Monday, October 29, 2012

Sleepwear into Islamicwear


Asalamu Alaykom,




We love our pajamas.  Some of us (cough, cough) are still in our pajamas...or "sleepwear".  That makes it sound better, doesn't it?

Sleepwear is comfortable.

Guess what?  In Islam, comfort is key to choosing your clothes.  Basically, whatever you love as sleepwear is only a few steps away from being Islamicwear.


If you like to lounge around in a big T-shirt



then try cotton-knit separates



                                                                      Source: hijab-fashion.tumblr.com via Yosra on Pinterest


If you like a short nightgown




then try a tunic top


                                                                        Source: zleqha.blogspot.com via Yosra on Pinterest


If you like a long nightgown



you might like a long galabiya or dress.

                                    
                                                                               Source: rayannesdesign.com via Yosra on Pinterest


Those who wear robes

might like an abaya




Pajama wearers




can put on a shalwar khamez as a good alternative




Actually the word, "pajama" is derived from Urdu/Hindi पैजामा.  Read more...


pajamas (n.) Look up pajamas at Dictionary.com
1800, pai jamahs "loose trousers tied at the waist," worn by Muslims in India and adopted by Europeans there, especially for nightwear, from Hindipajama, probably from Pers. paejamah, lit. "leg clothing," from pae "leg" (from PIE *ped- "foot," see foot (n.)) + jamah "clothing." Modern spelling (U.S.) is from 1845. British spelling tends toward pyjamas.


So, the next time you wonder about whether or not you could ever wear Muslim fashions, realize that you already are----every time you wear pajamas!

Bird Loves Egyptian Music


Asalamu Alaykom,




You gotta love the dance moves of this guy!

Sure, it's not ballet---no high culture here--but it's fun to watch and made me smile.

Hope you like it too!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Muslimah Masterpeace


Asalamu Alaykom,



I try really hard to spell things correctly on this blog.  Sometimes, though, you have to misspell to be better understood.  Yes, I know I misspelled, "masterpiece," in the post's title.  It's a nod to Islam being about peace and the symbol of Islam isn't really the crescent moon; it's the covered woman.

You already know the art of Shepard Fairey.  He used to be a kind of criminal artist; putting up graffiti and stickers around his city.  Then he became famous and started making money.

In 2008, he made the Obama "HOPE" poster.




And you probably saw his work on Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" cover.


Maybe what you didn't know...since I didn't know...that Shepard Fairey has done a whole series of lithographs on covered women.


 Take a look at "Peace Woman".





This is "Arab Woman."  I find his depictions very beautiful





and powerful.  This is "Mujer Fatale".




Here is "Israel-Palestine".  Each is so rich in textures





and layers.  This is "Close Knit".



This is "Commanda".




and "Revolutionary Woman with Brush."  Thanks to Hijabulous who also is in love with his works.



This one is called "Peace Mujer".




Here is "Muslim Woman."



I love how that image has been plastered up all over.




I'm not sure where the above mural is from but the one below is from Cambridge, Massachusetts.




Looks like "Commanda" got up on the parking lot wall of Home Slice Pizza.



Thanks, Burqa on Tumblr!

Courtesy of Muslimah Media Watch, you can even see how his artwork even graces t-shirts.



To see more of his work, go to Noor of Snippits and Snappits.  Thank you, Noor, for having so many of these images up.

I'll leave you with this image, "Tyranny has a Witness," which was done in conjunction with Human Rights Watch to honor Arab Spring.

It's  from a Tumblr account called BADASS Muslimahs.


She writes, 


"I've had enough of the sensationalist, exoticised, demeaning portrayals of Muslim women seen all throughout the media, and this is my way of countering all the nonsense. 

This is not an attempt at 'breaking stereotypes' or trying to enlighten people, if you're ignorant enough to believe that Muslim women are oppressed and subjugated by Islam then that's your own problem. 

This is my way of giving recognition to all the women who inspire me, and hopefully sending out some positive vibes."  


Ameen, Sista!



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eid Mubarak


Asalamu Alaykom,





I want to wish you a sincere, "Happy Eid," from me here in Egypt to wherever you are in the world.  We are connected.  

Some of you feel alone and I want to reassure you that you are not. You can celebrate the fact that 1 billion others are grateful for the end of another Hajj.  

