Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Mahitir Mohammad's Interview

Check this interesting Interview with Mahitir Mohammad...

Mood: hmm....

Israeli Exports To Arab Countries

While Israel was humiliating, bombing and killing the Palesintian and Lebanese people, we (Arabs) were putting our hand in their hand and trading so called goods!

In today's article in Al Ahram Newspaper ( an article quoted from Aharont Israeli newspaper mentions the figures of trading with Arabs (from Isreal's point of view). Here are the numbers for the year 2006...

Iraq: 60 isreali exporters, $5.7 million.
Jordan:1343 isreali exporter, $26.5 million in the first quarter of 2006.
Egypt (Aah ya balad!): 257 isreali exporters, $26.5 million in the first quarter of 2006.
Saudi (Yalahwi!): 12 isreali exporter, $470,000.

Yes, i am an Arab. But no, i do not approve putting our hand in the hands of people who took our land, who do not want to even give us part of our land for peace (1967 occupied land), who kill our children\sisters\brothers, who let their children write their names on rockets and bombs before using them in Lebanon... aaaah, the list is too long to write !

Just a question to arabs who deal with those israeli exporters... how do you have the gutts to look at yourself in the mirror?!

Shame on you Arabs !!!

Mood: Disgusted!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ramadan Kareem :)

من فضائل شهر رمضان


قال تعالى: { يا أيها الذين آمنوا كُتب عليكُمُ الصِّيام كما كُتب على الذَّين من قبلكم لعلّكم تتَّقون } [البقرة:183

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « قال الله- عزّ وجلّ: كل عمل ابن آدم له إلا الصيام فإنه لي وأنا أجزي به. والصيام جنة، فإذا كان يوم صوم أحدكم فلا يرفث ولا يصخب، فإن سابه أحد أو شاتمه فليقل: أني صائم والذي نفس محمّد بيده: لخلوف فم الصائم أطيب عند الله من ريح المسك. للصائم فرحتان يفرحهما: إذا أفطر فرح بفطره، وإذا لقى ربه فرح بصومه » [متفق عليه


وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « إن في الجنة باباً يُقال له الريان، يدخل منه الصائمون يوم القيامة لا يدخل منه أحد غيرهم، يقال: أين الصائمون فيقومون فإذا دخلوا أغلق فلم يدخل منه أحد » [متفق عليه

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « من صام رمضان إيماناً واحتساباً غُفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه » [متفق عليه
وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: من قام رمضان إيماناً واحتساباً غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه » رواه البخاري ومسلم
وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم:« من قام ليلة القدر إيماناً واحتساباً غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه » رواه البخاري ومسلم
« كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل العشر أحيا الليل وأيقظ أهله وشد مئزره » رواه البخاري ومسلم
وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « الصيام والقرآن يشفعان للعبد يوم القيامة. يقول الصيام: أي ربي إني منعته الطعام والشهوات بالنهار فشفعني فيه. ويقول القرآن رب منعته النوم بالليل فشفعني فيه فيشفعان » [رواه أحمد وغيره وحسنه الهيثمي، وصححه الألباني
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « من لم يدع قول الزور والعمل به فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه » [رواه البخاري عن أبي هريرة
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « من فطر صائماً كان له مثل أجره غير أنه لا ينقص من أجر الصائم شيئاً » رواه الترمذي وقال حسن صحيح
« كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يفطر قبل أن يصلي » رواه أحمد
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « إن للصائم عند فطره دعوة لا ترد » ابن ماجة
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: « تسحروا فإن في السحور بركة » رواه البخاري ومسلم
Mood: Glad :)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

In Memoriam - Ahmed Urabi (1841-1911)

Ahmed Urabi

On a day like this 95 years ago, one of my favorite modern time Arab heroes passed away.
That hero was Ahmed Urabi.

