The Holy Land Tour – Giza/Alexandria

The last leg of the tour took me to the place that I had been so eagerly awaiting for ever since I learned about it – The Egyptian Museum. The final resting place of the Pharoah (believed to be Ramses 11). After he repeatedly denied the word of Allah through Musa A.S, he was drowned after the famous incident of the splitting of the Red Sea for the Children of Israel. And Allah swt kept his word, as He always does –

The Holy Quran – Surah 10 : Ayat 92

“So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless”

The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum

The Royal Mummy Museum houses within it about five to six mummies, but none are as well preserved or has as distinct features as Ramses II himself. I had shivers running down my spine as I looked at the hair – as white as snow, the fingers like they could snap any second. subhanAllah! How amazing. And a tidbit that Yasser fed us with – Salt is a major part of the mummification process. The salt that was found on Ramses II had specific minerals that are only found in the sea. None of the other mummies contained the same salt. subhanAllah! We’re talking about a man that survived atleast 3000 years ago.

Outside the Egyptian Museum

Outside the Egyptian Museum

If you want to explore the museum for what it’s worth, don’t even consider clubbing anything else on the same day. All we had were a rushed 30 mins, in which we saw the mummies and the treasure of Tutankhamun’s tomb. *Group Travel Woes*

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Mind-blowing. This is one of THE spots in Egypt to be awed and get sun-roasted at the same time. Thankfully, we had the site to ourselves.You can never fathom the complexity of the Pyramids – why would someone want to spend so much just for a resting place?! The Great Pyramids of Giza is an architectural wonder, no doubt, the fact that blew me away the most is the accuracy – each side is almost equal, there’s hardly a difference of 2 feet. 20,000 workers in 20 years. Well, like someone told – Because the Pharoahs were crazy enough to build all this, Egypt has a booming tourism sector now!

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Neither did I get the Sphinx kiss right, nor did the ‘holding the pyramid’ pose work out!

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And it was time for Alexandria. I was dreading that bit as it would officially mark the end of 10 days of continually being blown away by the wonder of Allah’s creation, the frantic rush for searching of the related Ayats in the Quran so that we could once again recall conversations as it had happened centuries ago.

The port of Alexandria

The port of Alexandria

Fresh Seafood for Lunch

Fresh Seafood for Lunch

A masjid

A masjid

Fort Qaitbey - Built by Salahuddin Ayubi and also the site of Pharos

Fort Qaitbey – Built by Salahuddin Ayubi and also the site of Pharos

All my life, I’ve been to libraries which are well, just a dimly lit room. Stacked with book shelves, a grumpy librarian, and the “No talking” sign. You get the picture.

The Bibliotheca Alexandria doesn’t need that sign. Because you’ll be so blown away by one of the biggest libraries of the world, that you’ll shut up!

We could spot a letter in Malayalam, yaay

We could spot a letter in Malayalam, yaay

Daylight encompasses the entire library

Daylight encompasses the entire library

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The fast nightlife of Alexandria

The fast nightlife of Alexandria

I could have almost cried at having the trip come to an end.

Met amazing people who would give the Malabaris a run for their money for their level of hospitality. Learned more than I ever did in all years of my official schooling.                            Gorged on some gorgeous food that elevated my food knowledge to a whole new level. Fell in love with kids all over again, so much so that I wanted to adopt one.                    Realized that Judaism and Christianity have SO much in common that the only thing that everyone fights over is the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Amazing to read Jewish and Christian history in the Holy Quran with such clarity.                                                                                            Learned to appreciate life, alhamdulillah, for one more chance to increase my ilm (knowledge)

And most importantly, took gigantic steps to be closer to the Creator, for having witnessed the miracles that He has created, I will be downright foolish to doubt over it. May Allah swt increase our knowledge and keep our hearts firm in his religion!

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