Monday, October 30, 2006

Abdullah Kamal Lashes At Muslim Women's Veil

One of the journalists (if we can call him that) that I really despise is a person called Abdullah Kamal. He is the Editor in Chief of “Rose Al Yousef” Newspaper in Egypt.

....Abdullah Kamal

Besides being known as the man belonging to the National Democratic Party (the ruling party for more than 25 years in Egypt), he is is also known to have a problem with anyone who is not pro-NDP.
From Islamists, Nationalists, to even Liberals (remeber his attack on Hala Moustafa?)…anyone who is not pro-NDP was\is\will be attacked by that Abdullah Kamal in that awful newspaper.

I even remember when he attacked Amr Adeeb (a very famous presenter of a TV talk show called “Al Qahirah AL Youm” on Orbit Channel) becuase Amr didn't support trading with Israel (while Israel was killing poor Palastinians).

Seems now the Mr.Karioka (ma3a i3tezarna lel fanana ta7eya karioka) has decided to lash at millions of muslim women, this time he is he is attacking women wearing veils (Hijab).

In his "Rose Al Yousef" Article dated 28-10-2006, he actually called the Hijab a symbol of racism against Egyptian Christians???!!!!
His opinion (if I understood correctly) is to take it off muslim women. In that way all chirstian and muslim women are the same.

Eh el habal da!!!!

I will not talk about Hijab being compulsory and proof behind that. I will not talk about the fact that even some jewish and christian women wear veils (religous ones specially, think nuns..etc.), I'll talk from two other points of view…

If you are liberal as you say you are Mr.Kamal (walanta kamal wala neyla), then you were suppose to (from a liberal point fo view) defend "freedom of chioce" and let women decide for themselves whether to wear it or not. Not just say "take it off" min dema3'ak keda!

And for another point of view, I dedicate Mr.Kamal this part of an article by Gamal Sultan (co-founder of Al-Misryoon Electronic newspaper) from Al-Misryoon Electronic newspaper (for full article go to: http://www.almesryoon.com/ShowDetailsC.asp?NewID=25889&Page=1)

ألا يستحي كاتب مصري من أن يدافع رئيس الكنيسة الإنجيلية في بريطانيا عن حق المسلمة في ارتداء النقاب أو الحجاب ، بينما رئيس "الكنيس" الصحفي في القاهرة يطالب بنزعه عن رؤوس الملايين من المصريات ومطاردة كل محجبة في الشوارع والمدارس والمستشفيات والمصالح الحكومية ، ألا يستحي هذا المعتوه من أن يوجه الإهانات إلى عائلته ذاتها والتي فيها عشرات من الفتيات والسيدات من المحجبات ، ألا يستحي من أن يوجه الإهانات إلى زوجات وبنات قيادات القوات المسلحة وقيادات أجهزة الأمن ذاتها بكل أفرعها وقيادات المجالس التشريعية والأحزاب والمؤسسات القضائية والرقابية

Allah Yehdena Gamee3a.

Mood: disgusted :(

Sunday, October 29, 2006

1973 War Traitors

Seems there is a new Israeli book out that is talking about Israel's war against Egypt and Syria in 1973 .

In this book it mentioned that Ashraf Marawan (the secretary of Anwar Al-Sadat back in the 70s) was a spy for the Israelis (per Al-Arabi newspaper link: http://www.al-araby.com/articles/1031/061022-1031-fct04.htm).

Below is part of what was said in the Al-Arabi newspaper article:

الموساد الإسرائيلى يجدد اتهاماته فى كتاب جديد عن حرب يوم كيبور والأهم من ذلك اطلع رابينوفيتش على تسجيلات المصادر التى زودت إسرائيل بالمعلومات قبل الحرب وبعدها وأهم هذه المصادر العاهل الأردنى السابق الملك حسين وسكرتير الرئيس السادات السابق للمعلومات أشرف مروان.وهكذا فان أهم ما يميز كتاب رابينوفيتش الذى يقع فى حوالى 550 صفحة هو أنه اعتمد على عدد هائل من المعلومات المخابراتية السرية. يحدد رابينوفيتش ثلاثة مصادر أساسية أمدت إسرائيل بالمعلومات قبل الحرب وكشفت لها كل الخطط المصرية بصورة شبه كاملة. ويحدد رابينوفيتش هذه المصادر فى الملك حسين والدكتور أشرف مروان، علاوة على وكالة المخابرات لمركزية الأمريكية ال سي. آي. إيه ويذكر الكتاب تقريبا نوعية كل المعلومات التى قدمتها هذه المصادر الثلاثة.

