Travel Diaries: The Journey to Heaven – Chitral, KPK, Pakistan

Travel Diaries: The Journey to Heaven – Chitral, KPK, Pakistan
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, and more specific as a human, I observed that human beings encounter either good or bad times in their lives. In an adverse situation, we curse everyone including God, we complain and ruin whatever good left in our lives. The good times do the opposite to us, and we cherish every moment of it, we thanked God of whatever the blessing he bestowed upon us.

However, I believe in either of the case humans can cherish the blessing of God they had since their birth, i.e. their life. We always forget how fortunate we are that we are chosen to live on this earth and spend our life with our loved ones. We forget that most of the time we are the reasons for our misery and sadness. Similar kind of experience I encountered when I recently visited one of the beautiful places of my homeland Pakistan.Read More…

The Forgotten Crown of Cairo: The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun

The Forgotten Crown of Cairo: The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun
By Ahmad Amirali

Cairo (al-Muizziya al-Qahira) one of the oldest cities, founded by the Ismaili Fatimid general Jawhar al-Siqilli making it as the new capital of Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century. The worlds 3rd largest and oldest university and learning centre, The Al-Azhar Mosque University was also founded in Cairo by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah. Blessed with the thousand beautiful mosques, Cairo is the home of the famous ‘Al-Hussein Mosque’ which was built over the remains of the martyred Shia Imam. However, the architecture piece in which I am going to talk about in this article is situated in the most remote and impoverished area of the Cairo city. Read More …