Friday, December 28, 2007

Book Review: Man In The Shadows

An autobiography by Efraim Halvey the former head of Mossad (Israeli Intelligence Agency) and secret envoy for 5 Israeli Prime ministers.

The book covers specifically his time in Mossad and touches base with other duties he did (i.e. Israeli ambassador to European Union).

The book sheds light on the Israeli perspective on things in this part of the world and how involved they are almost everywhere in the Middle East.

Some interesting points in the book:
  • Jim Angelton (from CIA) to Efram Halvey: “Never go for an international conference solution”.
  • As long as the Iraqi-Iranian war lasted, Israel was the obvious beneficiary of this continuous blood-letting between two potential enemies (commenting on the Iraqi-Iranian war from early to late 1980s).
  • Israel’s involvement in general in Africa was reaching its climax (…), invested in the defense field, training and advising troops loyal to regimes generally considered dictatorial.
  • (…) Israel was allied with the white regime of South Africa. (…) policies were based on reading of its strategic interests, with minimal regard to human rights…
  • Israel played a very effective role in narrowing Egypt’s zones of influence in Africa.
    Comment: And Egypt seems to have surrendered to that fact and not do anything about it. 3amar ya masr !
  • (In 1980s), Israel launched a rescue operation in the Sudan. The Jews Of Ethiopia were encouraged to cross the border into Sudan to refuge camps around 500 KM from Khartoum (Sundan Capital). Twenty thousand were transported to Israel in 10 years.
    Comment: For 10 years and the Sudanese didn’t know of it?!!! Very fishy!
  • In 1989… Israeli presence on Moroccan soil and unique relationship between King Hassan-II and successive Israeli governments (Israel helped Morroco against Algria which was backed by Egypt).
    Comment: So much for thinking much of Moroccan Monarchy :S
  • Israel,…its most powerful adversary in the region, Egypt.
    Comment: Not anymore, we are totally submissive now. Darn Politicians!
  • Its (Israel) reputation had blossomed to such an extent as to permit it to reap benefits based on its growing legend.
    Comment: I was always convinced that Israel is not as strong as people envision it. He just said it here!
  • In 1990, …Iraq has won the war with Iran but had suffered tremendously both in loss of life…
  • The rain of missiles (shot by Iraq during the gulf war 1990-1991) wrought enormous damage to the morale of the population (of Israel). (…) public morale ran very low. (…) significant exodus of people leaving the country for the duration. This was an experience never encountered before in israel’s history.
    Comment: A note for the books.
  • Shamir (previous Israeli prime Minister), (…) given his previous experience both as leader of the prestate Lehi (Fighters for the Freedom Of Israel) anti-British Mandate fighting group (during the time Britain controlled Palestine and the Jew influx was occurring).
  • Oslo agreement”, (…) Rabin himself would later come to describe as a piece of Swiss cheese.
  • Of all the leaders of Israel only one voiced reservation over the anti-Serbian policies (taken by all other nations during the Balkan war crimes of Serbia in the early 1990s). (…) were not the Jewish people, of all people, the ones who were expected to be the first to speak out and unequivocally condemn actions similar to those it endured during WWII?
    Comment: Well, at least Efram asked the question!
  • The Sharon approach (to not taking an anti-Serbian strategy as others took), drew its inspiration from the basic concepts of Israel’s international strategy, to promote and cultivate understandings and alliances with countries and cultures that were non-Muslims.
    Comment: Why does media (International and US specifically) concentrate on Muslims not liking Israel and not the other way around? It is obvious here that they will do anything just to be close to anyone who is against us!
  • The now-famous Balfour Declaration, contained in a letter from Lord Balfour on behalf of the British government to lord Rothschild, in the year 1917, spoke of a commitment to grant the Jewish people a national home in Palestine.
    Comment: Till this day, I have no idea why the Brits gave themselves the right to give away land that is not theirs in the first place!!
  • So many emerging political figures in Palestinian camp had spent years in Israeli jails, it was well-nigh psychologically impossible for the Israelis to transform their way of looking at individuals from viewing them as prisoners to treating them as emerging equals.
    Comment: a quick look at what Israelis are doing to Palestinians on a daily basis, will confirm what Efram said :S
  • The president (of the US) user over an hour of the time in an attempt to persuade the king (King Hussain of Jordan) to buy Boeing aircraft for his Royal Jordanian civilian air company and thus to replace the Airbus fleet that they had!
  • In order to secure water resources for some of these settlements, Israel had bored water wells quite deep into Jordanian territory.
  • We did not wish this branch of our economy (flower trade to Europe, flower planted on Jordanian confiscated land since the 1967 war) to be damaged by the impending peace treaty (with Jordan).
  • (As part of the Agreement with King Hussain of Jordan for peace) Thus did we secure a quarter of a century of continued exploitation of the land in the south (using in planting flowers) with the use of the water obtained from the wells (within Jordan).
    Comment: The amount of concessions that we (Arabs) do with Israel are unbelievable! Are we that pathetic?! (don’t answer…I know).
  • The successes of the international intelligence community in its battle against terrorism would not have been possible without the active support of Egypt. The cooperation that Egypt extended to the US in facilitating interrogations of major terrorist suspects.
    Comment: How honorable of us. I hope Hosni Mubarak and his security brutals sleeps well at night! 7aga te2ref!
  • Egypt, …encouraged a public vilification of Israel,…Whereas behind closed doors there was much mutual understanding and interest.
  • Egypt has withdrawn its ambassador from Israel in protest against Israeli activities in the region (Spring 2002), but the embassy was left to function with a big and active staff.
    Comment: In other words, it is all an act. Egyptian government and Hosni Mubarak just want to save face. DISGUSTING!
  • Israel was never capable of preventing the flow of information, commands, and instructions out of its detention centers.
  • An eminent Jewish Zionist thinker who had written a famous essay close to 100 years before entitled “Without Vision – the People Will Disintegrate”.
  • (About Arafat, Palestinian PLO leader), rather than remove him entirely (kill him) from the scene, the idea was to leave him with his title of president, but t devolve his powers in such a way that he would become a titular head of state.
  • (As part of the plan to clip Arafat off), the financial system of the Palestinian Authority had to be grouped under finance Minster subordinate to prime minister (Palestinian Prime Minister then was Mahmoud Abbas, the current Palestinian President and successor of Arafat!).
    Comment: This indirectly implies that Mahomud Abbas is their man, or at least aligned with their agenda!
  • (As part of the plan to clip Arafat off),this plan was presented in Washington, London, Cairo and Amman (Jordan), (…) it was received and adopted with enthusiasm.
    Comment: How nice… we are part of the dirty deal. Shame on us all.
  • In 2000, Mr.Sharon asked to visit the temple Mount in Jerusalem and Prime minister Barak authorized it. The purpose of the visit was clearly to assert Israel’s undeniable claim to the entirety of Jerusalem, including areas that housed the holy mosques of Jerusalem.
  • I recall that the first Gulf war (When American and ally troops pushed Iraqis out of Kuwait) came to an abrupt end and a cease-fire was hastily ordered when the Saudis let it be known that as members of the American-led coalition they could not stomach the capture of an Arab capital by Western forces.
  • In the aftermath of the disastrous Yom Kippur War (6th of October War in 1973)… an endeavor to set right a major failure that had been responsible for the loss of more than two thousand dead and several thousand wounded, let al ne the traumatic effect that the war had caused to morale of the nation. (…) shortly after the war, the government of Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned.
  • (Israeli retailation strategy against attacks on Israel) Targets both local and foreign, should be prepared in advance and they need not be related directly to any specific terror attack.
    Comment: Take a close note at the last sentence: “they need not be related directly to any specific terror attack”!!!!!
  • Khammas (Palestinian group Hammas) and possibly HizbollAh (Lebanese Shia group) are only two examples of the type of partner that the free world may be constrained to seek if it wishes to win the war against terror.

