CDP Theme Day: Red

This was the setting for an outdoor gathering I recently attended at a friend’s home. She was hosting a group for dinner as part of the itinerary of the Sacred Caravan, an organized tour for mostly American Muslims making Umrah, the religious pilgrimmage to visit the cities of Makkah and Madinah. Umrah is similar to Hajj, however while Hajj is set during a specific period of time each year and is a requirement for every Muslim to complete at least once in his lifetime, Umrah can be performed any other time of the year and does not fulfill the Hajj requirement. This photo was taken before the group arrived and is in the back of her home next to the pool – it was set up for the women and this is just one corner of the large area covered Bedouin-style in red carpets with red cushions around the perimeter for seating. Another area in front of her home was set up similarly for the men.

My friend’s father-in-law is the very well known Islamic scholar from Mauritania, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, who currenlty teaches at King Abdul Aziz University here in Jeddah. The group that came to Saudi Arabia was organized by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, an American convert to Islam, who is a prominent student of Sheikh Bin Bayyah and who has his own large following in America. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf teaches at Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California. After the 9/11 attacks, Yusuf met as an Islamic leader with President George Bush, at Bin Bayyah’s urging. He is an advocate of education and understanding and denounces extremism and terrorism. Hamza was also quoted in 2001 in an interview with the Guardian as saying, “I would rather live as a Muslim in the west than in most of the Muslim countries, because I think the way Muslims are allowed to live in the west is closer to the Muslim way.”

The ladies I met that evening who were with the group were delightful, and the food was fantastic!

City Daily Photo consists of bloggers from around the world who offer a glimpse of life in their cities. The first of every month is CDP Theme Day and this month’s them is RED. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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9 Responses to CDP Theme Day: Red

  1. Buck says:

    That’s a beautiful realisation of the theme and a wonderful story to go along with it! Salaam.

  2. Judy says:

    It must have been an elegant evening. It makes a great theme day photo.

  3. I really like this image for theme day. such color and texture and history and culture. great choice. I hope all is well. Sorry I have not written lately as I have been buried in work.

  4. Beautiful rugs and an interesting post.

  5. A very interesting posting! I LOVE, LOVE the RED carpets! I guess she rents so many matching red carpets, non?
    Will you show us a photo of the guy’s carpet spot in the front yard?

    • There are many businesses around here that rent out the entire package for a Bedouin style evening. As many red carpets as you need, plus the cushions, tents, tables, linens, etc. I just saw a passing glance at where the men would be – I didn’t get to take a pic, but it was very similar to what you see here. My brother-in-law has a large rooftop where he has held gatherings under the stars and he always rents the red carpets too. It just looks so cool!

  6. mary ann says:

    Beautiful! And perfect for red . . .

  7. Hilda says:

    Sheikh Hamza sounds like an amazing person. Fabulous choice for the theme too. Those red carpets look fantastic!

  8. Chiara says:

    I love this!!! What a great way to fulfill the red theme. These are the types of colours and patterns I would buy in carpets. I am glad you had such a nice get together with the American Muslimahs.

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