Sunday, May 27, 2007

Islam and Politics: Quit The Second Amendment Removal CRAP!

I wanted to write this post for a very long time. But because it was going to be a long one (and I am a very lazy guy) I have been postponing it for a while.

As we all know, a few months ago 34 of Egypt’s constitution amendments were under discussion for change in the parliament. Of course all is done and dusted now and approved.
During that time (when the 34 were under discussions) there were only two amendments that got most attention.

The weird thing was that an amendment that was not part of the 34 suggested amendments for change, was the one that got most attention.
That amendment was the second amendment which states that Islam is the official religion for Egypt and is the main source of legislation.

What I find “bitterly sarcastic”, was that everyone (toob el ard) was talking about it while this amendment was "NOT" part of the 34 amendments under discussion in the parliament.

OK, if people want to talk about it..so be it. Everyone is entitled to have their own opinion.

Seems the ones hammering on the second amendment were on of the following group of people (loosely speaking):

  • Secularists (no wonder).
  • Some Christians (can understand that).
  • People who hate islam regardless of who they are (you can sense it from what the say and how they say it).
  • People who do not understand how great and fully sufficient their religion is for all times and for any aspect of life.
Within a few months we read a large amount of articles in all newspapers (government owned, and even some private ones) attacking and criticizing the second amendment.

It was like a group of people making a lot of noise to move a mountain. They failed and will always fail. It is as simple as that.

I remember when I was talking to someone and I said: “Imagine if they remove Islam from the constitution”.
He answer back:” hahaaaaaaaay! No way man! They are banging their head against a wall”.
Me: “Why?”
Him: ” For heaven’s sake, they already don’t apply it right and now they want to take it away even from on the constitution. They will cause Egypt to go up in flames if they do so”.
Me:” why?”
Him: “ first of all, the officials whom approves such a thing will most probably be assassinated.
Second, Egyptians are very attached to religion. So if you tamper with what one loves and might be (for many) the only thing left for them to have hope and pride in…you’ll enrage hell on yourself
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Me: “ I agree, I think if anyone takes it out, Egypt will go into flames. God forbid!”.
Me: " Why do you think the ones criticising were the only ones doing the talking? i barely saw any Muslim stand up for those allegations".
Him:" Becuase we all know that they are a few, they can not do anything about it. And if they do, they will be playing with fire! uncontrolable fire that is!".

Although i have to add... Someone might think of a work around. As in, adding text that states that other specific source to be used. Or even changing it to "Islam is "a" source of legistlation" (instad of THE source of Legistlation).

We'll have to wait and see.

Anyway, lets see what some of them said about the second amendment:
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Some people say: "Islam has nothing to do with politics. It shouldn’t. To keep it pure, it should be excluded from politics."
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This shows very clearly that whoever says so, has very shallow knowledge of Islam.

I will quote a comment in one of my previous blogs: “It is amazing how some people think Islam is so weak, it can not outcast people who manipulate it".

Islam was sent to us as a way of life. In all aspects including Politics.

Iif you don’t think so, then ask yourself the following…

  • When the prophet sent diplomatic messengers to other civilizations, wasn’t that an act of diplomatic relations (politics)?

  • When the prophet signed peace agreements, wasn’t that an act of diplomatic relations (politics)?
  • When the prophet assigned Judges in various areas of Arabia, wasn’t that an act of government administration (politics)?

  • When the prophet assigned governor to different cities (i.e. Usama Ibn Zeid to Makkah), wasn’t that an act of government administration (politics)?

  • When the prophet gathered armies and went for war, wasn’t that an act of politics?

  • When the prophet put people in charge of beet el maal (sort of Ministry of Finance), wasn’t that an act of government administration (politics)?

  • What do we call all that happened in over the past 1400 years which at least 800 of them were dominated by Islamic state supremacy in all aspects of life?

Anyone who says islam has nothing to do with Politics is ignoring clear historical facts (beside verses in Quran if I may add).

If someone says, ok. I am with you on the same wave length. But, the countries that tried to apply islam in the current history are bad examples.

I’ll say... yes, you are right in some cases. But why are you ignoring the Turkish (Justice and Development) party and it’s success in administrating Turkey?
why are you ignoring the Morocco (Justice and Development) party and it’s success in Morocco ? (as much as they are allowed).


Why not give it a chance??????

Some people say: "I also wish that the second article of the Egyptian constitution will be changed because some people misinterpret it".

