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Written by: Ambassador Suleiman Osman

Concepts:
The culture of exploitation
For the past few years, a strange culture has immerged in the Egyptian society, in the form of the exploitation of the others. In one of the means of the social media, news about the marriage of a movie star rapidly circulated. Unfortunately, instead of wishing her a happy marriage, from the Public, I was surprised to mark lots of insulting remarks, and accusations without any proof.
Now a day it is obviously seen that if a woman walks the street with out wearing a veil, people will generally harass her, under the misinterpretation that she wants to attract their attention, meanwhile others who don’t understand Islam correctly will either insult her or even spit on her, instead of lowering their gaze as Islam commands.
What kind of religion orders you to spit on an unveiled woman? I understand from Islamic morals to lower my gaze,
“and to call upon the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching”, I learned from my religion that the good word is as a good tree, that has its roots fixed and its branches in the Sky, and that the malicious word is like a malicious tree, with no roots. Also, the supreme goal from the message of Islam is the attainment of morality thus reaching the highest ethics.
Until the end of the sixties or even mid seventies of last century there were no veiled woman in Egypt. However, there was no woman harassment as we see today. The Egyptian society at that time was governed with ethics, traditions, good relationships and dealings. Were did our manners go?
During the fifties of last century, the wives of religions scholars were unveiled, even wives of the banned Moslem Brotherhood were unveiled. Were they infidels and wittols as some rude, uncultured people claim?
In the advanced country of Japan “which started its renaissance after world war two, and they used to send missions to Egypt to learn about the Egyptian renaissance at that time” they study Ethics for two years preschool, and then it becomes a basic subject after that.
Since good ethics enforce good morals, therefore nothing can build a nation except good Ethics and morals.
The belief that states that it is the only right path and degrades others beliefs is for sure a false doctrine in itself, Caliph Omar rejoiced if he heard a difference between the scholars of religion, as this will pave the way for different views for Moslems to follow. He personally had a disagreement with his Son who was also a scholar, in topics concerning principle matters as ablution and fasting.
Ethics is the only drive that can takes us out of developing countries to the ranks of the developed countries.
Taking the Tourism industry as an example, were unfortunately many people wrongly undermine it and considers it unholy. The single room in a hotel requires beds, desks, chairs which will cause the furniture industry to flourish, it needs bed covers, sheets, pillows, carpets, so the textile industry will flourish, it needs Paintings and frames for the painting, illumination, wall paintings, the bathrooms requires ceramics, tapes, towels…etc. so the relative industry will flourish, they will need restaurants, souvenirs, means of transportations, and thus the whole market will start to flourish.
But instead of trying to endorse this industry, as it affects more than half the population of Egypt, we harass Tourists, and we were able to rank Egypt as one of the top ranking of Harassment in the world.
My advice to all of us is to follow the highest morals, ethics and nobility. Manners starts at home and parents are idols to their children, at work the boss is a model to his employees, and in the streets we all represent Egypt so we have to maintain our best behavior and manners.

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