May I see you at the Kabba...

and if not there then in Jennah inshallah.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Muslim Response to Hate


Asalamu Alaykom,




I haven't written anything about the insanity which surrounded the video "Innocence of the Muslims".  Can we all agree it's a dumb attempt to smear Islam?  Astragerallah.  Islam can never actually be harmed by the ignorance of Non-believers.  However, the spread of Islam can be harmed by the actions of the Muslims themselves.  What happened in Egypt, Libya and other places around the world is a shame.

One of my favorite teachers of Islam, Ahmad Al Shughairi,  has posted a video response.  Alhumduilllah I didn't try to explain it all because he did it much better than I ever could have.  It is EXTREMELY well done.  The easy-to-understand logic is imparted with both words and graphics.  Please take a look and share it.



Did you watch?  Really, it's worth five and a half minutes of your time.  I want you to watch it and then think who else in your life would benefit from seeing it.  Think and then send the link.  Think and link!  I like that.

In the video, he mentions "giving flowers" as one of the Islamic reactions.  You might not have heard much about that.  It certainly didn't get as much press coverage.

So, here's another video.  Click to watch it on youtube because it won't playback on this site:



Isn't that great?  The voice-over you hear is what was written on the card accompanying the rose.  I might have picked different highlights of the Prophet's life story (peace be upon him) but I can't imagine a better way to combat hate.

Martin Luther King Jr. told us, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

I think it's about time we all helped each other remember that--not only on such a large scale but on a personal level as well.  We all have people who hate us.  Let's find a way to respond to them which is helpful.

Love and Light!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fasting Does a World of Good


Asalamu Alaykom,





I fasted yesterday for hajj and it changed a lot.

Not on the outside.

On the outside all the problems still exist.

What changed is how I can view those problems.

I can see the day ahead of me as mine.  My life is not a chew toy clenched in the sharp teeth of a playful dog.  My life is something that was given to me by God and it's mine.  Those who have been in my life and hurt me can't be my focus.  I have to focus on the small tasks I can tackle which move me forward---even if by an inch.

I cannot stand still and wish for a better life if I do not move closer to God.  And THAT is forward.  Moving forward is not moving closer to a job, or money or posessions.  It's got to be me improving my relationship with Allah.

Inshahallah.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pimp My Bride


Asalamu Alaykom,




Welcome to "Pimp My Bride"!

It's the show which I apparently host.  I had no idea that the professional man I was doing business with was a guest on the show with me.  I had thought that our interactions were leading towards a job.  Here's the 100% real transcript of recent text messages:

MAN:  Inshalah dear I will try my best Inshahalah I have a question off subject do you do other American Muslim women who are looking for husband

YOSRA:  Yes, but they're all crazy.  I know lovely Egyptian ladies.  Is it for you?  I'm on net now if you want to email specifs.

MAN:  I am looking for a second wife who is divorced with kids that will accept been married in secret and that is foreigner as most foreigner are more honest and straight forward

YOSRA:  B4 looking 4 such a headache, ask yourself if you would want that life for your sis, mom or daughter.

MAN:  You mean the secret marriage or my wife who is victim

YOSRA:  Both.  Would you want either life for them?  If you were their wali would you agree?

MAN:  Do not judge a book from its cover and if that will be better than cheating and at the same time Alah allowed it so if Alah said you can do it then its ok to do it but listen to my story first then you can judge me

YOSRA:  No plz.  I'm not judging n shouldn't hear story.


This man, with his ability to cross professional boundaries and disregard Islamic dictates, has crushed me.  I thought he was an upstanding person.  Now I see that he is a sneak and a cheat.  I see that his low belief in divorced American women with children extends to me.  That is me exactly.

I didn't hear from him today (though he said I would before this series of text messages).  The days go by without me working and (more importantly) without Mr. Boo attending school.  I was counting on him being a man of his word.  When this happened on Thursday, I was really shook.  I doubted a lot of things.

Now, it seems that I have nothing to show for three weeks of waiting and interviewing throughout his school system.  I had thought by pursuing a job with a large network of schools, I wasn't putting all my eggs in one basket.  Turns out that I did just that and the egg's on me.

