Saturday, December 30, 2006

Executing Saddam On Eid Day?!!!

Saddam Hussein was executed today at 6:00AM (story here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6218485.stm)

To start with, i am against everything that Saddam stands for and i am against all what he did. But, to execute the guy on the Muslim's Eid Al-Adha day (first Feast day after Haj), that is very low and disgusting.

Eid days are days of mercy and happiness, not for executions to take place. They (the Iraqi new so called government and the Americans) should have had the decency and wait till Eid is over.

Mood: Disgusted!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Just Another School Day For Children In Palestine

Imagine having to deal with this every day on your way to work or school...



Gaylak youm ya zalem!
Mood: hoping...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Living In The Streets

A reporter from Al Wafd Newspaper went undercover to get closer to the children living in the streets (beggers\homeless) and know more about their way of life.

The shocking part is the number of children living in the street per statistics. In the article it mentions that in 2005 there was about 1,750,000 beggers\homeless (children\youngsters) living in the streets!!!!

The article: http://www.alwafd.org/v2/News/NewsDetail.php?id=4998&type=accident&PHPSESSID=3800cfb7abc611ea172f106066f5c929

Seems like a weird world out there.

Mood: Shocked!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tom And Jerry Creator Dies

After decades of entertaining children and adults with some of the finest cartoons ever drawn, their creator, Joseph Barbera, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.


From the Daily Telegraph (link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/12/20/nbarbera20.xml)

A tribute to the man who co-created a cartoon i loved, a cartoon attached to my childhood, a cartoon that means a lot to me... Tom and Jerry.


I will always have a soft spot for Tom and Jerry, especially Tom :(


Mood: sulking :(

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Word About The MB

Besides their stupid showing off in AL Azhar University (http://arabist.net/arabawy/2006/12/14/state-security-crackdown-on-mb-activists/) and the famous "TOZ" of the Murshid (sort of Leader), the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) have potential in my opinion.

I for one do not like their current Murshid Mahdi Akef. I think they need a more carismatic and out spoken leader like Dr. Abu EL Eneein or better off, Isaam Al Eryaan.

I am amazed by the exaggeration some people use when talking about the Ikhwan (MB). Especially, the NDP people... they keep trying to scare people from the MBs.

I read an article by Hassan Naf'ea in AL Masri Al Youm (link: http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=41118) and i believe he was spot-on
"From the last..." (as my friend Bono usually says)...


أن جماعة الإخوان ولدت لتبقي ولم يعد بمقدور أحد استئصالها من تربة الحياة السياسية والاجتماعية المصرية التي أصبحت متجذرة فيها،
الأمر الثاني: أن الضربات المتلاحقة لم تزد الجماعة إلا إصرارا وقوة وأن حظر وجودها وتجريمها ودفعها أحيانا للعمل تحت الأرض يجعلها أكثر تطرفا وانكفاء علي نفسها وأقل قدرة علي التواصل والحوار مع الآخرين،
الأمر الثالث: أن التضييق علي بقية الفصائل السياسية الأخري غير المشاركة في الحكم يصب في نهاية المطاف لصالح جماعة الإخوان وحدها، علي عكس ما قد يبدو ظاهرا فوق السطح, ويجعل منها البديل الوحيد للنظام القائم، خصوصا عندما لا يكون لدي هذا الأخير مشروع وطني تؤيده وتلتف حوله الطبقة الوسطي، كما هو الحال في المرحلة التي تمر بها مصر حاليا،

Morally, there are things i agree\approve with the Ikhwan about. There are people who have been or are part of the Ikhwan whom i admire\d (i.e. Hassan El Bana, Sayed Sab'e, Abdel Wahab El Missiri, Fahmi El Houidi...etc.) .
I believe the MB have an important message and a very effective role in Egypt.

As Mohammed Hassanein Hikal once said "The MBs have a very important moral role, but they need to re-think some of their thoughts"... may i add: " and some of their acts".

At the end of the day, i hope the best for Egypt no matter who rules it.

Mood: ...

Al Ahli Clinch 3rd World Cup Place

BBC - Al Ahli Champs

Congratulations to Al Ahli Club. And hats-up for Abu Terika who in my opinion deserves this years best african player of the year (link:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/6187495.stm).

Although i am sure the CAF will give it to one of the African players playing in Europe (i.e. Drogba or ETO).
Mood: Cheerful :)


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

For Heliopolis Lovers - Old Pics

To the place where i belong, this is a special dedication...

Horse Racing (currently near Al Shams Club)




A Villa in Al Ahram St.

Currently Roxy




And Finally, a place and a person i love...
My Grandfather (Allah Yer7amo) is in this Pic (NO NOT THE KING!)
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Mood: Pleased :)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

As A Humble Opinion... Sorry, NO!

As an admirer of Ahmad Bahjat (an Ahram newspaper columnist), i daily read his column. Today, i came across a part in his article that as i remember stirred a lot of criticism (article here: http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=amod1.htm&DID=9057).
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The part mentions what the "then very unpopular" Grand Mufti of Egypt Mohammad Hussain Tantawi (now the Grand Imam of AL Azhar institution) said.
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The then Mufti was asked what is the Islamic view of Tourism. Besides saying it is ok and all that, i'll just drill down to the part i (as a muslim) don't approve. Not to mention of course the criticism he got from a lot of scholars becuase of it at that time...