Note: I’m copying this off a discussion I had with a fellow blogger:

Just because some people as you said “misinterpret or misuse” Islam, that doesn't mean we throw away the whole system, sa7 wala eh?

Ya3ny, democracy has people manipulating it, does that mean we throw it away?...la2 tab3an.
We see where the problem is and fix it.

The problem is that Islam “IS NOT” being applied asasan 7adretek.

We only apply the werasa (heritance) and marriage parts of the islamic law.
Look around you and you'll know what i mean. Liquor is being sold by muslims (no regulation laws), we have gambling casinos, no strict human laws (unlike within the islamic state at it’s might)...etc.

For instance, do you know that the son of Amr Ibn Al Aas hit a copt only becuae he beat him in a horse race (note: Amr Ibn Al Aas did not know). The copt then sent a letter to Umar Ibn Al Khattab (the leader of the whole Islamic nation) complaining about this. Umar ibn Al Khattab asked the copt, Amr ibn Al Aas and his son all to come to Madinah (note: Madinah which is only for muslims to enter, a copt was allowed into it because there was injustice upon him). When they arrived Umar told of Amr and his son : “who gave you the right to enslave people while God created them free?!”. Not only that he asked the copts to hit Amr Ibn Al Aas’s son infront of all of them.

This is the type of Islam we should hold on to… the proud and just Islam.

Islamic fikh as i mentioned before is vast, and in it we can find what will please all.
Another point, you are ignoring (unintentionally of course) the historical fact that Egypt and the whole area has been an islamic state (or in one) for 1400 years. Of those, at least 800 were high times. In all aspects (human rights, science ..etc.).

Do you know that there were non-muslim people in the role of prime ministers and governors in the Islamic state. Not only Christians, Jews as well.

There are so many good example that would need a book to mention.
s, of course there was misuse here and there. But, in all ideologies and systems there will be abuse.

The solution is not by taking out that second article, the solution is finding more open minded or progressive applications of Islam (from within Quran and Suna). That's the way to go...

Some people say: "I don’t want a book that has descended 1400 year ago to judge me!"

Regardless of the ridiculousness of this allegation which shows how little that person knows about his\her religion, lets move on.

God’s wisdom is above time. It is eternal. When God sends us a religion to follow it is for us to follow for all time. Not just for a couple of years and then…”Ishta ya man, lets forget this!”.

We are talking about an everlasting ideology not a bicycle you can throw away!
God did not send us religion to waste time (asta3’fero Allah) and anything in Quran is applicable for all times.

At least this is how muslims are supposed to look at it.

Some people say (begin sarcastic) : "I never knew the Egypt was a person who could me a muslim. So you want to tell me that Egypt goes to pray and does Hajj".

Regardless of the lame, stupid argument from “ibn el 7’afeefa” who wrote this in Al Ahram newspaper. Here is the answer:
No, a country does not pray or do fasting. Why, because a country is considered a virtual person (sha7’seya i3tebareya). In other words it does not have a religion because only people can have religions.
So, someone would say:” you just proved what the guy said”.

I’ll say:” no, because what is meant by – The official religion in Egypt –
is Islam is …because the majority of the Egyptians ARE Muslims. This is a fact of life. Exactly as it is known that France is a Christian country (same reasons used).

Some people say: "It is not fair to Christians in Egypt. They to are Egyptians why only say that Islam is the main source of legistlation?"

It is said clearly that Islam is the main source of legislation. It did not in any way say it is THE ONLY source… balash talkeek!

In other words, other sources can be used as sources of legislation. So, rules can still change using other sources (depending on issue discussed).

For instance, a Christian is not obliged with the laws of having more than one wife (he doesn’t have the option), Can not get a divorce, and his wife can not divorce from him when there is a reasons.
All these instances are allowed in the Islamic law. Yet, they are not applied for non-muslims. Why? Simply because ISLAM IS NOT THE ONLY SOURCE OF LEGISTLATION!

Another thing, Christianity does not have a commercial, economic, and civil (inheritance or contracts...etc.) detailed laws as in Islam.
Actually, what Jesus said per Christian rules is (meaning of):” Give what is for Cesar to Cesar and what is for God to God”.

Do we need to say more?

Some people say: "We should remove Islam from the constitution not matter what! ".

