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The Azhar Experience

Al-Azhar is one of the oldest educational institutes in the world, built on the foundations of knowledge and faith with the aim of enriching the population through the love of God. Its services to humanity are countless and the great men and women it has produced have been a great service to human civilization. Before coming to Egypt I knew it was one of the places I had to see. I have been blessed to pray Jumu’ah[1] in many different places before, but very few of those places compared to this.

The feeling of tranquillity and peace immediately comes over you as you enter through the archway of the 1200 year old building, a world away from the busy streets of Islamic Cairo outside. On the other side; a courtyard kept clean and gleaning in the hot summer sun. A humble notice board with a tattered timetable stuck on it is the only point of congregation as students and members of the public note down which talks they wish to attend. All this seems a world away from the personalised timetables delivered by email at university back home – a reminder of the struggle which is required to gain knowledge.

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A Rollercoaster Ride

It is said that upon seeking sacred knowledge, a person will face the greatest obstacles as Satan aims to divert the person from seeking the path to his Lord.

This has certainly been the case in my experience of Cairo so far. Never have I faced such a rollercoaster of emotions during such as short period of time, having to deal with the stresses of finding a flat, leaving my family and friends and adjusting to this new environment. But Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an;

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Verily Actions are by their Intentions, and for every person is what he intended…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, The most Gracious, The most Merciful
الحمد لله رب العالمين
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,
وصلاة وسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
And we ask him to send his peace and blessings upon our master Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

Before coming to Egypt, I was debating with myself for a long time as to whether to keep a blog whilst out here. Many people encouraged me to do so as they wanted to see how it all went. However, my worry has always been that it distracts me from my studies and the spiritual experience this is meant to be. Wasn’t the purpose of coming here that I live life completely isolated from things back home in order to absorb the environment around me?

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