Posted by: lamiaz | February 11, 2008

Fayrouz, the new Lebanese president??

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I know this has happened a few months back but I was contemplating on the status of the Lebanese presidency and its impending crisis, following president Emil Lahoud stepping down back in November (http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/11/23/lebanon.army/index.html)

As you may recall, Lahoud had declared a state of emergency and ordered the military to take over hours before his terms end. Lahoud declared a state of emergency although he knows that according to the constitution the president does not have the authority to declare a state of emergency without obtaining the approval of the government, which is entitled to take over as soon as the presidential office becomes vacant. Many believe Lahoud’s statement was a message meant to convey the seriousness of the situation. Sadly, the Lebanese Government, in addition to the army and most other foreign governments considered Lahoud’s final statement illegitimate, and deemed it useless.

Lebanon, a parliamentary demoncratic republic, implements a special system known as confessionalism which is meant to insure that sectarian conflict is kept at bay. Confessionalism is an attempt to fairly represent the demographic distribution of religious sects in the governing body.  As a result, Lebanese high-ranking offices are reserved for followers of specific religious groups.

Under this system, the President is a maronite Catholic Christian, while the Prime Minister is to be a Sunni Muslim, the Speaker of the Parliament a Shi’a Muslim and an Orthodox Christian for the post of Deputy Prime Minister.

The well-known Egyptian writer Anis Mansour proposed a solution to this dilemma a few months ago, which I find very amusing and worthy of consideration. He proposed that since the Lebanese can not agree on one president whom they all deem worthy of their leadership and trust, then the best candidate is their beloved Fayrouz. Anis argues that Fayrouz is loved by all and one can not think of a single Lebanese, religious or political, group who might object to her taking on the presidency.

 The only problem, announced Anis, is the fact that Fayrouz is not a Maronite Catholic!!!!!

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Posted by: lamiaz | February 10, 2008

أحدث قصائد أحمد فؤاد نجم


 
وأحب أنوه إن آخر قصيدة لنجم قبل القصيدة دي هي “عريس الدولة” مافيش بعدها حاجة لا نظرا ولا يا شعبي ولا طاطي ولا اي حاجة من دي

القصيدة دي بابا لسة ممليها لي على التليفون وهو لسة كاتبها النهاردة الصبح بدري إوإليكم القصيدة:

غنوة جديدة لغزة

شي لله يا لغزاوية

يا وجع الأمة العربية

لا انتوا حماس ولا عباس

فلسطين هي القضية

شي لله يا لغزاوية

شي لله وعلى دلعونة

حكمونا ولاد الملعونة

والآخر خانم وباعونا

للسمسار والصهيونية

شي لله يا لغزاوية

شي لله وانتوا لوحديكوا

الله ينصركوا ويهديكوا

ويدمر دولة أعاديكوا

والأيام أهي رايحة وجاية

شي لله يا لغزاوية

شي لله ولا عادش رجوع

ويّا الخاين والجربوع

الأطفال ماتت م الجوع

والعطشان مش لاقي المية

شي لله يا لغزاوية

شي لله على أحلى كلام

ناس تصحى والأمة تنام

يعني قفاك يصبح قدام

يا لعربي وتركب عربية

شي لله يا لغزاوية

أحمد فؤاد نجم31/1/2008

                                      إن لله وإن إليه راجعون        

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الله يرحمه ويتقبله ويغفر له ويدخله فسيح جناته

 اللهم ارحمه فيمن رحمت ويسر حسابه وأدخله فسح جناتك

good_network.jpg  September 11, 07

A friend of mine (thanks Zeina al-Khaleil) sent me the link for the ‘National Priorities Project’ which I am already in love with. It features statistics and calculations of federal trade-offs in relation to the cost of the war on I-raq.

Just think of what would happen if every tax payer and voter was to visit this site and question their senator/representative on their stand towards the war on Iraq.

So the burning question here is (and since it is question, I demand an answer, pls): Even if Americans were more aware of the ramifications of ‘the war on Iraq’ on their economy as well as every aspect of their immediate and long-term future, would they be able to make a difference? Or has politicians long won the race?

And if so, what can we do other than raise awareness, keep our fingers crossed, pray, yell at the TV, and get frustrated at our apparent helplessness?

Over and out..

Posted by: lamiaz | February 10, 2008

Tareq Ramadan – To Be A European Muslim..

tareq-ramadan.jpg November 5, 07

 I may not always agree with him, but I can not deny that Tariq Ramadan is a wonderful Muslim philosopher.

Please visit the link below and invest some time into listening, and hopefully criticing, the lecture below.

Yes… This means I want to see comments…

http://www.halaltube.com/tariq-ramadan/video/to-be-a-europeon-muslim

Posted by: lamiaz | February 10, 2008

Australia’s Surfing Imam..

December 6, 07

Very interesting and promising news mashAllah…

So… Australia has a new breed of Imams, born in the country, fluent in the language of the youths and more importantly practicing their lives as any Australian would normaly.

Below is a link to a BBC feature story on an Australian imam, also an avid surfer, who represents this new breed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7130000/newsid_7130000/7130029.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm&asb=1&news=1&ms3=54&ms_javascript=true&bbcws=2

So the question now raises itself…

What about Muslims elsewhere? Don’t we need similar forces of change in predominantly Muslim countries? Or do we have to be living in a non-Muslim community for us to begin seeing such examples?

