My heart is torn between East and West. I live somewhere between the present and the past. I don't know who I am.

Just another human being biding their time on this earth. Passionate about current affairs, history, politics (particularly MENA region), religion, cute animals and food.

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"(7) Consider the human self, and how it is formed in accordance with what it is meant to be, (8) and how it is imbued with moral failings as well as with consciousness of God! (9) To a happy state shall indeed attain he who causes this [self] to grow in purity, (10) and truly lost is he who buries it [in darkness].” — Qu’ran 91:7-10 [Muhammad Assad]


Egypt in the News: A daily roundup of some key articles on Egypt in the news. For the latest developments, you can follow the Guardian live blog on Egypt.

TW: Please note that some of the articles contain graphic images which you may find distressing:

Photo: The interim Egyptian president, Adly Mansour, center, met with officials of the United Arab Emirates in Cairo on Tuesday / via Egyptian Presidency European Pressphoto Agency

"True piety does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or the west - but truly pious is he who believes in God, and the Last Day; and the angels, and revelation, and the prophets; and spends his substance - however much he himself may cherish - it - upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; and is constant in prayer, and renders the purifying dues; and [truly pious are] they who keep their promises whenever they promise, and are patient in misfortune and hardship and in time of peril: it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, they who are conscious of God." — Qu’ran 2:177 [Muhammad Assad - for an explanation of this verse, consult page 51 of this document]

With the beginning of Ramadan, I wanted to share with you all this special video from my beloved Egypt. This video shows a Musaharati in Alexandria. The Musaharati is one of the oldest, most deep-rooted traditions found during Ramadan all over the Arab world. The Misaharaty is the name given to the person who walks and beats a drum in residential areas to wake people up to eat their sohor (a meal eaten before the beginning of the fast) before morning prayers. Sadly, this tradition is dying out but my neighbourhood in Cairo still has a Misaharty who makes the rounds before sohor every Ramadan. 

The Misaharaty is sometimes accompanied by the children of the neighborhood who enjoy helping him in beating his drums and calling out: "Esha ya nayem, Wahed el dayem. Ramadan Karim. Esha ya nayem Wahed el razaq" which means “Awake, oh faster and praise Allah. Welcome Ramadan, oh month of forgiveness.” The Misaharaty usually starts his rounds an hour before the sohor meal and beats his drum three times, after calling out his rhyming and often humorous chants. He goes from his house and walks to nearly every house in the neighborhood. As he reaches each house he stands in front of it and calls its residents by name. Typically, since his duty is to wake people up, the Misaharaty makes so much noise that he can be heard for several blocks in all directions.

Ramadan Kareem everyone. May Allah bestow his forgiveness, mercy and blessings upon you all and your loved ones in this special month.


Egypt in the News: A daily roundup of some key articles on Egypt in the news. For the latest developments, you can follow the Guardian live blog on Egypt.

Photo: Two women sit in front of soldiers blocking the road to the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA


Egyptian military aircraft today in Tahrir Square . #Egypt

They killed 50+ people, injured thousands, imprisoned hundreds and shut down many TV channels BUT LOOK YOU GUYS, IT’S A HEART~~CUTEST COUP EVER <3 <3

Pictures from today’s protest (08/07/2013) in front of the Egyptian embassy in London in response to the massacre of innocent civilians by the army earlier today.

All credit: Paul Davey for Demotix

ويسقط كل من خانوا .. ويسقط كل من هانوا 

ويسقط كل من وقفوا في وش جيل بيتحرر

ويسقط كل من ضربوا .. ويسقط كل من قتلوا 

ويسقط كل من شطبوا سطور في تاريخ بيتسطر 

ومن تاني .. رخص دمي وسال في الميادين

معدش بينفع التبرير .. ورجعوا وقالو تستاهل

لكن عارفين ؟ .. أنا أستاهل

عشان أنا كنت متساهل

ولجل يكون في معلومكم مفيش حرية بالساهل 

ومهما يسيحو في دمي إرادتي مش هتكسر

فدا بلادى تروح الروح

ولا أشوفها بتتعسكر

O you who have attained to faith! Seek aid in steadfast patience and prayer: for, behold, God is with those who are patient in adversity.”  Qu’ran 2:153 [Muhammad Assad]

The pictures you see above are from a protest that was held yesterday (07/07/2013) in front of the Egyptian embassy in London in support of democracy and calling for an end to to military rule in Egypt. 


An injured pro-Morsi protester is carried away from the deadly clashes outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Louafli Larbi/Reuters

Below is a roundup of some key articles on Egypt in the news today. The situation in Egypt is continuously developing so I will be updating this post with more articles. In the meanwhile, you can follow the Guardian live blog on Egypt which posts the most recent developments on the situation in Egypt.
TW: Please note that some of the articles contain graphic images which you may find distressful:


The pictures you see above are from Zagazig in the governorate of Sharqia in Egypt. What started out as a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration ended in reported deaths and over 150 injuries as well as many arrests. The army has spread throughout Zagazig with its tanks and army vehicles. Thugs attacked the protesters with guns, knives, rocks and tear gas whilst the army and the police stood watching. Hundreds of protesters resorted to hiding in building entrances to get away from the thugs. Innocent women and children were also being attacked. Eyewitnesses say that thugs were running after these women and children with knives. The majority of protesters were women. The buildings they were hiding in were barricaded by thugs and the army. The army and the police told these women that if they want to be freed then they have to take their niqabs (face veils) off and change the way they were wearing their headscarves. So far, more than 50 women have been arrested after being taken from their buildings to the police station in Zagazig. Their phones and electronic devices have been confiscated. [UPDATE: the women have now been released]

For more information, you can read this eyewitness account (in Arabic). You can also follow @ayakhalil and  and  for updates on the situation. 

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Please, please, please keep the people of Zagazig and Egypt in your prayers.




Note to Egypt: the word “Islamist” is not a substantial or legitimate reason to build a case against anyone and arrest them.

It’s actually called a witch hunt.

But asking people to kill others, and robbing the country is a case :)

i agree.

so who’s going to arrest the military? the pro-mubarak and pro military news anchors who have been inciting violence and hate?

but the reality is, men are being hoarded up as we speak because they are considered islamist. unless, of course, to you, islamist=murders? In that case, i can’t help you.

Funny how the channels accused of “inciting” violence were the only channels broadcasting the pro-Morsi protests and funny how these channels were closed down only after the coup. What’s more, not only were these channels closed down but their staff were also detained (some have been released but many still remain under custody including the head of the Al Jazeera Cairo offices). This, as the OP points out, is absolutely a witch hunt.

In case you’re having any doubts about what military rule means for Egypt; this screencap was taken from the official twitter account of the Egyptian Police. It reads:

"We [the police] will be filing lawsuits against any person threatening [read “insulting”] the Egyptian people or police officers or the armed forces on the internet”