Egypt bids farewell to Omar Sharif

Updated 12 July 2015

Egypt bids farewell to Omar Sharif

CAIRO: Cinema legend Omar Sharif, who will be forever remembered as the eponymous “Doctor Zhivago,” was buried Sunday in his native Egypt after a funeral service at a Cairo mosque.

Sharif, 83, died on Friday of a heart attack in an upmarket Cairo clinic after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The funeral service was held at Mushir Tantawi mosque in eastern Cairo, where key religious ceremonies are often held, said Sameh El Soreity, board member of the Egyptian Actors Syndicate.
Sharif’s remains were buried at El Sayeda Nafisa cemetery in southern Cairo, Soreity told AFP.
Sharif’s death came six months after his ex-wife and iconic Egyptian actress, Faten Hamama, known as the “Lady of the Arabic Screen,” died in Cairo. Born a Christian, Sharif converted to Islam to marry Hamama — who he described as the only love of his life.
The couple, who have a son, Tareq, divorced in 1974 when Sharif, already famous in his homeland, launched a career in Hollywood.
The winner of two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif captivated audiences worldwide for more than half a century.
Sharif was known for his debonair style, raffish good looks and often mischievous joie de vivre, but he will be remembered forever as the eponymous “Doctor Zhivago.”
Tributes poured in after the news of Sharif’s death, with Hollywood star Antonio Banderas calling him “a great storyteller, a loyal friend and a wise spirit.” Fluent in six languages and also famous for his skills at playing the card game bridge, Sharif began acting in the 1950s.
His most high-profile roles were in the 1960s when he won an Oscar nomination for “Lawrence of Arabia” and Golden Globes for the same film and for “Doctor Zhivago.”
He went on to star in many films and television productions, including alongside Barbra Streisand in 1968’s “Funny Girl.”
Sharif had a triple heart bypass in 1992 and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994, according to the IMDb movie database website. The 100-cigarettes-a-day smoker quit after the operation.


Did Biden just ‘Inshallah’ Trump on his taxes during the US presidential debate? 

Updated 30 September 2020

Did Biden just ‘Inshallah’ Trump on his taxes during the US presidential debate? 

DUBAI: Shortly after the US presidential debate, Muslims took to social media to have their own debate on whether former Vice President Joe Biden used the Islamic term “Inshallah” with President Donald Trump.
During the televised debate that aired on Tuesday, Biden pushed his rival to release his tax returns.
Trump said his records would be released “when they were ready,” after he was asked about a New York Times report that said the president had only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, and none in 10 of the previous 15 years. 
“When? Inshallah,” Biden butted in, leading social media users to begin their own debate on whether the Vice President used the Arabic word for “God willing.”

 


Although the term is often used in its true meaning by Muslims, it has also been known to have been used informally by some to indicate something is unlikely to happen.

 


“Did he really say Inshallah tho(ough)?” One user commented on the video that was shared by Araby Society on the social media platform, Instagram. 
Although another wrote: “I heard ‘when…in July?”

 

 

 

 

 


In what some say was the most chaotic presidential debate in recent years, the two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, “Will you shut up, man?”
“The fact is that everything he’s said so far is simply a lie,” Biden said. “I’m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he’s a liar.”