Once he asked me if I had considered moving to Maadi and getting an apartment there.  I told him that I had considered it but I have an apartment in Giza.

"Do you rent or own?" He asked.

"Own," I answered.  I should have said, "My husband owns."  I should have made that clearer.

I did put my husband on the phone for directions shortly after that call.  I thought it wise on a couple of levels.  I needed to get to their Islamic school.

What a joke!  An Islamic school?!  This man can't even run an Islamic home.

There is a story about a devout Muslim collecting hadiths; stories about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He went to the village where there was a man who had said that he had a narration.  Upon approaching the village,  the Muslim man saw a cruel tyrant beating his donkey mercilessly.  THAT was the man he had come to see.  Without even stopping to hear the story, the Muslim man left immediately.  There was no need to listen.  A man who treats others with such disregard was not to be believed or trusted.

I feel the same way in this instance.  I no longer dreamed of holding a job in any of this man's schools.  I grieved the loss of a job, a school for my son and of trust in another Muslim.  For him?  He lost nothing.

Two Muslimah friends expressed surprise that I told my husband what had transpired.  This is the same husband who, on Thursday, beat up a big dude in the street (who had gotten out of his car to attack a motorcyclist).  My husband is not one to suffer silently when it comes to protecting my honor.  Yet, I told him.  I told him because it was hurting me.  If I had been able to let it go...but there's been too much going on this fall and I couldn't.

"I thought the man maybe didn't know you were married," he said.

"That's one reason why I put you on the phone."

"Well, you can't work for him now."

"I can't?"

"No.  It's all done."

And he's right.  I can't.  Not from just my husband's point of view but from mine.  I hate what this man said and did and was trying to do.  He failed me and hurt me.

Of course, it also brought up all these fears that there aren't any normal men in the world.  And beyond that, it makes me wonder where the normal Muslims are.  Or just normal people!  Where are the good people who want to simply live their life, help others and follow God?

I am at a very alone time in this exact moment.  I know it will pass inshahallah but I don't know who I will be on the other side of it.







Saturday, October 20, 2012

Egyptian Arablish Alive and Well


Asalamu Alaykom,


It's now been over a hundred days under Persidrent Morsy's leadership.

Wait...

Per..si...

Pres...i...dren...

President...

Yes!  There ya go!

Obviously, President Morsy has not yet declared a war on Arablish.  It is alive and well and attacking Egyptian.

Do you know Babayz?

Yes, you do.  I think you do.

Babayz?  He's a sailor man.

He fights to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach.

Yes!  Babayz!

Oh, you might know Babayz by his American English name of Popeye.

Babayz is his name in Arablish.

Arablish, as you recall, is English gone Middle-eastern.  It's a language which can't "p".  Loving Arablish is not hating on North Africa and the Arabian Penninsula.  It's a way of enjoying cultural differences and playing with language.

I've been walking over to a nearby school for a few interviews and seeing that name "Babayz" on a restaurant.  It was in English letters, which always catches my eye, but it didn't make sense.  Time and again I'd see it and try to work it out in my head.  It wasn't until I spoke it aloud that I got it.  Arablish is very phonetic.  You can't really do it justice locked up in your brain cells; you have to roll it around on your tongue.

Remember Ponsh Pop?


Here's another one:

Senderella

I know...it's too easy!


Senderella actually makes more sense than "'Placing the letter 'C' infront of letter 'I' creates the soft 'S' sound". Cinderella, why not consider a name change?


For me, it's eye-opening to see this blog www.arablish.net  which is spotlighting  incorrect Arabic usage.  I clicked translate (which is one of the most amazing option Google Chrome has) to read this, "We stopped for the education of our children and left the task to the Chinese".  It's sad but true!  A lot of the poor spellings and goof-ups we can blame on the Chinese.






I think we can maybe blame the Chinese for this packaging of letter magnets; apihabet letters.

I know we can blame them for my nightlight information:



If you look really carefully, you'll see that Mr. Boo absconded with the carton and turned it into a pencil box.  God bless him.  He gets that re-use sensibility from me.

Here's my dim night lighting, by the way.  Make sure you look at its crustal beauty:




Lastly, here's a can of dolphin:




DOLPHIN???  What did my husband pick up at the store?  I have heard of dolphin-free tuna but never tuna-free dolphin.

