Friday, December 31, 2010
can you believe it ?!
subhan Allah time is passing by so fast ! was just at a gathering to celebrate an old university bro/mate who just had a baby boy, a lot of bros were there from when I first got in to uni, and as I was one of those very rare folks who got into deen so early, in fact I was the youngest among them mashaAllah a lot of them have kids already, some of which I been seeing every now and then others I havent seen in years, most of them were eager to know what I been up to and all the research I been doing and what not. Oh haha, all of them said I got really wider/bigger.
and what was really nice too was to see the sheikh I use to attend to, I was happy to see him as he was happy to see me.
alhamdullelah good to see a lot of the bros in good deen as there have been a few drop outs,
life goes by, you can spend it on nothing with ease or on something with difficulty, in the end when you are older you will have that self satisfaction or that regret on waste of youth.
suffer the pain of discipline for now, or suffer the pain of regret later.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
So he asked us. No one lifted my hand but me, as everyone in class turned to look at me; I said "TV, I dont have a TV". Students again surprised, "you dont have TV?!", "OMG how could you live!!?"
Yes ! I didn't have TV and I think movies in general tend to come with a twist of filth, that give a a person with the slightest feel/ of possession of eman a repulsive response. Soap Operas are even worse and they are just outright Haram. I remember all the people I use to tell that the show Friends is haram and just clearly inappropriate, of course then came later sex and the city, and even later desperate house wives and what not which are all shows that acquaint you and normalize to you illicit behavior, they gradually make you implicitly accept their underlying low morals.
This reminds me of the hadeeth; who ever sees an evil/munkar then let him change it with their hand, if they cant then with their tongue if they cant then with their hearts (aka reject it) and there is not a a grain of turmeric worth of faith behind that, (and in another narration: and this is the weakest of faith). So how bad is it to just sit and watch something that promotes that which Allah forbids ?
Going on to Wikileaks, and guess what, an ongoing conspiracy to westernize Saudis (and Arabs in general through MBC, Rotana and Al-Arabiya news channel (which is also trying to counter aljazeera as the leak shows too) , these channels basically westernize, and are mouthpieces for the Status quo in Saudi, promoting that the regime stays in place and to act against Islamist opposition.
This leak shows the American representatives to the Arab league, Gulf Cooperating Council (GCC) and "Islamic Collective" ( I guess Islamic affairs of some sort) meeting with owners of media in Saudi or those who know them or overlook their activities, assuring them that strategic interests of America are being met (through Arabic subbed friends, desperate housewives among others)
here is the leak
IDEOLOGICAL AND OWNERSHIP TRENDS IN THE SAUDI MEDIA
below some excerpts!
"In a meeting at his XXXXXX office XXXXXX with Consulate and Embassy press officers, XXXXXX because of the SAG’s concern that young Saudis were particularly vulnerable to the calls of extremists, and that the station now targets its moderate news broadcasts to the 14-18 year old demographic in short presentations of three minutes or less. He also said that the stations website, Arabiya Net, appeals to a pan-Arab audience and gets about 100,000 visitors per day. Al Arabiya and other MBC channels, he said, present programming that they hope counters the influence of al-Jazeera and fosters “moderate” perspectives among the country’s youth."
"XXXXXXXX said the American programming on channels 4 and 5 were proving the most popular among Saudis. A look at the December 17 programming menu for MBC channel 4 reveals a 24-hour solid block of such programs as CBS and ABC Evening News, David Letterman, Desperate Housewives, Friends and similar fare, all uncensored and with Arabic subtitles. Channel 5 features US films of all categories, also with Arabic subtitles. XXXXXXXX told us that this programming is also very popular in remote, conservative corners of the country, where he said “you no longer see Bedouins, but kids in western dress” who are now interested in the outside world."
"Over coffee in a Jeddah Starbucks, XXXXXXXXXXXX, and XXXXXXXXXXXX elaborated on the changes in the Saudi media environment. “The government is pushing this new openness as a means of countering the extremists,” XXXXXXXXXXXX told Riyadh press officer. “It’s still all about the War of Ideas here, and the American programming on MBC and Rotana is winning over ordinary Saudis in a way that ‘Al Hurra’ and other US propaganda never could."