I knew for sometime now that King Hussain of Jordan before the 6th of October War informed Golda Meir (Israeli Prime Minister between 1969-1974) that Egypt and Syria were going to attack Israel in October 1973.

The first time i knew that was from a documentary on AL Jazeera TV which even got the meeting between King Hussain and Golda Meir from a video footage. It mentioned that he flew by helicopter to Israel to tell them that info.
Apparently he was afraid that if Egypt and Syria attack, Israel would back fire on all countries including Jordan (which was weak to dtriefend itself back then).

When i got to know that, i was shocked and really disgusted with King Hussain. Now here is another shocker... Ashraf Marawan, Al-Sadat's personal secretary!

Although there is always the doubt that Israel is just sending us mixed messages to confuse us. Maybe the guy had nothing to do with them. We'll have to wait and see what comes up in the news later on.

Mood: wondering...

Friday, October 27, 2006

What Ever Happened To Egyptians?

No, this in not the famous Galal Amin book title. I really mean the title: "What Ever Happened To Egyptians?". I for one am very fond of the book though.

The thing is that i have been hearing very disturbing things about Egypt over the past 5 years. It seems to be getting worse over time :(

From the ugly National Democratic Party, to Egypt's decreasing status in the middle east, to the economic crisis, to poverty, to unemployment, to government service for people, to transportation, to corruption and bribery, to religious tensions between people, to the awful manners people seem to have these days. Everything is terrible and it's getting worse!

I read this post: http://malek-x.net/node/268 in MalcomX's blog and this one http://hakazaana.blogspot.com/2006/10/blog-post_26.html from HakazaAna Blog and felt that Egyptians are loosing even the thing they were known for "EL GAD3ANA"...it seems to be scarce now.
I sense that we have lost two things we were always known for: "El Gad3ana" and "El Dam El 7'afeef". So, we are no more very humorous nor are we true "men" and have morals to be proud of.
I know there are many good people out there. But, with all this crazyness we never hear anything about them.

Maybe i am a bit harsh, but what i read in Malcomx's blog was a bit too much for me to handle. I am starting to think Keek was right when he decided to drop it and try life away in Canada.

Although i am in Qatar now, away from all the crazy stuff that is happening in Egypt lately but the impact of such things on me is unbearable.

The last time i was in Egypt (August 2006), i realized a few things:
-Cairo is getting more crowded (3ady).
-People are more aggressive and mean to each other (each year i feel it is worse than the past one).
-Manners are disappearing.
-Showing off is a trend (el tanteet 3ala ba3d wee el manzara).
-People are becoming very rich or very poor.

When i read the Galal Amin Book "Whatever Happened To Egyptians" i found it very informative. i understood what happened to Egyptians up to late 90s.

But, what has been happening over the past 5 years is a very sharp change in the Egyptian society.

I really believe that Egypt needs new blood from top to bottom (i'll do with the top part for now...ya Rab).
Egypt needs new leadership (a leader not a president) that is capable of changing things around and bringing law and order back to the street.

My father-in-law always says: ”Lama tegy tenadaf el selem, bee tebtedy2 min foo2” (meaning: when you want to clean the stairs, you start from the top)….how true!

I sometime really wonder:” Does the Egyptian society need another war to pull itself together?”

Mood: Depressed :(

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Muslim living in the West

This was in an e-mail sent to me by my friend Mr.K.

Nicely put...

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This was published in Ha'aretz.
Very interesting, read through.

K

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Were I a Muslim living in the West, I'd be mad as hell. Not to mention terrified.
Were I a Muslim living in the West, I'd begin to believe that a new Inquisition had begun. An inquisition aimed at no one but Muslims.
Were I a Muslim living in the West, my wife, or my sister, or my daughter might well decide to wear a headscarf or a veil when she went out in public.
Perhaps it would be because she was tired of men and boys ogling her, objectifying her.
Perhaps it would be because she felt she was entitled to her dignity.
Perhaps she simply might prefer modesty and privacy to fashion slavery.
Perhaps she just thought it was a free country.
And perhaps, on that last point, she would have been mistaken.

