Friday, September 29, 2006

Iftar(breaking of the fast), 28 Sept 2006, Ramadan, with br 'Adl the lawyer, Giza, Cairo
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

He's got as law firm in Cairo with 7 lawyers working for him & not a single computer in the office! if you can believe it! obviously effective though!..very old school! always invites me, he lead the prayers in Tarawee'ah afterwards also very long rakats too, May God Accept!

OK the food:

bottom corner 2 soups
-cooked vegetable in corner
-egyptian classic 'lisan asfar' ie yellow tongues (small egg shaped nodules in tasty soup) on it's right
-'mashy (stuffed) coromb (like spiced meat/veggy thin wraps) on the left
-stuffed eggplant & cucumber
- far right ; Egyptian 'Canelloni' (pastry wrap of spicy meat of some kind)
-centre: the ubiqutous roast chicken
- lahm baqry (stewed beef)

then there was mangoe, pomegranite & figs for dessert! haha Alhamdullilah

Hope you're all enjoying similar delights...

God Bless & Salams

my thoughts...
Originally uploaded by ornellab..

(thanks ornellab! the caption : This old man is waiting that many animals cross the way in Kashgar Bazar (West China))
May God Accept!

Praying tarawee'ah at home where I can understand it , practise the tajweed & am more involved, generally I believe (I mean I checked it out in shaf'i fiqh: please correct me if Im wrong!) ) there's more reward in my case (ie not being able to understand the arabic) than praying in jamm'a where it can last up to 2 & 1/2 hours for 8 rakats in places!!'s definately not making it easy on the people! certainly in my case anyway.. I have to fight for concentration during these long Quranic passages up to 15 minutes at a time.. where are the techniques given by Ulema to do this? particularly if you're not good Arabic speaker or listener?.. My understanding was that it should be easier, particularly for the fard prayers, shortish suras, May God Forgive me but I'm taking the more interesting and legally valid option for me...

May He Accept all your Worship & deprivations this month!

May the Peace, Grace & Blessings of the Beloved Be Upon thee!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

waterfall cliché!
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

statue station: backstreets, Marseiile
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

last fragments of sunset...there's a open air market in front

Imam Abdel Fatah, Marseille, Sep 2006
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

the sweet brother from 'Bled' (Algeria) & Imam of the mosque downstairs from my hotel showed me round town for a day

he trained as a dancer in Algeria & can run a 10k in 38 minutes without any training! amazing!

God Bless him!

The ceiling of the Basilica Notra Dame de la Garde, Marseille
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

amazingly like a mosque uh?

candle church
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

a torrent of photos from Marseille now! while I'm on it~

Interior of a church right near the Marseille Harbour

el Dumo, Milano
Originally uploaded by enthogenesis.

this doesn't do it justice but I hope you get the idea..signing off for the night!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

series: faces
Originally uploaded by kriziaa.

Sometimes I go to comment on photos & this happens:

penury speaketh, years laid waste
idleness inhabits his enamoured face
dissapointed jowls, soul hunger proud
into an invectiveness intramuscularily expressed
is it payed? or recompensed?

damn that picture's good

yes my postion in the khilaf favours photon catching not 'creating animate life'

Ramadan skyving at the cafe back home NOW!

Hope the fasting/praying & striving is takin' you HIGHER!

by the Grace of He Who maketh all things just So


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Salams wa 'Amil Eeh?

Notions of an orange Ramadan eve about to flow into the hearts of believers...

May Almighty God Make it the Closest approach for you all, yet! amin

I'm freewheeling around the 24 hour clock as I'm want to do with little or next to no contact with outside life, committments or regular appointments..

..takes me back to Adelaide circa '98-2000, when I attempted unsuccessfully to retire from the world, & turn my back on what I conceived was the hypocrisy of earning money while trying to utterly detach from it: couldn't work it out ...ahh the existential conondrums of a life outside of Islam

today couldn't sleep after fajr after being up all night, made it to the flipside about 8AM consequently was up at an unmentionable hour this afternoon, the night representing the least composing of distraction (& running yes again!)

So what's happended?

-well first, thanks to Irving Kirchmar I met the forceful & intelligent personage of a certain American sister Cathryn Goddard, a 10 year resident of Cairo, Phd holder in Economics, fluent in French, Turkish, Arabic & her native toungue and erstwhile sufi path seeker! Who is about to have her translation of the fascinating Eva de Mitray's Towards the Heart of Islam: A Woman's Approach published by Fons Vitae very shortly

She lives in an amazing flat, with an astonishing view atop of a tall building in Zamalek (the central island straddling the Nile)

She welcomed me, fed me wonderfully & provided hints, tips & contacts galore..God Bless for her efforts! By the Grace of God indeed

- Secondly I got suprisingly drawn into the fate of two 'leeetulle'(sic) orphan kittens, left in a filthy box by the main door of the labyrinthal edifice in which I live, abandoned by their mother a day old, one was already dead, I buried it but I was told by various people that the mother was about, & I didn't see anyone concerned about their welfare in a city infested with strays ( there's 10 living in our building at least) but I never saw her, so over the next couple of days I tried to keep them alive but as I learnt, it's a very tricky thing indeed I didn't have the knowledge to actually do it! Until it was too late, the last one died in my hands way to dehydrated to go any further, lapsed in coma & slipped out..they can't see, require specific high protein milk, cows milk unfortunately doesn't work, need to be kept really warm, hydrated: lots of stuff alas I tried but not hard enough..It's strange how such an interaction with such a really tiny helpless animal can almost completely involve you.. but back to the flat with me, myself & I & the recording angels & God Knows what else with tarawee'ah starting tonight I mean NOW

May God(Exalted be He!) Inspire all of us to profound ibada', good works & transformed hearts by the end, inshallah

go to go Maghrib's hitting, RAMDADAN'S ON! YA ALLLAH! & this keyboard's got me almost screaming, I've a cursor that jumps around as I type, no-one can fix it... it's like an obligatory 'have patience' device when you're trying to write stream of concioussness, forgive any typos..

& God Bless to any who may chance upon this!

outta here

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Originally uploaded by Hamzeh Karbasi.

It's not a Mosque it's an Islamic Teleporter.....!

had to let this out too


M O S Q U E. Mandu
Originally uploaded by Claude Renault.

the one & only Claude Renault an astonishingly good photographer in the real sense

check out his work in flickr in the Outstanding Travel Photo pool

how does he do that?


Had a great meeting with __________ (removed at his request), newly minted **************************************, thanks to Brother Daoud, who, it turns out, is the one who approached me in Hyde Park corner back in August 2003!! After having made du'a to God (Exalted Be He!) that I meet people of inward knowledge, a few days after arriving in London from Adelaide...

Shortly after, he was the one who appoached me out of the blue! As he said tonight, "it looked like you were looking for something" & gave me the information that Sh Nuh was speaking that very night in Ilford which led me to meeting the Murids of Sh Nuh and Sh Ali (the Malaysian Nashqbandi Sh) which was like meeting family...after the years of wilderness in Aus :God Bless them all!

the thing is he gave me his number but I lost it or something & thought I lost contact...!!

How's that?!