"So effective has US programming been, said XXXXXXXXXXXX, that it is widely assumed that the USG (USgovernment) must be behind it. Some believe, he said, that Prince Talal’s relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and its sister company Twentieth Century Fox has a clear ideological motive behind it, noting that the Fox Movie Channel on “Rotana” is available for free to anyone with a satellite dish. Both XXXXXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXXXX, liberal-minded supporters of US democracy and society with little use for conspiracy theory, clearly believed this was the case."
"Saudi-produced religious programming on ART and Rotana also departs from past models. Rotana’s popular religious channel “Al Risala” features a hip, clean-shaven Saudi in western clothes offering practical religious advice in a calm and friendly manner. Jeddah-based Arab Radio and Television company (ART) (owned by Saleh al-Kamel and according to our contacts being edged aside by MBC and Rotana) recently featured an MTV-style music video clip on its “Iqraa” religious channel depicting a group of dissolute young Saudi men who give up their carousing and return to observance. They are then shown succeeding in sales presentations and other interactions at work, gaining the admiration of their colleagues and supervisors. The young men continue to dress in standard attire, remain clean-shaven and are fully integrated into normal, workaday Saudi society. The message of moderation in the religious realm could not be clearer.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Yes Egypt indeed has gone a few decades back when it comes to political liberalization. I am personally not surprised at all, whatever has been given by an upper hand can also be taken by that same upper hand. “Upper” being the government/ regime, which in reality is a dysfunctional alliance between a few essential ministries run by a few security institutions (of course protecting the regime and its interests and all what keeps it surviving nothing more)
The parliamentary elections a few days ago were a complete farce, the opposition was not allowed to advertise their candidates, and the government that is represented by the (so called) National Democratic Party (NDP), Candidates that were likely to vote for opposition were prevented from entering the ballot boxes, Many of the opposition candidates were simply knocked out the list competitors and were not allowed to run – despite the administrative court ruling against this practice as unconstitutional eventually making elections in several electoral districts as illegitimate and requiring they be redone, voters for opposition were beaten up in clashed with national security forces, some died others severely injured. Ballots were stuffed with fake votes, where the opposition and NGOs have caught such incidents on camera, youtube is full of them I could estimate something like 30 of them. Judges were not allowed to monitor the elections, nor independent or national media, that were not allowed to take any live footage from the elections. In the next round of elections the opposition pulled out in protest of what happened. Finally the administrative court ruled that the entire elections were illegitimate and that they should be carried out again, the next parliament will be illegitimate and it has asked the president who has the right to dissolve it to do so and call for reelections.
Of course this was not the only thing on the plunging state freedoms; 12 Islamic channels have been shut down by the government, while threatening to shut down others, several public celebrity media persons were put out of their jobs on TV, their programs shut down, an editor on chief of one of the biggest oppositional newspapers was put out of his position. Of course as usual hundreds of the Muslim Brotherhood are in prison with for no legal reason; and this stuff all happened in the past 2/3 months. This is aside from several national scandals of police men killing regular innocent citizens with no political or religious or any significant affiliations, that has mobilized protests in thousands especially in Alexandria where its entire beach had silent mourners wearing black and praying for Khaled Said, killed by Egyptian cops, (a facebook group for him has over 350 000 members). Another incident a woman was rapped (despite that she was wearing niqab) by a police man aided by low rank security persons. And female university students beaten up by police as they wanted to enter their university and they were refused for "being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood" (one of them beaten almost to death) which created widespread protests of disgust. The list of these atrocities is long and these are merely the ones that hit the media. And let us not forget Kamila Shehata and several other Copitc women who converted to Islam and were abducted by the church while the government stood by not doing anything, protests in Alexandria were made in at times reaching 50 000 and in Cairo with smaller numbers. ( the dynamics of sectarian politics in Egypt are becoming complicated and alarming)
Where the F is America ?
