Egypt had been drawing me in for two major reasons – Seeing the Pharaoh’s preserved body as Allah revealed in the Quran.
And feasting on Umm Ali, the classical pudding that the Egyptians are so rightly proud of.
After devouring Kunafeh to my heart’s content, we stopped at St.Catherine Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world. This place has one of THE most magical backdrops of the world – Mount Nebo, the mountain where Prophet Musa A.S spoke to Allah for the very first time. The conversation they had, subhanAllah is so enchanting.
The Holy Quran – Surah Ta-ha : Ayat 9 onwards is one of the most beautiful stories revealed.
So after a very long drive with out-of-the-world sights of the Red Sea, we had a stopover at Sharm-el-Sheikh en route to Cairo. They say that this is one of the most popular tourist spots, even for the locals and I could more than see why!
The first stop the next morning was the land at which Prophet Musa (AS) struck his staff for twelve springs to come forth for each tribe of the Children of Israel after they were rescued from the Pharaoh by Allah Azzawjal.
Surah Al Baqarah – “Remember My favor on you when I answered the supplication of your Prophet, Musa, when he asked Me to provide you with water. I made the water available for you, making it gush out through a stone. Twelve springs burst out of that stone, a designated spring for each of your tribes. You eat from the manna and the quails and drink from the water that I provided for you, without any effort or hardship for you. So worship the One Who did this for you. And do not act corruptly, making mischief on the earth”
who was so awed by his own cuteness (because we wanted a picture with him) that he asked for “one dollar” as his fee. Totally worth it, I’d say!