Ok, just to humor whoever says that, lets say our parliament will (in fairy tales land) decide to remove the second amendment from the constitution…

  • Do you want to convince me (or anyone) that the Egyptian people (who per constitution have to vote on parliament decisions) will approve removing Islam as a source of legislation?
  • Do you want to convince me that Muslims who represent %90-93 of Egyptians (vast majority are known to love their religion no matter how bad or good as people they are) will approve such a thing?
If you think so, then…ok…dream on!

Some people say: "It is the cause of tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt".

Now that is the most lame and ridiculous accusation of them all. To simply answer that, NO IT IS NOT! And I can prove it…

In the constitution of 1923, it was mentioned that Islam is the religion of state. It was the same a it is now. Yet, from 1923 till the mid-1970s we never heard that it caused a problem or was a problem.

The main reason for tensions between muslims and Christians in Egypt is not Islam dear reader.
The reasons have to do with other things mainly :

  • Wrong way of applying rules (by Government officals).
  • Government individuals not being fair.
  • Not doing a "once and for all" rule for building churches and mosques.
  • Awful Education system that does not implant tolarence and moderate understanding of relgion in our schools.

And many others...In other words, the problem is with people.


Now the solution is easy, yet it needs determination, and a strong ruler with vision (and a ruling party that has the brains)…
Islamic fikh (way to conclude laws from Quran or Suna) as i mentioned before is vast, and in it we can find what will please all. We can produce suggested rules to stratify all (as much as possible), send them out for voting. and then we got the desired democratic result.

OK, here is some info (that most of us may not know):

Egypt is not the only country that states a religion in it’s constitution!

Some European Constitutions mentioned that the country is a Christian country.
Have you heard a muslim living there complaining and making a fuss to remove such a thing from that country's constitution?

Here are examples:

  • Greece: First amendment mentions that their religion is per the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • Denmark: Constitution mentions that the king is from the Lutheran Angelic Church
  • Spain: Ninth amendment mentions that the president of the country is from the Catholic Church
  • Sweden: fourth amendment mentions that king is from the Anglican Church.
  • England: The third amendment mentions that the king (or Queen) is from the Church of England.
I don’t hear anyone complaining anyone of the minorities) about religion being mentioned (in one way or another) in those “democratic” countries.

On another account…
Have you heard someone there say: “ Remove the cross from over Englands flag, it is not fair because there are other minorities living there!”?

So, for God’s sake…why keep hitting on Islam being mentioned in our constitution (balash sho3’l el ba3’ba3’anaat dah! Lol)

Think of it in a different way...

When I as a Muslims (or any other guy\gal) who happen to love my (our) religion find or hear that an Egyptian brother\sister in country keeps saying “remove it! remove it!” what do you think it will cause in our already sensative relation?

Finally, I have to say, it is disappointing how some people are humiliating their heritage and religion, thinking Islam is just a religion between a person and God.

Islam ladies and gentlemen is much more than that, Islam is a way of life. It covers all aspects of life.

At the end I wish people to have some faith and pride in their religion as a sufficient system in all aspects including Politics.

I here by dedicate this photo (from Victoria and Albert Royal Museum in London). I want you to read what history and other nations say about Islam…

Read the last sentance and maybe you’ll get the message.




Do I need to say more?


Mood: chillin' :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Jokes: An Interview With An Egyptian

A foreign Newspaper wants to publish a report about the life in Egypt, So they send a female reporter to interview the common citizen in egypt.

When she arrives at cairo, she picks a random guy and starts her interview:

Reporter: Hi
Egyptian: We 3alkom el salam ya "2otta"
Reporter: Do u speak english?
Egyptian: Berfect
Reporter: Do u mind if i interview u?
Egyptian: No,i dont have a mind
Reporter: What's your name?
Egyptian: Taha
Reporter: Sex?
Taha: I love it!

Reporter: oh no, i meant male or female?
Taha (yelling): what do u sink?
Reporter: Its just for the sake of the report..never mind...male....
Taha: yas male..and i can brove it any time u want
Reporter: No,thanks,I'll take u for ur word...so..how do u find life here in egypt?
Taha: Egybt..very nice cantry..nice wezar..nice food..byramidz
Reporter: oh well..beside the weather and the pyramids..what else do u like in ur Country?
Taha: Byramids,nice wezar,nice food

