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“Do you miss Cairo?”, they asked

In response to my last post of 18 July (which feels like an eternity away), I did not get the chance to even start the recording of the English translation of the Qur’an. This rather saddens me, but not one to mull in regret, I look forward now to what’s to come.

I flew back into London 7th August, and now sit in some lovely summer sun. Quite a change from 40-degree intense scorching sun on my face.

A former colleague who is still with Islamonline.net and in Cairo wrote and asked “Do you miss Cairo?”. Bibi-Aisha, let’s see:

I miss some things but not most things.

1. I miss everyone greeting me with “As-salaamu alaikum” every ten seconds, and me returning their greetings with “wa alaikum as-salaam”

2. I miss everyone saying “in sha Allah” every ten seconds, and me saying it back to them every 20 seconds (or so…)

3. I miss being able to just get into a taxi to get to wherever I want to get to and knowing that I could well afford it

4. I miss hearing the sounds of the adhaan five times a day, regardless of the vocal talents of the muezzin

5. I miss taking for granted that God, religion, and family are central to everyone’s values and that these are never ever far away

6. I miss fatta and knuckles soup from al-Omda

Bibi-Aisha, that’s all I can come up with for now! We have a saying in Malay that goes “buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih”, and with that in mind I shall take away with me the good and edge out the bad from the back of my head.

I shall continue to blog, especially while I go through my MBA in Islamic Banking and Finance. I am very much looking forward to that, and in sha Allah I will be able to put the knowledge to some good use! I will try my darnest to blog at least once a week from now on, so watch this space!

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  1. August 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I’m already sad at the thought of leaving, but it doesn’t measure up to the relief I feel. I chose to come back, and I loved it here at first. And then events collided, heightening the chaotic atmosphere which pervades almost every aspect of life here, and which is manageable in single doses, but insanity inducing when it hits you all at once.

    I’ll miss very much the same things you miss. Despite almost always having bad taxi drivers lately (this wasn’t the case in the past), and despite complaining about taxi drivers, I will miss the ease of getting around, and yes, the cheap cost.

    There are many of us at IOL who miss you Emmy, and while you may not miss it at all for now, I hope that in the future, there are some things you will miss. Us included 🙂

    I’m also sorry you didn’t get to start the English recording, and now, when my mind is clear & not fogged by frustration, I take some responsibility.
    After returning from my holiday, and being faced with an impending mutiny, I just didn’t care. I should have fought to make things happen.
    Most likely, demanding, pleading wouldn’t have worked in any case, but then at least I would have tried.
    My ‘baby’ has faltered in crawling but yet I envision the day it will walk. Without me 😦

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