So sorry I haven’t been posting much; I’m in Cairo on holiday now so I haven’t had much time. Also I’ve discovered a new cupcake shop so that’s been keeping me really busy. Ahem. Actually I haven’t really been very busy doing much except eating – I think I’ve had more cake these past 2 weeks than the past 6 months.
One thing that has struck me is how much more spiritual and confident I feel when I’m in Cairo. I find it very interesting that Muslims in Holland, on the whole, are very conservative. While Cairo also has many conservative Muslims, there are also many liberal ones. Being a liberal Muslim myself, I find it easier to find Muslims who think like me here than in Holland – weird, right?
Sociologically there are many reasons for why immigrant Muslims often tend to be much more conservative and/or religious than Muslims in Muslim countries. Many of them hold on to their identity very rightly while others cling onto Islam because they feel rejected by their host country. Whatever the reason, I have often felt out of place among Dutch Muslims because I don’t agree with many of their views. In Cairo there is just more diversity. In Holland I sometimes found myself questioning my own beliefs because I was always the liberal Muslim. Here there are others like me, and that’s really given me a lot of confidence.
Hearing the adhaan and getting ready for Ramadan have also been positives. The day after tomorrow they’re going to find out when Ramadan starts. I’m kind of nervous (cause it’s so hot here – 44 celcius yesterday!) but mostly excited. It’s nice to fast in a country where almost everyone else is also fasting, and the atmosphere here after iftar is always great. Also in Holland iftar would be around 9:30/10:00 pm now, so I’m kinda glad I’m not there!
How is everything with you guys? (I hope I still have some readers!) Getting ready for Ramadan? How is everyone’s summer so far?