For those who do not know who Urabi is, Ahmed Urabi was a Army officer in the Egyptian army back in mid 1800s.
He was brought up with religious morals and ethics. He joined the army and did quiet well. The problems started when the Turkish Officers (Turks were ruling Egypt at the time) were mistreating Egyptian officers in the army.
The Turks also made a rule that no son of a peasant can go into the army. Urabi protested such rules and was banned from the army for 3 whole years. Within those 3 years he went and studied at Al Azhar (most perstigous Islamic Institute in the world).
A friend of Urabi called Mohammad Obeid was able to pull strings and get Urabi back into the army again.
Urabi and his Egyptian fellow Officers were furious with what was happening in the army and all the political and economical laws that the Turks were behind over the years.
They then planned to standup togethter and go to Khedive Tawfiq (Ruler Of Egypt, who was a Turk) and protest what was happening in the country and ask him to stop the Turks from mistreating Egyptians.
Urabi, 30 Officers, and 4000 Egyptian soldiers went to Abdeen Palace (Khedive Tawfiq's Ruling Palace) and gave in their demands as Egyptians.

...............Urabi's Demonstration at Abdeen Palace

Then happened the famous dialogue that most Egyptians know:

Khedive Tawfiq:"You have no right to ask for all these demands. For I (the khalifa) have inherited this land (Egypt)".
Urabi: "God has created us free! God did not create us to be to be inherited like property! I swear by Allah who there is no God except Him, from now on we (Egyptians) will never be inherited or treated as slaves again!"

The Khedive under pressure approved the demands of Urabi and his fellow officers. As a result, the Prime Minister was removed, a new constitution that protects Egyptians' rights was issued, and Urabi was assigned as Minister of Defense (due to his popularity as an Egyptian Officer).

And as usual there was an emperial nation watching closely over what was happening in Egypt. That country was England.
Knowing the bitterness between Khedive Tawfiq and Urabi (who by then, had all the Egyptians' support and admiration) decided to try and make the best out of it.
England sent messages that if anything happens to the foreigners in Egypt, it will intervene to protect them. Not only that they told Khedive Tawfiq that they are worried Urabi can not protect the foreigners and he should be removed from his post as defense minister... keda! out of the blue!!!
After that, an incident happened in Alexandria where an Albanian guy had a quarrel with an Egyptian and that incident escalated till about 10 people were killed and many wounded.... Strange coincidence, mish keda?!!!!!!
Anyway to cut a long story short, England tried to invade Egypt from the north (near Alexandria) with the help of the Khedive's men.
Urabi beat the hell out of them in "Kafr El Dawaar". The Brits retreated into the sea again and went through the Suez Canal (Eastern Egypt) and off-shore near "Ismailiya" City.
Over there they made some alliances with Bedouins who betrayed Urabi and gave the Brits the knowhow of the terrain. The Brits then took Urabi and his army by surprise at "Al Tal Al Kabeer"and defeated and captured him.

Urabi In His Exile In Srilanka

He was sentenced to exile in "Srilanka". He stayed there 19 years...yes 19 years!!!!
After which, he went back to Egypt as an old man in 1903. He lived in Cairo till he passed away in 1911. Allah Yer7amo...

The first time i heard about Urabi was at school, in one of the History lessons we had. It didn't really register in my mind back then.
As i grew up and once came across that famous dialogue, i felt so proud that out of my counrty came such proud men.
When i read his story again, a thought came on my mind. I thought to myself, "My God! i can not even try to imagine the frustration and pity he felt while on the ship going to his exile to Srilanka away from his people and country. After all these big dreams he had for his country, it all ended because of betrayal".
But after that i realized that history is what leads to present. We (Egyptians) would not have had our country freed without such events in history. Some fail and some succeed, the point is to always keep trying to do what is right!
No matter how difficult things are and no matter who you are against, as long as you are defending what is right, never give in...even if you are defeated or die tying!

Mr.Urabi.... I Salute You!

Mood: PROUD!

