Monday, January 20, 2014

Polygamy vs. Polygany

Despite how the terms are controversial and debatable among all humans; my exploration for the reactions had taken me to many web groups.. There, I had read for both enthusiastic and opponents; whereas each had exercised all intellectual tools to advocate for their views.. An example is the Facebook group: Islamic Polygany (Ameican Muslim)

Basically, the misconceptions between polygamy and Polygany are considerably great.. This would describe the greatness of both epistemic divide and intellectual spiral as well.. It was notable that the general public can't absorb the different terminologies, and accept what the media had accustomed for; which would shake the religious content and faith.. Thought-Leaders are generally short to understand and adequately comprehend or react..

There is a great deficiency in understanding the Polygany concept, code and regularities.. With no need to walk through Shariah details, attempts to insert the practice within the legal code is likely a failure.. Therefore, enthusiastic would counter any critique by plain Quran verses or Hadeeth, with almost no understanding of the given words..
Kindly refer to my earlier post on legitimacies of Polygany

Within the worldly typical and traditional patriarchic mindset, men and women around the world share similar perceptions.. Polygany for most men is "sexual" extravaganza rather than social code.. It is cordially associated with masculine supremacy, tangible tyranny and materialistic likeliness.. There is no place among Polyganists for professional, intellectual or working women except in rare cases.. Certainly there is no place as well for ugly, special-needs or mothers as well.. Polygany is lawfully practiced in most Muslim-coded countries, and among Muslim groups in lawfully monogamous coded others (where they break or twist the laws)..

For women; accepting Polygany is either extreme demonstration of devoted Islamization among non-Arab Muslims, or emotionally driven attempts for matrimony among aging youth..!! Notably, female appreciation to Polygany is wider among rural and poorly developed communities, wherever they are.. In Africa, Polygany is not restricted to Muslims, but a wider social code.. On parallel; it is extremely hilarious to read comments from those enthusiastic Muslim females on Polygany, which indirectly extend the male views.. Promoting unexplainable images and tales about Polyganous livelihood is just adding fuel to the harsh skeptics about Muslims Practices..

Certainly, from my Muslim view; promotions for Polygany as a Muslim practice is welcomed, yet the need to upgrade the knowledge base and epistemic foundations are important to keep it sustainable, rationalized and acceptable.. In today's world, conceptual frames are guardians for material practices.. This is what the Muslims lack and need to comprehend..

This is one of few civic issues that generally distinct Muslims; which most Muslim scholars avoid addressing: Lending Interest (فوائد الاقتراض), Profit/Loss sharing (مشاركة الربح والخسارة), Capital/Limb Punishment (عقوبة الاعدام وقطع الأطراف), Complici
ty Penalty (عقوبة المشاركة), Caliphate (الخلافة), Reverse Conversion (الردة), Gender code (القوامة على الإناث), Polygany (تعدد الزوجات), Curatorship (الوصاية), Voluntary Possession (ملك اليمين)..

Friday, January 17, 2014

Debeautification of a City


An Urban Breakthrough, Controversy or Misspell..?
I recall Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman's concept to subsurface the road to create a connected public space between the sides of this very hotspot.. This 2km is one of the most celebrated high-streets worldwide.. An Urban Authority should interfere to uproot such engineering foolishness.. Transit and congestion solutions should not be apart from Urban Planning.. This is a heart-aching petty to lose an urban icon for engineering and infrastructure wrongdoings..!
People should know that Roads' planning is architecture, not engineering..!!

 "Dubai plans double-decked highway"

A series of projects are in the pipeline to ease congestion in Dubai, including plans to add a second deck to Sheikh Zayed Road
Running from Dubai’s creek in the north of the city, through to the industrial Jebel Ali Port area, the highway’s second deck could stretch up to 35 kilometres, MEED has reported.

A feasibility study is already underway and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has invited firms to take part in a design competition to transform the road, which is known as 'E11' throughout the UAE.

The super highway is the pulmonary artery of the top Gulf destination, which spans seven lanes in each direction for the majority of its length – from northern emirate Ras Al Khaimah (where it is known as Sheikh Muhammed bin Salem Road) to UAE capital Abu Dhabi, where it is known as Sheikh Maktoum Road.

Consultants have been invited to submit proposals, which will be accepted on March 25 this year. The first prize is AED 1 million (US $272,272) with second and third prizes at $204,000 and $136,136 respectively.