Fadfadation Book Scale: 6/10

Mood: Beysamo nafsohom “Part of the Free World” 2aal ! :S

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hajj - My Journey Of A Life Time

Due to the fact that Hajj (Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi) is about to start on Monday 17th of December 2007 (starting with the overnight stay in Mina on the 8th of Thu Al Hija ), I thought i'd share my experience with you all.

It was in January 2006 when God blessed us to perform Hajj .
After i came back i wrote the below e-mail (I added a few photos to help you visualize what we went through).

Note: I edited parts of it to make it more understandable.


The Holy Mosque In Mecca (Al Kaaba)

Well, we are back safe and sound as they say.

Hajj was very tiring, yet very rewarding.

The best things would be the MANASEK (the acts of worship during Hajj) itself. The worst thing is the people (lelasaf!).
Now I know why we are at the tail of civilization. A lot of Muslims are so bad mannered. It is really a pity.

Of course, a lot of people were very good, clean, pleasant…etc but as you know, one usually notices the bad things not the good.

I saw a lot of people who were either aggressive, or irritated, or dirty, or even selfish…. Lelasaf!

Mina (near Mecca)

The amazing part was seeing all these millions doing the same thing at the same time… sob7an Allah.

I remember a sight when I was going back from MINA to Makkah (Mecca) on foot alone and the road was full of cars and people all going to the same direction. I felt like we were going to the same destiny together.

And on another occasion, we were in the bus going out from 3arafat (Mount Arafat) to Mozdalefa and on the side of the road there was this long white line of people all the way as far as my sight can see heading towards Mozdalefa… it was amazing!
Al Jamarat

As for the accident, we arrived at the JAMARAT just after it happened (note: in 2006 pilgrimage there was a big accident where a lot of people died in a stamped at the Jamarat area).
They blocked the way to the bridge (JAMARAT bridge) and we just stood there while tens of ambulance cars went in and out to pick up the dead and wounded. It was around 1.15PM when we arrived there.

We left at 2.15PM with no hope to throw the JAMARAT on that day. I had to go back again alone at 4PM and do it alone.
The reason for going alone is that it was very rough and crowded when we were on our way there. I was concerned about my wife. So, I threw Jamarat for both of us instead.

Mount Arafat (3arafat)
The best part about Hajj in my opinion is 3arafaat (Arafat) with no doubt!!!
It can get very very emotional there. No wonder, since God descends to the lower sky and accepts everyone's pleads…. Sob7an Allah.

I never felt so close to something so powerful as I did on that day at that place.
There is a Hadeeth (saying of the Prophet Mohammad) that goes: "Hajj is Arafa".
I always understood from this Hadeeth that it is the most important Manasek in Al Hajj.

After what i experienced during the stand in Mount Arafa area, that Hadeeth now has a totally new meaning to me. Becuase, the feelings i sensed during that day in that area... were out of this world!!

For me... HAJJ IS ARAFA.
Tawaf in "Al Kaaba" (the direction of all Muslim Prayers)

We are both back now. I have a strange sense of calmness I never experienced before…amazing!