With much trepidation, I turned the can around:



Whew!  I guess it's just like "Chicken of the Sea" which hasn't gotten any chicken.  Can you imagine them trying to market "Dolphin" tuna in the U.S.?

No.

No, you can't.

Some things are truly only possible in Egypt.


ALL HAIL EGYPTIAN ARABLISH!  
LONG MAY SHE RAIN REIGN!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

أبو الهول نكبة Sphinx Accident


Asalamu Alaykom,



It has been almost a week since Egypt had a horrible Friday.

I know you're thinking of Tahrir clashes but that's not it.  I'm kind of tired of grown men acting like boys to prove that they are somehow smarter or bigger or better.  Tahrir doesn't faze me any more.

No, last Friday was a tragic day in Giza but very few people heard about it.  If you follow me on Twitter, then you'll know that I was the only one reporting it.

What happened?

That's a good question.  For a long time, I couldn't figure out all the details.  It was around asr prayer time that we got the call.  My husband's cousin had been in a horrible accident.  I thought, of course, that the accident had happened on the road.  Road accidents are as common as the azan.

According to the family, Hashem was at work at the Sphinx with his hantour; his horse and carriage.  Some say there was an American woman as his passenger though this has never been confirmed.  When he was on the road coming down from the Pyramids area to where the Sphinx sits, there was suddenly an out-of-control army truck;  in British English, "a lorry".

This truck was going downhilll so it actually gained speed and flipped over again and again.  While it was doing this horrible series of rolls, those in front of it were powerless to get out of the way.

It all happened too quickly.  Hashem was hit and killed instantly.

Reportedly, his passenger was too.

I had heard that a school field trip was on the road and was hit as well.

I had heard that children had been injured.  This is every teacher's worst nightmare.  I seriously am on hyper-alert when I take a group of little innocent babies out into the world.

At 4:21 PM, on October 12, I tweeted that there had been a freak accident in Al-Haram at the Sphinx.


BREAKING: Army truck blows tire at Pyramids, rolls down hill n crashes into hantour killing 1, Hashem, n tourists injured or worse.


One person retweeted.


The information was trickling in through the night as each new family member paid a visit.


As if today couldn't get worse in  a freak accident at Pyramids crashes army truck into a hantour killing driver n maybe tourist


Was it all true?  Probably not.


 Freak accident inv. army bus within Pyramids gate on rd. next 2 Sphinx. School field trip on rd. at time. Reportedly students dead.


I tweeted what I was hearing but kept labeling it as heresay until confirmed later.


1st reports on Sphinx accident were about family member n hantour driver Hashem dying when army bus rolled over him. 1/2

Sphinx accident now sounds more horrific n bigger in scale with many casualities inc. workers, soldiers, tourists n kids on field trip 2/2

No one retweeted.

Eventually, I asked in a kind of desperation WHY the only show in town was Tahrir.  Did Egyptians only care about that one piece of land?  Did all other news disappear if people were protesting on a Friday?


  is bigger than Tahrir. I report a horrible army truck accident next to SPHINX with casualities n no one seems to care.


I sent one message to , a newsy tweeter, also in Egypt.

 I'm only 1 tweeting: Army bus rolled over n over on rd. next to Sphinx killing 1, maybe as many as 30 (kids on field trip).


That finally got retweets.  So, a few people did care.


  Residents of Al-Haram saying around 20 died (Egyptian) but cross-section: workers, army, visitors inc. children

It felt strange to be surrouned by a village of mourners in a clueless country.

 Thnx for nice wishes. Actually, only the village right next to the Pyramids knows of this accident. Rest of  is clueless


 It was out of control with no time to get out of the way. Reportedly school field trip walking on road as well as hantours.



Now hearing that army truck accident at Sphinx did kill an American woman who was riding in hantour. The driver was cut in two by force.

 Did an Amer. woman die at Al-Haram Hospital, Giza after hantour/army truck accident at Sphinx? Able to confirm or deny?


Only 4 days ago an army bus lost control with 21 killed n 25 injured. Today 2nd army bus lost control with maybe 20 killed. Coincidence?


The day after was the funeral for my husband's cousin.  A sad day.  He was around 20.  Not married.  Just starting his life.  From Allah we come and to Allah we return.