Well apart from the mere gesture of dissatisfaction the American ministry of foreign affairs has passed nothing has happened. In fact the Bush administration was way better in the way it handled this issue than Obama’s admin. America gives 1.3 billion dollars in “Military aid” to Egypt. Basically American Hawks see a weak and oppressed Egypt as in the interest of Israel. As if there is a democratic Egypt there is no way of guaranteeing that the elected government will maintain peace with Israel or remain quite on the atrocities Israel carries on the Palestinians etc. The current Egyptian government is basically acting as an Israeli agent running the country( not because it loves Israel but because it grantees its survival) . This is so true and its no conspiracy theory, you don’t need to read the wik leeeeeks on this its just enough to see Egyptian foreign policy on the way they have dealt with the siege and war on Gaza, The gas they give Israel for dirt cheap way below international prices etc. The only reason why America doesn’t protest to any domestic issues is because the government serves this vital function of perceived stability, yes in the short run it is so, but in the long run it wont be the case at all. The Egyptian government has went to lengths to please Israelis and Americans on its policy in the Middle East. That aid is basically invested in the security apparatus to keep the regime safe from domestic turbulence, the regime spends most of the national income on its security forget health care, forget education, forget infrastructure forget scientific research forget everything, this is what takes up most of the income. And America would accept anything this regime does so long as it serves its function with Israel.
A generation of youth including the educated, knowledgeable and politically conscious, including those who engaged in political reform, civil society and hoped for gradual political liberalization will give up on the idea of “peaceful reform”. What some commentators like to call “radicalizing the moderates”. Actually they are giving up on it now, and the “radicalization” is ongoing. This is not only in the younger generation but also in the counter elite aka the opposition which sees no use of engaging the political process (which was engaged only by the Muslim Brotherhood and al Wafd Party which both are rejecting it), yet its leadership is still not doing anything significant with its policies carrying on with its inertia but I suspect in the future the Muslim Brotherhood will not act in the same way. Even the reformist faction of the Muslim Brotherhood which is seen as extremely liberal by mainstream Muslim brotherhood has called for boycotting political life for 20 years and concentrate on Islamic preaching. This leaves for two options either violence or civil disobedience and in any case given the history of Egypt both are very likely to occur. In fact violence is just waiting to happen, an oppressive regime that conducts a foreign policy that negates the wishes and aspirations of its people that are very poor and mostly young and aware of their surroundings (with millions of them living in shanty unregulated towns) and a disenfranchised political counter elite you are just asking for trouble. An Iranian style revolution? maybe.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thesis! decided to give it more quality time since I am going to be doing a PhD inshaAllah, and a good thesis props up the prospects of getting into the best schools. So should be done in 2 months inshaAllah before reviewing the whole thing again, but leaves me plenty of time before the semester ends
need to look into good universities (which I already have done) but also a place with a good Muslim community, need to do a bit more research and asking around there!
So am all alone for now(sniff), my wife had to head out to Utah and inshaAllah I ll catch up with her soon. Utah! which is famous for yes the Mormons and the Mountains, never been there yet! so should be interesting to blog from there!. was keeping my self extremely busy with the thesis and extra readings for it along with 6 days a week working out leading into dieting, I was tops on, packing on muscle while loosing fat. my weights were going up till all of a sudden I am on the verge of croaking from some weird allergic reaction i got!
it started with some red patch on my right elbow then started spreading on my arm then on my left elbow then my butt and knees. I already had planned to go to a doc was told it was allergy from something. i took two shots in the bum and some meds. the next day it got worse my feet got swollen up and my hands ( Gross I know!) it was affecting my breathing too, and i got a bit feverish. I took two more shots the morning after going to a different doc who suggested that i should have taken a bigger dose since am a bigger guy. Which was exactly what I was telling myself. how could a Big huge Alpha Male like me take the dose of tiny little wiener twink. ehm no offense to the skinny guys haha anyways am good alhamdullelah now after a week, the redness on my skin is gone and am good to go hit the gym again inshaallah hopefully 12 days or so(depending on how fast i get my previous condition) before I try dieting again.
like this guy who made it is totally a hero, I am sure he is living the life of a hotshot James Bond like life on the verge of being caught or assassinated going through plenty of exciting adventures (including adventures with the opposite gender- not my cup of tea nonetheless). Anyways really, the world owes this man a lot.
Ive been reading classified and secret reports that is sent through American embassies abroad to the state department in America. The stuff is not so surprising especially when it comes to the Arab paranoid dictators. But it just makes International Relations analysis so much easier. You can browse by country and see if it has any reports. I totally recommend it ! its just fun anyways.
