Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President of Egypt collapsed and died on 17 June in the court during his trial in Cairo. Morsi was elected as the President of Egypt in 2012, one year after the mass uprising during Arab Spring that saw the end of Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year rule. He was later deposed after mass protest and military coup led by the current President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013.
He had been in detention since then. He faced several charges such as inciting the killing of opponents protesting , espionage for foreign militant groups including Hamas and Hezbollah, leaking classified documents to Qatar , insulting the Judiciary, jailbreak along with involvement in terrorism. But according to his supporters, most of the charges against him were politically motivated.
The 67 year old Morsi, was behind the bar for last 6 years and suffering from diabetes as well as kidney and liver diseases and was allowed only 3 visits from his families during these years. He was buried in Medinat Nasr, eastern Cairo in the presence of his family according to his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud.
The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the first Muslim leader to pay tribute to him as a “martyr” and blamed the Egypt’s “tyrants” for Morsi’s death. “History will never forget those tyrants who led to his death by putting him in jail and threatening him with execution,” Erdogan, a close ally of Morsi, said in a televised speech in Istanbul.
In this article, we bring you 10 little known facts about the Ex-President, which you didn’t know before.
1. He was the son of a farmer
Mohamed Morsi was born in the house of a small farmer and his mother was a housewife. During an interview, he told the journalist that he remembered being taken to the school on the back of a donkey. He was the eldest of his five siblings.
2. He was a Highly Educated Person
Being an average student, he completed his BA in Engineering with high honors and MS in metallurgical engineering from Cairo University. After completing his masters , he earned a government scholarship that enabled him to study further in United States. He earned a PhD in material science from the University of South California. He worked as an assistant Professor at California State University while living in United States. He also worked with NASA in the early 1980s to develop Space Shuttle Engines . Later he joined Zagazig University, Egypt as head of the engineering department.
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3. He was Hafiz (memorizer of Qur’an) of the Holy Qura’n
Mohamed Morsi was a dedicated Muslim. He memorized the entire Qur’an . When he was under the trial for six years and they refused to give him a copy of Qur’an inside the cell. So, In an interview he said to the reporter, “They refused me to have a copy of the Qur’an in my cell, but what they didn’t know is that I have memorized it for over 40 years. I just wanted to touch the Qur’an and nothing more.”
4. He supported Syrian refugees
After his inauguration as the President of Egypt, more than 1,00,000 refugees arrived Egypt. His government provided residency permits and helped them to find employment. He helped Syrian refugee children to enter in state schools and also provided medication facilities.
5. He lived in a small apartment
Mohamed Morsi was so humble and gentle that he used to live in his small apartment even after becoming the President of the Egypt. He used Presidential palace for meetings with foreign delegates, officers and military generals. However, later he shifted into Presidential palace due to safety concerns as he was constantly receiving death threats by his enemies.
6. He had deep respect for Islamic rituals
Mohamed Morsi had deep respect for Islamic rituals. As he himself was a learned man, he never disrespected or overlooked a slightest of the rites. He often used to pause during his speeches and meetings in respect of Adhan (Islamic call to prayer). He never spoke and asked all of his colleagues to do the same. He used to offer all his obligatory prayers in congregation for which he was insulted various times by his opponents.
7. He never glorified himself like his Predecessors
The ruling Egypt authorities had a culture to glorify their leaders, pasting their pictures on every possible place; be it office, road, public place whole Egypt was filled with the image of Hosni Mobarek and others. Morsi changed this ill culture of showing off, which is haram in Islam and removed all of them and he never pasted his photo anywhere. Rather, he replaced the images of ex Presidents with the calligraphy of Allah, the King of the Kings.
8. World’s lowest paid President
This sounds strange but it is true that he was the world’s lowest paid President with annual salary of $10,000. He wasn’t a multi-millionaire neither he had hefty bank balance but yet he chose to be world’s lowest paid President. He always thought about poor Egyptians and their prosperity first, not about himself and his family. He was content with what Allah had given him.
9. He was generous and helped a widow once
Mohamed Morsi was a generous soul. Once while passing through a road he came across a woman sleeping on road, he immediately stopped his convoy and asked her why is she sleeping on the road. When she told him that she is a widow and has no money to afford her expenses and no place to stay. Upon hearing it he arranged an apartment for her and fixed a monthly pension for her stating, “No mother should suffer like this in Egypt”.
1o. He always refused special treatment for himself and his family
Mohamed Morsi was so down to earth human that he always refused any kind of special treatment for him and his family. Once when his sister fell ill seriously, doctors advised him to take her to America or England, but he refused and said : “I would never want my own family to live in luxuries while ordinary Egyptians suffer in these Hospitals.”
He was concerned for his subject more than any of his predecessors who led a luxurious life.
The world leader must learn from him that living for your own benefit is common, but living for others is a quality which is not in everyone. Morsi was one such gem which we lost today.
May Allah have mercy on his soul and elevate his rank in Jannah. Aameen. Do Subscribe us and share this article with your friends and family.