Monday, June 6, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.1

First of all , Ramadan Karim to all Muslims celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Second , Your Egyptian Chronicles Scheherazade is back for a new season of Radio Arabian nights.

This year , we will know the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman , his wife Nourhan and their sons Safwan and Hassan.
Our tale is quite interesting because it was not written by Taher Abu Fasha like the previous seasons but it was written by author Abbas El-Aswani.

Yes , author Abbas El-Aswani , the father of renowned Egyptian novelist Alaa El-Aswani.
Originally an accountant, Abbas El-Aswani became a renowned author in 1960s.
His most famous book "The Aswan Prosimetrum" published in 1970 was turned into a radio series. As I searched more , I found out that El-Aswani wrote several radio shows.
This season was directed by the Egyptian Radio God father Mahmoud Shaaban as usual.
It starts at the 763rd episode.

Yes, the 763rd episode and I think this makes the Egyptian State Radio's Arabian Nights as the longest running drama radio show in Egypt and may be the Middle East !!

The famous depiction of Scheherazade and Shahyer in Cartoon
in the famous 1980s Egyptian TV series "1001 Nights" 

Anyhow, enough talking and let's listen to that night and know the story of Rokn El-Zaman and his family.

Once upon time , a Just strong King called Rokn El-Zaman ruled a vast kingdom. Rokn El-Zaman had everything from success and popularity yet he had one problem. His Beloved queen could not bear his child and he needed to have a heir to the throne.

The desperate king though of marrying again in order to have a son. He wanted to tell his wife Nourhan but he failed as he could not do it. 
Nevertheless , the Queen felt that there was something wrong with her husband who skipped meetings and seemed to be out of the world.

She already knew what was bothering him. Nourhan told her maid about how she was worried that her husband would marry another woman for the sake of a child and how all the doctors told her that there was nothing medically wrong with her that would stop her from bearing a child.
Seeing her lady so desperate , the old maid suggested that they should go and seek the help of an old witch known to help ladies who suffered from the same problem.

Thus next day , old witch "Shamata" arrived to the palace. The Queen promised her a big reward if she helped her to become a pregnant in a heir. 
Shamata gave Nourhan a paper and list of instructions to follow telling her that she would give a birth to a son next Ramadan.

Next day, the Queen began to feel that there was something kicking in her belly and so she told her husband, King Rokn El-Zaman.Extremely happy for hearing the news, the King confessed to his beloved wife his previous plan about marrying another woman.

The King then sent his men to bring the most famous midwife in the Kingdom "Dada" to help his wife who would give birth in a couple of weeks, in Ramadan. 

When Dada met Queen Nourhan , she was surprised and shocked then she told the Queen that she was not pregnant.

Tomorrow night inshallah we will know what happened when the Queen knew the bitter truth.

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