For years, and especially since 9/11, law-abiding Muslims have been verbally and physically attacked across North America and Europe.
They are scorned for their faith, shunned for their piety, falsely condemned for dual-loyalty, blamed for the crimes of terrorists they abhor.

Of late, however, there has been a disturbing new trend, particularly in Europe, where cabinet ministers and influential lawmakers have increasingly made it their mission to combat, of all things, the head scarf and veil worn by growing numbers of Muslim women and girls.

In Germany, the states of Baden-Wurttenberg and Bavaria recently introduced legislation to outlaw the wearing of head scarves in schools.
Bavarian Education Monika Hohlmeier said the head scarf was increasingly being used as a political symbol.
To the understandable ire of Muslims, Hohlmeier went on to say that it was acceptable to wear Christian crosses or Jewish symbols.

In Spain, home to the original Inquisition, Minister for Social Affairs Juan Carlos Aparicio was quoted as having said that the Muslim veil was "not a religious sign but a form of discrimination against women," and having compared it to genital mutilation.

In Britain, the government minister for race and faith relations, Phil Woolas, was quoted this week as demanding that Muslim teaching assistant Aisha Azmi, 24, who refused to remove her veil at work, be fired for that reason."She should be sacked," Woolas was quoted as telling the Sunday Mirror. "She has put herself in a position where she can't do her job."Azmi worked at the Headfield Church of England junior school in Dewsbury, which took pains to state that her suspension had nothing to do with religion.

The scarf issue had already taken center stage when former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, now an MP and Leader of the House of Commons, voiced public objections to the wearing of the niqab, a full-face veil, at face-to-face meetings with his constituents.
The national debate has since widened, with David Davis, a top Conservative Party official, taking the anti-veil stance to a new level.''What Jack touched on was the fundamental issue of whether in Britain we are developing a divided society,'' Davis said. ''Whether we are inadvertently encouraging a kind of voluntary apartheid.''The anti-veil arguments dovetail with a parallel campaign, which takes as its premise the concept that Islam itself renders its adherents incapable of integrating into Western societies.
"If you are going to have Islamic schools, the question is whether they are going to embrace Western values," Patrick Sookhdeo, a Pakistan-born Anglican priest in England who converted from Islam, told the New York Times this month. "I would argue that Islamic values are not compatible with Western values," he said. And what Western values might these be? Are they the time-honored Western values of intolerance for people of color, suspicion and marginalization of non-Christians, fear and loathing of non-Whites? Exploitation of and contempt for the residents of former imperial possessions and colonies?
At this point, there will be a pause for the springloaded Islamophobes among us to suggest that it is any society's right and duty to protect itself against elements that may foment terrorism. There will be those who will argue that the veil may both mask and encourage extremism.

Perhaps it is time for us in the Western world to declare that Islam has a right to exist. Perhaps it is time for us to recognize that non-violent, non-Judeo-Christian religious observance is a right, not an act of war.

Scarves don't explode. Veils do not kill. The niqab does not incite. It takes courage to wear the veil in the West.

Certainly, no one should be forced to wear it against her will. But those who do so voluntarily, have chosen to brave ridicule, and perhaps to risk their own livelihood.
They have made a choice for self-respect, in the face of all that is vacuous in contemporary Western civilization, where the worship of the superficial has taken on the potency and universality of a state religion.
We in the West have allowed the veil to become the symbol of all that we do not know and do not trust about Islam.
In the Age of Paris Hilton, however, the West desperately needs women who devote themselves to serious pursuits, to the betterment of society, women who believe that self-esteem and dignity are worthy values.
If they choose to wear a veil, and we take offense, that is wholly our problem. We have no business making it theirs.

Mood: wondering...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sheikh Al Sha'arawy's Words To Mubarak

Like many Egyptians, I am a big fan of late Sheikh Al Sha'arawy (Allah yerhamo).

I came across this YouTube video which shows the recording of what Sheikh Sha'arawy said to Hosni Mubarak in 1993 when there was an attempt on Mubarak's life in Ethiopia.

