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Monday, August 28, 2006

Friday Prayers


When I was growing up in Cairo, not everybody used to do the Friday prayer thing. Lately it seems that EVERYBODY does it. A few weeks ago I went out around the Friday prayer time. The little mosque on my street was full and people were spilling out on the sidewalk. It took me 2 minutes to walk past the mosque and to my car during which I heard the Imam cursing Jews Christians and Muslims who dont pray (me). Had I hanged around a bit longer, I would have probably heard the fat fuck cursing the whole world (except ofcoarse the good people who are praying with him). I drove off and could not find a soul on the streets. State Security soldiers were praying, garbage collectors were praying... hardly any cars on the streets. Cairo was not like this a few years ago. Whatever happened to us?

6 Comments:

  • Ehalan Ya Zab inta ya gameel!

    So this morning, with my coffee, I'm checking out SM's blog like I do every morning when I came across a comment from an Egyptian that made me feel good. So I clicked on it to see his blog and I ended up over here again! Lol. :)

    You know my friend, I've never lived a day in Masr (visit often though) but I think about her every day. I think about how the country has radically changed since my parents grew up there. I look at black and white photos of my family and their friends and they are all wearing mini-jeebas and small shirts. Now, the only women who are not wearing the burqa/hijab are mostly Copts and a few free muslims. I think about the rising fundemntalism in the country. I think about the rise of the Ikhwan. I look at all these things and I am horrified.

    I think about the future prospects of Christians, Bahai'i, MODERATE muslims like yourself (thank God :) in Egypt and I worry about them. Will there be a place in society for them or will they all immigrate and leave the country for the crazy ones? I don't know ya ragel? I just thank God that people like you, Sandmonkey and Big Pharaoh are still there trying to spread sanity. But what happens if you guys leave? Then what?

    Anyway, take care and stay safe! I've bookmarked your blog.

    Salaam

    Peter
    Chicago

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 5:29 PM, August 28, 2006  

  • what's wrong with practicing whatever you believe in?

    i mean i in no way support the imam cursing jews or christians but anybody should be able to practise their form of religion as long as it doesn't include slaughtering babies or anything of that sort

    direct your rage at the imam rather than the people.

    the problem is that the streets are blocked as if this is a natural right since they are answering God's call.

    and the bigger problem is the imams, i have failed to listen to a friday prayer speech that has either impressed me or even not bore the hell out of me, where do they get these guys?

    By Blogger KareemFromEgypt, At 7:06 AM, August 29, 2006  

  • good excuse for not working.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 7:05 PM, August 30, 2006  

  • The same is happening in Turkey. The fundamentalism is rising and rising... And the less I can understand women which are starting to wear something on their heads. We have now funny pictures from women in strange clothes; called 'hasema', a total suit looking like someone from the NASA and going swimming in that strange costume...
    I have nothing against people which are more religious than me but I have something against the fundamentalist side of it, against me... Weard world... Allah will help us...

    By Blogger Shebby, At 2:46 PM, August 31, 2006  

  • Gamda!!

    By Blogger MechanicalCrowds, At 12:01 AM, September 09, 2006  

  • Immigrate to Europe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:16 PM, October 03, 2006  

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