The story of Rifai the Egyptian, who lived 155 years despite the epidemic

In 1929, Sheikh Rifai Rabei in the town of Hawawsheh in the Mansoura district in Dakahlia, won the title of the oldest person in Egypt, where he lived for 155 years, among them many rulers of Egypt, and also survived epidemics such as: the plague, cholera, Spanish flu, typhoid fever, and others Epidemics and diseases that were widespread at the time.

“Monday and the Dunya” magazine wrote that Rifai Rifa’i Rabi’i was born in 1192 AH, and he stayed with his father, a grain merchant, until he succeeded in memorizing the Holy Qur’an, to travel to the town of Qaitoun at the Mit Ghamr Center and open a book to teach the Book of God. His life, and he married the first time, but did not have children, so he married his aunt’s daughter, who lived with him for 70 years, and had many sons and daughters from her, and the archive of Al-Thanya and Al-Dunya magazine says that Rifai Rifa’i is a spring, a contemporary of the end of the Mamluk era, and the French campaign where fever broke out, He was a contemporary of the great ruler, Muhammad Ali Pasha, when he was 20 years old.

Rifai survived the plague and the many cholera epidemics that struck Egypt at intervals. Cholera was introduced to Egypt in 1831 for the first time during the reign of Muhammad Ali Pasha, as Nasr Apostit confirms in his memo on cholera, which is cholera that called Clot Bey, founder of the Egyptian School of Medicine, to create offices for health. In a number of coastal cities to besiege the epidemic that claimed the lives of thousands of Egyptians and led to the government offices being empty of employees for fear of the epidemic, as Rifai was 20 years old when cholera was first presented, but he survived it and did not hurt him.

Historians confirm that for 9 times, at intermittent intervals of time, cholera was introduced to Egypt, and Rifa’i Rabi’i survived the first epidemic during the reign of Muhammad Ali Pasha, as well as the second in 1834, the third in 1850 CE, the fourth in 1855 CE and the fifth in 1865 CE, and the sixth in 1882 CE, as it was. He was lucky and survived the seventh epidemic, 1895 AD, and the eighth, 1902 AD, known as the Mosha epidemic, and he also survived the Spanish flu, which was introduced to Egypt during the times of World War I, and the ninth epidemic of 1947 AD may have met his Lord before his coming.

Rifa’i used to have strict dietary habits, as he eats meat and does not tend to eat sweet, and eats two pounds of meat in food, equivalent to a kilo and a half of meat a day or spreads, and he consumes little of the stimuli except for a little coffee and smoke, and Rifa’i told the newspapers that the reason for the failure of Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign against Egypt , Is the epidemic where fever spread among his soldiers, confirming that he was more than 155 years old, and he was strong in the body, despite his long life, and he was strong in hearing as well as memory, as he preserved with extreme precision the massacre of the Mamluks in the castle, and he mentions Ibrahim Pasha and his battles with the Ottoman Turks in The Levant, and other important historical events, and perhaps his strong body immunity, made him a survivor of epidemics.

Rabi` was a contemporary of both: Muhammad Ali Pasha, his son Ibrahim, and his grandson Abbas I, as well as a contemporary of Saeed Pasha, Khedive Ismail, and his son Tawfiq and the setback of the Orabi revolution and his defeat and the occupation of Egypt in 1882 AD, as he was a contemporary of Abbas Helmy II, Sultan Hussein, and King Fouad, where he was a contemporary The Khedive as a contemporary of the Sultanate and the Kingdom, to be a reservoir for the oral and popular history of Mahrousa Egypt, and what happened in its territories, whether in epidemics or gigantic events.

Uncle Rifai Rabei was filmed next to 18 sons and grandsons, some of them who were present at the press meeting at the time, as his sons who were alive in the twenties of the last century took positions in banks, leaders in the Hebronian biomedical method, and others. The journalist was surprised The one who interviewed him was that an elderly sheikh of more than 80 years old used to say that he was teaching him when he was young, and the magazine Monday and the Dunya confirms that the townspeople used to ask him for blessings and ask him to pray, as he is a righteous man worthy of attention and appreciation.
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