liars and butchers that this ummah keeps getting … Consider what was before him- Mubarak– no intro needed, and what will be after him- Sissy– a pathological evil traitor and murderer. Like Imran khan in Pakistan, the people reject what is good for them and then they decry the cursed leaders that befalls them! What a tragedy!

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    • ZAI

      I have serious doubts that someone who heads a political party that has a pseudo-fascist nationalist like Shireen Mazari in a high position is good for Pakistan.

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  6. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Qureshi

    Wonderful….. What a great leader.May Allah(SWT) help him with all His blessings and more srengthen him with courage.Ameen.Janat is prepared for such people.

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  7. Talat Sultan

    All I can say is he has succeeded and we have failed. He was tested as a leader with wealth and power and it did not allure him. Everyone, we owe him a great debt of gratitude keep him in your duas.

    He will be remembered in history as the just ruler of Egypt and people will speak of him in years to come as if he were a legend allahuma barik mashallah tabarakallah.

    May allah protect him, his family and supporters and grant him freedom, justice and victory.

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  8. Mark

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    • Amad

      Wow, your hatred of the man has blinded you to even see basic goodness in this man. Bring us one leader who has these qualities in the Muslim world and we will gladly give up on Morsi.

      Who is your alternative? Sissi? Or some other anti democratic fulool?

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      • Mahmud

        Amad-whats the big deal about democracy? The only thing we Muslims care about is that Allah’s word is highest. If there are some aspects of the democratic system which are acceptable under Islam, then fine, but it’s not something to call to.

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  10. Umm Asmaa

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    Wow! Thanks for sharing these points. Regardless of the different opinions or realities of the situation at hand, Allaah knows best the truth, these points definitely demand a level of respect for Mursi. May Allaah guide the people of Egypt to what’s best!

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  11. Mark

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    • Amad

      Millions rose up to usurp the democratic government that was instilled by millions more… Remember more people voted Morsi in than came on the street. And I hope you aren’t gonna spring the 33 million number on me because if you do, I am ready to sell you some sand in a desert.

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      • Mark

        And millions voted for Gen. Ahmed Shafiq where was there representation in the Morsi government?

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    • Amad

      How could you call someone who spilled or allowed the spilling of the lives of thousands of people? We don’t have to agree on personalities but if sissi’s start tells us anything about him, then he is a great leader in the footsteps of tyrants and dictators… In this regard “great” becomes an adjective that is not associated with goodness.

      Wallahi, I can say that the Egyptian media has cast a spell over people that they are so blinded by hatred of one party, that they allowed butchery on their streets. This is why you see the media outside almost uniformly condemning the coup, that they have to be on the side of Islamists — a position they would never voluntarily choose had the situation been even gray. It isn’t. It is black and white– oppression of a military coup as clear as the sun on a bright day.

      The first step to clean your brainwashing is to remove yourself from the groupthink environment and approach the situation with a clean slate. And I am sure if you are even a little bit human, you will see the picture clearly too.

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      • Mahmud

        Zai- your definition of “most Muslims” is irrelevant, ALL Muslims are not secularist disbelievers. Granted, a lot may care more for their lives then establishing Allah’s law in the land, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they accept it.

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      • ABDUL SHAKOOR

        Dear ZAI, , ASSLLAMUALLIEKUM, , JAZAKALLAH being kind enough to heed , , please tell me how can be A Muslim secularist? How can he be a corrupt? How can he be non transparent? PLEASE do substantiate your points with reference & reliance on ISLAM, being non ARAB I know/feel you may understand my desire to enlightening myself. Please do the favour.

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  13. Mahmud

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    It’s really sad to see some Muslims missing the point. The reality is, some of those who oppose Mursi are secularists. They are against Allah’s Sharia. The believe in a different law.

    That makes them DISBELIEVERS. Because a Muslim enslaves himself to Allah and accepts that Allah is the one who can legislate.

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    • Amad

      It is not as simple as that. There are many people who might not agree with the MB’s interpretation of an “Islamic state”, while there are also many scholars such as Tariq Ramadan who offer other insights into democracy and Islam. We cannot broad-brush anyone against MB as disbelievers. This is wrong and unhelpful.

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      • ahsan arshad

        but some of that legislation is clear that it does not need twisted interpretations. If twisted it is clear that they are going against the legislation.

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      • ZAI

        True…but that is perhaps 5% total of the Qur’an according
        to scholars like Imam Suhaib Webb. Further, Islamists themselves
        twist things plenty by going beyond Qur’an and Hadith to enforce
        things Allah has not given them or any government permission to enforce
        or punish, but left up to individuals.

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      • Mahmud

        Yeah Zai, the Sahaba were human and they implemented and we will follow this.

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  14. azmath

    Isn’t it obvious already? Egyptians don’t deserve Mursi. Its that simple. Truly, Allah will never change the condition of people until they change themselves. When the egyptians stop taking pride in their football and shisha, then may be Allah will open doors of Mercy for them and bless them with leaders like Mursi. for now, deal with sissy you sissies…

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    • Mahmud

      May the disbelievers and hypocrites feel no moment of relaxation or satisfaction in the slightest until they enter Islam, may they be constantly worried and stressed, and may the foolish Muslims who are ignorant and opposed him see the error of their ways, regret it immensely and support Allah’s deen.