Monday, September 18, 2006

For Wives

One of the journalists i like is a lady called Fawzeya Salama. She co-hosts a show on MBC called "Kalam Nawaaem" (Women's Talk). She also writes articles in Al Shark Al Awsat newspaper. She just reminds me of a typical loving Egyptian mother :)
This week she wrote about a magazine she read in 1955. The magazine had advice for wives, this is part of that article (to read in full goto:

كيف كان الحال في عام 1955؟ يقول الدليل:
اعدي عشاء زوجك قبل عودته من العمل لكي يشعر انك تهتمين براحته.
وكما تعدين العشاء اعدي نفسك لاستقباله. ربع ساعة امام المرآة هي كل ما تحتاجينه لتعديل زينتك وتمشيط شعرك. كوني مرحة لأن زوجك عاد اليك بعد قضاء يوم ممل في صحبة اناس انهكهم يوم عمل طويل. تذكري ان احد واجبات الزوجة الذكية هو توفير الصحبة المرحة لزوج متعب. احرصي على ازالة كل اثار الفوضى من البيت قبل عودته كاللعب والصحف والمجلات المبعثرة.. واحرصي ايضا على هدوء البيت. تأكدي ان ادوات النظافة مثل غسالة الثياب والمجفف وغسالة الصحون قد ادت عملها وسكنت منعا للضوضاء عند رجوعه.
حين يدخل زوجك من الباب اظهري سرورك برؤيته... قابليه بتحية وابتسامة. واياك والشكوى مهما كانت ملحة. فلحظة رجوعه الى البيت ليست هي الوقت المناسب للشكوى من اي شيء مهما كان.
At the end of the article she says...
انتهى الدليل ولكن صلاحيته لم تنته رغم مضي نصف قرن على صدوره. لو كان الامر بيدي لنصحت كل المجلات الموجهة لربات البيوت وبكل اللغات بإعادة نشر دليل المرأة الذكية ومنع عرض الافلام التي تصور المرأة ككائن عار ومفترس يجيد الكاراتيه وتفجير القنابل الغبية. ولوجهت كلمة الى كل زوج انعم الله عليه بزوجة ذكية: لا ترفس النعمة والا زالت.
وما اكثر الرجال الذين لا يدركون ان حنو الزوجة على زوجها نعمة لا تقدر بجاه او بمال. وان الخلق الانساني الحسن يقضي بأن يرد الزوج التحية بأحسن منها
If women would just listen to that advise, marriage would be much easier. The advise is simple:
  • - Make him dinner before he comes home from work.
  • - 15 minutes in front of the mirror before he comes home will help a lot.
  • - Show him you are happy he is back.
  • - Smile.
  • - House clean (and tidy if possible, i know what kids do to the house... lol).

After i read the article, i said to myself "ya salaaam ya madam fawzeya, kalamek dorar!".

If women do these simlpe things, men would do anything to please them in return.

Disclaimer: this article can not, should not, and will not be used against me in anyway :)))

Mood: Cheerful :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Pope Criticizes Islam

Pope Benedict XVI

Wooooooow! things are going to turn really ugly now!

The new (relatively new) Pope lashed a couple of offending sentences about Islam as a Reilgion.
To check what he said go to:

Here we are trying to fix what terrorists and idiotic international foreign affair decisions (of some nations) have spoiled, and now we as muslims have to face this type of talk.

Mmm, lets see...

"In his lecture, the Pope quoted, among others, the 14th century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologos who wrote that Mohammad had brought things "only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Lets put aside the obvious shallow knowledge about Islam that seems to be a trend in the non-muslim world because of western media (check a maybe relevant post Jews And Media ), and lets talk from another angle...

It is strange that the Pope (being who he is) simplely forgot a fact that Mohammad (PBUH) was not the only Prophet who had to go for war to protect his faith and nation.
Prophets Moses and David went to war to. Isn't that mentioned in the Pope's Bible???!!! of course it is!
Then, why is it so that only Islam is blamed for giving people (muslims) the right to protect themselves and their religion while God gave other prophets that same right????? think of it!

He also said, "Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul..."
Ok then, if that is what he really wants to say, then why didn't he also say the same thing about Judaism (Moses and David)??

Another thing, Didn't Europe with the blessing of the Pope (back then) go for war against the Islamic world??
Europe's Christians are the ones who went to war against the Islamic world at that time. Yet, you never find anyone (muslims specially) saying "Hey, since the Pope blessed that war, then Christianity is violent and that is unlike God's nature".
Of course not to mention, we haven't heard that any Pope apologized for such an attack on the islamic world (yet jews had better treatment...apologies, forgiveness..etc.).