A Tale of Two

Energy footprint 
They met in a lovely day at a peaceful spot
It was a bright wishful all the way
In a sinless pure world of no time and no history
They had wed within magical tunes and amazing aurora
No matter who’s who: Ebony and Ivory?
All colors defuse and merge
Despite her stammer and his lame; they shared one soul
True happiness holds time to stop and earth to still
Suddenly she caught the deadly symptoms
Chemotherapy burnt her hair and skin
He claimed sight illness, then blindness
Allowing her not to feel shame or ugly
Observing nothing but her brilliant soul
When she passed away; he kept his white cane
Factually; he became blind
Nothing to watch anymore
Love is never measured by hair or sights..!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Dress is an address, accessory and brand.. It interprets lots of our culture and identity.. It is not a purpose or an aim, but spontaneous reflection of our taste, personality and social behavior..
Dress has implications on economy, politics and social being.. All dresses are religiously driven, since Adam and Eve felt how "inappropriate" to move around naked.. Even "Bikinis" are religious statements..
Unfortunately, most fashion trends start with debatable or controversial statements, particularly within the underdeveloped communities..
Regretfully, that many sail with this issue beyond reasonable senses, creating environments of skeptics and hatred..

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Khartoum 1942

Khartoum 1942

Once upon the Time; we were a nation with civilized urban centers..
No longer..
No retrieve..!
للأسف ليس لدينا ثقافة أو معارف عمرانية أو معمارية ذات آصالة ، ومن ثمَ ؛ فلقد اجتهد كلُ فيما استطاع ، وعليه فقد كانت النتائج ، ولازلت ، كارثية وعصية على التعديل أو التقويم مهما سعى من سعى وتحمس من تحمس

تعديل قوانين البناء ، أو تجاهلها في كثير من الأحيان
، يلقي باللائمة على من يمارسون مهن العمران والبناء ، سواء في التعليم أو الادارة أو التنفيذ ، فهم في جانب قد فشلوا في الدفاع عن النظريات التي أهلتهم للدرجات العلمية والمهنية ، ومن أخر فلقد فشلوا في تقديم حلول منطقية ترضي طموحات الساسة والعامة على حد سواء

في واقع الحياة لا توجد أطباق فضية لكي يقدم عليها المتخصصون مساهماتهم في التنمية والتطور ، وتلك هي الجدلية الفارغة التي يتشدق بها أرباب المهن ؛ بأن النظام لم يسمع أو يسمح لهم ، أو لم يعطهم الفرصة للعمل الخلاَق

تلك قضية متكررة في كافة المجالات والمهن والحرف ، ليس فقط في السودان ، بل في سائر العالم الخائب ، عفواً النائم ، عفواً النامي
Unfortunately we do not have an authentic urban or architectural culture, therefore, everyone had worked hard with utmost, and results have been, and still, catastrophic and bacillus, regardless whatever search or enthusiasm..

Modifying building codes, or often ignore, cast the blame on those who engage in the occupations of urbanization and construction; whether in education, administration or execution capacities.. They had once failed to defend the theories that had awarded them their scientific and professional grades; and on the other had also failed to offer logical solutions to satisfy ambitions of both politicians and public alike
 In real life there are no silver plating to submit the specialists’ contributions for development and evolution.. That is the ambiguous and hypocritical debates of professionals; that the regime had not heard, allowed or give them the opportunity to creatively work
This is a recurring issue among all fields, professions and trades, not only in Sudan, but also in the rest of the disillusioned world.. Oops sleeping..Oops developing

Monday, January 6, 2014

Bertrand Russell


The only thing I learned, which happened to be Russell's 1st Commandments: "Do not feel absolutely certain of anything".. This is the challenge to seek new, novel and marvel innovations.. Discoveries were always about new vision of ordinary things; yet a n amazing mind captured..

Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each of which contain the seed of the other. The best course for steering clear of either one, Russell maintained, is liberalism.