I would do more investigation of accident at Sphinx but I'm not Nancy Drew n my Egyptian hub is against me going to scene n asking questions


I kept searching for more news but couldn't find any.


Anyone else alarmed that there was an army truck crash at Sphinx on Friday which killed people and there's a news blackout on this tragedy?


Eventually, a honeymoon couple found me.  There were world-wise travelers from America.  They had been there that Friday and had witnessed the horrible scene that unfolded.  I asked them to tell me what they had seen.

What follows is the husband's unedited, first-person account:




Tourist:  Good to hear from you and we are so saddened by this terrible accident. I can tell you what we saw - it keeps replaying in mind constantly and it has been gnawing at us not knowing what happened to anyone.

Me and my wife were walking around the Sphinx with our tour guide that we had hired from our hotel. We had just finished and were walking up the steps to the road when we heard a bizzare rumbling sound. I looked up and saw a huge army truck careening out of control at high speed down the road. 

At first, I thought it was some crazy person racing and I couldn't understand what this driver was doing. Then a split second later, I realized what was happening - the truck had no brakes and could not stop. We heard it crashing into objects (not sure what) and heard people screaming and trying to run out of the way. A car was in front and was trying to speed out of its way - in short time, the truck caught up to it, hit it from behind, and sent the car onto the sidewalk and into a wall. The truck kept picking up speed and as it approached a turn, I think the driver tried one last effort to stop it and aimed for a tree. The truck turned left quickly, crashed into a tree and then flipped over onto it's side. 

There were people there, but from where we were standing, we couldn't tell if anyone had gotten trapped under the truck. We assumed some had, as people started screaming and running towards the truck, trying to lift it up. I didn't know what to do, but decided if I could help, I would try. I told my wife to stay with our guide and I ran up to the road to see if there was anything I could do.

I passed the car that had been hit - it was badly damaged at the front and back, but I didn't see anyone inside and I didn't see any blood. I think the people in there may have made it out ok. 

The street was covered in blood and debris. 3 horses were lying on their sides - 2 were dead (and had been run over) and a third was badly injured and just panting on the side of the road. I believe it probably died shortly after.

 I got to the truck, which still had it's engine running, and didn't get a chance to check inside - I think people were trapped in there. A crowd had gathered and were beating on it trying to open a small opening in the roof. It wouldn't move and I couldn't see inside. 

We tried to lift the truck up but after a few tries, I realized it was futile. Even with 40 + men pushing on this, it wouldn't move. And even if it was possible to lift the truck, it was obvious that anyone underneath it would have been killed instantly. 

Our tour guide somehow found me and grabbed my arm to pull me away. I couldn't understand why and I think I shouted at her to stay with my wife - and then as I came to my senses, I realized why she was pulling me away. The truck was leaking gasoline and it was all over the road. We got very worried that it might catch on fire, explode or worse. 

We walked away from the road and I saw a man holding what looked like a dead child. Again, I couldn't tell for sure, but the child appeared limp in his arms and bloody. The man was wandering aimlessly and I think he was in shock - it was terrible - he had nowhere to go for help. We walked away and just watched this unfold in horror. It was an awful feeling - we wanted to help but at the same time we realized there was absolutely nothing we could do. 

It took about 20 minutes for a fire truck and 2 ambulances to arrive, and at that point, I felt realived that at last someone had come to help. But the crowd was so large that they couldn't get through and just stopped about 50 - 100 meters downhill of the wreck. 

Then, for some reason that was a total shock to us, the crowd started yelling and throwing rocks at the ambulances. I don't understand why anyone would do this. The crowd turned into an angry mob and we couldn't understand why or what was happening. At that point, we just ran for our taxi and got out of there. In total shock and not knowing what happened to anyone.

Please give our condolences to the family of Hashem. For all I know, we may have seen him that day, smiling on his horse and leaving such a warm and memorable impression on us and everyone who visited the pyramids that day. 

And feel free to contact me here. There were literally hundreds of people that witnessed this that day - I know others may have seen things and have more information than we do.

All the best to you and your family.


I replied back:



Yosra:  I hear the sadness in what you've written.  I think what makes it sadder is that it feels like it's happened in a vaccuum---since there's no news about it.