Reporter: Ok..lets move on..what do u do?
Taha: I am very well , sank u
Reporter: No,I mean do u have a job?
Taha (looking around him and whispering): Jobat?..no i dont have any (jobat)..lessa mastaba7nash..do u have a (job) with u?..we can esmoke it in my car..dont warry about bolice
Reprter: Oh my god! DO YOU WORK?
Taha: Yas yas..Taxi drivar
Reporter: What do u think about the traffic problem in egypt?
Taha: Very big broblem..very much cars..u see?..but za guvurment is trying to make it bettar..zey did the circle street and za me7war street..and zey make all streets one way so if u go..u cant come back..niahahaha3

Reporter: What about the economic problems in Egypt?
Taha: I do not undurstand what u say
Reporter: I mean..how do u deal with money problems in egypt?
Taha: No NO NO..egybt very rich cantry...we have alot of cotton..alot of water..and we have byramidz
Reporter: So do u make a lot of money?
Taha: No no.. it is not legal to make money..one frend i know make money at home..and he go to brizon..if u make money at home..u can only give it to za banzeena man..they take any money
Reporter: let me rephrase..since Egypt is a rich country.. do u have a lot of money?
Taha: me?! ..Not alot..but I eat and drink Al7amdulelah?
Reporter: Then where does all the money go?
Taha: Guvurment
Reporter: And what does the government do with the money?
Taha: Zey Build circle street,me7war street and make all streets one way

Reporter: well , Ok...Do u vote?
Taha: What duz zat mean?
Reporter: Do u choose your president
Taha: Mubarak?
Reporter: yes!
Taha (nervously): i didnt give my voice..but if i was..i will give him my voice
Reporter: Why him?
Taha: Because he was an airoplane in za war..he waz za leadar airoplane
Reporter: But there r no wars right now
Taha: But if we have war..u see?...we know we will have a very good airoplane in it
Reporter: what about the last 26 years ?
Taha: I got marry..and have 3ala2 and Amira..and drive taxi
Reporter: No,i meant what did Mubarak do for Egypt in the last 26 years
Taha: He build circle street,me7war street and make all streets one way

Reporter: Thank you very much for ur time Mr. Taha
Taha: No broblem,only 10 bounds
Reporter: I never said i will pay u for this
Taha: Ok..just give me the (job) then..we smoke ,and make head
Reporter:Grrrrrrrr
Taha: ok ok..need a Taxi?

lol

Mood: Pleasant :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Football: Zamalek Beat Rivals Al Ahli 2-0


2aywa ba2a! Shwayet Hawa!
Some fresh air for a change! Zamalek beat rivals Al Ahli 2-0!
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Although i don't have time to scratch, i am not in the mood, and i am suffering severe neck and back aches.... i had to blog this!

Al Ahli were totally out classed by Zamalek throughout the match (except for first and last 7 minutes of the game).

Notes on the game:

  • Zamalek's palyer Shekabala Rocks! and Abu El Elaa was good too.
  • As for Ahli, i liked the new goalkeeper Amir (Bilal and Hosni were awful!).

Now, excuse me while i go dance "stir the spoon" on the table near me....
SHAKE IT BABY!!!!!!!! SHAKE IT!!!!!!!

Mood: Ishta belhabal :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sheikh Abdul Hamid Kishk

Sheikh Abdul Hamid Kishk


Yes, Kishk! as in the Egyptian meal Kishk :)

Abdel Hamid Kishk (for those who don't know him) was a famous Islamic Scholar. He is considered one of the most famous 20th century preachers in the Arab and Islamic world.

Sheikh Kishk was blind, yet he sure had vision!

The peak of his fame was between 1967 and early 1980s. He had more than 2000 registered khotab (preaches or speeches).

He was known for his bitter sarcastic criticism of the regimes in Egypt, from Jamal Abdel Nasser's national security forces to late President Anwar Al Sadat.

He was first arrested in 1965 (during Jamal Abdel Nasser's realm) and remained detained for two and a half years. He was imprisoned in the notorious Tora and Abu Zaabal prisons and not to forget the awful Military prison (the worst prisons in Egypt and maybe the whole region).

Also, he was arrested in 1981 (the famous September 1981) when Anwar Al Sadat imprisoned about 1500 people who opposed him and his rule.

Just after Sheikh Kishk was imprisoned in September 1981, late President Al Sadat criticized Sheikh Kish and Mohammad Hassanien Hekal (famous Egyptian Journalist) by name on TV in a speech on September 5, 1981!

Shiekh Kishk was ill treated every time he was in Prison (with no regards to him being blind or old). When he went out (after Al Sadat's assassination in October 1981), it was known that his health deteriorated massively.

Although his criticism was sometimes (to me at least) a bit over the edge, he was notoriously known for his criticism about society, politics, actors, and singers.