I remember seeing this on TV back then and being very moved by it. Allah Yerhamak ya Sheikhna...



Mood: Missing him :(

Islam - Why Women Don't Marry More Than One?

As part of a discussion i had with Alaa about Islam and Polygamy, a question was brought up (with good intentions ISA), why muslim women don't marry more than one man?

Below is part of the conversation which we had. I copied and pasted the parts related to the question: "Why Women Don't Marry More Than One?".

Note: The reasoning used below is between two muslims. Muslims believe that Quran is the rightful divine words of God and that the Suna (Prophet's sayings and doings) is to explain and elaborate on Quran.

In other words, this is how muslims look at it.

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Alaa said...

... so does the quran actually say a woman is only allowed to marry one guy or does it leave it as an implicit rule

Fadfadation said...

Alaa,

... As for women not marrying more than one man, I really hope you want the proof because you don’t know it, and you’re not mocking what our religion’s Sharee3a says. I don’t know you, but as a muslim I’ll except that you’re really asking for proof because you want to know ( I don’t like doubting people).

Tab3an, lets agree as Muslims that Quran is God’s rightful divine word to us and that Suna (the Ahadeeth Saheha especially) explain and give details in everything mentioned in Quran and elaborates on it.

The proof that women can not marry more than one man is in Quran and Suna together.

Quran:

How did we know that we are to marry women? God mentioned to us in Quran that He created man and woman. He also told us they are to get married as man and woman (Zojayn).In Al Roum Sora (verse 20):
}وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُمْ مَوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ {
Here God told us that He created from us Azwaaj. These azwaj are for us to live with (marry). As you now, a zooj in Arabic means couple or two or a second. So, my Zooja means my second.

Then came this Ayya in Sorrat Al Nesaa’a (verse 3):
}فَانْكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُمْ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَى وَثُلاثَ وَرُبَاعَ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلا تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً {
Here God gave us (muslims) the "Option" and permission to marry more than one and up to 4.

This option might not work for some or they might not want to do it, that’s fine. Let them not do it. It is up to them. Other people will need this option and will agree to it…shoft 3azamet dena? :)

Suna:

The prophet as you know was sent to us to reveal God’s religion (words…etc.) and to guide us. In the Hojat Al Wadaa3 (called Wadaa’a because he passed away after it and it was his last and only Hajj), the prophet said (meaning of):” Today I completed for you your religion (the revelation, rules and way of life), and I finished my blessing (the prophet was a blessing to mankind sent by God), and I inform you that Islam is the religion for you to take”.
As mentioned in Sorat Al Maaeda (verse 3):
}الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلامَ دِينًا {

At this point the line was drawn and the revelation was complete and the guide for us in this life (Islam as a Shareea) was completed. Note, completed as in there is nothing missing!

The Sharee’a has all the rulings of things in life. In our case here, Marriage and it’s boundaries.

So, the Quran told us (muslim men) that we are to marry women (Zoja), and it told us that we CAN marry more than one (up to four). And the prophet told us that he gave us the complete guide in our life which is Islam.

Did the prophet wives ever marry more than one at the same time? Did the prophet’s followers wives’ ever take more than one husband at the same time? Did anyone from all the muslim A’ema or Mufteyeen over 1500 years ever allow this?

The answer is NO!! of course not!

Why? Because it is clear what God has told us to do (marry a woman) and what the additional OPTION is (men to marry up to 4). If God wanted women to marry more than one man, He could have said it in Quran or in Suna through the prophet. God was not to miss out something like that (7asha LelAh)!

Hence, it is a done for deal that the OPTION is only for MEN to marry more than one woman.

Humans might wonder why God told us to do something in a certain way. We can try and search for answers (as I tried to do in this post). We might get a point or two why God put it that way. But, for sure our puny minds will never know all the wisdom and reasoning behind everything God told us to do. For things we can not understand or we are not convinced with as muslim individuals, we just believe in it.

Another way to say it...We as muslims (believers), we believe anything God tells us to do. Even if we find it difficult to understand, we still believe in it…. That my friend is called Imaan :)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Islam - Polygamy, Why?