Your account tells so much of what took place.  It fills in some gaps.

Yes, I think you were in shock.  I've been in really tough situations where I know I was operating under severe shock and it's very debilitating.  You've had that huge burst of I MUST DO SOMETHING and then afterwards you are completely spent.

Alhumdulillah that the truck didn't expload.  I think it was really likely.  

It's sad to think of the futility of the men trying to push the truck over.  My husband, had he been there, would have given his life trying to fix the problem.  

I do think that child had died.  I know that a child was reported dead.  I had heard it was a girl.  Was that what you saw?  Egyptians love children so much.  The thought of the man holding her is hard to handle without crying.  I'm pretty sure he was not a relative but rather either a school worker or a pyramids worker.

I heard from my former co-worker's man that the truck driver died.

The man, by the way, almost didn't come out of his shop to see the trouble. He was so sure that there was a fight going on----like a street fight.  He had no idea that there was such a tragedy unfolding.  He said that the trouble was that the truck couldn't stop---he saw only the results and not the actual event.  He said that there was blood from the horses everywhere.  He attended the funeral for Hashem on Saturday (which I didn't know he had done until tonight).

It's a very close community here with two main families running the show.  Everyone intermarries with these families and so everyone is related somehow.  

It's a strange thing to hear that there were rocks thrown to the ambulances.  I'm not sure why.  I'm going to ask my Egyptian husband what the thought was on that.  Weird.  I do know in Egypt that, after accidents (like a car accident) the crowds go violent and do things like beat up a driver who hits a child (even if it wasn't his fault).  I've seen three children get hit by buses here (only one survived) and it's very common place to have a melee.  Egyptians are too passionate about most anything and it sounds like tempers were running high with no outlet except those rocks.

OK, I just asked my husband about the rock throwing at the ambulances.

He told me that people were angry that it took so long for them to reach the area.  It doesn't mean that my husband agrees with this viceral response.  He did understand a bit why people feel this way.  The community begged for an ambulance to be stationed in our village and even had the money commmitted to build a facility.  The Mubarak regime denied them this access to service.  Basically, the village stands here in defiance of what the high-rollers in the country have wanted to do to the land.  So, the villagers pelting the ambulances is like them seeing the whole history of the ambulance issue.

My husband, of course, thinks that the ambulance drivers should have been allowed to do their jobs and shuttle the injured to the hospital.  If people have a problem they need to speak to their government officials.

My opinion is that it makes no sense for the Pyramids to be one of the most visited sites in Egypt and to have no medical services on site.  That's how I understand it but I need to find out more info.  It seems like the medical services needed to come to the site which can come very slowly due to traffic.  

This was a horribly sudden and tragic event but there can be less startling but still severe occurences such as heatstroke, heart attack, broken bones, etc.

I do believe that there are pictures of the accident.  In some ways, I don't want to see them.  I'm not much for gore.  I am very sensitive actually.  Maybe that's part of the reason this affects me so much.  I was there with my husband when he got the call and saw his reaction and it hurt me to see him hurt by the news.  

I like what you said about the workers:  "For all I know, we may have seen him that day, smiling on his horse and leaving such a warm and memorable impression on us and everyone who visited the pyramids that day."

Really, it's probably true that you did see just that.

Thanks for what both of you have shared.  I hope it's helpful; not hurtful.  I'm going to keep digging and finding out more inshahallah.  I'll let you know what I find.  I'm not going to make it my mission in life but it is important enough to me to do as much as I can before laying it to rest.

He sent me his reply:

Tourist:  Problems won't get fixed if people aren't even aware of what the problems are. Although, that is easy for me to say sitting far away from this. You and your family are actually there and have to decide what, if anything, is the best course of action. I wish you the best no matter what.

It's sad that all that really needs to happen to help avoid a similar tragedy like this is regular maintence and inspection of vehicles by the government / military. And second, as you said, medical facilities closer to such a world-renowned tourist attraction. Awful tragedy. We really feel terrible for the families afftected.

I agreed with him:

Yosra:  I  really do feel the truth of what you say about making things better.  First it is acknowedging the truth and then working together (rather than dictating or denying) to really bring about change.  I'm sure you feel even better how it is that Egypt is not equipped to handle the aftermath of the Revolution.

