Dhikr

Do not leave the invocation of Allah (dhikr) because of your lack of presence with Allah therein, for your heedlessness of invocation is worse than your heedlessness in invocation. It may well be that He raises you from invocation with heedlessness to invocation with attentiveness, and from invocation with attentiveness to invocation with presence of…

Wealth

As we finished our Isha prayer (the last prayer of the day), we noticed a group of people gathering besides one of the pillars inside the mosque to recite an ancient poem entitled Dalaa’il Al-Khayraat (دلائل الخيرات). There are few places in Cairo like Sayyidah Zainab mosque. Built in one of the busiest areas of…

Year grant to study Arabic

This is a fantastic opportunity for any non-native speakers keen to learn the arabic language. I recently met some students who came over from Qatar during their winter break to study here in Egypt at the Sibawayh Center for a month. They said it was a great opportunity as they not only pay all your…

Back to the beginning

As I sit here in Cairo Airport waiting for my friend on the (delayed) Egyptair flight from Istanbul (that’s a 100% record for me so far!), a strange sense of nostalgia overcomes me… has it really been 6 months already? It feels strange that it has been so long. Subconsciously, Egypt has become my new…

An hour for an hour

One of the most important things to do whilst studying is to strike the right balance between work and relaxation. Many people who come here end up on one side or the other, burned out from over working or scarcely benefiting because of wasting too much time. For the first two months of my stay…