Come on be fair!

Finally, "At the end of his lecture, the Pope again quoted Manuel and said: "It is to this great 'logos', to this breadth of reason, that we invite our partners in the dialogue of cultures"

That is a very strange way to start "dialogue of cultures". I don't get the concept of "i'll insult you and say you make no sense. Then, we can start dialogue" as a dialogue starter!!!!!

Yes ,there are muslims (terrorists) that misuse versus in Quran. But, that does not mean that this is Islam. becuase if it was Islam, you'd find 1.3 Billion terrorist world wide!
And yes, of course there has to be dialogue between people. But for heavens sake, is this a sane way to start a dialogue??
Imagine if the Imam of Al Azhar (The most prestigious Islamic Institution in the world) said such a thing about Christians because of the Crusades. And then he says 'Oh i just want to start dialogue"... what would the world say about him and how would christians feel??

Lets just all step back and try to be fair to each other.

"Kobaaayet maya sa23a leel ragel ya waaad ya bob".

Mood: Extremely disappointed :(

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Immigration - Mr.K vs. My Experience

One of my best friends has joined the increasing list of people i know leaving Egypt to work abroad.
Mr.K is not only going to find a job abroad, but he is actually immigrating to North America... Rabena Ma'aah!

I know exactly what he is going through. I pity him very much. After all, i was in his shows a few years ago as i left to work in the Gulf (awful experience).

I remember the day i had to go to the airport. My fiancee (now wife) passed by me and took me to the airport. I even still remember being in the car next to her (she was driving) and looking up towards my parent as they stood in the balcony waving their hands. Seeing them vanish from in front of my eyes as the car moved along the road was devastating. I actually shed tears and looked outside of the window most of the way to the airport (not wanting my fiancee see me in that state).
We arrived at the airport, i said goodbye to my fiancee and left her (feeling awful of course). As i entered the airport i realized that my life will never be the same from then on.

All that was years ago, now in 2006 (after working in 3 different countries) i got used to going back and forth between Egypt and other countries.
The lesson learned... eveything will be ok and everyone gets used to change. The important thing is to have faith that God will bring us the best out of everything, as long as we try hard and ask Him for the best.

Mr. K, good luck man! Who knows, maybe one day i'll come visit you with my family in your new habitat ISA (InShaa Allah).

Mood: Reminiscing...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Torture In Egypt

Related to one of my previous posts Egyptian Gov. Crack-down on Muslim Brotherhood, it seems the MBs are starting to answer back in media. MB have started to reveal some of the torture cases against them back in the 1980s (to read in full go to:
On another account, Gamal Sultan (a journalist and co-founder of Al Masryoon Electronic newspaper) wrote an article about his awful experience in Egyptian prisons back in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar Al Sadat.

This part sounds awful (to read in full go to: )...

