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November 09, 2017, 04:26:36 am Heba E. Husseyn: Please pray for Rohingya children. As genocide in Buddhist Burma continues, many Rohingya children arriving in Bangladesh camps don't know where their parents are. May the Burmese murderer-terrorist Su Kyi rot in Hell.
June 21, 2017, 07:42:01 am Zeynab: Shukran sis Heba.  Allah Bless. Ameen.
June 21, 2017, 07:39:56 am Heba E. Husseyn: Leialtul Qadr Mubarak.  For details on Leilatul Qadr please read MV post Leila-tul-Qadr
May 04, 2017, 05:35:01 am N. Truth Seeker: Alhumdulilah, Alhumdulilah.  Still 22 days left.  InshAllah we can thank Allah for granting us the opportunity to experience another of this blessed month for the betterment of our souls.  Thanks for mentioning Sister.
May 04, 2017, 05:20:37 am Ruhi_Rose: I can hardly keep track with the speed at which time flies.  Ramadan 2017 only 22 days away!
September 12, 2016, 03:17:09 am N. Truth Seeker: Wa salam sisters. So kind of u to remember. Alhumdulilah that Allah gave us another chance to live thru the blessed month of Zil Hajj.  Was a busy time for all of my family.
September 11, 2016, 08:26:43 am Zeynab: Wa'salaam my dear Sis Heba Smiley  Yes, Alhumdulilah, the 10 days of this blessed month went well by the Grace & Mercy of Allah. I wish the same for all.
September 11, 2016, 02:20:02 am Heba E. Husseyn: Salam my dear MV team and other sis and bros.  I pray the first 10 days of the bless month of Zil Hajj has passed well for all.  Hajj culminates in about 2 days. InshAllah.
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 91 
 on: January 06, 2018, 02:30:36 pm 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn


Image Al-Waght



As-Salam Alaikum and peace dear folks.  This is a rather unusual story but it has its comforting side too, if you reflect. 

City of the Dead is a graveyard in southeast Cairo, Egypt, located below the Mokattam Hills.  Its original name is Al-Qarafa Cemetery.  It's at least four miles long.  Many of the graves here are a thousand years old including the tombs of the Mamluks.  Egypt's King Farouk is also buried here.  Some of the tombs are inside covered rooms, some in the open.   It isn't only a cemetery any longer.    It's a neighborhood.

Many segments of the poor in Cairo cannot afford rent above USD 5/month; that is around 90 Egyptian pounds.  The only 'home' available for them is a 'tomb-room' in the City of the Dead.   Most of these tomb rooms don't have proper doors that can be locked at night and the cemetery has a very low fence.   Though there has been hardly any reported incidents of crime in this neighborhood, the poor residents who live here fear attacks from thieves and other criminals every night.  One may wonder why would thieves come to the poorest neighborhood in Cairo?  Perhaps to swindle a poor man's daily wage they saved for buying food the next day or to dig up a fresh grave for organ trafficking.   Whatever is the reason for apprehension, these poor residents work hard during the day as street vendors selling food, clothes or mending shoes, and stay awake half the night in fear.  The only "neighborly" activity they get to watch is the occasional funeral ceremony when someone rich dies somewhere in Cairo and family and friends bring the coffin for burial.






"An Egyptian woman prepares a meal next to a mausoleum.  She has lived in this room in Cairo's City of the Dead for 40 years."  - National Geographic.



Whether or not it may sound true, gratification abounds in this neighborhood more than many others.  Many graveyard residents of the City of the Dead have been living here for decades and have begun to like the solitude and serenity it offers.  Neighbors are like a family, cooperative and helpful.  Single residents never feel alone.  Hardly anyone is eager to move to other parts of Cairo.   Writes AlWaghat "Children play hide and seek behind the tombs, others maneuver a football to score past the invisible goal line demarcated by two graves. Women hang laundry across strings that extend across rooftops, sometimes from one gravestone to another. Some men bake bread for a living, others enjoy watching TV upon returning from a long day of work. Welcome to the City of the Dead, where among the graves there is life.

In 2011 when Cairo's Tahrir Square was bustling with protests, a resident of City of the Dead said about this neighborhood, "Life here is peaceful.  Living with the dead is a good thing for an old person. They donít talk, and they are very still.Ē





Al-Haj Mohammed Abdel Naeem, a resident of Cairo's City of the Dead in his tomb room with his humble belongings.  Image source Medium Corp.



Though they do have electricity and use of cell phones isn't uncommon, no one in the City of the Dead has a fridge.  They say they don't need it.  They buy food and cook on a day to day basis, just as much as they require to eat for a single day.  They cannot afford to cook extra and there is never any leftover food.




A little 7-year-old boy read on top of one of the old tombs in the City of the Dead.  Image source Medium Corp.