"Middle East" is same old same old nothing new on political levels, but on socio-political levels, a lot is going on (away from wikileaks)so aside from the jin post I need to write as I mentioned earlier, I will inshaAllah write a series of posts on Islam and Globalization since this is what this blog is all about supposedly. most of the searches that come to this blog hit those two words.
for now, peace out.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Dreams in fall into one of three categories;
Good dreams, in which one sees pleasing things, these are from Allah; they can be good news, warning from evil or just guiding you to Islam or to choices in worldly matters. One should praise Allah for them and to only tell people close and beloved to you and not others.
They are clearer to those most truthful in speech and those who are more pious.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Towards the end of time, hardly any dream of a Muslim will be false. The ones who have the truest dreams will be those who are truest in speech. The dream of a Muslim is one of the forty-five parts of Prophethood. Dreams are of three types: a good dream which is glad tidings from Allaah, a dream from the Shaytaan which causes distress, and a dream that comes from what a man is thinking of to himself…”
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen may Allaah have mercy on him said:
The meaning of the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “The dreams of the believer are one of the forty-six parts of Prophethood” is that the dreams of the believer come true, because they are like parables that the angel gives to the one who sees them. They may tell of something that is happening or that is going to happen, so it happens in accordance with the dream, so these dreams are like the revelation of Prophethood in that they come true, yet they are different from it. Hence they are one of the forty-six parts of Prophethood. (majmoo3 fatawa 1/327)
Usually good dreams occur after fajr. I never had one at night, and am not sure but I think they don’t come at night time, they usually come for me when I am good on deen and confused about something or sad. Also there are those who can interpret it for you, and there are some better than others in this and they should be aware of the context of your dream as well as the kind of person you are.
Bad dreams, are those from shaytaan, and they made you saddened grieved, distressed etc. if you get one in the middle of the night, you should spit dryly 3 times and turn to the other side and seek refuge in Allah from shaytan. Also you can get up to pray 2 rakas. You should also never tell anyone about your bad dream.
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sees a dream that he likes, this is from Allaah, so let him praise Allaah for it and talk about it to others. If he sees other than that, a dream that he dislikes, this is from the Shaytaan, so let him seek refuge with Allaah from its evil and not mention it to anyone, for it will not harm him.”
If are a sincere and pious bad dreams wont really bother you, but if you are sinful they will be more bothersome, and if you are constantly getting really horrible dreams, and ones you see specific animal/s like a black dog or cat, or snake or scorpion then you are very possibly possessed by Jin which is a whole different story. I will write about it in a future post inshaAllah.
Then you have dreams which do not fall into either category which is just your subconscious talking to itself replaying things you think about. Like you constantly craving cupcakes and didn’t have time to go to the cupcake store and when you did it was closed, so you see yourself in a dream jumping in a lake of yummy cupcakes or going into a house made of a cupcake and you just much on whatever is in front you.
more info: Different types of dreams; is there any kind of warning dream?
dream interpretation in islaam..i've got a book by ibn-sirine... i want more details about it..
Monday, November 8, 2010
Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: There are not days in which righteous deeds are more bloved to Allah than these 10 days.
Friday, November 5, 2010
I am to my slave as he thinks of Me, and I am with him if he mentions Me, if he mentions Me in himself I mention him within Myself, and if he mentions Me in a gathering, I mention him in a gathering better than they, and if he comes a span nearer to Me, I go a cubit nearer to him; and if he comes a cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.
We have to think the best of Allah, we should know that His mercy comes before His anger and His forgiveness comes before His punishment, and with the constant remembrance and thikr of Allah, hardships are eased and pains of this world diminish; gradually being replaced with the sweetness of faith and closeness to Allah.
And in the end the world does not matter, and one can leave himself a prey to his desires and the desires of those around him only at their loss and waste of their life and shame on the day of judgment when standing before Allah, when all the signs have been made clear, and the truth
has been revealed and all of that which makes us closer to Allah has been said and all of that which makes us further away from Him and displeasing to Him has been said and Allah has warned over and over from the cursed shaytan, and that we should take him as our enemy;
O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the shytan for he is to you an avowed enemy.
This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
There is simply no excuse to stray;
This is the path of thy Lord, a straight path. We have detailed Our revelations for a people who take heed.