I know that life will pull me back to the DONYA problems…

I can not tell you how much pressure the Shitaan is doing on all the people who come back from Hajj. I never had so many WASAWES like now. He is trying hard to spoil everything we did… but with God's might, the shetaan will fail … I hope haha!

Anyway, I hope you all go do Haj and gain all the best rewards out of it, in this life and after...
Every time i remember Hajj or read this e-mail...
I have to say, Hajj is really "A Journey Of A Life Time".
Mood: Reminiscing :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

When Advertisements Get Egyptianized :)

Something to get us started this week :)

Finally, just a little joke for Ahli Football Club fans :)

Mood: Cheerful :)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

To Live As A True Muslim "MAN"...

True Muslim Men (Al-Tarf Blog)

Since I have been in the Gulf I have been lucky to attend a few religious lessons that really struck a cord inside of me.

Note: The events and words are in “relatively speaking” terms. Compiling this was difficult, so the event is not accurate.

I live in an area full of locals. Rarely do I see non-locals around.
There is a very posh mosque near us. I think about %90 who go there to pray or whatever are locals.

The Mosque has 3 lessons a week.

One of the days, after the prayer… and after most people left, the Imam (Islamic Cleric that leads prayer and gives lessons) sat down and looked around.

There were about 25 of us. Mainly, men between 20s and 30s, most of them were Locals.

After starting in the name of God, he then said:” Today, I want to talk to you my brothers about something we don’t really concentrate on as Muslims. Or may I say, we don’t concentrate on enough!”.

He continues: ”As I was coming into the Mosque and I saw most of you coming in, I saw the beautiful cars you are riding or coming out from…Masha2 Allah (with God’s blessing and grace).
I now sit and look around me and see very healthy, handsome, well built, rich men (ana mish minhom).
I see men from all over the Muslim world, from this country, Al Sham (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan), Egypt or even Europe (seems he thought I was European).

I see people leaving the world outside with all its glamour and errands, just to sit down here wanting to listen to a lesson that might help them get through these difficult times we are in.

Today, I want to talk to you about something young men seem to forget these days.

That thing is “Humbleness and modesty”.

Yes, my brothers. Maybe some of you now are saying:” I am fine. I am humble”.

I ask you this as young, wealthy, handsome men:

How many times have women gave you an eye because of your looks in a Market or mall and you felt your ego sky rocket?
How many times have women made a pass at you, and you went along?
How many times have people looked at you as you drove your gorgeous car, and felt good about yourself?
How many times have you walked or acted with an egoistic attitude because of any blessing God gave you?

In other terms, how many times have you “used” your looks, wealth, well built body, and even car to show off or maybe even worse... commit something wrong?

Do you not know that God said in Quran, Surat LoKman:

وَلا تُصَعِّرْ خَدَّكَ لِلنَّاسِ وَلا تَمْشِ فِي الأَرْضِ مَرَحًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

And in Quran, Surat Lokman:

وَلا تَفْرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمْ وَاللَّهُ لا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

And in Quran, Surat Al Israa:

وَلا تَمْشِ فِي الأَرْضِ مَرَحًا إِنَّكَ لَنْ تَخْرِقَ الأَرْضَ وَلَنْ تَبْلُغَ الْجِبَالَ طُولا

And the prophet said:

"من جرَّ ثوبه خيلاء لم ينظر الله إليه يوم القيامة" (أخرجه البخاري ومسلم..

"ما تواضع أحد لله إلا رفعه الله" (جزء من حديث أخرجه مسلم..

And the list goes on…

One of you might say: ”Yes, I did that mistake. But, I am much better than other people who drink, steal, commit adultery and whatever else there is on the list of sins”.

Let me ask you a few questions to open your eyes on corners you might have missed while using such an argument…

When we are judged on Judgment day, who will judge us?
God, obviously!

OK….When God will judge us, doesn’t He judge us per the standards of conduct that He sent for us. The standards of conduct that his Prophets taught us? Or will He judge us per what “other” people do”?
He will judge us per the standards that HE sent for us. We are judged per the benchmark Quran and Suna!

OK, someone might come and say:”Well, God is merciful. No matter what I do, He will forgive me.”.

And I say: “You are right and wrong at the same time”. How? Here’s how…

Yes, God is Merciful. Merciful more than a mother upon her children.

Yet, you would be mistaken if you let yourself go and do what you want to do relaying on His Mercy without backing it up with deeds.

Brothers… God is Merciful with the ones who work for it. In other words, DO SOMETHING TO DESERVE HIS MERCY.

Just as mentioned in Surat Al Nour:

وَلا يَأْتَلِ أُولُو الْفَضْلِ مِنْكُمْ وَالسَّعَةِ أَنْ يُؤْتُوا أُولِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَالْمُهَاجِرِينَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلْيَعْفُوا وَلْيَصْفَحُوا أَلا تُحِبُّونَ أَنْ يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
Someone might say: “God can be Merciful to the extent that HE sends us to heaven just because we worshiped Him”.

I’d say:”Yes, you are right. But, let me ask you a last question…

Can you guarantee it?
Can you come now and tell me… I guarantee God will forgive me and send me to heaven?

Even Omar Ibn Al Khatab as he was dying, he was shivering with fear. He didn’t know whether God will forgive him and embrace him with his Mercy.

Didn’t God say in Surat Mariyam:”

أَطَّلَعَ الْغَيْبَ أَمِ اتَّخَذَ عِنْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ عَهْدًا

No one knows where they will end up, whether in heaven or hell.
Work for your place in heaven. Do something to deserve that place and remember this…

God said in Surat Al Ankaboot:

وَمَا هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ

And in Surat Al Hadeed:

اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الأَمْوَالِ وَالأَوْلادِ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا وَفِي الآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

I apologize if I took too much of your time, but we now come to the part I want you to think of...