Sneak peek from the capitalist standpoint would call it a "slum" but in reality the City of the Dead is not a slum at all.  It's very different.  The unique factual portrayal of co-habitation between the living and the earthly remains of the dead, and also the historical and architectural fabric of the place, the tranquility of the atmosphere and contentment of the residents, make it an unusual spot with the usual characteristics of slums or shanty towns completely absent.

However, the humility of these poor residents of Al-Qarafa Cemetery cannot be accepted as an excuse for the  negligence and insensitivity of the successive modern governments.  Since the past four decades, Egypt has been getting an annual financial package of nearly $2b from the US, only to be divided among the brass and the senior bureaucrats.  In Egypt's Youth Forum early 2017, President Sisi said "we are very poor, very poor."  In the Youth Forum of 2016, he said he had nothing except water in his fridge for 10 years.  But for the inauguration of Suez Canal expansion in 2015, the government spent a whopping $14 million.  Same year, Economic Development Conference in Sharm al-Sheikh cost over $7 million.  Needless to mention, millions are spent on motorcades of the bigwigs, their luxury private jets and bulky salaries.

The President says "we are very poor" but is silent on the question, who is "we?"





Tombs of the Mamluks in the City of the Dead.  From Getty Images.
Difficult as it may sound at present,  in the middle ages Egypt was one of the great Muslim lands, among those that shone the brightest.  The Abbasids (750-909 AD), Fatimids (909-1171 AD), Ayyubids (1171-1260 AD) and the Mamluks (1250-1570) constituted the Golden Age of the Islamic Empire and the most prosperous and educative era of the period in world history for 8 centuries.


 

 92 
 on: January 05, 2018, 03:21:01 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose


Much too, too overwhelming  cryin

 93 
 on: January 05, 2018, 03:17:36 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

Very true brother.  This image shows just as much pain in the tears of both father and child.

 94 
 on: January 05, 2018, 03:16:26 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by N. Truth Seeker
 cryin cryin   For civilians, Iraq has been no easier than Syria and again, the biggest sufferers were children and the elderly though young adults like this father and many others in his shoes suffered just as much.

 95 
 on: January 05, 2018, 03:13:54 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

This is really bringing big tears in my eyes, the Mosul image  cryin Cry cryin 

Will they ever recover from this trauma?  Only Allah Almighty knows how many members of their family were killed before their eyes.

 96 
 on: January 05, 2018, 03:08:46 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn
Ohw!  much too devastating   cryin     Ya Allah, dearest Allah, please vanquish the tyrants.  Human brutality in turning this planet into much too frightful a place to live in without excruciating pain. 




Below is just one out of many overwhelming images from 2017.  March 4, it shows a father carrying his little daughter, both traumatized and crying.  They're walking away from Daesh controlled area in Mosul (Iraq) towards Iraqi special forces soldiers of Hashd al-Shabi.   It seems 2018 has stepped in only to deepen the pain across the Muslim world.

Photograph Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.
Slide show image appeared on CBC news




 97 
 on: January 02, 2018, 12:22:49 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by N. Truth Seeker
These images are tearing my heart into shreds     cryin

Yes, children and elderly .... the two most helpless sections of humanity devastated by political tyrants, their obedient partners and proxies.

Ya Allah, please, please grant defeat and humiliation to those tyrants in this world and the next. Ameen.

 98 
 on: January 02, 2018, 12:17:13 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose
  ..... The other segment that suffers as much are the elderly, though they may be a bit more fortunate as their suffering is cut short with passing away to the next world because of old age in earthly world.  Children have a much longer stretch of earthly life ahead of them which they are compelled to live with horrific memories either as cripples, orphans, beggars or victims of child predators. 


Absolutely right Sister.  Elderly too have been devastated just as much, a story similarly heart-rending.  The only difference is, as you rightly referred, a smaller portion of their earthly lives are affected compared to those of little kids.

 99 
 on: January 02, 2018, 12:10:09 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab
Ameen, ameen.  Indeed one of my untiring struggles online has been to lambast this greedy political policy of violence against the innocent.  No doubt children suffer the most.  The other segment that suffers as much are the elderly, though they may be a bit more fortunate as their suffering is cut short with passing away to the next world because of old age in earthly world.  Children have a much longer stretch of earthly life ahead of them which they are compelled to live with horrific memories either as cripples, orphans, beggars or victims of child predators.

Thank you for this post Sister Ruhi.
   

 100 
 on: January 02, 2018, 11:55:39 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

Salams everyone.  Be as vocal as you can to stop the modern political 'fashion' of starting wars, proxy wars, genocides, ethnic cleansing and occupations.  In all of these ghastly episodes, the most affected segment of humanity is children.  They never ever ask for any of this, but they suffer the most with shattered childhoods often spent in orphanages or they spend the rest of their lives, maimed, disabled and homeless.












A very traumatized little child who has lost his parents in the genocide perpetrated by buddhist majority government of Burma (Myanmar).   Image The Guardian.


Please make du'a to Allah The Almighty to protect our children from all earthly tyrants.  Ameen.

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