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Grandfather Baraka, the oldest living person in the Sioux neighborhood, worked without pay for 24 years (video)

Amman Today

publish date 1970-01-01 03:00:00

“Neighbor Umm Al-Saghir”… one of the villages of Siwa Oasis, which is far and closest to the Western Desert, is located halfway between Siwa and Matrouh, and is 300 km away from each of them equally. And 18 grandchildren. With the first look at him, you find the lines of time and he left their traces on his brown face, and the white wrap of his head reflects the purity of his heart and the purity of his laughter.



Haji Ahmed Baraka is the oldest Muammar in Siwa

In a long and relaxing session with Akbar Muammar in Siwa, we got to know the customs and traditions of the people of the village, which has a population of 500 people and the number of its houses does not exceed 90 houses. An Egyptian language, ho ru an English language, koums teri an Italian language, Sudonodu in Hindi, Tenta Hal in the Siwi language.

Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (8)
Haji Ahmed Baraka is the oldest Muammar in Siwa

In a calm voice, Hajj Ahmed Baraka said: He is the son of the Saad Allah tribe from one of the Arab tribes. He was born in the Egyptian neighborhood, paternally from grandfather. He works as an imam, preacher, and memorizer of the Qur’an in the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments, and he worked there for 24 years without pay, just as his father found him working in the same job. The Qur’an was taught by his grandfather, who learned and graduated from Dar al-Ma’arif in Cairo. The “grandfather” speaks the Amazigh language, which is their main language in Siwa, especially in his neighboring village.

Haj Ahmad Baraka, the oldest resident of Siwa (9)
Haji Ahmed Baraka is the oldest Muammar in Siwa

One of the customs of the women in Siwa, especially the female neighbor, was that the woman would never leave her house during the day for fear that someone might see her. At that time, but in our modern time, she began to go out, but only for necessity, wearing a cloak or “sheet” as they called her from head to toe, and being accompanied by one of her children, brother or husband.

Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (3)
Haji Ahmed Baraka is the oldest Muammar in Siwa

Grandfather Baraka says: “We were 9 sisters. My mother used to wake up with the dawn call to prayer and rest to grind grains to cook bread and prepare breakfast. It was olive oil with cheese and crushed thyme. My favorite food at the time was called Makhmekh Balsiwi, which is purslane in Arabic and a blubsha in the Libyan dialect. When you eat it You feel that your stomach has been severely distressed, so that all toxins come out of the abdomen, even magic is excreted by the brain, people do not know that it is a treatment.”

Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (1)
Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (1)

And he continued, “Al-Tajaltniti eaters Siwa, bigio dates, and they rub it in water and filter it, and then they bring the flour. They cook the flour in the water, and put olive oil on it. If you have a headache, the most important thing is saffron. We grind it and bring water, roses, and lemon with blossom, squeeze it, and apply it on your head for 3 days, and the headache goes away.” Colic, he said, “You should have thyme, and its name is Siwa Izri, and in the Bedouin sheikh, it should be soaked in water and you drink it. If there are worms in it, it will come out, and it will calm the stomach. For toothaches, we bring olive leaf, boil it, and rinse with it.”

Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (5)
Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (5)

Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (8)
Haj Ahmed Baraka, the oldest Muammar in Siwa (8)

Haj Ahmad Baraka, the oldest resident of Siwa (9)
Haji Ahmed Baraka is the oldest Muammar in Siwa

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