Archive for 13 أكتوبر، 2010

مطلوبة لحرية العقيدة: بسمة موسى WANTED for Promoting Religious Freedom: Basma Mousa


نشرة همسة نشرت هذا الاسبوع موضوع عن د بسمة موسى  بالانجليزية والعربية

AIC’s Egypt office marked Ramadan with its fourth annual interfaith iftar, held this year at Cairo’s Al Azhar Park with a diverse group of over 100 people, including foreign diplomats and Al Azhar faculty in attendance. The star of the break-fast ceremony wasBasma Moussa, who received AIC’s“Faith Freedom Fighter of the Year”award. Though short and soft-spoken, this dental surgeon is anything but timid. Though part of Egypt’s persecuted Baha’i minority that often suffers in quiet, Mousa is a prominent activist and blogger who was voted last year’s “most influential woman” in Egypt. The CRIME Report spoke with Mousa about her advocacy efforts.

What experiences shaped you as an activist?
Raised as a Baha’i in Port Said, I was taught that men and women were equal and all humans ought to be united regardless of religion. However, upon entering college in Cairo, I found myself subjected to stigmatization. Professors would flunk me, a university committee declared my scientific expertise invalid, pamphlets on campus identified me as a “non-believer,” a fatwa was issued against me, and finally police had to accompany me for protection. Despite it all, I am now an assistant professor – though other surgeons have sometimes refused to participate in surgery with me because I am a Baha’i.

What is the legal situation of Bahai’s in Egypt today?
As a Baha’i, I have no citizenship rights because my religion is not recognized by the state: I cannot work, drive, marry, be born, or die legally as an Egyptian citizen. Once my driver’s license expires I will be unable to drive legally. This is just the beginning. Many Baha’is are not granted birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates – all of which greatly complicates their financial matters. While a Muslim or Christian can get a birth certificate in five minutes, a Baha’i will often wait at least 6 months