And in the end its all our choice, whether we remember, and strive to master our desires and not enslave ourselves to them, glad tidings with pleasure await us, and as for those who neglect Allah, then Allah will punish them for their arrogance and neglect.
Then, as for him who rebelled, And chose the life of the world, Lo! hell will be his home. But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust, Lo! the Garden will be his home.
Say: Lo! Allah’s Guidance is the (only) Guidance, and we are ordered to surrender to the Lord of the worlds.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I just happen to know more, I think I am obsessed with getting everything in my theory chapter, but sorry my dear framing theory you just have to suck it up as much as I do.
on the other hand apart from writing and reading till after fajr and am on the verge of hallucination (maybe not but you get it) I have been doing great in the gym for a change, am getting bigger so it seems, not really but if i keep it up I will, I lifted insane weights with a friend, whose actually my youngest bro's friend from highschool! mashaAllah a beast! and a recent to practicing Islam( just from the previous ramadan), mashaAllah he got so religious, I never could have imagined it, my bro tells me he "changed 180 degrees"
we did some barbell rows @ 210 pounds 8 reps and 110 pounds dumbbell rows, , and other stuff by the time we got to dead lifts we were dizzy. on another note and another day I did 255 pounds bench press 8 reps and 232 10s, I m glad I go to the gym, else i loose my sanity, but I must admit am not that all into it as I use to be, maybe that will change soon inshaAllah.
yup, now I shall try to live with the fact that I may not include all what I know in the theory chapter, am fighting it for now, I won’t however pretend that I never stumbled upon it well maybe just for that chapter, but I will keep all what I know in mind and use them for the applications.
it sucks to know, and then not to be able to do for whatever reason. This is merely a chapter. I can only imagine of those who know the truth, know of Allah, of the day of judgment of Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, and yet pretend and act as if they know nothing, what kind of self torture is that?
" Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened " Winston Churchill.
maybe for some they can’t keep pretending for long and thus you see sudden changes in their lifestyles. Indeed who those purify themselves for the sake of Allah have attained salvation.
Has not the Time arrived for the Believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which has been revealed ?
O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And return to your Lord time after time and submit to Him before therecomes to you the punishment, then you shall not be helped.
And follow the best of (the courses) revealed to you from your Lord, before the Penalty comes on you - of a sudden while ye perceive not!-
Or (lest) it should say: 'If only Allah had guided me, I should certainly have been among the righteous!'-
Or (lest) it should say when it (actually) sees the penalty: 'If only I had another chance, I should certainly be among those who do good!'
(The reply will be:) 'Nay, but there came to thee my Signs, and thou didst reject them: thou wast Haughty, and became one of those who reject faith!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It seems the quality of my thesis will have to suffer to meet the deadline, but I wont publish the one I am going to present the committee, I will give it a few more weeks and add some things which will require extra research and going back to more theory.
Other than that inshaAllah I will write a book in Arabic touching on the matter and other issues touching on Islam and politics.
An extremely enriching experience subhan Allah. The amount of effort one has to put in it for it to work smoothly is a lot yet in the end its rewarding alhamdullelah. There is no doubt it makes you mature early if you get married early, and if you have kids then I can only imagine more. Women get moody and jealous and what not, and you have to cater to their attention, and you are gonna make mistakes too so you have to apologize as much as you expect your spouse to do so. Marriage gives you a whole new perspective on life and social relations.
Yet some people make it seem as if they are on an ever ending voyage to find their long lost love or their soul mate and what not, it becomes an end in itself. There is no doubt that marriage is a blessing and your blessings are from Allah, so whoever you marry is indeed your rizq. It doesn’t end with marriage, marriage indeed is half your deen in the hadeeth, and subhan Allah it is!!!!! it doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep your deen in check, you still have another whole half to work on. Its something necessary to hold hands with someone worthy to pass this world into the one after. It is no wonder that many get divorced so early, they think that they will find happiness in it when happiness is indeed in a good marriage but it is ultimately in following Allah’s way in everything including marriage.