His Friday prayer preaches (or lessons) drew a crowd of about 10,000 every week. He used to preach in a mosque in Kobry Al Koba district in Cairo.

I remember that my father-in-law (who was in his early 20s back then) once told me that he and his friends (among many others) used to go from Mohandessin district in Cairo (west Cairo) all the way to Kobry Al Koba (east Cairo) just to attend Sheikh Kishk's lessons.
They used to love his hilarious criticism of Al Sadat's regime.

Here are some of his famous (sometimes hilarious) sentences during his Friday preaches:

Note: I was about to translate them, but i found that they will not mean much in English. So, sorry this one is for Arabic speakers only :(

  1. استووا واعتدلوا ..المباحث يوسعوا لإخواننا المصلين شوية !!

  2. كان يقول في إحدى خطبه ـ بالمعنى وبالمصري ـ :(( كنا نبحث عن إمامٍ عادل آمْ طِلِعْلِنا عادل إمام)

  3. وخطبه التي يتهكم فيها على أسماء الحكام العرب ..((حسنى مبارك؟؟ حيس لا حسن ولا بركـــــه !! أنور السادات لا نور ولا سياده ؟؟))

  4. ويروى أيضاً عن الشيخ - رحمه الله - أنه قال :((الظلم تسعة أعشاره عندنا في السجن ، وعشر يجوووووب العالم كله ، فإذا أتى الليل بات عندنا))

  5. ويروى عن الشيخ أن مسجده مزحوم بقوة ذات جمعة ، فقال :((إخوّنا المباحث في الصف الأول يتأدموا - يتقدموا - علشان إخونهم المصلين في الخارج))

  6. روى عن الشيخ أيضاً :((اللهم صلي على الصف الثاني ، والثالث ، والرابع" فقيل له "والصف الأول يا شيخ" فقال "دا كله مباحث يا اخوّنا))

  7. يقول عن توفيق الحكيم عندما قال آدم عبيط : ((توفيق الحكيم حيث لاتوفيق ولا حكمة))ثم يتنهد الشيخ ويقول متأسفا : ((هؤلاء هم أدباؤنا))

  8. قول عن بابا الأقباط: ((آه ياني يللي مالناش بابا))

  9. من أقواله - رحمه الله - التي تستحق أن تكتب بماء الذهب قوله :((الدنيا إذا ما حلت أوحلت وإذا ما كست أوكست وإذا أينعت نعت)

  10. وقال عن ام كلثوم :((امرأة في السبعين من عمرها تقول:خدني لحنانك خدني))فاستطرد الشيخ: ((ياشيخه خدك ربنا))

  11. وقال عن عبد الحليم حافظ :((وهذا العندليب الأسود عندنا ظهرت له معجزتين الأولى يمسك الهوى بأيديه و التانية يتنفس تحت الماء))

  12. ومره من المرات قبض عليه، فضابط جديد يحقق معاه فقال: ما أسمك قال: عبد الحميد كشك (والمفترض أن الشيخ مشهور عند المباحث) قال: ما عملك فقال الشيخ: مساعد طيار (و معلوم أن الشيخ كان ضريرا)

  13. عرض عليه الخروج من مصر فقال: ((هذا التولي يوم الزحف))

One of the interesting facts was how he passed away. He passed away in a way a lot of Muslims would like their lives to end.

On a Friday, he headed to the Mosque he used to preach at and prayed a Salat Taheyat Al Masjid (a non-obligatory prayer when Muslims enter a mosque).

As he was praying (during his second Rakah), he bowed into the Sujud form (head touching the ground) and he never got up.

He passed away as he was doing a Sujood, the most humble and submissive action in prayer towards God... what a way to meet God! masha2 Allah!

Allah yer7amo, and forgive him for any mistakes, Ameen.

Mood: ...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Comments On The News This Week

1- Egypt applied to join UN's Human Rights committee.

كد الدكتور بطرس بطرس غالي رئيس المجلس القومي لحقوق الإنسان أن عضوية مصر بالمجلس الدولي لحقوق الإنسان التابع للأمم المتحدة‏,‏ غير مشكوك فيها‏

Link: http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=fron12.htm&DID=9212

Are we crazy? or are we crazy???

2- Egyptian Administrative court overrules President Honi Mubarak's decision to send detained Muslim Brotherhood members to be prosecuted in front of a Military Court.