Non-Muslims seem to have common questions about islam. Today, I'll talk about Polygamy.
As a muslim, i already know the answer to that... but i was thinking what's the best way to try and explain that to non-Muslims. While checking different answers i got this article from the "ISLAMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION" (Website: http://www.irf.net ). Check it out and see what you think...

Question:
Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? i.e. why is polygamy allowed in Islam?


Answer:

1. Definition of Polygamy:
Polygamy means a system of marriage whereby one person has more than one spouse. Polygamy can be of two types. One is "polygyny" where a man marries more than one woman, and the other is "polyandry", where a woman marries more than one man. In Islam, limited "polygyny" is permitted; whereas "polyandry" is completely prohibited.
Now coming to the original question, why is a man allowed to have more than one wife?

2. The Qur’an is the only religious scripture in the world that says, “marry only one”.
The Qur’an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase ‘marry only one’. There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife. In none of the other religious scriptures, whether it be the Vedas, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta, the Talmud or the Bible does one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these scriptures one can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later, that the Hindu priests and the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one.
Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had several wives.
In earlier times, Christian men were permitted as many wives as they wished, since the Bible puts no restriction on the number of wives. It was only a few centuries ago that the Church restricted the number of wives to one.

Polygyny is permitted in Judaism. According to Talmudic law, Abraham had three wives, and Solomon had hundreds of wives. The practice of polygyny continued till Rabbi Gershom ben Yehudah (960 C.E to 1030 C.E) issued an edict against it. The Jewish Sephardic communities living in Muslim countries continued the practice till as late as 1950, until an Act of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel extended the ban on marrying more than one wife.

(*Interesting Note:- As per the 1975 census of India Hindus are more polygynous than muslims. The report of the ‘Committee of The Status of Woman in Islam’, published in 1975 mentions on page numbers 66 and 67 that the percentage of polygamous marriages between the years 1951 and 1961 was 5.06% among the Hindus and only 4.31% among the Muslims. According to Indian law only Muslim men are permitted to have more than one wife. It is illegal for any non-Muslim in India to have more than one wife. Despite it being illegal, Hindus have more multiple wives as compared to Muslims. Earlier, there was no restriction even on Hindu men with respect to the number of wives allowed. It was only in 1954, when the Hindu Marriage Act was passed that it became illegal for a Hindu to have more than one wife. At present it is the Indian Law that restricts a Hindu man from having more than one wife and not the Hindu scriptures.)

Let us now analyse why Islam allows a man to have more than one wife.

3. Qur’an permits limited polygyny:
As I mentioned earlier, Qur’an is the only religious book on the face of the earth that says ‘marry only one’. The context of this phrase is the following verse from Surah Nisa of the Glorious Qur’an: “Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that
ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one.” [Al-Qur’an 4:3] Before the Qur’an was revealed, there was no upper limit for polygyny and many men had scores of wives, some even hundreds. Islam put an upper limit of four wives. Islam gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women, only on the condition that he deals justly with them.
In the same chapter i.e. Surah Nisa verse 129 says: “Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women....” [Al-Qur’an 4:129]
Therefore polygyny is not a rule but an exception. Many people are under the misconception that it is compulsory for a Muslim man to have more than one wife.

Broadly, Islam has five categories of Do’s and Don’ts:
(i) ‘Fard’ i.e. compulsory or obligatory
(ii) ‘Mustahab’ i.e. recommended or encouraged
(iii) ‘Mubah’ i.e. permissible or allowed
(iv) ‘Makruh’ i.e. not recommended or discouraged
(v) ‘Haraam’ i.e. prohibited or forbidden
Polygyny falls in the middle category of things that are permissible. It cannot be said that a Muslim who has two, three or four wives is a better Muslim as compared to a Muslim who has only one wife.


4. Average life span of females is more than that of males
By nature males and females are born in approximately the same ratio. A female child has more immunity than a male child. A female child can fight the germs and diseases better than the male child. For this reason, during the pediatric age itself there are more deaths among males as compared to the females.
During wars, there are more men killed as compared to women. More men die due to accidents and diseases than women. The average life span of females is more than that of males, and at any given time one finds more widows in the world than widowers.


5. India has more male population than female due to female foeticide and infanticide India is one of the few countries, along with the other neighbouring countries, in which the female population is less than the male population. The reason lies in the high rate of female infanticide in India, and the fact that more than one million female foetuses are aborted every year in this country, after they are identified as females. If this evil practice is stopped, then India too will have more females as compared to males.