What would it be like if we had more mentors, counselors and spiritual leaders who not only have ‘shar3e’ knowledge but can also relate to us.

Can you think of people who already fit this criteria?

I know I can 🙂

Posted by: lamiaz | February 10, 2008

A Land Called Paradise..

Jan, 14, 08

 Salam all,

A friend sent me this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbcmPe0z3Sc and several things struck me while watching it…

1- It is good, really good
2- A girl directed and produced it (Yes, I notice these things!!!)
and
3- The song is very country/western

I later found out that Kareem Salama, the singer and composer, is a Muslim country singer. This video is produced by MAS (Muslim American Society) for Muslim youth and non-Muslims as part of their outreach program.

Aside from the video, which is really good (did I say that already?) what resonated with me was the fact that we are more likely to put down our own fears, most private and inner thoughts and even what others mistakingly think (and stereotype) of us on paper, rather than speaking them out loud.

Why is that? Do you see this in your own use of e-mails, notes, blogs and other outlets?

Posted by: lamiaz | February 10, 2008

U.S. Muslim Film Contest: A Discussion

we-can_do_it.jpg What a great film!!!!! Very well made mashAllah…

I am really impressed with the script, the lighting, the actress and the director. They all did a great job mashAllah :))

Now, to the issues raised by the heroine of this film…. Haven’t we all been through those arguments before? How many of us can recall having those EXACT thoughts in our heads when contemplating wearing the hijab?

I am sure many of you are familiar with the term “cognitive dissonance”… One of the reviews announces this film to be “cognitive dissonance at its best” I must agree 🙂

Cognitive dissonance is a “psychological term describing the uncomfortable tension that may result from having two conflicting thoughts (cognition) at the same time or engaging in behavior that conflicts with one’s beliefs.” (Wikipedia)

Feels like only yesterday…

Proud of you sisters :))

Film on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3iz7Z49V

T0 Film Reviews: http://www.linktv.org/onenation/films/view/168

Link TV’s Homepage: http://www.linktv.org/onenation

 Rise and Shine :))

Posted by: lamiaz | November 27, 2007

Have you found Allah?

allah21.jpg“Oh Allah whoever has found you, what has he lost? And whoever has lost You, what has he found?” – Ibn Ata’allah

What does this quote do to you?

Does it feel like it is holding you from the shoulders and shaking you violently?

Please consider carefully and remind yourself that as long as you are on the right path, then what have you to lose?

A dear friend had something very similar to the above quote on her status not long ago, and it served as a reminder mashAllah to many of us. Indeed, as long as we are on the right path, then what could we possibly lose?? A chance to give the shaitan and our deamons a control over our lives?? That is more than fine with me.

AlhamduleAllah 🙂

AlhamduleAllah 🙂

AlhamduleAllah 🙂

Posted by: lamiaz | November 22, 2007

To be a woman…

hppygrl12.jpg I’ve been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that’s a job where I don’t think sex (gender) plays much part.   Nadia Boulanger, conductor 

Am I a woman?

No, I am not questioning my gender.

What I mean is…

Do I think of myself in that sense? Do I use that word, proudly, when referring to or even thinking of myself?

Growing up, I was your regular tomboy. I did not play girl games, nor own dolls after the age of 5. I did not wear dresses unless I was dragged to a wedding or a family function. I did not like to let me hair grow long. Come to think of it, I did not have many girl friends all the way through college. I did not wear makeup. Umm… I did not own makeup was more like it. I viewed the attempts of some girls to be understanding, cute, feminine, compassionate, and my best-friends to be a true testament to the shallowness of women. I used to pride myself on the fact that I talk like men, think like they do, and even shop like they do (Go to the mall – Enter only one store -Buy what I need – Get out in less than 30 minutes)

 However, as fate would have it, I grew out of it.

I learnt to embrace who I am. It was very strange being aware of the fact that I am now proud to be a woman. Actually I am thankful to be a woman. Wait… I am thrilled to be a woman.

I learnt that being a woman does not mean that I have to talk too much, wear makeup, alienate myself from my beliefs and causes or oooh and aaaah over every passing baby (I mean, really… Leave the babies and their mothers alone for God’s sake!!!!)

sandiegowomensfest2007.jpg I began to realise that I was force-fed an idea of what makes a woman. I realise now, sadly, that pop-culture has had a huge impact on shaping my ideals and notions on many gender-related concepts. I never thought that I would be a poster-image of the magnitude of damage pop-culture (stereotypical, negative, untrue, agenda-based and sexist) can have on one’s life.

I was blown away by the recognition that I let myself be manipulated and ashamed of who I was. I kid you not!!!!! I was furious and shocked at how much I have missed out on.

So, I did what I thought was the only right thing to do in light of the circumstances; I went back to my most trusted reference, my belief system.

What do I know of how Allah (swt) views women? How did Allah (swt) refer to us in the Qur’an? Were we viewed as shallow beings? Were we viewed as objects of enjoyment? Were we viewed merely as mothers? Wives? 

Answers to those questions have filled volumes of books. I will not attempt to further educate myself or you (who I am sure are all more knowledgeable than yours truly) on the empowerment of women in Islam.

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.  Sir, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of SHerlock Holmes

“O mankind, We have created you a male and female, and appointed you races and tribes, that you may know one another” (Qur’an. Translation of the meaning of Sura al-Hujurat # 49. Verse # 13)

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