Watching the Olympic soccer match today between Egypt and New Zealand brought to mind how much life changes. There was a time when the Captain of the Olympic team, Abu Treika, quit sports.
It wasn't too long ago. It's been about six months since Egypt experienced the worst soccer violence ever. People had come to watch a match between Abu Treika's team Al-Ahly and its rival Al-Masry. Port Said's stadium that day contained both the best and the worst of people. Unknowingly, innocent people had been trapped together with savages. As we watched increduously on television that night, the scene spun out of control and into a wild frenzy. Later we would realize the shocking truth: over a thousand injured and 79 human lives lost. Astragferallah.
This is what I wrote on February 3, 2012; two days after the violence.
As Egypt mourns, we learn the stories.
The young man who died
in the arms of Abu Treika
(Al Ahly's most valuable player) told him,
"Captain, I've been dying to meet you,
and now I know I'm going to die
because I met you.
Captain, tell my mom I said ..."
And Abu Treika told him
to say the shahada,
and he repeated it after him,
and the young man died.
Captain Abu Treika was then heard on television calling for help saying, “The security forces left us, they did not protect us. One fan has just died in the dressing room in front of me.
Abu Treika, 33, pictured above, has announced he has retired from soccer effective immediately. He was considered one of Egypt's best players in history.
And now in July?
Abu Treika is in London playing for Egypt. Subhanallah! The sun shines on him and he is back in full form. Alhumdulillah. We truly can suffer and recover. What once seems helpless is temporary. God never gives us more than we can endure. Alhumdulillah he was not injured or killed. Alhumdulillah that Abu Treika is continuing with his career. Alhumdulillah we can see him and remember:
After hardship, verily there is ease.