      And may Allah send down tranquility on all the Muslim Mursi supporters, and guide the mushrik Mursi supporters, few as they are.

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  15. Abdullah

    He went the wrong path of democrazy.

    May Allah SWT free and forgive him. Amin.

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  16. Mahmoud

    They missed the most important point.
    He is only president in modern history that refused to take a salary for his presidency.

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    • Farbash

      @Mahmoud

      You are incorrect sir. Where is your proof for saying that?

      Mayor bloomberg of new york has a salary of $1. And that $1 is because the law states that he must have a salary and cant work for free

      And the same things that have been said about Mursi were also sad about Ahmadinejad

      That he had a beat up car and lived in a small house

      Is that man an angel too?

      Here is an article from al arabiya

      http://www.alarabiya.net/views/2010/10/28/124053.html

      and here is a video saying that Ahmadinejad doesn’t take a salary

      whoopee doo

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyWul35JnjY

      Not taking a salary doesnt show the heart and character of a man

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      • E

        Bloomberg is a billionaire. He doesn’t need a salary. Your comparison is not valid on so many levels.

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  17. Shah Abdul Manan, Seelu Sopore Indian Occupied Kashmir (J&K)

    President Dr. Muhammad Mursi is a Hero and Icon of Islamic world. We are with President Hafiz Dr. Muhammad Mursi. Live long Doctor Muhammad Mursi.

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  18. Farbash

    This was not a very sound article. It uses black and white techniques to make its point.

    I have known many people who had at one point in time memorized the
    entire Quran. But if you dont keep up the practice of reciting and
    memorizing your Quran, eventually you will forget.

    Many of those same people that I met that were Hafiz when they
    were a teenager, but a few years later, they were no longer a hafiz.

    I dont know much about Morsi, except what the media tells me. I dont
    claim to know him or to criticize him. Allah knows the truth.

    But this article didnt seem very “scientific” in its reporting. It uses
    the same techniques that Fox news uses. Where are the sources?

    Even sources can be fabricated.

    Anyways.

    Please dont tell me that someone if someone recites the Azan, it means they are a good person’.

    There are videos of many arab dictators doing salat. Does that make them good?

    george bush goes to church. Does that make him good?

    Can we deny the millions he has killed?

    Also george bush and other american presidents have done a few good acts of charity here and there.

    Dont tell me someone helped a homeless person and they are now a good person

    Bashar al assad is “muslim”…..so was saddam hussein and gaddafi?

    are they good?

    That logic that this article presents is flawed

    I urge everyone to read the book: “You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself”

    You can find it on amazon

    I am sorry, but this article panders to the minds of 10 year olds who dont think critically, who view everything as black and white.

    Again….I dont know much about Mursi, except what the media has shown. At the end of the day Allah is our Only Judge

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  19. Hisham

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    • Mahmud

      So…..Hisham…..you are a Muslim….right? Why don’t you start a political party to implement Allah’s law.

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  20. Mohammad Raza

    Where are the Americans and the Europeans now?

    When their precious democracy has failed in Egypt ?

    They wanted it got it and when it doesn’t suit them got rid of it?

    This is the curse of divided Muslims as seen in other muslim lands

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  21. Tunde Olanrewaju

    Assalam Allaykum,
    when to worry about the spiritual health of one’s heart? As humas, we commit sins. Islamic teachings encourage us to ask Allah for repentance. But many of us get quite comfortable with committing those sins to the extent that the pleasure from those sins completely desensitizes us from the need to rectify those faults. if any of us find ourself in such a state, then as ibn Al-Qayyim stated, ‘When the heart becomes empty from such grief and one is happy with sin, then one should question his faith. Firoun (lanatulai) called 60000 magicians to come face Musa (allay Salam). But when those Magicians discovered the truth, they accept Allah SWT. They accept in the morning and were exterminated in the night. As they were been massacre, they ask Allah to use the pain to replace their misdeed they done before. To me Morsi has not failed, let us ponder as Muslims. May Allah free him and more Morsi among us. May Allah SWT give him courage and patient to pass test from Allah.

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  22. Some Young Guy

    “Truth is war’s first casualty.”

    This quote is from a song, by a band called One Day As A Lion.

    Please be original. And if you’re gonna plagiarize, then at least give proper credit where it’s due.

    On the bright side, someone on MuslimMatters is exposed to satanic music.

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  23. Aisha

    May Allah make it clear to us the truth from falsehood. Ameen ya Rabbil ‘alameen.

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  24. Aisha

    *hard

    This is especially seeing as most quotes just get passed on from generations (forefathers etc.) usually by speaking then hearing, thus it’s *hard to know who said the quote ORIGINALLY.

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  25. g

    Hahhhhhhaaahhhaa he let his sister die bcoz he doesnt want to be treated like a special one?? Oh cmon hes suxx

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