Note: Put in mind i am trying to think from a muslim's perspective in a supposed to be muslim state (who doesn't want to do something against what Quran & Suna tells us to do).

ثالثا ـ حول ما يفعله السائح من شرب للخمر ولعب للقمار والملابس القصيرة‏,‏ قال المفتي إن من حق السائح أن يتصرف في حدود عقيدته الخاصة‏.
Ok, i can understand the drinking and wearing what he\she (the forigner) wants in terms of personal freedom for people..etc.
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‏رابعا ـ حول ما تستلزمه السياحة من استيراد الخمور ولعب القمار‏,‏ قال المفتي إنه لا شيء في ذلك‏..‏
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Now, that's what i don't like (and which caused a lot of criticism at that time).
Here's why...
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We as muslims (with a muslim ruler and Constitution that - only on paper, not applied in reality in most things...lelasaf - says we are a muslim coutry) are not supposed to gamble or drink liquor. Not only that, we are also not supposed to assist, sell or to have anything related to them per the following:
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يا أيها الذين آمنوا إنما الخمر والميسر والأنصاب والأزلام رجس من عمل الشيطان فاجتنبوه لعلكم تفلحون، إنما يريد الشيطان أن يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل أنتم منتهـون المائدة: 90، 91
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Concerning Liquor in Suna...
(كل مسكر خمر، وكل خـمر حرام » [رواه مسلم ]،

ونهي عن صناعتها للتداوي وأخبر أنها داء وليست بدواء، فقد روي مسلم عن طارق بن سويد الجعفي أنه سأل النبي عن الخمر فنهاه أو كره أن يصنعها فقال: إنما أصنعها للدواء؟! فقال: )إنه ليس بدواء ولكـنه داء (.
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فقد روي مسلم عن ابن عباس (أن رجلا أهدي لرسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- راوية خمر، فقال له رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم: (هل علمت أن الله قد حرمها ؟ قال: لا، فسار إنسانا، فقال له رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم : بم ساررته ؟ فقال : أمرته ببيعها، فقال: إن الذي حرم شربها حرم بيعها قال: ففتح المزادة حتى ذهب ما فيها ( رواه مسلم.
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عن عائشة رضي الله عنها: لما نزلت آيات سورة البقرة عن آخرها خرج النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم فقال: )حرمت التجارة في الخمر(رواه البخاري
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As for what "Mayser" in the Qur'an verse means...
فقد قال ابن عباس و قتادة ومعاوية بن صالح وعطاء وطاووس ومجاهد: الميسر القمار. فكل ما كان قمارا فهو ميسر محرم بالآية الكريمة
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Besides the clear Qur'an verse and the few Suna proofs stated above, there are many others i didn't mention. I also read a lot of Fatawa from Al Azhar, Dar Al ifta'a and Islamonline that say the same thing.
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Ok now, Egypt is an Islamic state... history wise (last 1400 years), population wise (%88-%94 depending on different sources) and Constitution wise (second part of the constitution).
So, as a muslim country and as muslims we are not supposed to have anything to do with them (Liquor and Gambling).
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I can't imagine myself a government official giving permissions to muslims to sell liquor or build gambling areas (not that i am or will ever be an official..lol).
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Now someone might say, what about Egyptian Christians? do you want them to stop liquor just because they are in an Islamic country? where's their freedom?
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Well, if you ask me (and i only represent myself), maybe they (Egyptian Christians) are the only ones who should be permitted (in Egypt) to sell liquor (to anyone who wants it). Since in their religion (as far as i know) it is not wrong to do so.
Maybe that would solve the whole liquor issue (muslims not to deal with it while christians can).
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Actually, that was exactly what the muslims did when they first came into Egypt 1400 years ago. Omar Ibn AL Khattab ordered the muslims to leave the Christians alone (including their liqour..etc.).
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As for gambling, i think (not sure) that even in Orthodox Christianity, gambling is not permitted (not sure about this info!).
Becuase of that (besides it's obvious distructive effect on people), i think gambling in Egypt should be banned.
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Walaho A3lam...
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Mood: Wondering...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Congress Quran Oath Stirs Opinions In USA

From AOL News (http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/newly-elected-muslim-lawmaker-under/20061201093309990001):

In a column posted Tuesday on the conservative website Townhall.com, Dennis Prager blasted Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison's decision to take the oath of office Jan. 4 with his hand on a Quran, the Muslim holy book.
"He should not be allowed to do so," Prager wrote, "not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American culture."
He said Ellison, a convert from Catholicism, should swear on a Christian Bible -- which "America holds as its holiest book. … If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress."

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The post generated nearly 800 comments on Townhall.com and sparked a tempest in the conservative blogosphere. Many who posted comments called the United States a Christian country and said Muslims are beginning to gain too much influence. Others wrote about the separation of church and state and said the Constitution protects all religions.

I think they need to read their constitution again before saying such crap.
If that's the way most Americans think, then so much for American democracy, and freedom of belief.

And they keep preaching us about minority rights in our countries! Saba7 el double-standards!

Mood: humph...