وبعد أن صلينا العشاء بدأ الحفل الرهيب صريخ الشباب وهو يتعرض للتعذيب كان يخترق المكان الموحش ، وكان الصمت الكامل والكئيب في السجن كله يضيف المزيد من الرهبة ويزيد من قوة أصوات التعذيب في آذاننا ، كان الصمت يفرض نفسه على زنزانتنا الصغيرة التي طوال حفلة التعذيب ، كانت زنزانة مترين في متر ونصف تقريبا لا نستطيع النوم فيها نحن الثلاثة إلا خلف خلاف كما يقولون ، لم يكن أحدنا يجرؤ على النظر في عين الآخر أثناء حفلات التعذيب ، لأنه يتحاشى أن يلمح الدموع وهي تترقرق في عينه ، وعندما يصمت الصريخ لبعض الوقت تهدأ فيها النفوس ثم يخترق الصمت صرخة كبيرة تشعر وكأن طعنة في خاصرة أحدنا جعلته يفزع في مكانه ، كان استماع أصوات التعذيب أقسى من أن تتلقى جلسات التعذيب بنفسك ، وكان الهم يكون مضاعفا عندما يطرق باب الزنزانة مرسال الزبانية في ليلة من الليالي السوداء في جوف الليل وينادي على أحدنا ، حيث يقوم تلقائيا بربط العصابة على عينه ويساعده الآخرون على إحكامها ويحتضنونه ويودعونه بحرارة ودعاء أن يلهمه الله الصبر والثبات ، وتكون الليلة أكثر سوادا عندما يبدأ صريخه يخترق سكون الليل من عنف التعذيب ، وعند عودته يكون زملاء الزنزانة قد رتبوا له موضع نومه ويحاولون التخفيف من آثار التعذيب ولسعة الجروح دون أن يتحدث أحدهم بكلمة ، حتى يبزغ الفجر فيتوقف الجلادون عن التعذيب
There are so many torture stories in Egypt. It is a pity what we have come to.
Of course most of you heard that the US sends uncooperative detainees to Egyptian prisons.
Do you really grasp that??!!
This means Egyptian security forces are so brutal that even the US send uncooperative people to Egypt to get confessions out of them.
Just a month ago an egpyiran guy was beaten, tortured, humiliated and almost raped by an officer and soldiers near Sinai. All this just because he dared and answered back when the officer was manipulating him in front of people.
Aaah ya balad!
Mood: Sad :(

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

People Who Irritate Me #1

There are some public figures and journalists that really get on my nerves.

Here is the list of people who get on my nerves:

Gamal El Bana (Egypt): The young brother of late Hassan Al Bana (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood).

He just keeps coming up with (and defending) the most weird, unheard of opinions about Islamic rulings. He seems to be living by the saying: "Oppose and you'll be known" (Khalef Tooaraf)!

Sample of his opinions:


Hassan Al Torabi (Sudan): Was part of the Sudanese government. Head of a Sudanese political party.

One day he says something and another he says the opposite. He and Omar Al Basheer (current President of Sudan) applied some laws in Sudan back in the 80s and 90s. Now he is criticizing the government and those same laws (after he was removed from the government). Not to mention his recent opinions about Islam laws.

Sample of his opinions:


Ibrahim Issa (Egypt): A journalist, head of Al Doustour newspaper.

Although i like his political opinions and mockery, i really dislike the stuff he says when he talks about religion. I'll never forget when he accused sayedna Othman Ibn Affan of being unfair amongst other things. He also criticized the Prophet's followers. Too many details to discuss... thinking of it, is he a Shi'ee ?? Allaho Aaalam.


Mona El Tahawi (Egypt): A journalist living abroad (USA i think).

Not sure what her problem is with Islam rulings or anything that represents it. She just keeps launching offensive articles against islamic rulings and anyone who is an Islamist (no matter moderate or not). She of course attacks all Islamic groups like Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, ...etc.

She keeps on and on about how those islamists (in her opinion) if in control of the government, will force hijab (Islamic head dress for women) . When i read that i felt i wanted to say: "Is that the only thing you can worry about? is that the best you can come up with???!!

She even once said the meaning of: "if the MB took over Egypt, I won't go back to Egypt". As if we in Egypt are living in heaven and the MB will ruin it.

WOMAN! If by ture democracy the MB rule Egypt, then so be it!!!!

What really shocked me in one of her articles is that she was criticizing Hamas for many reasons (that's not the problem...) and in that same article she actually said: "And my friends In Israel when i was working there....bla bla"!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yanharek Abyad! Rabena yekhalehomlek yakhty!).

The strangest thing she ever did (that proves how shallow her knowledge about Islam is) was her participation and defending of Omaymah (the lady that prayed as the imam of 100 men and women mixed up all together and while women had no veils on while praying, in New York a couple of years ago). I can understand if non-muslims find what she (Mona) said seems to be ok. Of course, if you know ZILTCH (nothing) about islamic rulings...Yes, you'll find it ok. But, for muslims this is too much to bear.

Trying to prove myself wrong, I failed to find one article for her that defends islam in anyway. Frankly, I stopped reading her crap!

Sample of her opinions:

To be continued...

Mood: Relaxed :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Very Old Arabic Song - Rings A Bell?