6. World female population is more than male population

In the USA, women outnumber men by 7.8 million. New York alone has one million more females as compared to the number of males, and of the male population of New York one-third are gays i.e sodomites. The U.S.A as a whole has more than twenty-five million gays. This means that these people do not wish to marry women. Great Britain has four million more females as compared to males. Germany has five million more females as compared to males. Russia has nine million more females than males. God alone knows how many million more females there are in the whole world as compared to males.

7. Restricting each and every man to have only one wife is not practical
Even if every man got married to one woman, there would still be more than thirty million females in U.S.A who would not be able to get husbands (considering that America has twenty five million gays). There would be more than four million females in Great Britain, 5 million females in Germany and nine million females in Russia alone who would not be able to find a husband.
Suppose my sister happens to be one of the unmarried women living in USA, or suppose your sister happens to be one of the unmarried women in USA. The only two options remaining for her are that she either marries a man who already has a wife or becomes 'public property'. There is no other option. All those who are modest will opt for the first.

Most women would not like to share their husband with other women. But in Islam when the situation deems it really neccessary Muslim women in due faith could bear a small personal loss to prevent a greater loss of letting other Muslim sisters becoming 'public properties'.

8. Marring a married man preferable to becoming 'public property' In Western society, it is common for a man to have mistresses and/or multiple extra-marital affairs, in which case, the woman leads a disgraceful, unprotected life. The same society, however, cannot accept a man having more than one wife, in which women retain their honourable, dignified position in society and lead a protected life.
Thus the only two options before a woman who cannot find a husband is to marry a married man or to become 'public property'. Islam prefers giving women the honourable position by permitting the first option and disallowing the second.
There are several other reasons, why Islam has permitted limited polygyny, but it is mainly to protect the modesty of women.

That mainly covers the parts i wanted to explain. Just a last thing... one might ask:"Why did God decide that muslims can have up to 4 wives? why 4?

The logical answer is that if God said 3 not 4, someone else would ask:"why did God decide that muslims have 3?". And if God choose that we have 5 not 4, someon else would ask "why did God decide that muslims have 3?"...and so on.

We as muslims beleive and follow God's orders. God said 4, then so be it.

Note: Just so that people don't missundertand me, I am not stating that it is the way to go. Actually, it is hard to keep up with more than one marriage (God even said so in Quran). But, there are cases in life where such an arrangement is vital. My main concern was to TRY and explain for non-muslims why polygamy is acceptable in Islam.

Hope this clears things a bit, for some at least.

Special thanks to my wife for helping me out :)

Mood: ;)

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Guy Rules

This is old, but it is always relevent...


The Guy Rules

We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules!
Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE because they have the same priority...

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Football games. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after7 days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted in two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both! If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask you what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football, sports in general, or politics.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round is a shape.

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

Mood: Glad :)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Omar Al Mukhtar (Libya) Wins!

In a 2 week survey i did on my Blog, Omar Al Mukhtar from Libya won as the most favorite Arab hero in the 20th Century with 29% of the votes.

To tell you the truth i too believe he is the best. The reason for that is that he was a normal man who lived with his head high and died the same way. Never giving in, no matter what the odds were, he believed Libya was his land and it is duty as a Libyan and a Muslim to go out for Jihad against the invaders (Italians).

One of my favorite movies was Omar Al Mukhtar by the late director Mustafa Al Akkad. That was a great movie!



For more detail on my favorite arab hero go to : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Mukhtar

Mood: Glad :)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Annoying Things People Do In Mosques!

Surely each one of us experienced something annoying while going to prayer. Usually, these things have to do with people. Here are a few things that annoy me...

Note: What i am about to say is not common. It does not represent what happens in Mosques generally speaking. But, some of these things happen every now and then by people who are either ignorant or have no idea about decency...