Beautiful country!  Amazing resources!  Wonderful people!  AND really cogged-up (to put it nicely) system...or LACK of thereof.

Later I searched the internet:

It's been days since this took place and I finally took the time to find some news on the accident.  I typed the word, "sphinx" and used google translate to find the Arabic word then I searched the news for that.  Here's what I pulled up in Arabic and then translated.  It's hard to read so I've edited only for readability. 


file photo (meaning that it's from another accident before)

Two people were killed and 14 wounded recruits were wounded from the Central Security Forces in an accident involving an overturned lorry from Central Security.  Three horses were also killed in the ancient Sphinx area during the rollover.

The bodies were transfered and the injured were taken to the hospital.  Investigators then took over the case.

Major General Kamal Daly, Director of Public Management, had received word that a runaway lorry belonging to Central Security and loaded with soldiers had overturned in the Sphinx area.

The occurrence needed Gen. Kamal Daly, Director General Administration for the Investigation of Giza, and Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Farouk, Director of Research as well as Detectives in Giza and both ambulance and fire emergency vehicles.  

Examination shows that the lorry, loaded with soldiers, was going down the hill when the driver suddenly became unable to steer.  The lorry flipped on the car.  A worker, his wife and three horses were killed.  14 soldiers were wounded.

The transfer of the bodies and the injured to hospitals, was notified by Major General Ahmed Salim Naghi Giza Security Director of the incident.



Here is another version:


Killing 2 and Wounding 16, including 4 Recruits in a Runaway Central Security Vehicle in Giza

Fri, 12/10/2012 -15:58 








Information Center Official said that the Interior Ministry reports citizens were killed and 16 others wounded, including 4 recruits, in a runaway lorry belonging to the Central Security while going down a steep road in the Sphinx archaeological the Giza area, following a collision with a car.

The source added that the Central Security vehicle overturned, Friday, after a collision with car "angel" which was carrying the two victims.  Another 12 injured, 4 recruits were wounded by lorry of the Central Security Forces, sphinx archaeological the Giza area.
He pointed out that the injured were taken to hospital for treatment, and to take the necessary legal procedures 

And another:


Runaway security car at Pyramids 

Loaded with Central Security troops

And there are Victims



Today, the Pyramids of Giza, saw an overturned truck from Central Security.  It was loaded with soldiers and rolled down from the top of the pyramid plateau to the Sphinx archaeological area, which led to casualties.



Security sources said that the truck was carrying more than 20 recruits, had the accident after the steering wheel malfunctioned in the hands of the driver, during his ascension from the plateau, which led to the death of two car owners, and more than 7 patients were tranfered for treatment.


Here is a follow-up story:




Prosecution Loose Brake Led to a Runaway Lorry from Central Security Tourist in the Area of Sphinx


Posted - Nada Hamdi

Proceeded team on behalf of the pyramid chaired adviser Wael stage Chief Prosecutor investigation into the runaway lorry from Central Security in the tourist pyramid area after the incident resulted in the deaths of 3 Egyptians and wounding 35 others, including 5 Libyans and 7 recruits.
The prosecutor ordered the assignment of technical engineer to examine the car central security and a statement of whether technical reasons led to the incident also decided to question the injured driver of the car on the cause of the accident as soon as he recovered due to ill health.

The investigations revealed the prosecution conducted by a team annexation of Mustafa Yassin and Mohamed Abdel Moneim, Mustafa Abdel Latif and Osama Zinati agents. First prosecution said the lorry from central security was descending from the plateau area Sphinx tourist flipped car several times on the Users and visitors tourist area and resulted in the first thought held by the prosecutors that during the descent of the car from a high place, the brakes came loose, which led to sudden inabilty    p
of the driver to stop and lose control due to the lack of brake

 Investigations said that the deceased included three Egyptians and five Libyans,  injured one family consisting of the father and mother and 3 sons, The terrible disaster when turned lorry from Central Security killed and injured 38 people including 7 t recruits and 5 Libyans.  It also killed 6 horses 


In conclusion:


What's the truth?  What's the spin?  I don't know.

A few comments appeared on the news articles, including:

"What's happening to my country?"

and

"God have mercy".

And maybe the only way I can end this story at this time is in response to that last comment with, "Ameen".