أوقفت محكمة القضاء الإداري في مصر تنفيذ قرار الرئيس حسني مبارك إحالة 34 من قادة الإخوان المسلمين إلى المحاكم العسكرية ومن بينهم خيرت الشاطر نائب المرشد العام للجماعة.

Link: http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D6679084-5EDA-4ACC-811E-B5B5F1276A91.htm

Although i have a very strong feeling that the government will find a way to work around this verdict, but i have to say... day after day, the Egyptian justice system (judges specifically) proves that there is still hope in this country and there are just and honest people out there in some of the sensitive (effective) positions.

God bless you "few good men" :)

3- The Justice and Development Party in Turkey fails (by only 9 memebers) to gather two thirds of the Parliament for the nomination of Abdullah Gul . The party decided to withdraw their nomination of one of their members for Presidency.

فشل «حزب العدالة والتنمية» الحاكم في تركيا مجدداً في تأمين نصاب دستوري للجلسة البرلمانية لانتخاب مرشحه وزير الخارجية التركي عبدالله غل، رئيساً للجمهورية. وأعلن رئيس البرلمان بولند ارينج أن النصاب لم يكتمل في الدورتين الانتخابيتين اللتين أجريتا

Link: http://www.daralhayat.com/world_news/asiastralia/05-2007/Item-20070506-62c827e7-c0a8-10ed-01b2-ede87003e50f/story.html

Why did i feel like something will happen. Well, fair is fair... at least they Army didn't intervene. The opposition used a democratic way to achieve their goal, that is what counts.

3o2balna ya Rab :)

4- A Parrot owned by an Israeli couple speaks Arabic and squawks 'Allahu Akbar".

A religious Israeli couple from Ashkelon who purchased a talking parrot was startled when the bird began speaking in Arabic, according to Ma'ariv, an Israeli daily newspaper. Apparently they bought the parrot from an Arab pet shop in order to save money without checking what language Polly actually spoke. The Jewish couple found out the next morning after prayers, when the bird began squawking "Allahu Akhbar!"

Link: http://time-blog.com/middle_east/2007/05/silly_news_story_of_the_day_1.html

Good thing they didn't accuse the pet of being a terrorist :s

5- Bush almost implies that the Queen of England has 200 years in front of the Queen and media!

The most memorable gaffe had been committed earlier that day, when the president almost implied that the Queen was 200 years older than her current age by thanking her for attending America's bicentennial celebrations in 1776.

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6637429.stm

Even in that, Bush is a screw up! lol

Mood: 3adi...

Crime Uprise In Qatar

One of the things i noticed when i first came to this nice little country is that it is REALLY safe. Of course the main reasons for having low crime rates are prosperity, small population and Islamic law application on criminals.

Back in 2004 when i first came it was normal to see people leaving their cars with engines still running outside of a bank or so while he\she left the car to get something from inside.

If a small crime happens, it was the story everyone would talk about and all newspapers would be mentioning.

Now (3 years later) with the influx of foreign workers (Asian mainly), the hick in prices, and bringing in more singles (instead of family status people which is cheaper on any employer) things are changing.

Read this from the GULF-Times (Qatari newspaper):

A CAR, parked in front of a house in the Doha Jadeed area, has been stolen in broad daylight, sources said yesterday.The owner had left the car with its engine on and had gone to his house to collect some papers. When he returned after about 10 minutes, the car was missing. The owner has lodged a complaint with the Capital Police station.

Link: http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=146991&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

For many, this was a surprise. Things are changing and very fast.
Now we are hearing of prostitution cases (rare but it happens), a lot of theft cases, sexual harassment, and even adultery cases.

One of the famous theft cases is the snatching of women's bags inside big malls.

I wish the Government here would have a committee of sociologists come up with recommendations on what to do to face this new wave of crime.

Of course compared to any other country Qatar is still very safe. But, one just hopes it stays that way.

Mood: Concerned :(

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Thinking Bloggers Award

Juka has thankfully provided me with my blog's first award, a thinkers award.


Ya ostaza Juka, i'm humbled by your gesture :)

History Of The Award:

It all started with one blogger, Ilkar Yoldes, who decided that all the tags out there are mindless and the blogs useless.

"Too many blogs, not enough thoughts!"

He started a new tag “5 Blogs that make me think”.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

It is difficult to choose 5 blogs since i am not sure which category we're talking about (i.e. political, social, religious, diary,...etc.).