I was once with a bunch of bros whom all congratulated me on marriage and one was like the first 2 years are tough and full of arguments, (another American desi bro on my day of marriage whom I knew since 2003 whom I was blessed to attend and called me kid back then haha was like just remember Osman said patience, patience, patience) after 2 years its all good, his wife told my wife in the gathering (segregated) that’s its 6 months LOL!!!! I guess the bro was patient for a year and a half more!!!! Than she was.
Arguments are inevitable especially at first when you have not lived together and don’t know day to day details of how about to go on with life. The man has to be really more patient, and prophet Muhammad saws was indeed patient with ALL of his wives! Aisha may Allah be pleased with her smashed a tray with food prepared by another wife (I forget which) and he saws laughed it off, 2 of his wives gave him something similar to honey but makes your mouth smell bad out of jealousy from other wives. And yet he saws never raised a hand against any of his wives. Let my wife smash anything, I ll just get up and whack her, no am kidding.
Oh yeah polygamy, now imagine all the issues of one marriage when you have 2 or more wives (every man’s dream) its awesome and all if you can ( sisters hate the subject), many would say that you have to be just and fair between them, but its really much more than that, it gets way more complicated, and the best example is our prophet saws.
prophet Muhammad sallah Alahu 3alayhi wa sallam had to deal with such issues and he was the leader of the Ummah, and running its affairs, so its not an excuse at all to be busy and neglect your household/s which I would like to remind myself with most of all.
now I will do plenty of squats since I couldnt go to the gym to do legs! then perhaps get back to my social freakin movement theory.
سبحانك اللهم و بحمدك أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت أستغفرك و أتوب إليك
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
and am Dieting and seems working well so far inshaAllah I keep it up.
I got in a car accident maybe I mentioned it before, but no car is so lame its in the freakin garage still when it was suppose to be done a few days ago.
writing the thesis, inshAAllah should be done on time, even though am going slow.
being a student and a husband (major responsibility!) and living close by to your mom is one hell of a tough thing, everyone wants a peice of you and with everything going on its just lame, I need a break and I think am becoming a hermit freak already with hardly any time to socialize.
oh yeah did I mention, I quit the job and got severance pay, I dont have to work isnt that awsome!? and I get to supposedly focus on my thesis, which isnt really happening at the desired degree of focusing, at least no more depressing daily news reports first thing in the morning on coverage areas where someone always has to croak.
I need to Rant more though. blah,
did I mention am a pro in Arabic now? I should excercise my skills sometime on this blog
am crazy I know, thats how exactly i feel now. and am being immature about it.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I have come accross a person og high intellectual caliber, the best read since Edward Said's Orientalism, I was totally mind blown by this man's discourse, he is a Bedoin and an Islamist, he wrote a huge book (over 700 pages) with several chapters of research noting the changes in the Islamic political discourse regarding al-Hukm-Rule/ Governance. where he contextulizes the discourse used by various Islamic scholars within the political, social and economic context of the time.
noting them as
1- the original rightly guided discourse of the khulafah
2-the interpreted (slightly changed) discourse that came after
3- the innovated/changed/mu7araf discourse that we live in today.
The discourse of this man is so intense I was so mind blown, I have been so when I first came across edward said, and I used his discourse a lot in debates, I think this man will be my new guide for a long time in Islamic politics, I met him twice! and we fell in love pretty much, he was only going to give me 2o minutes after calling him, but after he met me and I talked to him about myself, he insisted that he gave me several extended meetings I was suppose to meet him in his house, but i was soo busy with other meetings/interviews, yet my interest with this shaikh/social scientist went beyond the research I was doing, and I know this sheikh will be one of those who revive Islam, and in decades and hundreds of years he will be remembered as a great scholar inshaAllah.
Today I saw something great, I saw a man pray but he was challanged and had difficulties with his legs, he walked with two crotches all the time, yet during prayer he would use one to stand and to bow and finally to make sujood, subhan Allah, it seemed he exrted a lot of effort to do so, I wondered to myself, how much would this man pay to get healthy normal legs? what would he do to get them? would he pray all the sunnah after salat in congregation ? subhan Allah, I think anyone would strive towards Allah if such was to be given, yet how many of us are healthy ? and disobey Allah.
on another note, I have been typing in Arabic for so long and the only one I talk to in english is my wife, I feel my english linguistic skills are somewhat rusty and am sure there are plenty of typos.