Don’t you think O "young, healthy, and well off" men that now is the time to have some TRUE Muslim “MEN” out there?!

Haven’t we got enough half-good Muslim men out there?

You meet a muslim with good manners, but he doesn’t pray.
You meet a muslim who prays, but chases girls.
You meet a muslim who goes to Haj, but drinks liquor.
You meet a muslim who gives Alms (sadaka), yet abuses his wife and ill treats her.
You meet a muslim that talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk.
And the list goes on...

Don’t you think now is the time for some True Muslim "MEN" out there?
Don’t you think YOU CAN CHANGE THAT pitiful reality we live in?

I want each one of you after this lesson to go home and go look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself this question:


It is time my brothers that each one of us starts changing…
Live as men brothers…live as men and make your prophet PROUD!


Throughout my life I was never a show off type of guy. I guess it was how I was brought up to be.
I am not saying I am excellent or the best (who am I aslan?!). But, what I want to say is that since that lesson, I have been trying to make it a point to to do my best.
Failure will happen on the way, but i'll try to keep on going, ISA :)

This was one lesson I can hardly forget!

Mood: Nefsi a3eesh Ragel waa amoot Ragel!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Palestine vs. Israel (Who Has The Right For The Land?!)

Although i am really busy today, but some things just get on my nerves...

This one is for all the Israelis, Pro-Israelis, or the ones who believe Israel has more right for the land of Palestine than Muslims or Arabs.

I wrote about this in different posts before , so i will copy and past some of the arguments used by Israelis and co. and the comments on them...


Palestine (Canaan):

Canaanites are mentioned in the Bible, Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian texts, and have always normally been considered an ethnic group radiating out of Lebanon; though some recent sources, without specifying any evidence, have asserted an origin on the Arabian Peninsula.

Comment: Whether from Arabia or Lebanon, this proves our right to the place before the Israelis, or what?!!!!

Canaan is mentioned in a document from the 18th century BC found in the ruins of Mari, a former Sumerian outpost in Syria. Apparently Canaan at this time existed as a distinct political entity.
During the 2nd millennium BC, Ancient Egyptian texts use the term Canaan to refer to an Egyptian province, whose boundaries generally corroborate the definition of Canaan found in the Hebrew Bible, bounded to the west by the Mediterranean Sea, to the north in the vicinity of Hamath in Syria, to the east by the Jordan Valley.

In the centuries preceding the appearance of the Biblical Hebrews, Canaan and Syria became tributary to the Egyptian Pharaohs.
Many earlier Egyptian sources also make mention of numerous campaigns conducted in Ka-na-na before Israelites were there.

Comment: Again, Egyptians were there before Biblical Hebrews, maybe we should be the ones to claim Palestine?? Yeah right!!
During the Canaanite Period of the Archaeology of Israel, the cities of Canaan were ruled by vassals of the Egyptian Empire.

The Canaanites are said to have been one of seven regional ethnic divisions or "nations" driven out before the Israelites, Israelis refer to their history like this..

1.1 Canaanite period
1.2 Israelite period (Iron age)
1.3 Persian period
1.4 Hellenistic period
1.5 Roman period
1.6 Byzantine period

Comment: Yet one more time...Canaanites were there first. Cannaites were from Lebanon or Arabia. Egyptians were there before Biblical Hebrews… what else can I say???!!!

From Torah, in "Genesis":

- God appears to Abram and says, "To your descendants I will give this land.

Comment: This means we Arabs and Muslims have the same right. Hagar (the mother of Ishmael) was from Egypt. Ishmael the son of Abraham was brought up among arabs. His decedents were Arabs. And not to forget that Mohammad the Muslim's Prophet was Ishmael's we have the same right just like Jews!

- Ishmael is near dying, an angel speaks to Hagar and promises that God will not forget them, but will make of Ishmael a great nation; "Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, ... And God was with the lad, and he grew up

Comment: Means that Muslims are the great ones mentioned, since they are the descendants of Ishmael (through their prophet and Ishmael's decedents).
If that is what you believe (historical existence should be what gives someone the right to a place) than i you should go and tell the americans to get out of America, since it belongs HISTORICALLY to the red indians.
Of course you know that if you say that to any american, he'll say you are a complete maniac!

It is not our problem lived there for a while then left for any historical reason. Throughout our history there were jews living amongst us with no problem. that's a fact!

We have no problem with jews living anywhere, the problem is the land that is not theirs! and the humiliation of Palestinians.

  • About The Jewish temple and AL Aqsa Mosque being built on top of it as a spit against Jews (someone actually believes that!) , from the post "Web Stalked!! The Solution... ":
Al-Aqsa was built simply because this spot is\was a KIBLA (center or direction) for all prophet’s (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and their predecessors included). And since we Muslims are believers of all prophets and we follow Abraham father of all prophets, we simply have this place as a scared place too (3rd most sacred in Islam). It was not for that stupid reason you mentioned! Lol


To us Muslims and Arabs, the one who has the right for the land is obvious.
But, due to the world we currently live in...

Root analysis and solution:
Israelis to abide to UN and International Court rulings, give back the 1967 land, remove settlements, remove the UNJUST wall of separation around Palestinians, and never enter Palestinian land after that, hopefully then things will change.

Oh and if you want to rant about the Palestinian "terrorists" (as you like to call them) while never calling what the Israeli settlers or army do to Palestinians terrorism.... be my guest.

