12 Feb 0

Happy 21st Birthday Mayo!

Within you, I've found the perfect friend Someone who I know will be there till the end And they're not just thoughts I hope will fulfill But thoughts that will stand forever still Still as the wind on a hot summer's day Still as your friendship I'll never betray Still as the characters in a photograph Still as your breathless, silent laugh Within you, I've found the perfect friend A mind that I can comprehend A person I see is so much like me A mutual relationship so carefree Carefree as a child who questions the world Carefree as a scream that goes unheard Carefree as an adult blessed with a dream Carefree as water flowing downstream Within you, I've found the perfect friend With whom I can be real, and never pretend You've always been someone unique from the rest You hold a piece of me no other can possess Within you is reason to live every moment in time Within you the life I want is always mine Within you, I have the perfect friend With you, I see myself till the very end © Amelia Tracey
Happy Birthday Mayo!
12 Feb 0

Happy Birthday to Mayo!

Watch over your child, O Lord, as her days increase; bless and guide her wherever she may be. Strengthen her when she stands; comfort her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise her up if she falls; and in her heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of her life. Wish you a very happy birthday mayo! May Allah continue to bless you and hope you have the best year of your life :) BarakAllahofekom!
03 Dec 0

Earth’s Vermin

I see you, earth's vermin, Clasping the starboard, waving flags and fists And tugging at the chains 'round her wrists And you, divine captain, Why deny that she even exists? Why give those Neolithic the vests? And assign her dwelling to the cists? Testify to her cunning mind twists Yet maintain she only manages with half wits! Go ahead divine captain! Order to cut off her legs, arms and breasts Then keel haul the body to the predators of apex But look at you divine captain, Lost the heart on whom your head often rests Lost the gentle hands and fine fingertips That used to revive your soul, your spirits And now, as the ark lists Beware the dark watery midsts Awaiting you, earth's vermin.
11 Apr 0

My Little Experiment

Today, i have concluded my little experiment that lasted for two days. Yesterday, I went to college dressed as a "Meddaina"; wearing black abaya and wide square scarf pointed at the forehead and draping me from head to waist. Took my elder sister's black purse and wore my mother's flat shoes, also black. Some welcomed my "new look" with enthusiasm and congratulations, as if I had just donated a million to the Islamic Relief or had just returned from Hajj! While others met my black-shrouded gliding form as reminiscent of the Death Reaper. Even some guys in the crowds who accidentally nudged me, retreated back quickly when taking a full view of my apparel; as if they'd just touched fire!
26 Oct 0

Old and New Pictures of Makkah

كل عام و أنتم راضيين و مرضيّين و الحق ينقال... نتمنّى أنّي منعيّدش معاكم السّنة الجّايّة، و نسأل الله السّميع المجيب ان يرزقني بحجّة أو عمرة. قولوا آمين! Click here to view the pictures of Makkah.
26 Oct 0

Holy City Makkah: 24 Hours Time Lapse

Ask anyone who went there, they'll say, "It was indescribable!" Even though the hardship and difficulty of the journey, they all wish to be there again. It's value lies in the atmosphere when you're surrounded by all those people of all shapes and colors, from all walks of life, equally united beneath one sky, above one land, by one God. You feel... "harmony". When they're all dressed in plain white cloth, and all are raising their palms in prayer, with their eyes brimming with tears; you'll feel.... Inspired!
26 Oct 0

Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s

Directed not to Arabs, Muslims, believers or men only, but to all of human kind as he began it with "O' People!" The topics Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) addressed are regarded as the quintessential issues every community must recognize and strive to achieve. It also signifies their importance and that the occurrence of its reverse is anticipated and is devastating. *Share the Message—"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today".
30 Sep 0

Condemning the Protests in Libya

I'm sorry for the killing of the American ambassador and his colleagues. I'm sorry for misrepresenting Islam, the way of peacful being in unity with all and submission to the One. I'm sorry for my conduct that is least resembling the Prophet Muhammed's true nature of tolerance and forgiveness. I'm sorry for the derogatory remarks against Salafis and Sunnis and whoever Muslim that have been misjudged and stereotyped according to his appearance.
28 Sep 0

Why women cry…

A little boy asked his mother,  "Why are you crying?" Because I need to"  she said. "I don't understand," he  said. His Mom just hugged him and said,  "And you never will." Later the little boy asked his father,  "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?" "All women cry for no reason,"  his dad answered carelessly. The little boy, still wondering why women cry, finally asked the old wise shaikh (scholar).  "He surely knows the answer", he thought. "Ya Shaikh! Why do women cry so  easily?"
20 Aug 0

Wishing you all a Blessed Eid ul Fitr!