Finally Ramadan Mubarak, and may Allah make us of those whom make use of it.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I was invited for dinner, then to meet one of the important folks that will help me with my research and ask him questions etc, Out in the dessert in a modernfied majlis/diwaniya, those who hosted the majlis were one of the most generous and noble, kind and warm people i ever came across.
all wore shmakh not ghetra, and at least some facial hair, some had long hair, they all stood up in the majlis when someone comes in and you have to shake hands with everyone, you shout out MASAAAAKUM ALLAH BELKHAIR every once in a while for the first few minutes. and you say shlonkum shakhbarkum etc... eople talk about random stuff, mostly politics, and a dude comes around with Arabic coffee, and dates
dinner of course, no spoon, just your right hand, in a common big plate, with an animal on a pile of rica haha.
anyways, so am going to go back to my town in souther egypt inshaAllah and visit our tribes peole there, 3uwaydah from banu 7azim from the mighty banu 7arb.
of course its not as it used to be decades ago, perhaps I will set an "NGO" with another distant cousin of mine who is also Poli Sci and went to the same university I did. Perhaps we can revive our tribal heritage thats already there, but just make it more of a big deal, and of course make it more Islamic, aint messin around.
Other than that I have gained fat like an idiot, I really need to diet again, but my weight lifts have gone up on a few lifts without planning or really trying which is good. I miss my treadmill, I miss driving, and for somereason I miss Cairo, naaa not much, Cairo gets too much after a while.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Aiwa, Na3am Ok,
So alhamdullelah, my proposal has been approved a while ago, and am off in a country with a relatively liberal Authoritarian regime doing research ! alhamdulleah, sounds cool ay ? well I think inshaAllah the thesis is going to be a major academic contribution inshaAllah, inshaAllah I will publish it too! all I do now is try to make contacts and set up interviews and attend gatherings when there is info
I have been working out in this awesome gym when i have some time, seems a lot of people here are on steroids and lift very little, am all natural and I think I will stay that way inshaAllah, too many risks with doing steroids, dont think its the coolest thing to have a 21 inch biceps an yr impotent.
Egypt is really about to explode or implode on itself, there have been a series of serious events in the country and at a very past political pace, I really have no idea what could possibly happen, bu the current regime seems to have lost the ability to absorb shocks, the people are somewhat becoming fearless of the regime, workers with relatively little education are taking protests down the street and in front the parliament and chanting slogans against the "president" and the government.
The tragic murder of innocent of Alexandrian Khalid Saeid in a very brutal and gruesome manner at the hands of corrupt police men who sell drugs and torture citizens has created public anger, and has resulted in a strong reinforcement of calls to abrogate the "emergency law" which allows any police man to do anything without a warrant from a court, basically knock on your door and drag you for no reason to the police station. Over the past few days there have been protests in Cairo Alex and many other provinces for Khalid and calls of ending the emergency law and taking his murders to court.
Facebook is just full of calls and a lot of the protests are organized through it, and its mostly youth.
Muhammed al Baradie the previous President of the International Atomic Agency, who has an internal consensus on being the next president and his facebook group has over a quarter million supporters is the stronger challenger to the current government, people recognize that he has international legitimacy and parties of all ideologies agree that he should be the transition to political change.
anyways so much going on cant write much about, for the first time in ages I am having genuine interest in Egyptian domestic politics.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
3:Rest(optional) or jump to day:4+Calfs
at least 40 minutes fasted- slow pace- Cardio + 20 post work out
300to 350 grams of protein 100 to 150 grams of carbs fats by feel increase fats if carbs are low.
wa Allah al musta3aan
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I didnt Jew my proposal, and am doing a comparative, hopefully inshaAllah it will get published.
work is still going on, but lame, we hoping into a new project, am still responsible for the same coverage areas but they added Yemen to me and central Asia, oh well I might as well consider the gulf mine too since thats not on the agenda.
