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Abdul Aziz Al Mulla of the Orient Council: This is the narrative of the epistles interchanged between Mulla Habib and Abdel Nasser.

We continue in the second part of the meeting of the East Council with the educational expert, Professor Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mulla, as he tells his memories during the fifties, sixties, and seventies of the last century, and talks about teachers and professions that were in Souq Waqif, and about the story of Mulla Habib with Jamal Abdel Nasser, and continues his career with work In the field of education, and other matters that his Qur’aah found through (the East Council).


Uncle’s best ginger tea!! I remember that Salem Saeed, his uncle, who was from the coast of Oman at that time, lived in Qatar. He was a man who loved football with passion and adored it madly. He gathered players and teams and played Al-Furjan Challenge matches. He played with Al-Nasr Club, and he played with several sports clubs such as Al-Najah, and he owned a (cafeteria). In Al-Nasr Club, and he used to sell light sandwiches, sweets, nuts, refreshments, and tea, and in the winter he used to make ginger tea, and we used to enjoy drinking ginger tea, which you feel hot and warm after drinking it, and we do not pay him the amount immediately, but rather we borrow the debt, and he records it in the notebook, then we pay it when we have it Money, and he was a tolerant and kind man, may God have mercy on him.


Mulla Habib and Abdul Nasser Mulla Habib was a mutawa, and he was the imam of the (Ablan) mosque, which is located between the house of Al-Ghazal and the house of Sheikh Faleh Al-Thani. Everyone has a strong relationship with the leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt, but the truth appeared and the hidden was revealed, and the big surprise was when President Gamal Abdel Nasser moved to the side of his Lord. Muhammad Mubarak Al-Darwish and his colleagues went to him and found him crying heartily over the death of President Abdel Nasser, and he told them in a loud voice (the hero died The hero died). During that period, they also saw discs with a picture of Gamal Abdel Nasser, and in which there were patriotic songs such as (Hanna Benina, and Hanna We will build the High Dam), and those possessions were requested, but he vehemently refused to hand over the letters and discs because he considered them personal possessions, and he kept them until his death, I hope Any of those responsible for museums or those who are interested in preserving these memories, especially from a leader like Gamal Abdel Nasser during the period of the Arab national tide.

Mahmoud Abu Wasel’s personality is strong. I remember in school days he was one of the Arab teachers who had a strong personality and prestige. Students respected him and some were afraid of him. He was Professor Osama Abu Wasel, the English teacher. He was extremely sophisticated, taking and giving with the students and discussing with them. When the student makes a mistake, he corrects him so that he can learn the correct pronunciation of the English word.

The drawing teacher is in a leadership position, as I remember Mr. Abd al-Rahman al-Muzayen, the teacher of art education (drawing), and he was famous and mastered drawing the faces of characters in the school studio. He moved to the Palestinian revolutionary work and joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and assumed a major leadership position, where he was appointed as an undersecretary, and during the first period we corresponded with him as our teacher.


Cupper Muhammad Al Balushi One of the memories that I experienced during the fifties and sixties of the last century, there was a strong-built man with large mustaches and he was from the Sultanate of Oman, his name was Muhammad Al Balushi and he used to perform cupping for men and the demand for him was great, and his tools were bull horns as well as a needle Suturing the gills, where he pierces the place and then sucks the blood. And he considered it a medical profession that would generate income for him to feed on, and he used to take a room in the minaret of Al-Ahmad Mosque as a place to perform cupping.


Al-Ahmad Mosque exceeded (100) years. The Al-Ahmad Mosque in Souq Waqif is considered one of the oldest mosques in Qatar. It was built by (Al-Ahmad), and perhaps its foundation exceeded one hundred years. Several imams appointed by the mosques administration came to him, then Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al-Balushi came and stayed for more than (20) years as the imam of the mosque, and the Friday preachers differed. Some judges in Sharia courts also preached.

Souq Waqif was an economic center The Souq Waqif area was bustling with movement, activity and vitality. The economic movement was thriving. There is a market for birds, chickens and pigeons. You also find in front of you the fruit and vegetable market, the butchers market, the blacksmiths market, the saffron market and the gold market. The most famous of them were Baqir, the Kharazin who made shoes and soles, the carpenters, the salt market, the oil market, and other simple professions. A waterway was passing through the market area to the Arab Bank dividing the market into two halves, and the uncle made a treadmill (a small bridge) in order to cross to the second section, then the municipality buried and filled the waterway and the market became organized and beautiful, and a policeman in his beautiful clothes and wearing The ghutra and the headband, the emblem of the Qatar Police, regulate traffic and traffic, and there was a police station in Souq Waqif.


Modern theater starting from the Teachers’ House I remember after the start of the theatrical movement from the Teachers’ House and before it from the Secondary Religious Institute and some experiments in the sixties of the last century, the theater started from the Al-Istiqlal Secondary School, whose director was Muhammad Abdullah Al-Ansari, where I presented several plays such as (Halat Al-Thawb, a piece of it and in it) And the play (Seven of the Seven) and the play (Spinster), and I was also an administrative official in the Najma Theater during the days of the play Umm Al-Zein, written by Abdul Rahman Al-Mannai and represented by a group of young people, including Ghanem Al-Mohannadi and Suad Abdullah. To attend plays.


