The Egyptian Revolution and The Arabian Spirit

05th February 2011

Where did the Asil Arabian spirit go? A question I as well as all Egyptians have been posing for a very long time.

For countless days the sun rose and set on us.
One day on the 25th of January 2011 the sun rose spreading the brightest beams and serving the answer on its rays that penetrated our windows and awakened every Egyptian from a long, long sleep. With our eyes opening, our faith in each other and in our homeland has revived.
Like any patriotic Egyptian, I took to the streets and joined the masses in their uprising against a corrupt and oppressive regime that has been governing the country with an iron clad since 1952.
I saw in each and every Egyptian, man and woman, young and old, the Asil warhorses storming the battlefield of Tahrir Square and charging gallantly against the enemy. “The Arabian spirit is still alive,” I said to myself with tears running down my cheeks.

The warhorses decided to revolt and claim their unrivaled sense of pride and dignity. They realized that they have to declare their authenticity to the world, and claim their history and heritage that goes back for thousands of years.
The warhorses finally learned that they have to follow the footsteps of their ancestors who, in days bygone, proudly walked with their steps shaking the grounds and announced their existence to the whole world.

While waiting for my turn at a Blood Donation center, I assured myself saying: “The Asil blood still runs in our veins”.
“We all share the same Asil blood running in our veins: this aged woman wearing shabby clothes and sitting next to me at Tahrir Square, that bear-footed young boy carrying the sign “Free Egypt”, that police officer who decided to quit the Riot Force and join the warhorses, that Army General who vowed by his military honor never to fire against the Asil people of Egypt.

The blazed battlefield of Tahrir Square is now entering its eleventh day. Roughed up, beaten, showered with water cannons and Molotov bombs, rammed by Police Force cars, stabbed and shot at, since day One the warhorses exhibited courage, fortitude and steadfastness beyond description.

The Asil blood of 400 warhorses colored the grounds of Tahrir Square. Surprisingly the spilled blood revived the fighting spirit of the thousands of warhorses who rushed to Tahrir Square to double the number of their martyred brothers and sisters.
They gathered around the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir area and created physical shields to prevent robbery of their history; they carried their fellow wounded protesters to hospitals and mobile clinics; they delivered supplies to each other in order to sustain the siege and combat; they created physical fortresses against assailants and thugs. They stayed awake at night protecting public property and the private property of one another.
Like the mares of a tribe watching from a distance to warn the warriors of the danger approaching, women stayed awake in balconies and on top of the roofs exposing larger areas, ready to send warning signals to the warhorses on the battlegrounds against any danger.

The front page of my website says: “There are white horses but no more knights; there are warhorses but no more warriors; there are cavaliers but no more chivalry; there are Asil horses but fake chivalry. Yet hope is revived by your presence and good fortune is tied by your forelock.”
On the 25th of January, I witnessed the knights, the warriors and the chivalrous cavaliers. The fire of Asil Arabian spirit is ignited within me and all Egyptians and it will never be quenched.


Photo comment By Anthony: I am deeply moved... My thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of Egypt.
Photo comment By Susan Robertson: Rania, thank you for your beautiful writing. As a breeder of straight Egyptian Arabian horses, I understand how perfectly your metaphors have portrayed the spirit, dignity, and courage of the people of Egypt. I hold all of you in my heart and prayers as I hope for safe and peaceful resolution of this inspiring but dangerous situation.

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