But remember this: "Never think that humiliating people, taking their land, caging them up behind your notorious wall, prisoning them in the thousands within your prisons, not respecting their sovereignty, killing them.....etc ... all this and they will not retaliate.
Thing is, when they do... we all know what you will call them :\"

So, don’t waste our breath or yours on trying to show us that Israelis are dandy, pinkie, peaceful, and just dudes who want to live in peace…If you are, then act as one!

Read "The Great War For Civilization" (Robert Fisk) and "Palestine, Peace NOT Apartheid" (Jimmy Carter)... maybe you'll get what i mean.

Convinced? made you re-think?

If Yes... good!
If No... I don't really care! spare me the Pro-Israeli comments...not interested!

Mood: 7atgeli galta 2orayeb!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Um Kalthoum I Got To Know...

El Sit :)

Um Kalthoum (for those who don't know her) is known as "the Star of the East". More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as the Arab world's most famous and distinguished singer of the 20th century.

Throughout my life Um Kalthoum to me was just a woman that used to squeeze her tissue as she sang. She meant nothing to me.

Back in school days, we used to make fun of her and do the same "squeezing" thing as a joke.

It was only in my early twenties when I started to appreciate her songs and of course her lovely voice. I have to say: "She is in a league of her own".

I don't know what made me start liking her songs, but I remember well how it started...
It was on Thursdays (or Fridays) after a late night outing, I used to turn on the radio and listen to her as I drove around the city alone (as some people call it "carwaza", lol). I used to love doing that.

Now, i listen to her songs when i like to think of anything dear to me or a nice memory.

Here are my favorite Um Kalthoum songs:

  • "Inta Omry" (one of the best intros I ever heard).
  • "Hagartak" (the song that made me love Um Kalthoum's singing, and I think it's my number 1 Um Kalthoum song)
  • "Fat EL Ma3ad" (yasda7mad).
  • "Sert EL Hob" (Sha7tefny yam3alem…).
  • "7ayart 2alby" (aaaah ya 2asy !! ).

I now leave you with the intro clip of "Hagartak" song :

To listen to it online: (click the Real Player link).

Mood: Metmazeg :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Message To America...

The lady in this clip is called Suhier Hammad. She is an American\Arab (Palestinian origins).

I dedicate this to Americans specifically.

Get ready to be impressed...

Sa7e7, fyh setat bee 100 ragel!

Note: Special thanks to MrsFadfad.

Mood: Pleased :)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ever Argued With A Sufi? #2

Part two of my previous Post "Ever Argued With A Sufi? #1". These are the rest of the points of argument with Sufis…
  • Sufis say, we do what we do because a certain Wali or scholar said or did this before.
Abu Hanifa (one of the 4 biggest scholars in Islamic fikh) said: “Everyone’s thoughts or rulings are arguable, except the owner\builder of this part of heaven” (talking about the prophet and pointing at the Mosque in Maddinah where Abu Hanifa was giving a lesson at the time).

The unacceptable things Sufis do are not from the doings or teachings of God or his Prophet. The proof Sufis use to explain their doings is built on Walis sayings or doings or interpretation of some people.

We as muslims (that go by Quran and Suna) use proof and rules only stated in Quran and Suna.

Which one is more righteous do you think?

  • Sufi Walis introduce many special prayers and devotional acts into their schools.

The answer would be obvious using a typical Muslim's way of thought (per Quran and 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 or last pilgrimage (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!

Also the prophet said very clearly (meaning of):”Take from me your worshiping ways”.

(خذوا عني مناسككم)

Also, the prophet said (meaning of):” Pray like you saw me pray”.

(صلوا كما رايتموني اصلي)

If we add the three together, it is obvious that there is no proof we can come up with new ways of many special prayers and devotional acts. We should stick with what the prophet tought us, specifically when it comes ways of worship.

  • Some believe the sheikh (or Wali) of the Sufi way goes to Makkah and back in a short time when he is in a “Khalwa” (Khalwa: stay alone, when he isolates himself from people to attain a high state of soul indulgence experience) .
To our knowledge (based on Quran and Suna) only Prophets do such miracles. And the time of such miracles has gone. Some might argue maybe the Wali who does that is a Jin (ghost\spirit). The quick answer would be, well if he is, then he is not a he!?!

A Wali giving a lesson

  • A lot of Sufi ways were (in many times) encouraged by governments and occupation because they tend to only care about spirituality and have nothing to do with stopping oppression, invasion…etc (jihad). Sufis (almost all) say that Jihad only means resisting the bad deeds of the soul.

Of course that is something rulers would love people to corner themselves in, so they can do what they want!

This type of non-political Islam is what the Sufis corner themselves in and of course politicians love. At least this is true in the current version of Sufism.

Not only their perspective, God put every leader in a position, and people are not to say who comes and who goes. God put them, then no one takes them out!!!!!!!!!!!!

Special hello to Husni Mubarak and his likes :S

  • To Sufis, lying is part of politics and they are not supposed to lie, hence no politics.

Not to argue about lie and all that (you can be an honest politician if you want to and not lie), but their way of thought contradicts the prophet and his followers. For they were into politics (Islam is a way of life, in all aspects).

  • Some believe that through dancing and waving themselves about, they can become closer to God and become more spiritually transparent.

Some scholars answer this as follows:

Dancing and waving one self has nothing to do with religion… give one proof that the prophet did such things or even his followers!

