Egyptian society is at a crossroads and the people have a choice between resurgence and chaos, said Amr Khaled, famous Islamic televangelist in a lecture he gave at AUC last Monday.
In the lecture, titled “Raise Your Head You Are an Egyptian,” Khaled addressed four main points integral to the advancement of Egypt and its population at large.
In his first point, Khaled expressed the importance of having a dream. He urged everyone to find a goal they strive to achieve.
“You must have a dream, you have no excuse not to dream,” said Khaled.
He described the Aswan Dam as being the last dream Egyptians accomplished. Khaled also stressed on the willingness tomake sacrifices, explaining that the road to victory will entail many. ‘The sky is your limit’ was the theme of his first point.
“Unity was the driving force of our revolution,” explained Khaled.
Just like Egyptians put their differences aside and sought freedom together, they will also rebuild Egypt hand in hand, he assured his audience.
Khaled gave examples of countries like Brazil and Turkey who have surpassed Egypt in terms of tourism, but stated he remains optimistic about the future.
Though brief, Khaled’s third point had a strong message:
“Who are you? What do you do? You need to do something!”
He encouraged his audience to find a socially constructive activity to aid the growing population of Egypt.
“There are three types of people; those who induce change, those who follow and those who idly watch. Which category do you want to fall under?”
He pushed his young audience to live for others just as they live for themselves.
“From today you have to value yourself and say no to humiliation,” Khaled said. His fourth point focused on the importance of demanding rights but with respect and decorum.
A question and answer session was held following the lecture, during which Khaled amiably interacted with the audience.
One of the students asked Khaled whether he was intending on running for presidency, to which he replied:
“The condition in Egypt is unstable right now and no one knows what tomorrow will bring.”
The audience received Khaled’s lecture positively. Mostafa Hussain, computer science junior, commented:
“Khaled’s speech motivated me to pursue my life-long dream of writing a novel. I really enjoyed it and I’m very excited about the future.”
Amr Khaled has been to AUC on several occasions, and is well acquainted with the student body.
He was ranked 13th in Time Magazine’s list of influential people and 6th most influential person by Prospect Magazine.
He is known for his liberal approach in applying Islamic teachings and his strong anti-extremism beliefs.