The Mystical World of Sufism in Cairo – Part 2

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

We believe that every moment  is special, that every day is a new day that comes with its gifts. We cherish life and the extraordinary things that awaits us every day, that’s why we always go out and discover the beauty of things specially in the unnoticed places.

In the last blog (you can read it here ), we started our talk about our interesting day that we spent last week in the Mouled… It was really a beautiful day where we saw different world to what we see in our daily life in Cairo. In the afternoon, we saw the BIG parade and we had to wait till around 8 PM to see the Zikr beside the mosque of Hussein. We had around 2 hours free.

A break in the atmosphere of 1001 nights… that’s what I can call it. We bought sandwiches and we ate it at the famous coffee shop in that area “El-Fishawy” (It is the oldest cafe in Cairo, since 1773!! and it never closed its doors…!!). It was a beautiful time, drinking black tea with min in these small traditional pots… The cafe next to it was playing live music from a violin and Tabla.

Special decorations in the street
Special decorations in the street
Egyptian sweets - Baklawa
Egyptian sweets “Baklawa” that we enjoyed there
Ready to be used for Shisha at Fishawy Cafe
Ready to be used for Shisha at Fishawy Cafe
Beautiful music at Khan Khalili - Just imagine how it feels in live :)
Beautiful music at Khan Khalili – Just imagine how it feels in live 🙂

So you think our day was over like that!! That’s where all the FUN Start! We arrived beside the mosque where there was  the tent of Zikr. At first we were disappointed that we can’t go in, only the people who belong to the Tariqa can go in…

We managed to stay outside the tent but they beside the fence so we were like sitting with them! They waited to more people of their group to come then they started doing Zikr (Zikr is a practice of repeating the names of God).

People assembling in the tent
People assembling in the tent
Sufi Zikr
Sufi Zikr

What is Tariqa? What is Sufism?

Sufism comes from the Arabic word Tasawef, some attributes as a branch of Islam and some scholars attributes it outside the sphere of Islam. The sufi concept can be resumed as surrender to God, surrender to his love. Sufi people belong to different Turuq (orders) congregations formed around a master which meet for spiritual sessions. Sufism is explained by one of Sufi teachers as “a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine purify one’s inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits”.

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Author: asmaakhattab

I'm an Egyptian woman who was charmed and fascinated by the beauty of my beautiful country Egypt and it's rich history, that's why I decided to enter the faculty of tourism and study everything about my amazing country. Later on, I decided to share my passion and love for Egypt with people from all over the world, that's why I decided to work as a tour guide. I also love to write. Writing to me is like holding a brush in my hand and start to paint the thoughts in my hands as words. So here I'm sharing with you my paintings "my words and thoughts" about what I see, feel, like and think about my country. Hope you enjoy your time reading the posts and that you Walk Like an Egyptian ;) :)

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