Besides that, can you imagine going into the office of your manager wanting something and waving yourself about say:” O Ahmed, O Ahmed, O Ahmed”…is that a way to talk to a manager or even communicate? (not to forget, God has non alike and has His own status unlike any other! Laysa kamithilHi shay2).

In all cases, this is not a major point. Maybe getting closer to God this way works for some.

As long as it doesn’t include anything forbidden, I guess it can pass…yet, sticking to what the Prophet did in terms of worship (didn’t include any dancing and whirling) is the best way forward.

Some Extra Points For The Note:

  • Some say they can fly and have supernatural powers.

No comment.

  • Some people mention that Al Halaaj (a known Wali long gone) said he was Allah. Some Walis said they were an impersonation of Allah.

Asta3’fero Allah!!!! No comment again!

  • Some say they saw God with the eye of their heart (as in physically saw).

For heaven’s sake… the prophet and Moses couldn’t actually see God, and these people say they did…strange!!

  • Al Nakshabandiya Sufis go to Haj (Pilgrimage) in Cyprus to the house of their Wali.

Where in Islam (Quran or Suna) did they get that from, i have no idea.

Of course we all know where is the only place to do Haj as far as Islam is concerned! Mecca is the only place to go to Hajj to in case someone was wondering :S

  • Some say Walis can be your way for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is only through God…we direct our requests to HIM alone.

  • Sufis aim is only for one to work on the soul and heart. Some of them just forget anything else in this life. They even abandon life and go live in the wilderness.

Working on your soul and loving God is the major goal of Islam, but not alone. You have to care about this life and build\develop in it.

NOTE: It has to be noted that the Mystical part of Sufism has inspired many people into becoming more close to God. It also has to be noted that the Mystical part of Sufism has made a lot of people attracted to Islam (converts).

Walaho a3lam.


  • Al Jazeera Documentary.
  • Monte Carlo Radio Documentary.
  • Wiki.
  • Personal Experience.

Mood: Done at last :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ever Argued With A Sufi? #1

The Sufi ritual of dance and praising of God

This turned out to be very long. So, I will split into two posts.
I will mention the intro and the major points of argument in this post. In the following post, I’ll mention the rest.


A few years ago I was invited with my family to my university friend’s farm house with her husband and kid. With us was another university friend and his family.

We spent a pleasant time till it was time to pray. Her husband whom we (my other friend and I) barely knew at the time, was going to be the Imam for us (Lead the prayer).

Just before we stood up and started gathering to pray together, we were talking about how weak Muslim nations have become and how we became so spineless in politics…etc.

As her husband was aligning himself towards the Qibla (direction where Mecca city is which has the holy Mosque), he said: ”You know why we are in such a bad state as a nation?”
We said:” The reasons are obvious.”
He said:” It is because there are no more “Awleya Allah AL Saleheen (Wali: friend of God, to be explained later) in these times. So, no one can plead God for us anymore.”.
And then he turned towards the Qibla and started the prayers.

My friend and I looked at each other with a “HUH?! What did he say?” look on our faces, and then started praying.

After the prayer was finished and we sat down again, the guy just fired off with Sufi arguments, why people should be Sufis and follow the Sufi way.
At the start (not wanting to turn the outing into a heated argument) we were very passive and just nodding (only mentioning that what he is saying might not be very true).

Obviously, the guy was ready for this and planned for it. He used many arguments.

I got to know after the outing from my hosting friend that he always does that with people.
I guess he’s trying to make people change their thought into Sufi thought or something.

Anyway back to what happened…
After he started getting obnoxious with some of what he said, both my friend and I started arguing back.
The bad thing is we got the guy cornered more than once and that caused him to get quite aggressive and in sometimes insulting (at one point I was thinking of leaving but I didn’t want to make a scene. So, I just thanked him for one of the insults).

Although we did quite well answering back, but not being in such an argument before made me go back and do some research.


Before I start mentioning some of the Sufis arguments and what they try to convince people of (muslims), i have to define what a Sufi is and what a Wali is.

  • Sufism is a mystic tradition within Islam that encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to Divine love and the cultivation of the elements of the Divine within the individual human being. Practitioners of this tradition are known as "Sufis" generally, though some senior members of the tradition reserve this term for those who have attained the goals of the tradition.
  • Wali is a Waliullah or friend of God. Here Wali means friend. Usually these people are members of Sufi (mystic) communities who are considered to have a special relationship with Allah.

Just to clarify a point, there is nothing wrong with Sufism except with a few weird things they say and do.

To make it more understandable, I hereby mention what Sheikh Hamza Yousef (renowned American "Converted to Islam" Preacher whom I find to have excellent Islamic thought):

The means and goals of Sufism is something any Muslim would agree with (dedicated to Divine love and the cultivation of the elements of the Divine), but some of the ways they use (i.e. pleading the dead for things, wiping themselves against graves for blessings, …etc) that has nothing to do with Islam. I stand away from that.”

…and that exactly was our problem with my host's husband argument.

Points of Argument:

  • Per Some Sufis, we can plead and ask Walis (dead or alive) to do things for us or make things happen. It is also ok to go to Mosques which have dead Walis buried in them, and ask those dead Walis to do things for us.


We as Muslims take our orders\rulings from 2 sources, Quran and Suna (sayings and doings of the prophet).
We as Muslims are ordered only (and I repeat only) to plead God and no one but Him.

إذا سألك عبادي عني فإني قريب أجيب دعوة الدعي إذا دعاني))

Meaning of the Quran verse (loosely speaking): “Whenever my worshipers ask you (O Prophet) about me, I am close… they should plead me and I will fulfill”.

