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“Do you miss Cairo?”, they asked

August 9, 2009 1 comment

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 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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