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Sunday, August 14, 2005

The mosque....

So what's so special about that mosque? Basically it's "free"... now I can't find a word for it.. but the atmosphere is I guess what draws all those people to it ... I've been going to it weekly to attend a lecture every Saturday between maghrib and 3ehsa and now I'm addicted ... (we pray maghrib..listen to the "dars" .. then pray 3esha )

Everybody and anybody see the veiled,unveiled,monaqabat,old ladies,young girls .. you name it... nobody bugs anybody... nobody bothers anybody... they're all there to listen for whatever purpose they have in mind... want to feel closer to God... want to learn and understand more... want to boost their religious feelings... just want to be "there"... whatever... if people start getting friendly they might advise each other on issues or discuss after the prayers but nobody just suddenly jumps on you out of nowhere and tells you "Why do you do so and so? " ...I know girls who stopped going to certain mosques and lectures because of this approach... because they didn't want anyone they didn't know to bug them about anything .. they wanted to sit and quietly listen and change from their hearts whatever they felt they should and could change... and that's the change that lasts...

Another thing that really "got me" about this place is more of a personal experience...I got back to Egypt a few months ago ... and since I got here I've been making friends or you can say socialising in different areas of life...I made friends with a girl during my temporary job with the British Council, then another one while volunteering to help out in a symposium held in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, then another one while attending sessions on Macrobiotics, then another during an intensive teachers training course....and after that I met them all at the mosque !!!! Never knew they go to that specific mosque, neither did they know that I go... none of them know each other... ( they do ... through me :-D ) ... I don't know how to put it ... just felt nice .....

We all go .. say hello.. pray .. listen .. then pray again .. no time to really talk to each other but it's nice being all there ... in "the mosque" :-)


At 8/15/2005 05:37:00 PM, Blogger LouLou said...

You're lucky. Here in UAE it's still very unusual for women to go to mosques. Very few mosques have an area for women. The only time we get to go is for tarawee7 in Ramadan.

At 8/15/2005 09:30:00 PM, Blogger doshar said...

yeah i here these gatherings are great. and they are galasat 3elm and zikr at the same time. the thawab is great, not to mention the peace that you feel.

which mosque are you referring to? maybe i can check it sometime

At 8/16/2005 03:54:00 PM, Blogger roora said...

me , i published your idea on my post and i want you to do tha same in your blog please so as to spread the idea

BTW , can you give us your contact email or something?

At 8/17/2005 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Me said...

Yep I know I'm lucky now, coz one day I wasn't ;-)... back where I was.. it was only tarawee7 too !!! But el7amdulilah in Egypt things are different...see you around in Egypt one day isA :-D

So much peace really, and as I said I am addicted .. I mean it's somethign I look forward to doing and enjoy el7amdulilah .. the mosque is called Elab7ar in Loran,Alexandria...see you there whenever you "tesharafeena" in Alex :-)

Havent't been blogging for a couple of days .. been so busy .. but I'll write the idea here at my blog too (initially that's what I was going to do)...thanks ya gamila .. and feel free to contact me at


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