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Sebille Collection: New Addition

My husband and I are delighted by the variety of sebilles in Kuwait. I probably didn’t spell it right, and I am probably going to give some semi-erroneous information to my non-Kuwaiti, non-Muslim readers.

Sebilles are places where you can get sweet fresh water to drink or to wash yourself with before prayer. In some places, the government may provide them as a public service, and in other places you find organizations or individuals who will provide them as a charitable work, the way nobles in France would build a cathedral, or we might contribute a pew or a stained glass window to a church, or build a library for a city. In a hot country, sweet fresh water is a blessing to anyone who needs it.

My husband is really good at stopping when I want to take another photo, and even at spotting those we don’t already have. We love the creativity involved. There are some very utilitarian places, all stainless steel and refrigeration. But here are two of our favorite, more creative models. (Please, if I didn’t get this quite right, correct me in the comments section!)

The first is in near the Heritage Souks, back near the gold souks. It is a representation of the famous Kuwaiti Water Towers, which survived the invasion of 1990.


This one was in a residential area, but I have also seen a couple elsewhere. I think it represents the Liberation Tower. I understand that at night, the red light on top really lights up!


January 23, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Social Issues, Spiritual |


  1. I spell them sabeel (j., asbila) but I can’t imagine that the spelling matters, especially when describing such a lovely photo collection :-).

    sabeel’s were historically a very common waqf khayri [public endowment established for pious reasons], and I imagine much appreciated.

    the word can also be used to mean “way” or “path”, so an ibn sabeel is a wayfarer or a traveler. the famous jihad quote, which every neo-con uses ineptly, actually says “jihad fi sabeel Allah”, a struggle in the path of [i.e., for the sake of] God.

    (more of a little nerd than a little diamond today :-))

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Little Diamond. I love your explanation.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 24, 2007 | Reply

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