I busted my shoulder its like the same injury i had in 2007, but alhamdullelah seems healing well, i had to go light, on the bench press and shoulders, i think i need to change the gym it sucks and the stuff is so old its bad for you, i like the hardcore manly Alpha sweating gym, not the dress up hold my towel looing for date gym! there is a gym and good bros go there, i might see just whats up...
oh well whats going on else, nothing I suppose , blogging isnt that cool no more, especially that I hardly say anything serious, and i dont really visit any other blogs and hardly any one comments.
on a different note, marriage is good alhamdullelah, its a bit tough at first trying to adjust to each other, but its very rewarding alhamdullelah, just find a good person, pray your istikhara and go with it, dont delay too much ! subhan Allah I got married at the age I planned and hoped I would get married at.
On a different note, a dude at the gym whom I often have rleigious discussions with, the dude is mashaallah jacked! (huge) but anyways, he told me about this youtubething called "voices from hell"
suposedly some scinitists dug a hole in siberia and head people screaming and it was so hot down there, you can search it and you listen to people screaming, anyways! subhan Allah can you imagine the people of the fire screaming in mass from the pain and torment for all the prayers they missed, the zina and eating from 7aram!,
such a scary thought may Allah enter us jannah with no prior torment, may Allah forive our sins, and guide us to the straight path.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Don’t keep delaying those changes that need to be done whether its its setting your prayer on time, or quitting your conscious rubbing job or leaving a haram relationship. You Can make those changes now, you may not be able to make them later.
Monday, April 5, 2010
so its good to blog again, feel like am becoming a bit alien to this,
marriage life is good alhamdullelah, different though but good, you become responsible to someone, and an americano is double trouble ! no not really but yeah somewhat but no again, you get the pic. But of course, Americans are way better than Egyptians! :D I'm jealous.
driving in cairo is horrible, no one follows an rules its like a vedio game but it can be nice too, I go like freakin 160km/h on the highway, going between the cars and all, am so cool like that, ehm yeah. and sometimes you would get some dude who wanna race you like its need for speed, I win most ones, its best when you come next to him and driving fast past and cut him of ohhhh thats good! but I never provoke anyone, and its also cool when you look at the other dude and he tryin to be some hot shot and he s a little weasel. I am super cool!
which takes us on to bodybuilding of course!
yup I havent really made that much improvements as I should, been very busy the past few months, but I guess now I am easily passing the 17 inch barrier on arms I bench press 220 pounds 8 reps on a bad day and now I can do shrugs with 400 pounds 8 reps, I tried dieting before marriage and went from 108kg to 102 in 3 weeks and I gained it all back after marriage! Cuz my wife makes the tastiest food ever, she should be a chef. haha just eating sweets all the time and all those cup cakes i had! so anyways its time for a serious cut 8 to 12 weeks need to take a break though my shoulders are cranky,
and inshaAllah my proposal for thesis is to be handed in very soon wa Allah al musta3aan.
I am a nerd, and i am proud. Peace out!
P.S red stuff my wife typed.
Friday, February 26, 2010
so after long patience, and plenty of dua and waiting, I have signed out from the single men's club,
As I have imagined in my younger days of practicing how my wife would be, my wife embraced Islam at an age of 17 and is americano. She embraced it right about the same time when I started practicing, ramadan 2002, subhan Allah wa mashaAllah she left everything for Islam and faced difficultied sticking to her deen.
Things were tough and not going well - without going into details- she saw the prophet sallah Allahu 3alayhi wa sallam, and he reminded her of Allah and that the way of this deen is tough and he talked to her about difficulties he salla Allah 3alayhi wa sallam faced in spreading the message. Oh and he told her she cant take off her niqab but infront of her husband :D and in the dream it was clear that we were getting married.
I thought I was naive when I was 17 when I got my first dollar, that I got as change from some money i had exchanged. I remember keeping it later on and saying this will be the maher (dowary) I give to my future wife, and thats all she would take. I always had kept it since then, since 2002 just for that special some one whom if she would have what am looking for would be very happy to take. I asked her how much mahr you want, and she was like "I dunno I dont care about that" I later told her bout my dollar haha, she was touched and she said she wanted it and nothing else, and now alhamdullelah she keeps it.
I told the sheikh who spoke in our cermony about her dream, he was trying hard to keep his tears and he joked about her being a companion of the prophet salla Allahu 3alayhi wa asalam, he gave me advice, on being nice to her, and that if I make her happy, Allah will make me happy.
إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُمْ مَغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward[33;35]
may Allah make us of those men and women