“I Wish I’d Been There”
by Farzana Meru
I am struggling to narrow down all the moments in Ismaili history that I would love to have experienced. As I journey through the modern day trying to understand the past, I often ponder what it would be like to rewind time and experience a number of occasions in Ismaili history. But if I could only choose one of the vast number of spectacular incidents, I would go back and experience the beginning of Ismaili history, the key events that sparked the origin of our religion, the dawn of a new era: the time of our Prophet Muhammed (SAS) in seventh century Arabia.
I would love to have experienced first-hand the living conditions and lifestyles of the people in those times. I would want to understand the culture, the tribal systems, the harsh desert conditions that people had to move through on camels. I would want to see how the Prophet himself dealt with the pressures of leading a community which started off very small but grew rapidly and flourished. I want to understand how people transitioned from the way of life in pre-Islamic Arabia into the new times. As a fly on the wall, I could watch the seventh century Arabian world go by, in awe. I would want to experience “where it all began”, an era that would mark the beginning of Ismaili history.
About the writer: Farzana Meru is an Astrophysicist carrying out research into the theory of planet formation. She performs computer simulations to try and understand how giant planets, such as Jupiter, may have formed. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Exeter, UK. Prior to this, she did her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she studied Natural Sciences, specialising in Astrophysics.
Please visit her Web site. Click Farzana Meru Homepage
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