The song you are about to listen to will take you (people in your late 20s to 30s) back about 25 years to the days of the children's programmes on AL Kannah Al Oola (Channel one on Egyptian TV).

There are a lot of things in my life that make me yearn for the days i was a child... this song is one of them.
It reminds me of the days i used to go to School, the days my brother was alive, the days i used to play with nothing else on my mind, the days my father and I used to go to OSCAR super market in Heliopolis and buy HEMAN action characters, the days we used to spend a whole month in summer in our Farm house, the days my cousins and I used to play together, ... aaaah, I can go on and on... i really miss those days...


Mood: Reminiscing :)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sheikh Qaradawi's Misery In Egypt

Photo from Wikipedia - Sheikh Qaradawi

Just read an article from "Al Masryoon Electronic newspaper" about what Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi said in the TV show "Al Ashera Massa'an" on Dream TV.

This is part of the article (to read in full article goto:

ولقد ألمح الرجل إلى المعاملة "المهينة" التي يتلقاها حال وصوله إلى مطار القاهرة ، وقال : إنه لفت انتباه الضباط إلى أنه في العالم كله يستقبله كبار مسئولي الدولة من الرئيس والملك والأمير إلى الوزير والخفير بالحفاوة والتقدير والتوقير ، وفي مصر يستقبله أمن الدولة بشكل لا يليق إلا بـ"تجار المخدرات" .
.لقد سمعت من بعض أصدقاء الشيخ ممن رافقوه في رحلات خارج مصر ، كيف يعامله المسئولون بمطار القاهرة الدولي ، ولم يخف هولاء حزنهم الشديد وهم يرون ضابطا صغير لا يتعدى عمره لـ 25 عاما ، وهو "يلطع" الشيخ خارج مكتبه بالمطار بالساعات قبل أن ينادي عليه "الضابط" الصغير ليعطيه جواز سفره ويسمح له بمغادرة المطار إلى داخل البلاد !هكذا يعاملون إمام عصره الدكتور القرضاوي في بلده "مصر" ! ثم يستغربون كيف يقبل جنسية "قطرية" ويقيم بالدوحة ولا يأتي القاهرة إلا زائرا وفي زيارات خاطفة وكأنه "سائح" غريب وليس ابنا من أبناء مصر الأبرار!

It is a pity that in our country Israeli representatives (while they destroy and occupy Palestine and Lebanon), corrupt people, and other unethical type's of people are meet at our airports with the utmost dignity and open arms via officials (they even come into Egypt through the VIP section of the airport).
While someone like Sheikh Qaradawi is meet with ignorance and humiliation just because people in Egypt like him and gather around him (which of course worries Egyptian authorities).

The security mentality our governments uses to manage everything in our country really SUCKS!!!

Mood: Annoyed!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Football - Mohammad Abdel Wahab's Sudden Death

Abdel Wahab (right)
To my shock and many Egyptians' shock, Mohammad Abdel Wahab (Al Ahly Football player, who was part of the Egyptian National Football Team that won the last African Nations Cup in February 2006) passed away yesterday morning (31st of August 2006) during a training session at Al Ahly Football Club in Cairo, Egypt.

This is the announcement from Al Ahram newspaper (

A 23 year old talented young, healthy, fit and promising player with all the future in front of him just collapsed during a training session with a heart attack. My God!! (La Hawla Wala Kowata Ila BelAh, Ina LelAh Waa Ina Ilahi Raje'oon).

This reminds me of my brother. He too passed away a long time ago. He was in his teens. It was a car accident. It was a very tough experience for me and my family. Allah Yerhamo.

Humans tend to find death of young people with no history of deceases shocking (well, I do). We always have this tendency of thinking (forgetting a life's fact) death is only something that gets old or very ill people.

It's a bit scary if you think of it. Anyone of us can die any minute no matter how healthy he is and no matter how advanced science gets. When it's time, it's time! no one can stop it!

The question we should ask ourselves is... are we (you and I) ready for that day?
Most of us willl say: "no and we never will be!".

If that's the case, then we should at least do our best to be ready.

Mood: Shocked!