There have been two or more cats fighting outside my window for at least a week now.  Sometimes they sound like kids, but then they make distinctly cat-like yowls.  If I catch another mouse, I’m going to throw it out the window to add some fun to their party!

Oh, I start teaching English tomorrow!  I hope I can do a good job.

Speaking of cats…

“At the beginning of her introduction to Lorraine Chittock’s book Cats of Cairo, Annemarie Schimmel wrote: “When the British orientalist E. W. Lane lived in Cairo in the 1830’s, he was quite amazed to see, every afternoon, a great number of cats gathering in the garden of the High Court, where people would bring baskets full of food for them. He was told that in this way, the qadi (judge) fulfilled obligations dating back to the 13th-century rule of the Mamluk sultan al-Zahir Baybars. That cat-loving monarch had endowed a “cats’ garden” where the cats of Cairo would find everything they needed and liked. In the course of time, the place had been sold and resold, changed and rebuilt; yet the law required that the sultan’s endowment should be honoured, and who better than the qadi to carry out the king’s will and take care of the cats?”  Continue reading “Cats in Islamic Culture…”


5 responses to “Meow!

  1. Well there are a lot of cat references when it comes to islam. You have the companion of the prophet pbuh, Abu Hureyra (Father of the little cat?) who loved cats, and I remember in Damascus outside the house I lived in , in the old city there was a mosque cold jami3a 2otat, (Mosque of the cats) and for centuries it was famous for being a place where cats were taken care of and felt very much at home.

  2. You’ll do great!

  3. I love cats so this was a wonderful article to read.

    I only wish all animals were as well treated!

  4. I am going to read this to our fat cat who is never underfed lol 🙂

    Happy New Year to you and your family. May Allah bless you all with health, happiness, and ever increasing love and wisdom. Ameen.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Assalamu Alaikum
    Hope the new job is going well. Don’t let the men in your class (yes, men) cheat or try to mess with your mind in any way. I had some cheating issues there with the lower levels and had to patrol the aisles of chairs like a cop. But for the most part, they are there to learn and really work hard.

    I miss working there! Give my salams to Sidi Musa and Amina.

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