“The doctrine of liberalism is an attempt to escape from this endless oscillation,” writes Russell in A History of Western Philosophy. “The essence of liberalism is an attempt to secure a social order not based on irrational dogma [a feature of tyranny], and insuring stability [which anarchy undermines] without involving more restraints than are necessary for the preservation of the community.”
In 1951 Russell published an article in The New York Times Magazine, “The Best Answer to Fanaticism–Liberalism,” with the subtitle: “Its calm search for truth, viewed as dangerous in many places, remains the hope of humanity.” In the article, Russell writes that “Liberalism is not so much a creed as a disposition. It is, indeed, opposed to creeds.” He continues:
But the liberal attitude does not say that you should oppose authority. It says only that you should be free to oppose authority, which is quite a different thing. The essence of the liberal outlook in the intellectual sphere is a belief that unbiased discussion is a useful thing and that men should be free to question anything if they can support their questioning by solid arguments. The opposite view, which is maintained by those who cannot be called liberals, is that the truth is already known, and that to question it is necessarily subversive.
Russell criticizes the radical who would advocate change at any cost. Echoing the Enlightenment philosopher John Locke, who had a profound influence on the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Russell writes:
The teacher who urges doctrines subversive to existing authority does not, if he is a liberal, advocate the establishment of a new authority even more tyrannical than the old. He advocates certain limits to the exercise of authority, and he wishes these limits to be observed not only when the authority would support a creed with which he disagrees but also when it would support one with which he is in complete agreement. I am, for my part, a believer in democracy, but I do not like a regime which makes belief in democracy compulsory.
Russell concludes the New York Times piece by offering a “new decalogue” with advice on how to live one’s life in the spirit of liberalism. “The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows,” he says:

1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2: Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3: Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6: Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
7: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
8: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
9: Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

Building a Nation

The spiral hot debates on Nation Building is synonymous to most of the underdeveloped countries. Their Young Generations enthusiastically want to avoid the pitfalls of the older ones; while the Older Generations search an address for their life-time efforts..
Spring Movements among Arabs, Persian, Turkish, Thai, Senegalese, Kenyan, Kyrgyz, Indian and Bengali symbolize the facts about human unification and identity. The quest for better livelihood is a common wish-list among Mankind, regardless of religion, geography and economy..
The debates are furious with no agreed formula for the future. Intellectual, Executives and Lobbyists are exercising all means in the control-game. Modern wealth structures created great appeal for politicians to monopoly and benefit..
This illustration is my own combination of Estates and interpretations. Man can't be defines apart from his community, and vs versas..
At any society, the Sociopolitical Structures can't be defined apart from the Epistemic Foundations..
This may would enable to reduce the debate, from principles into vocabularies; which in turn would reduce the time required to reach an agreement..
Yet, Mankind is legendary fond of arguments..!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


At the USA, Mosque-goers; Sunni, Shia, Arab, South Asian, Latino, African Americans, converts and raised, from nearly every corner of the world; are confronted with critical challenges that will inevitably change both perspectives and functions of Mosques.. currently, there is a strong growing move to advocate for new looks of the Mosques, and subsequently, other issues that would shack the belief itself.. This will sail to the traditional centers of Muslim communities.. To meet the domestic unrest and dissatisfaction.. Outcomes are greatly unknown..!!

Engagement; A serious question about the political nature of Muslim organizations and hierarchy within.. Many of them had copied the Middle Eastern patriarchy despite the contradictive circumstances.. Unless structural reforms will rule, decline of Mosque-goers will form serious problem at all aspects and levels of participation, performance and leadership..!

Women; Most scholars and imams have notably weak advocacy toward women's rule, obligations and rights within the Muslim community.. This had allowed for extreme views and very radical ones as well.. Unless the Muslim women are granted rational status among their communities, the Muslim quest is jeopardized..!

Imams; Most Imams are short to meet their job requirements.. in absence of any good criteria and governance on raising, training and awarding the Imams; the Muslim communities will eventually go apart.. Imams are the glue not only between a Muslim and his Creator swt, but also among the Muslim communities.. should an application of (Muslim HR/Leadership) to be developed..?!

The above are greatly ignored by traditional Muslims in the Middle East, who holds the unspoken authority to endorse or forbid.. The historical changes are indispensable as critical part of Muslim epistemia and settlement..

There is no doubt that the New Muslim Phenomenon is coming with strong momentum and potentials.. Just coming from abroad to replace the deteriorated perspectives in Tunisia, Morocco, Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad..

As usual, Middle Eastern Muslims will never be ready to process..!


Duke University prayer room where women and men pray in the same space, with no barrier. (US)
A women’s prayer space in a mosque in New York City. The photographer wished to remain anonymous. (US)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Lady in Red..

This is Ceyda Sungar, 'The Woman in Red' who became the symbol of Turkish protests after she was tear-gassed by police
This is the cultural difference and divide between Turkish and Arabs in general, and Egyptians in particular.. The Turkish Women in-Red is revealed within few days; while the Egyptian Woman in-Blue stills unknown thorough three years..  Lots you may read within these two lines..!!

