Few months ago I was given the task of listing all the Arabic books that belonged to the late Dr. Zaki Badawi who was one of the highest Muslim authorities in the UK. I have spent many hours in his house going through the vast Arabic library he had and with the help of his English born widow, I managed to write down by hand all of the books names, authors, publishers and so on. Then came the really difficult task which I am still stuck with, to type everything into a proper list, the only problem is that my experience in typing is only in English, I am not familiar with the Arabic keyboard but I promised Mrs. Badawi so I had to get on with it! After typing about 2 thirds of the list (all together the list is about 60 pages) which took me about a month as I only type with one finger as my eyes are scanning the keyboard, my computer decided it had enough and it committed suicide and it took the list with it! I could not believe this would happen to me, I mean I typed about 40 pages of Arabic books names, each word probably takes me one minutes to type (btw I am quite fast typing in English) its all gone for ever :o(
So few days ago I started the typing again, my back hurts, my eyes are almost gone and I have a continuous migraine from staring at the damn keyboard, I mean most of these books are either Islamic or historical books with names such as ارشاد النقاد الى تيسير الاجتهاد or الرسالة القشيرية .
Most of the books are fantastic and I would love to read them but to type! I really am having a difficult time and can not wait to finish, I am on page 25 at the moment.