  1. When i go to the Mosque (Masjid) and get ready to pray SUNA prayer, a man decides to leave all the empty areas in the mosque and stand behind me in a line to pray his SUNA prayer. The problem is not that he is behind me, the problem is that he does not give me enough space to bow (Rokoo') while praying. This ends up that my "behind" keeps bumping into his head as both of us are bowing and standing strait during our prayers. Of course to avoid this i have to move forward while i am praying. At the end of my prayers, i want to turn around and tell him in typical Egyptian Arabic : "7abaket ya3ny to2af waraya keda!".
  2. During Friday prayers, while the Imam (Preacher) is preaching and everyone is sitting in his line (Muslim during prayers stand in fine rows), a man who came in late to the Mosque decides to keep pushing people aside to go all the way and try and fit into the front row of people (the row just behind the Imam). That person has no decency for the feelings of other people. He knocks into all lines as he is moving forward, disturbing all people as he goes by. I know that he is motivated by the Prophet's saying that "the best line is the first line of prayer then the following on, and so on" (this is to encourage people to go early and stand behind the Imam). What i want to tell such people is: "Either you come early to be in the first line or for God's sake just sit where you are!".....................eeefff!
  3. Children below the age of 5 whom for some reason their fathers decides that they can stand in line and pray with more elder people can be very annoying too. There is no problem of course doing that "IF" the kid is quite and will not annoy other people. But, to bring your kid who is too young (to understand or know what to do) to pray with elder people, and it ends up that he keeps running between lines, screaming, pulling our trousers, and decides that he (the kid) is an athlete and does a double flip in front of us while we pray...."LA2A KEDA KETEEER!".
  4. Kids from the age of 7 till 14, something is about these kids that is annoying. They are goofy, and very sloppy. They just keep banging and knocking into people. They do everything very quickly (praying) and want to leave quickly. I have no idea why, but i noticed this about that age group. They need to concentrate a bit i was in that age one day, but i can't remember what it was like).
  5. Of course a Mosque is a place to read Quran and pray. But, some people over do it. They decide it is ok to keep raising their voice while reading Quran to an extent that you can barely hear anything but him. This completely disturbs other people who are either reading Quran or praying. Just an advice: 'Keep your voice down, you are not in a competition to decide who has the highest voice!".
  6. People go to prayers in mosques and they smell like a "trash can" (or worse) are very annoying. There are many things in our Religion that emphasize on cleanliness, washing a lot, and doing ablutions (Wodoo'). There is almost nothing we do as Muslims, except we have to shower or wash for (to an extent). Besides that, there are instructions from the prophet (PBUH) about washing teeth, putting on perfumes...etc. But, some people apparently never heard of such things... it is disgusting! mish momkin!
  7. When someone praying next to you has toe nails (foot) that are as long as Bear claws (ma7'aleb Diba). Not only that, but the are also very very dirty! and that person decides that it is ok to stab you in your feet as you are praying near each other (min baab sad el forag been el mosaleen)!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I want to tell him:"keep those claws away from me or i will get an electric saw and chop them off"...lol
  8. Some poeple who seem to think it is ok to use you as a leaning wall as they pray. They just lean with all their body weight on you as you pray Jama'a (gourp prayers). This can be so annoying that you want to turn to him after prayer and say: " atmana iny akoon 7eeta morye7a lee 7adretak!"...grrrrrrrr!
  9. When you leave your slippers outside the mosque and after prayers as you go out, you put your feet inside your slipper and find them soggy wet!!!!!!!!!! some wise guy decided that he has the liberty to take your slipper and go to the bathroom with them and return them all WET! Allaho A3lam what else besides water made it so wet! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!

Mood: Annoyed :(

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hamas vs. Fat'h - Why?

I came across the news that Egypt succeeded in calming the tentions between Hamas and Fat'h (Palastine) in Al Ahram newspaper (http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=fron2.htm&DID=8993).

I am not about to argue what each one of them did wrong because each side has it's point of view. But, i am about to ask Fat'h one question...

Why? why is it when you (Fat'h) were in power and controlled the government, Hamas never did to you what you are doing to them now?

Is it just because you (Fat'h) lost the elections to Hamas?
Hamas never went out rioting against Fat'h when Fat'h was in power. They never fought against them in streets...etc. Yet now Fat'h is doing all that against Hamas and it's governement.

It seems that Fat'h live by the saying: " Fyha laa A7'fyha!" (meaning: If i don't get anything out of it, i'll destroy it).

Mood: Disappointed :(