Monday, January 9, 2012 09:08:48 PM
Luxor is one of the most splendid and treasure-filled places on earth. Its temples and tombs are renowned the world over for the civilisation that produced them. Luxor and Ancient Egypt are two halves of the same sentence and visitors flock there throughout the year in search of its mysteries.
Thebes, as Luxor was once known, was the capital of Ancient Egypt for centuries. Hardly surprising, then, that it should be packed full of history and be the final resting place of so many Pharaohs, once invincible and all-powerful.
We will leave the West Bank and its tourists for another time, difficult as that might be. That is not what concerns us now. Instead, we want to turn back to the town itself, not without monuments and not without its own treasures from the glory of what was Thebes. The temple of Karnack, for example, just a few kilometers north of the centre of town, is a monument of international importance. Half a day spent there would not be enough to explore its riches and its history.
Abu Al-Haggag was born in either Damascus or Baghdad (in the land of Sham) around the year 1150. He travelled to Makkah when he was forty and stayed there for some years, and then he spent the last half of his life living in Luxor, where he set up a religious school and attracted many followers by the holiness of his life and the authenticity of the message he brought to them.
O mankind! We created you from a single pair
Of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes
That ye may know each other.
Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah
Is he who is the most righteous of you.
And Allah has full knowledge of all things.