By Daily Mail Reporter
8 June 2013

This is Ceyda Sungar, 'The Woman in Red' who became the symbol of Turkish protests after she was tear-gassed by police
This is the first picture of the Turkish academic since she became the unwitting icon of the country's mass protests after she was pictured being sprayed with tear gas.
Dubbed 'The Woman in Red' because she was wearing an elegant red dress when she was gassed, Ceyda Sungar has said she is uncomfortable with her fame and has no desire to be a figurehead of the movement.
'There are a lot of people who were at the park and they were also tear-gassed,' she told Turkey's TV24. 'There is no difference between them and I.'
Nevertheless, pictures have reverberated around the world of Miss Sungar, an academic in city planning at Istanbul Technical University, turning away from massed riot police as one officer sprays tear gas at her face.
Endlessly shared on social media and recreated as artwork on posters and stickers, the image - dubbed 'The Woman in Red' - has become the leitmotif for female protesters at recent violent anti-government riots in Istanbul.
But the academic, who is part of the Taksim Solidarity Platform protesting against the redevelopment of the park, has shied away from media attention.
She is believed to be uncomfortable with her position as the focal point of the movement - although her image alone has become a galvanising force for fellow protesters.
In the early hours of this morning thousands of protesters were digging in for a fresh weekend of demonstrations Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's demand for an immediate end to the worst political unrest of his decade in power.

Iconic: Ceyda Sungar turns her head as a policeman showers her in pepper spray at close range

Iconic: Ceyda Sungar turns her head as a policeman showers her in pepper spray at close range

This is what democracy looks like: This combination of photos shows how Miss Sungar first faces off with the massed ranks of riot police before one steps forward to spray the gas right into her face
This is what democracy looks like: This combination of photos shows how Miss Sungar first faces off with the massed ranks of riot police before one steps forward to spray the gas right into her face

'There are a lot of people who were at the park and they were also tear-gassed': Miss Sungar forced is to retreat coughing and spluttering as the gas-wielding riot policeman goes on to spray others at the protest
'There are a lot of people who were at the park and they were also tear-gassed': Miss Sungar forced is to retreat coughing and spluttering as the gas-wielding riot policeman goes on to spray others at the protest
In central Istanbul's Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles clashed with protesters a week ago, activists spent the night in a makeshift protest camp.
They slept in tents and vandalised buses, or wrapped themselves in blankets under the shelter of plane trees.
What began as a campaign against the redevelopment of Gezi Park in a corner of Taksim Square spiralled into an massive display of public rage over the perceived authoritarianism of Mr Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party.

Worst unrest in a decade of power: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called on protesters to immediately clear the streets
Worst unrest in a decade of power: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called on protesters to immediately clear the streets
Police firing tear gas and water cannon have clashed with groups of protesters night after night in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities across the country for much of the past week, leaving three dead and some 4,000 injured.
Mr Erdogan yesterday demanded an immediate end to the protests, saying they were founded on a 'campaign of lies.'
He has branded the demonstrators as looters and has said the protests are being manipulated by 'terrorist' groups.
There are rumours that among the liberal protesters there are far-Right nationalists who seek a return to the kind of militant secularism that saw Turkish politics dominated in the 20th century by a string of military dictatorships.

Mr Erdogan gave no indication of any immediate plans to remove the tent villages that have appeared in Taksim and a park in the capital, Ankara.
But the gatherings mark a challenge to a leader whose authority is built on three successive election victories.
'Let them attack, they can't stop us,' shouted a member of the Turkish Communist Party, shouting through loudspeakers to a cheering crowd from on top of a white van in Taksim Square.
'The AK Party will go. This will be the end.'

The protesters have built barricades of paving stones and corrugated iron on access roads to Taksim to try to protect themselves against a potential police assault. But their actions have brought gridlock to part of central Istanbul and it is unclear how long the authorities will tolerate their presence.
The square is lined by luxury hotels that should be doing a roaring trade as the summer season starts in one of the world's most-visited cities. But a forced eviction could trigger a repeat of the clashes seen earlier in the week.

During his decade in power, Mr Erdogan has enacted many democratic reforms, taming a military that toppled four governments in four decades, starting entry talks with the European Union, reining in rights abuses by police and forging peace talks with Kurdish rebels to end a three-decade-old war that has cost 40,000 lives.