Rays of Splendour

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Changes with time

The newspaper served up more news about Syria today. All I can think of was… Isn’t it Ramadan now? How is it like over there now that Ramadan is here? Admittedly, I can never begin to imagine how the people – especially those who are not actively involved in the fighting – must be feeling. Regardless, I am sure it would certainly be challenging for the Syrians to go through Ramadan in these times.

I can’t help but recall a documentary on Syria in one of the Globe Trekker episodes I watched a few years back. When I watched it, I vividly remembered telling myself “I’m going to go there one day”. The images of Damascus and Aleppo really reached out to me then. The people, the culture, the society. The rich history and geography. That place just exudes ‘life’.

Source: http://www.ozoneeleven.com/showcases/97-beautiful-examples-islamic-architecture-mosques-around-the-world/

Source: http://www.flickriver.com/groups/bazaars/pool/interesting/

Source: Reuters

I was enchanted with the scenes I saw on the screen. In fact, so enchanted I was by the place that I was motivated to do a mini-research on it. The research threw up more images of Syria like the above that truly captivated me. Needless to say, Syria consequently became one of the places that I had seriously considered going on a backpacking to during that time after I left my previous job. There was even a point in time when I entertained thoughts of possibly learning Arabic in Syria at another more suitable time. Barely three to four years later, the images of Syria that I am confronted with daily are vastly different from the ones that I was first introduced to.

Source: Shaam News Network/AP

It’s just so sad. If not for the existence of pictures like the ones prior to the above, I’d never be able to imagine a Syria before the civil war happened. I truly pray that Syria finds peace once again. InsyaAllah amin.