Born in 1921 in Menoufia Governorate. He is an Egyptian writer, doctor and author. He studied medicine but devoted himself to writing and research. He wrote 89 books and articles between stories and books. From his most important writings: “my journey from doubt to faith”, “the mystery of death”, “the Qur'an - an attempt to understand modernity””, a visit to heaven and hell”, “political Islam and the coming battle”, “God and man”, “I saw God”, “soul and body”, and many other works. In 1971, he presented his most popular program "Science and Faith" for twenty-eight years, during which he presented 400 episodes. He established the Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Cairo beside the establishment of medical centers, a library, a museum of geology, another aquatic center and an astronomical center. One of his most famous quotes was: "You will not be religious except by science, God does not worship ignorance." In October 2009 he passed away leaving a legacy of science and culture for the world’s benefit.
An unforgettable voice
Is one of the most famous readers of the Quran in the Islamic world, was born in the province of Menoufia in 1926, then moved to the city of Tanta to study legitimate sciences in the Ahmadiyya Mosque, He traveled to Cairo in 1945, and began to become popular, then studied the sciences of shrines on the hands of the Sheikh in that area Darwish Hariri. He was chosen as a reader of the YMCA in 1947, in 1948 He joined the Egyptian Radio in 1948, and in a few years became one of the most famous Quran readers in Egypt. He was chosen as a reader in many major mosques, then he took up reading in Imam Hussein Mosque until his death. He left the radio with a huge wealth of recordings, along with the Quran recitation in 1967, also recorded for Saudi and UAE radio. Sheikh Banna visited many countries of the world, and read the Quran in the Two Holy Mosques, the Holy Jerusalem Mosque, the Umayyad Mosque and most of the Arab countries’ Mosques. He visited many countries in Europe, Sheikh Banna was a campaigner for the establishment of the Readers' Syndicate, and was chosen as Vice-President when the union was established in 1984. He was a distinguished reader in the recitation of the Quran, and his recitation took a depth in the heart of the listener in an unfamiliar format, making them interact with the recitation, and was one of the finest readers who delivered the Quran across the globe. Sheikh Mahmoud Ali Al-banna passed away in 1985. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak awarded his name with the Medal of Science and Arts in 1990.
Mother of Nuns
A Coptic saint who grew up in the city of Gargous near the city of Thebes (Luxor). Verena means the good seed in Coptic. When the Thebans military members were executed, she stayed to teach people about Christianity. Using some medicinal herbs, she taught them how to cure some diseases, she also taught them physical hygiene using water. She used to visit the tombs of the Martyrs. Many historians considered her the mother of all nuns in Europe.
Every year, Switzerland celebrates the annual memorial of St. Verena, an Egyptian Coptic girl, as an official holiday for the country. Where they prepare exhibitions and concerts, in honor of her role in teaching them nursing and personal hygiene 1700 years ago.
70 churches were built in her name, and statues were built with a comb and a jar of water in their hands. In Germany alone, 30 churches bearing her name were built.
Andreas Giakoumakis was born in 1962 in Heraklion, Crete, where he still lives and has been working since 1995. He studied Theology in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens while simultaneously completing his musical studies on European and Byzantine gospel music, graduating from the Conservatory of Athens with honors. He is currently employed as a teacher of music in the public education sector of his country, at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Crete (a Higher Education Institution of Greece), and also conducts several orchestras and choirs on Crete, whose repertoire ranges from church melodies to Greek traditional songs. Andreas Giakoumakis is also a prolific writer, composer and researcher of music, having produced many Byzantine hymns, songs, CDs and books. As an orchestra contactor he has participated in numerous festivals, both in Greece and abroad, while serving as a Cantor in the Cathedral of Agios Titos (St. Titos) in Heraklion, Crete. For his continuous efforts towards the salvation and dissemination of the traditional music of his country, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I recently bestowed upon him the office of Grand Master of the Great Holy Church of Christ, the highest honor of the Orthodox Church.
Mrs. ATTA was president of the Sainte Odile choir of the parish MAMA ELOMBE of the archdiocese of Brazzaville from 1998 to 2012. They had released three (03) albums including: "The Wonders of God, the Love of God and Yerusalem ya sika", represented the Congo in 2003 at the international site, nominated the best of Congo at the 125th anniversary of the evangelization of the Congo. Among the festivals where she took part, we can mention the Lomé festival, the FESPAM of 1999; 2001; 2003; 2005; 2009; 2011; and 2015 with Seraphim Choir, the festival of traditional music (Brazza lights), the national music day in August 2015, the 11th African Games organized in Brazzaville from 04 to 19 September 2015, the 16th ordinary session of the committee FESPAM (symposium) on October 5th at the convention center, Dr alphosine ATTA participated in the 10th and 11th Edition of the Samaa Festival in Egypt in 2017 and 2018. In July 2018 she participated in the 10th World Choral Championship in Africa. South where she received a silver medal, from 02 to 09 August 2019, she also participated in the world choral expo vaieson la Romaine in Portugal and in France.