The verse is very clear, when it comes to pleading for things, God said “I am close”. He did not say: ”Tell them that I am close”. This is a clear message to people that when it comes for asking for things, people should go directly to God and forget any intermediates, just like God answered directly in the verse and said: ”I am close”, He didn’t say” tell them….”.

Another verse from Quran:
(و أن المساجد لله فلا تدعو مع الله أحدا)

The meaning of: “Mosques belong only to God (to worship\plead Him), do not plead anyone but HIM”.

This is too clear to explain!

Also in Suna, the prophet once said:

إذا سالت فسال الله و إذا إستعنت فستعن بالله"

Meaning of: “If you are to ask for something (plead), ask God. And If you need help \assistance, ask God”.

Enough said.

  • There is nothing wrong if people to go to the graves of Walis (built in some Mosques) and wipe their bodies against the tombs for blessings (or their hands and then rub their hands against themselves).


The prophet and his followers never did that, where did Sufis get such acts from?
Sufis might argue that people in the time of the prophet used to take blessings by touching him. The answer is easy: “First, he was then alive. Second, he is not a grave!”.

  • They say it is ok for people to go to the Prophet’s grave to ask him to ask God to forgive them. Their argument is built on the fact that when the prophet was alive, Muslims used to ask him to plead forgiveness for them from God (also mentioned in Quran). They say that since prophets and Martyrs never die (per a narration by the prophet and Quran), then he is alive. In other words, people can go ask him for stuff. To prove their point more, some of them say that in the time of Abu Bakr Al Siddik leadership of the Islamic world (the leader after the prophet’s death), the Muslims had a very dry year… the Muslims (with Abu Bakr leading them) went to the prophet’s grave, opened it (ya walad! wa7ayt 7’aletko!?!), and pleaded him to ask God for help (this was used by my host's husband by the way maybe not all Sufis use that).


If Sufis say that “Muslims used to ask him to plead forgiveness for them from God”, the answer is that they did that when the Prophet was alive!! Not dead!

Think of it like asking a fellow Muslim to wish the best for you and plead God to bring the best for you (a father asking the best for his kids ring a bell?). So, imagine having the chance the prophet would plead for you. No wonder when he was alive they asked him to do so.

Sufis will say that the prophet is not dead, prophets don’t die. The prophets are alive with God.
The answer is, you are correct but they are in a life called “Al Barzakh”.

  • Defining Barzakh:
    In Islamic eschatology, Barzakh (Arabic: برزخ) is the intermediate state in which the soul of the deceased is transferred across the boundaries of the mortal realm into the spirit world and into a kind of "cold sleep" where the soul will rest until the Qiyamah (Judgement Day). The term appears in the Qur'an.

    Barzakh is a sequence that happens after death, in which the Angel of Death or his helper angels will separate the soul from the body, either harshfully or painlessly depending on how righteous the person was before his death.

So, the prophet (and all whom have passed away) are in al Barzakh. God said in Quran (Mumeneen Sura, verse 2) about the Barzakh:

كَلا إِنَّهَا كَلِمَةٌ هُوَ قَائِلُهَا وَمِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ بَرْزَخٌ إِلَى يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

تفسير ابن كثير
وَمِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ بَرْزَخ إِلَى يَوْم يُبْعَثُونَ " . وَقَالَ أَبُو صَالِح وَغَيْره فِي قَوْله تَعَالَى " وَمِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ " يَعْنِي أَمَامهمْ . وَقَالَ مُجَاهِد : الْبَرْزَخ الْحَاجِز مَا بَيْن الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَة . وَقَالَ مُحَمَّد بْن كَعْب : الْبَرْزَخ مَا بَيْن الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَة لَيْسُوا مَعَ أَهْل الدُّنْيَا يَأْكُلُونَ وَيَشْرَبُونَ وَلَا مَعَ أَهْل الْآخِرَة يُجَاوِزُونَ بِأَعْمَالِهِمْ . وَقَالَ أَبُو صَخْر : الْبَرْزَخ الْمَقَابِر لَا هُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَلَا هُمْ فِي الْآخِرَة فَهُمْ مُقِيمُونَ إِلَى يَوْم يُبْعَثُونَ .

From the meaning of the barzakh and the verse above it shows that people who pass away are in an intermediate state, they have nothing to do with this life.

How come Sufis think anyone in Barzakh can help, although the Quran was very clear about it?

As for the argument that the prophet does not die,
The prophet does die (as in dies from this world and moves on to the Barzakh life till Judgment day).

God said in Quran:

وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ أَفَإِنْ مَاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انْقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَابِكُمْ وَمَنْ يَنْقَلِبْ عَلَى عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَنْ يَضُرَّ اللَّهَ شَيْئًا وَسَيَجْزِي اللَّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ

Meaning of (loosely): “Mohammad is a prophet like all the prophets that have passed, If he (the prophet) dies or was\gets murdered\killed you will revert?”

و قول سيدنا أبو كبر بعد وفاة الرسول: "من كان يعبد محمدا فإن محمدا قد مات، و من كان يعبد الله فإن الله حي لا يموت) أو كما قال

Meaning: when the Prophet passed away, Abu Bakr Al Siddik (ruler of Islamic state after the prophet and the prophet’s best friend):

Those of you who worshiped Mohammad, Mohammad has passed away. Those of you whom worship God, God is alive and never dies” (as in: “remember O people…we only worship God and God was\is\will always be there). Even Abu Bakr mentioned that the prophet has passed away and he will no more be available, yet God is always available.

So, yes. Prophets do pass away, from this life.

