Chapter 7: Dr. Iqbal Shedai's Return Travelogue
The next day many papers published the resume of my speech and also printed my photos.
It was the month of “RAHADAN”. Sheikh Hasan al Banna, Chief of the “Akwan al Muslimin” invited me to “IFTAR.
There were some 4 hundred people present. After “Iftar” they all began to shout “Al Jehad-Al Jehad”. Some fairy speakers began to put fuel on the fire. Sheikh Hasan Al Banna invited me to say something. During my speech, I asked if any of the shouters knew how to handle a machine gun or if they knew how to make and throw a bomb. Without knowing the technique of warfare, it was nonsense to shout Al Jehad fi Sabi Lillah.
The Sheikh and some of his followers did not like my speech and I felt that I had committed a mistake to put cold water on their enthusiasm. But I went on speaking in the same vein.
The Misr al Fatta Party (known as green shirts) arranged a tour for me to deliver speeches in different towns such as Shirbi Mansurah and Alexandria.
During this tour, I was requested to put on a turban as my national headdress. Thousands of people both men and women were standing on both sides of the roads wherever I went.
The women began to about “00 W00”. It was a new thing for me. The Misr al Fattah party had Arranged a meeting in a village some 5 miles from Sherbin. after “iftar” I was asked to give a talk on Pakistan. Naturally, I had to talk in English and an interpreter had to translate my sound, Into Arabic. He, the interpreter, was also an influential member of the GREEN SHIRTS.
He was a graduate of Oxford University. I spoke for more than two hours and the translator also took an hour and a half. Before coming to Shirbin I he also gave a talk in Nansura, a very old town, and the conference was presided over by a member of the Egyptian Parliament. From Hnasura I returned to Cairo.
On 13th August Sheikh Hassan Al Banna invited me to speak at Ghazwa Badar. The same day Mustafa Mahas Pasha sent his private secretary to invite me for iftar in his house in Alexandria.
But I preferred to take part in the of Sheikh Hassan Al Banna and told to the Pasha’s secretary that I would prefer to see the Pasha on 17th August.
My talk about Ghazwa Badr was liked by the Sheikh and the audience which was more than 5000 people.
The Egyptian press gave great publicity to my propaganda and thus I became a
“GREAT PAKISTANI LEADER”.