"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
Near the Presidential Palace on Al-Merghani Street // قريب من قصر الاتحادية في شارع الميرغني
We are all human beings
Graffito of three women, one wearing a niqab, one a hijab, and the other unveiled. The current political crisis in Egypt has divided much of Egyptian society into those who support President Morsi’s declaration, and those who are against it. Both adamantly believe they are the promoters and protectors of the January 25th Revolution and have started to view the other with contempt. This graffito reminds us that we are all human beings and that each side has hopes for social justice and dignity.
Right now over 2000 miles separate us, he is in Egypt and I am in the UK, I had to leave less than 5 days after we got married, I had to walk away from him in the airport not knowing when we would be together next.
I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to physically walk away, I cried pretty…
Paralympics athletes celebrated in Cairo airport
The Egyptian Paralympics team left to the London games last month with little public attention or anticipation. But after winning 15 medals for Egypt and breaking two world records, they returned as heroes.
Hundreds received the returning Paralympians at the Cairo airport, who received less support from the state than Egypt’s Olympic team, which only won two medals. Continue reading..
Clearing hurdles: Read more about Egyptian Paralympians overcoming popular disregard for their talents.
Alexandria’s beautiful North Coast waters.
Australian-Egyptian soccer player Assmaah Helal wears a Muslim head cover, or hijab, during a training session in Sydney on February 23, 2012. Elite footballer Assmaah Helal is a fanatic for the world game, but a controversial FIFA ban on Muslim women playing in the hijab means she may never realise her dream of wearing the Australian jersey. Assmah says the hijab is part of a Muslim woman’s identity and thus it wouldn’t necessarily be considered a religious symbol which is currently against FIFA’s guidelines
Mo’men esmat photography
People in Islam
Week 10-4: Ahmed Ahmed; comedian, actor
In showcasing Muslims from many sections of life, we tend to look at the serious. Let me introduce to you Ahmed Ahmed, a great comedian and actor who has starred in several films, taking a leading role in the film City of Life and who has created several short comedies online.
Ahmed, born in Masr (Egypt) came to the United States at a very young age and at 19 began pursuing a career in Hollywood. In his standup, Ahmed helps people laugh at the racism and bigotry we see every day, showing that Muslims in fact, laugh too. Challenging stereotypes and bringing laughter to his audience, prominently through his comedy act Axis of Evil, Ahmed is changing minds about Islam and Muslims that helps lead to a better world.
This was from a trip i made last year to my all time favorite part of Cairo, Share’ Al Moez and Al Hussein.
Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque - Cairo, Egypt
Egypt disqualifies 3 leading presidential candidates
Egypt’s presidential election commission removes 10 candidates from next month’s ballot, including Mubarak-era spy chief Omar Suleiman and Islamists Khairat Shater and Hazem Salah abu Ismail.
CAIRO — Egypt’s volatile presidential race was jolted Saturday when the election commission disqualified three controversial front-runners — the nation’s former spy chief and two impassioned Islamists — just five weeks before voters go to the polls.
The commission removed Omar Suleiman, the intelligence director under deposed President Hosni Mubarak; Khairat Shater, a leading voice for the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood; and Hazem Salah abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Salafi Islamist with wide populist appeal. Seven other candidates were also expelled, and appeals were expected.
Ismail’s followers — students, workers, engineers — are easily roused, and officials worried late Saturday that protesters would take to the streets. On Friday, thousands of Islamists had marched into Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest Suleiman’s candidacy.
The commission’s decision added fresh turmoil to an increasingly polarized political terrain. The move weakens, in the eyes of many Egyptians, two prominent threats to the country’s emerging democracy: a potent remnant of the Mubarak era and the deepening power of Islamists who control parliament and want to expand the influence of Islamic law, known as sharia.
The Supreme Presidential Election Commission’s verdicts are likely to bolster the candidacy of Amr Moussa, a former foreign minister and Arab League secretary-general who was topping the polls before the recent entries of Suleiman and Shater. Moussa served under Mubarak until 2001 and is not considered as closely connected to the toppled president as Suleiman.
Egypt has been on a discomfiting political ride since Mubarak’s overthrow last year. Ruled by a council of generals, the country has veered from violence to uncertainty even as it lurches through political campaigns and promises of stability. The expulsion of the candidates again reveals the deep scars left by three decades of Mubarak’s oppressive rule.
Pictured: From left, disqualified Egyptian presidential candidates Hazem Salah abu Ismail, Omar Suleiman and Khairat Shater. (Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images / April 14, 2012)
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The day when Egypt would sit, and everyone else would stand
King Faisal of Saudi Arabis standing to his right and the Amir of Kuwait standing to his left, while Egypt’s King Farouk sits in the center (it was protocol at the time that they can not sit down in his presence).
This picture was taken after Egypt’s huge aids given to famine inflicted Gulf countries shortly after World War II