If not for the teleprompter, what is the fate of the play? I remember that we participated in the Seventh Festival of Performing Arts in Damascus, Syria, which is considered one of the largest and most active festivals in that period, and we presented the play Where? Written by Abdullah Ahmed and directed by Hani Sanobar 1976, Kuwait presented a play by Ali Jinnah Al-Tabrizi and his follower Qafah, Iraq presented the play The Fox, and Egypt presented a play stronger than time, and at twelve o’clock at night the plays that were presented on stage are discussed and criticized, the Minister of National Guidance asked me The Syrian sitting next to me raised the heat of discussion and criticism in the session, so I asked the minister for safety and I was the head of the delegation at that time, so I spoke saying: "Egypt, as the Egyptian poet Hafez Ibrahim said: I, if God destined me to die.. You do not see the East raise the head after me. Ram threw me and left unharmed.. From the old, God’s providence is a soldier.. He continued: Egypt is higher in everything, even in art, but if it were not for the teleprompter, what would The fate of the play? Thank you, and here the hall was filled with warm applause from the audience, especially the Kuwaitis. Frankly, the Egyptian actors did not keep their roles in the play and were dependent on the teleprompter, even though they were among the giants of the theater in Egypt at that period, such as Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra, Salah Kabil and Berlanty Abdel Hamid, and their justification did not satisfy the audience. Their justification was not convincing, and as I was leaving the hall, the actor Abd al-Rahman Abu Zahra held the hands of the actor, saying (What did we do to you?!) So I told him that I am a teacher and the truth must be told to everyone according to what I saw and I am not flattering, and he told me thank you for having the courage, and the next morning the newspapers appeared. In Damascus, I wrote in bold: Qatari Abdulaziz Al-Mulla says (If it were not for the teleprompter, what would be the fate of the play?!!).


Theater affairs honored me as one of the pioneers of the theatrical movement in Qatar, and I worked for a long time with the Qatari theater troupe as an administrator.

I moved between several schools. My career with the educational field was long and full of giving. I moved between several schools in Qatar as a teacher, agent and secondary principal. The schools are: Khalid Bin Al-Waleed, Al-Sinaa School, Khalifa Secondary School and Doha Secondary School. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ansari in the Teachers’ House, how to give, give students important information, participate in activities, and deal with students professionally and diplomatically so that they love you and finish their education and give them a strong incentive to continue their education.


My story with Al-Sina’a Secondary School, based on instructions from Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Ansari, a senior official at the Ministry of Education, he asked me to go immediately to Al-Sina’a Secondary School. To increase the number of students or to close the school, I rolled up my sleeves and gathered my papers and belongings, despite the difficulty of the task, and you need to think and develop a plan to get this school out of closure, so I sat immersed in thinking, and my thinking guided me to go to the council of the Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, and I asked Sitting with him for only ten minutes, I presented to him the condition of the Qatari students and their reluctance to go to the school of industry, and he understood the issue and said tomorrow you will have senior officers and ask them whatever you want for the benefit of the youth of Qatar, and indeed the officers came and we met with them and explained the goal to them, and immediately three cars came and carried the students And the teachers to the Shields Battalion, in approximately 1982, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani received them, and thanked them for coming to the Shields Battalion and told them that every student who signs a contract to join the Shields will be disbursed (3500) riyals monthly To him, and after completing his education in the School of Industry, he will be granted the rank of officer candidate and will be suspended from the star, and many of them signed contracts, especially since during his studies he will be given a monthly amount, and after his colleagues heard this news, a large number of them joined the School of Industry and the number of students became about (300) students Then the number increased every year in terms of enrollment until the number of students eventually became about (800) students.


We have an open door policy in the Ministry. We have an open door policy. I asked to meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Minister of Education, and he agreed immediately. I explained to him what happened and he thanked me. I asked him to give a reward to the students who joined the Industrial Secondary School to encourage them, so he agreed immediately, as well. I requested an increase in the number of students on scholarships to study abroad from one student to (8) students who choose from each department according to their degree of excellence, and he also agreed to my request, and this is considered an achievement for me and the students. He gave it to the School of Industry in appreciation and encouragement. I remember Mr. Ahmed Ragab Abdel-Meguid, Director of the Research Department at the Ministry, asked me, UNESCO wanted to know the youth’s reluctance to attend the School of Industry and the high turnout again from (60) students until it became (800) students. With students, encouraging and motivating them using diplomacy, not violence with them.

The story of escaping from school ended during my appointment as principal of Khalifa Secondary School. I found that students run away from school, especially during the recess period, in order to eat their breakfast in an Indian restaurant close to the school. My thinking led me to go to the restaurant if it was crowded with students. with the students, but I saw fear and panic in their eyes. When I went back to school, I inquired of the young people about the reason for their running away from school, and I found a complaint from them about the fact that the school cafeteria is not suitable for them, while they are sitting in the restaurant talking with their colleagues and eating certain types of foods and their prices are appropriate. Immediately, I thought An idea to eliminate students’ flight without going back to the ministry for advice. I went to the Majlis restaurant in Al Sadd area and proposed to them the idea of ​​opening a restaurant and bringing many tables and chairs for young people, and that the prices of meals range from 3 riyals to the price of a sandwich and meals do not exceed 20 riyals, and we will give you a special place for you and it will be free of charge. When the cafeteria opened its doors, there was a large turnout of students, and they praised what the cafeteria offered, and they were sitting on the cafeteria chairs, talking to each other at recess. It is because we dealt with it wisely and diplomatically!!


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