36 Route 4. CAIRO. Street Scenes.
mdlak yd shekh' ('your left side, O chief) ; 'yemlnik yd bint ( your
right side, girl') ; 'dahrik yd sitt' ('your back, lady') ; 'yd 'aruseh'
(bride); 'yd sherif (descendant ofthe prophet) ; 'yd efendi' (Turkish
official). — Beggars are very numerous at Cairo, most of them
being blind. They endeavour to
excite compassion by invoking
the aid of Allah: 'yd Mohannin
yd Rabb' ('0 awakener of pity,
0 Master'); 'fdlib min Allah
hakk lukmet 'ish' ('I seek from
my Lord the price of a morsel
of bread'); 'ana dif Allah wa'n-
nebi' ('I am the guest of God
and of the Prophet'). The usual
answer of the passer-by is,
'Allah yihannin 'alek' ('God will
have mercy on you'), or 'Allah
ya'flk' ('God give thee'; comp.
One of the most popular
characters to be met with in the
streets of Cairo is the Sakka,
or Watkr-Carrier, with his goatskin of water, carried either by
himself or by a donkey, who still plies his trade, although the
water-works (p. 63) supply every house in the city, as well as the
public sebils (p. olxiii), with water, and though on many of the
houses there are brass tubes through which passers-by may take a
praught from the main pipes.