Anyway, i'll try to choose one from each category i can think of (note: they might fit more than one category but i'll just mention the main one per my view)...

Here are the 5 blogs that made me think:

1. Baheyya blog (Egyptian Politics).

I have only been into reading about politics for about 2 years now. I have to say that Baheyya blog was\is an eye opener. Baheyya has so much information about different people from different political backgrounds. It's is very interesting to read what he\she has to say

(Note: the blog of course has been already tagged).

2. Zeinobia (News Commentary)

A bliss of fresh air in this world of Egyptian bloggers. She almost has the exact points of view i have about various news.

I was about to think that i am an alien out there in the blogging world, thank you for proving me wonrg :)

(Note: the blog of course has been already tagged).

3. Nousha (Culture)

Reading her blog makes me feel like an imbecile when it comes to culture (which i am, i have to say...lol). I have to say i am not into cultural events khales, but reading about them through her blog is very enlightening.

She is quite knowledgeable about culture and all the events happening around Cairo.

(Note: the blog of course has been already tagged).

4. Peaceful Muslimah (Life "From The Eyes Of A Muslim Woman")

An American convert, living in Qatar, and married to a Kuwaiti man. You can imagine what this combination is like and the stories and thoughts coming out of it. What i like most in her blog is that she is a "PROUD" Muslimah :)

5. Juka (Personal Diary)

No, i'm not balama3 goo7'! lol. She deserves it!
Her blog is one of the best looking and most organized Egyptian blogs out there.
Although she blogs about everything in life (from music to movies ..etc), I always feel it is a dairy of a young woman. Maybe because she blogs as if she's talking to her friends (mish 3aref).

Another thing you'll notice about her blog is, she might be a novelist in the making. She has talent for it. I think she should take it seriously.

God only knows what can happen :)

Note: there are other very good blogs, but narrowing it down to 5 only made choosing a pain!

Mood: Amazed!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

TIMES: Amr Khalid On "The People Who Shape Our World" List

Amr Khalid On TIMES 100 List
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Amr Khalid hit TIMES’ "The People Who Shape Our World" 100 list. He came as no.62 in the most influential "Heroes and Pioneers".
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Amr Khalid was also rated no. 13 on the TIMES 100 readers POLL. He came as the top Egyptian, Arab and Muslim on the list.

Snapshot from TIMES' "100 Readers POLL"

Walahi i believe that he deserves this.

Like him or not, but you have to agree that this guy "is" very influential.
The amount of people that have been "positively" changed by his message (masha2 Allah) is huge not only in Egypt but even beyond.

I personally owe this guy big time!
He was one of the main reasons God put in my way to make a change in my life (hopefully to the better…lol).

I remember when i first heard of him it was back in 2001 (much later than many people). Some people used to talk about him and i was like: "huh, meen da?".
Later on, some of my friends started going to his Hossari Masjid lessons in Mohandessen (a Cairo district).

I once turned the TV to Iqra TV channel to check out what he is all about. I have to be honest, I hated his voice!! (yes very superficial...lol).
His voice tone reaches a high pitch when he gets existed (at least it used to). This made me say:" Naaah, i don't like him.".

After a while, i thought:” That judgment was very superficial, i didn't even listen to what he has to say". I then sat down, heard him and found out that this guy has a message worth listening to and a message that is of value.

The guy wants us to be proud of our heritage, our religion and have faith in ourselves.
His message is clear: “Be a Muslim that would make God and his Prophet proud of you”, “Be the best you can at what you do”.

And bottom line: “LEAD BY EXAMPLE.“ was his message.

The lessons that i liked most were "Waa Nalka Al Aheba" (about the prophet's companions), "Ala Khota Al Habib" (about the Prophet's message and life), and current series "Da'awa lel Ta'ayosh" (about the 4 greatest Imam's of fikh in Islam and the message of tolerance).

Anyway, i hereby post this post as a very humble thank you to the man who (with God's blessing and grace) put me on the right track (ISA).

Bravo Amr Khalid on this achievement (7aga tesharafna odaam el 3alam), and may God bless you.

