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A few notes on the 10th of Muharram

God’s wisdom is beyond comprehension.

The 10th of Muharram is simultaneously the most celebrated day in the Islamic Calendar, and simultaneously the most sorrowful day of the Islamic Calendar.

It celebrates the day that God saved the Prophet Moses — and his people from the clutches of the Pharaoh.

It mourns the day that God allowed the […]

January 20th, 2008|Guest Writer, History, Islam, Religion|7 Comments

Prophet’s letter on the protection of Egyptian Copts

I am grateful to Saadi to have forwarded me the this amazing ancient text.


The Letter of Prophet Muhammad

Below is the English translation of the extra-ordinary letter by Prophet Muhammad as a Charter of Privileges to Christians monks of St. Catherine Monastery at Mt. Sinai. It consists of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war. It bears the hallmark of Islam and Prophet’s attitude about the right[s] of other religious practitioners. […]

December 14th, 2007|History, Islam, Islamophobia, Middle East, Religion|16 Comments

Welcome Hatshepsut

Amazing how the past continues to interact with the present. Hatshepsut was an ancient Egyptian queen who declared herself as the king and ruled Egypt amid revolts, external threats. But as long as she ruled, she held the fort. Article here >>

June 27th, 2007|Arts & Culture, History|2 Comments

Ozymandius – Shelley

The name Ozymandias (or Osymandias) is generally believed to refer to Ramesses the Great (i.e., Ramesses II), Pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt. It was written in December 1817 during a writing contest, and first published in 1818.”

Full entry here […]

April 1st, 2007|Arts & Culture, History, Poetry, World Literature|1 Comment