When I was a child, I used to be so excited about Eid ul Fitr that I won't be able to sleep at night! I couldn't wait to wear my new clothes and show it to everyone! Get money from the family's elders and eat sweets like mad!!! But slowly, as we grow up, we kinda realize how life speeds up past us. So now, as Eid has finally arrived, I didn't sleep and I'm very excited! Not because of my clothes, nor the money or the food, I'm excited about meeting up with my beautiful family and neighbors! Can't wait to see them all! The concept of 'Sensus Divinitatis' in Protestantism is same as Al-Fitra in Islam. "That there exists in the human mind and indeed by natural instinct, some sense of Deity [sensus Divinitatis], we hold to be beyond dispute, since God himself, to prevent any man from pretending ignorance, has endued all men with some idea of his Godhead…. …this is not a doctrine which is first learned at school, but one as to which every man is, from the womb, his own master; one which nature herself allows no individual to forget." - John Calvin Wish you all a very happy Eid ul Fitr Mubarak!
16 Aug 1

Living the Revolution – Part 2: “Hiatus”

If you haven't read the first part, consider doing so here. "Libya is not Tunisia or Egypt," Saif Al-Qaddafi explained to us in his first of many peremptory TV addresses on the same night of February the 20th; right after the protests had been extinguished. The man spoke truth. Seeing Ben-Ali escaping to Jeddah from the backdoor and Mubarak ceding power after eighteen days only, might have misled those who joined the protests that things would go as smoothly in Libya. I hardly doubt that the thought of being shot at so blatantly with live ammunition ever occurred to them. Neither did the thought of living in constant fear of being found out.
08 Aug 1

Living the Revolution – Part 1

Ever since the late stages of the Revolution, guilt has been gnawing at me; urging me to write about whatever I had experienced at the time. About my constant cerebration towards what was happening, the journey of discovering my own country's real identity for the first time. How my emotions were siphoned with such extremity from absolute hatred and rage to ultimate happiness and gratitude. Our erstwhile expectations we held together as a nation, the unfailing patience we had to rid ourselves from an ossifying tyrant and probably, some of our truest moments of prayer. It seemed so unreal to me, how in one year the status quo of our country and the lives of its people could change entirely.
07 Jul 0

Voting ends in historic Libyan Elections

Haven't slept at all, been on and off Facebook for the past 8 hours, had my breakfast of tuna sandwich and a "twissa", concerned more about what I'm going to wear and the blazing sun waiting for me than whom I'm going to vote for! Still hating Alwatan and Alta7aluf alike and definitely wasting my time on FB when I should be getting dressed for MY FIRST VOTING EXPERIENCE EVER!!! Can I possibly be any more Libyan? Taxis downtown are offering free rides to anyone who wants to go to any polling station! The Voting Craze... it's everywhere!!! All Libyans dressed up like it was Eid today, made 3aseeda in the morning and were congratulating each other in the streets. We all know that most of the voters went for Jebril's party and any individual they are related to; still, I am happy. Because each of us had one right-hand index finger inked. We are finally equal! Sharing this responsibility together, if anything happens, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Almost one million and two hundred thousand Libyans have cast their votes today. Head of HNEC said. Follow the hashtag #LyElect on Twitter for more updates on Libyan Elections! Allahu Akbar wa leAllahi al7amd! :) Takbeer!
22 Feb 0

Response: After Gaddafi, Libyans still prefer one-man rule

This article is a response to another article titled "After Gaddafi, Libyans still prefer one-man rule", published in various newspapers and online on around 16th of February, and the source is claimed to be "London Agencies, PTI". You can find one instance of the aforementioned article here. First, the title is misleading. In case the writer is referring to autocracy by one-man rule, one must ask, is he trying to say that Libyans still prefer dictatorship? After all that they went through; the revolution, the war, after people risked and lost their lives to oust Qaddafi; Libyans would still like to have another one? The writer contradicts himself with the explanation of the title itself: "35 per cent would still like a strong leader or (leaders) for the country in five years' time." But we should not fail to realize, that the term 'one-man rule' is not necessarily used in the context of dictatorship only – albeit, in that title it was intended to refer to that sense, noting the comparison made with Qaddafi.
15 Feb 0

Iran and Israel: As I say, “Humbug!”

Fear of war between Iran and Israel has been growing since some time ago. We literally need to be "wary" with anything concerning Iran and it's allies. I mean if the operation was carried out after the death anniversary of an assassinated Hizbullah leader, why didn't Israel go for Lebanon? AND if it was carried out in retaliation for the assassination of those Iranian scientists in covert missions by Israel, what's that got to do with the rest of the world? Why Israel keeps booming out about "Terror exporting" and "shaking the stability of the region" BS? It's all humbug!
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