"Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim,....." and "Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him." (ﷺ). To seek knowledge; to seek education -- is the most enlightening and most rewarding thing one can do. The best and greatest gift one can give to one's children is knowledge; is education. Education enlightens and empowers. But, for knowledge and education to truly enlighten and be beneficial, that requires proper: place, space and means; it requires a school that gives its students good and appropriate resources/facilities and lets them achieve their full potential. A few weeks ago, while in Mukalla, Hadhramout, I visited such a school; a private one: the Hadhramaut International Schools. Considering how dire Hadhramaut's education system and institutions are, I was so relieved and comforted that, finally, Mukalla (and Hadhramout) had such an excellent center for education.
On the 15th of this month, between 9.00 AM and 8.00 PM - a TEDx organized event was for the first time held at the Belfageeh Cultural Center, in Mukalla, Hadhramout. Attended by several dignitaries, both local and international (foremost: Sheikh Abdullah Ahmed Bugshan) --- there were several performers, including artists, musicians and others. In spite of all the turbulence that Yemen has been facing, in the past few weeks in particular -- it's a testament of how peaceful and organized the Hadharem can be, for such an international event to be successfully organized and held.
The Highlands of Hadhramaut are spectacular and breathtaking: valleys, canyons, cliffs and an amazing array of hills and plateaus -- barren and very barely inhabited. A few kilometers from the coast, the highlands begin -- stretching from the East and Mahra, all the way to Shabwa and the West. I took these photos early in the morning.