الثلاثاء، 25 مارس 2008
How beautiful was it to listen to the Qur'an!
Today, I had the radio set on one of the local AM stations. I was fixing tea for myself at the kitchen, when I heard the Qur'an recited by the Sheikh Shayesha! It's been a long time since I heard his voice! It took me back to old memories of the family gathering when I was a kid. My parents used to go to my Grandma in Shoubra neighborhood. I remember all of us including my uncles, their wives and kids all waiting for the call for prayer to break the fast, while the radio is beaming his wonderful voice reading verses of Qur'an! I wasn't religious then, and I certainly am not now, however, there are some things that are woven into the Egyptian personality regardless of our religion or beliefs, like the images of the Pyramids, the Nile, the Zoo, Tahrir square, Um Kalthoum, and the Qur'an recited by Sheikh Shayesha. Egypt was a much tolerant place then, there were very few signs of religiousness in the streets, rarely you would see a veiled woman, and certainly never a woman with a Niqab, yet, people were more civilized and had a better value system. We never heard about collective sexual harassment such as the incidents that happened in Cairo two years ago. Listening to him brought back all these fine memories. I would give anything up to return to these days.