As for the part about the Muslims opening up the Prophet’s grave and pleading him to ask God for rain…
It was never narrated that the prophet or his followers had ever went to a grave to ask the dead to plead God on their behalf.

I checked Saheh Al Bokhari (one of the main Suna narration books) which my host’s husband said the story was in, and it mentioned that the Muslims on that specific event went to the Prophet’s Uncle and asked him to plead God with them.
Nothing about going to the prophet’s tomb\grave and all that ever happened.

For heaven’s sake, the dead have their sacred stance in Islam, we are ordered to bury them as soon as possible, we are ordered not to harm corps…etc, all that and someone would actually imagine that muslims would open the prophet’s grave (even a little hole)?!!!!!!!!

Wait till you see the next post, there is more bizarre stuff.

Update: Continued at Ever Argued With A Sufi? #2

Mood: To be continued…

Monday, November 12, 2007

Do You Think You Are Having A Bad Luck Spell Recently?

Do You Think You Are Having A Bad Luck Spell Recently? if so, i suggest you read this...

Within the past 2 weeks or so...


Parked my car outside a restaurant for 5 minutes to come back and find that another car slammed into it and ran off.

To fix it i had to pay a few thousand Riyals and my Insurance company only paid 500 Riyals :S


1- Woke up at 2a.m with my wife panicking to find out that our baby boy is out of breath and turning blue. He could hardly breath. Imagine seeing your son running out of breath with the worse sound you can hear in your life...and you can not do anything about it!!

Rushed off to the Hospital (and each traffic light on the way tortured us by changing to red).
Turned out that the poor child's nostrils\throat were swollen which made him unable to breath. Went back home by 4.30am feeling that we have aged 10 years!

2- After a few days our other kid got very sick. Constant vomiting and crying.
When that was done. My in-laws (here on a visit) became ill too.

3- Then, just yesterday my baby boy started vomiting too.
Oh, and not to forget, since last night...i got a high fever and stomach virus.


1- Lost the job opportunity i was targeting for a long time (not to mention wanting to leave). Every manager i know was like:"We see this working out". It would have been the perfect thing for me and my family. Bas kadar Allah wa masha2 fa3al.

2- Thinking i would benefit from going to a certain (other departments) workshop.
It is a 3 days course that takes 9 hours a day.

I attended the first one yesterday and HATED it!
The subject was extremely dry. The topics were too much for my liking.
To the extent that at the end of the course day there was a case study, i actually looked at all three papers of the case study, put them down on the table and looked outside of the

3- After a very long 9 hours, i went to my desk to find out that my "modeer" left early leaving our new employee alone.

My colleague was panicking and said that moderna left without telling him. He said, he has been left alone with me in a course and our other two colleagues on leave.

After doing some reassuring, i sat down on my desk to find out that moderna el 3azeez sably sho3'l lel rokab and left.
What i find funny is that he knows that i finish the course late and i start it very early the following morning (yekrem aslak ya3ny).
I obviously stayed after hours.

4-Then, my colleague came to me complaining that his vacation to Egypt was refused by management and that moderna can not help (yeah, you guessed it... he is telling me about it because i am sort of his mentor).

Knowing that if i try to interfere with moderna, it will end up bee afsh. At the same time i want to help the poor guy out, i told him i'll see what can be done. So that's a discussion i am not looking forward to.

5- With all the pressure and frustration from that stupid course, i didn't notice that i was shaking...yeah shaking.
As i went into my car and drove off i started feeling strange, my hands were shivering on the steering wheel.
Back home i found out that i have high fever and then the bathroom visits started :S

6- Woke up in the morning and sent an sms that i'm not coming in (bala couse bala sho3'l bala beta3) because i'm still ill and felling like i have a dead cat in my stomach.

My wife woke me up:"Fadfad... mafysh kahraba ya fadfad"
I:"mmm (as in ok)".
Went down to check the fuses, they were fine. I just went up and dropped asleep on the bed.

I went to sleep again to find a phone call at 7.30. it was the new guy, there is a problem at work and moderna mo7'tafy again.
Got that sorted and tried to sleep again.

Then after a while my wife came:"Fadfad... the cars are stuck"
I:"Izay ya3ny?"
Her:"No electricity, no garage!"
Excellent, both cars are inside the garage and the door can not open (thanks to electrical door garages).

Told her:"No KG for our son today".
My son:"Papa!".
I: "ya na3am".
My Son:"I want to go to KG :(".
I:"7ader, i'm trying to call the electricity people and they will come and fix it".
My son:"Gedi, Papa will call the electricity man and everything will be ok".

Oh God :S maaa kan ye7la2 lel KG...3eyal eh ely 3ayza tero7 el madrasa dy?!

Tried calling Electricity company but no luck. Then after an hour of trying the electricity came back by itself.
Turned out the whole of Doha had a blackout. My wife said the Radio was not on and the guy came on the English channel to apologize that the Radio station had no electricity :S

She said that all the Villas around us left the same time she left...all cars were stuck inside till the electricity came

"Aaaah now i can rest, i am so exhausted" i thought...


Another call at 9.30, my colleague again:"I am sorry fadfad, i know you are ill but moderna mo7'tafi and we have a problem".

After sorting that one out i then tried to sleep again, but then... i remembered, my in-laws are leaving today. So, i dragged myself up and went down to say goodbyes and all.

The day is still young... i wonder what else will happen now?

So, i ask you again: Do you think you are having a bad luck spell recently? think again!

I know i will think again, because surely someone out there has worse luck.

Mood: Venting