Mood: Pleased :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

In Muslim Communities, It Is Amazing How…

From My E-mail:

It is amazing how …
  1. It is amazing how some people would take a few mistakes done by someone and decide that "this person is no good" even though the person is trying to repent.
  2. It is amazing how some people think because they read a couple of books about Islam, they can go out and change Islam inside out to cope with their thoughts.
  3. It is amazing how some people who drink liquor, commit adultery or worse, lie, curse, not pray and maybe even are not educated about Islam come out and say things like:" la2a maho el deen maa bey2olsh keda" (religion doesn't say that) or "Asl el deen..bla bla" (Religion should be like this…bla bla").
  4. It is amazing how some people complain about too many weird fatawa (rules built on Islamic law per a point of view in light of Quran or Suna) coming out these days by some scholars, while they (themselves) come out with fatawa about Islamic topics that have nothing to do with what Quran or Suna say (Prophet's sayings or doings) .
  5. It is amazing how some people think that Islam can "ONLY" be understood by reading books. They forget that the message was delivered from generation to generation via direct contact with teachers (Prophets then clerics…etc.).
  6. It is amazing how some people think that our "ONLY" way back to becoming a pioneer nation or civilization is through war!
  7. It is amazing how some people find wearing Bikinis normal, while wearing a Hijab is backwardness.
  8. It is amazing how some people seem to read Quran using "Latin translation" and come up with weird fatawa while their fatwa has no proof from Quran or Suna.
  9. It is amazing how some people the only thing they know about Islam is that they have it written in the ID's Religion section.
  10. It is amazing how some people don't give a rats "behind" how Islam is represented. Islam to them is just a name of some blob!
  11. It is amazing how some people think that if a woman covers her head and still wears tight clothes…that's Hijab?!!!!!!
  12. It is amazing how some people think that when a woman wears Hijab, that's the maximum she can give or do for Islam!
  13. It is amazing how some people think that Islam is just about worshipping and forget about manners (amongst other things).
  14. It is amazing how some people think Islam is so weak, it can not outcast people who manipulate it.
  15. It is amazing how some people think only they know Islam. The worse part is that even their opinions do not have any proof from Quran or Suna!
  16. It is amazing how some people think that wearing a Thoob (white dress) and growing a long beard makes one a perfect Muslim!
  17. It is amazing how some people call some unknown worthless so called thinkers: " Pioneers" and "Visionaries", while those sa called thinkers only want things that will not help develop society or manners or even toilets!
  18. It is amazing how some people lecture us about Islam and what it is all about (Per their view), while they are the worst examples of Islam you can meet!
  19. It is amazing how some people talk about Islam and how they love it, yet when someone goes opposite to what it stands for…they encourage them!!!!?!!!
  20. It is amazing how some people call anyone who wants to stick to what God commanded: "a backward person", "from the dark times", "fanatic", "fundamentalist", And sometimes even "terrorist".
  21. It is amazing how some people would label anyone who doesn't have the same "secular" point of view: "A terrorist".
  22. It is amazing how some people see anyone who sticks to the literate wordings of Quran as "blind people" or "people who don't use their minds" although it is a way of Fikh (concluding rules from Quran or Suna).
  23. It is amazing how some people come out with fatawa without checking "when", "why" and "how" this verse was revealed and applied.
  24. It is amazing how some people seem to generalize that the west is "ALL" evil.
  25. It is amazing how some people seem to generalize that "ALL" foreigners are not fair to us.
  26. It is amazing how some people come out with suggestion that deform what Islam is all about just to suit their thoughts and needs. These people call themselves: "liberal", "progressive", "open minded"…of course this implies that anyone who doesn’t have the same point of view is the complete opposite.
  27. It is amazing how some people idolize western figures and have no Islamic or even Arab idols…not even the Prophet as one!
  28. It is amazing how some people seem to have "Pepsi Cola" running in their veins instead of hot blood and have no problem that someone curses or insults their religion (not to mention Prophet!).
  29. It is amazing how some people want total freedom, while that doesn't even exist in the most democratic countries (i.e. discussing or doubting the holucost..etc.). There are always limits to everything.
  30. It is amazing how some people want intellectual freedom, when you ask them to explain it, you'll find out that bottom line it is all about indecency, sexual relations, and insulting religions.
  31. It is amazing how some people have no problem to remove Islam from the constitution or even from everything in life as much as they care, while they get very heated up if someone argued how a story was too provocative.
  32. It is amazing how some people want the right to "undress" (yemsho balabees fel share3) while they oppose women's right to choose to cover up (Hijab) and abide to God's words!!
  33. It is amazing how some people think that "ONLY" with one's talent and hard work will one get anywhere, forgetting the "first" and most important factor that would make one exceed further…GOD!

Maybe everyone has the right to believe in what they want, yet…

People will never cease to amaze me!

Mood: Still sleepy...