Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sudanese Nostalgia

I can see how lazy, unproductive and short-sighted we are..!!

That Khartoum was built by British and Egyptian, not Sudanese..

Stop Dreaming, Nostalgia and Don-Kechuotism..!! 

Free yourselves and your kids, and sail with them to the Future, if any..!!


In recent three occasions, Stephen Sackur had loudly echoed the Western unilateral definition of Democracy.. He had used all professional means to elaborate his beliefs, intimidate his guests and spread a global fear.. 
Certainly, he is a high profile media professional with long experience and respect; yet the unilateral definitions are the true conflict between the western domination and the rest of the world..
On parallel, he had proved short in-depth realization of the "others", culturally and politically; which became a stigma on all Western researches, up to the academic analysis..
There are many people who are "obsessed" by Democracy..
Any sustainable cultural or sociopolitical theory is not unilateral for singular application or interpretation..
Humane diversity is generally acceptable in every aspect;
why not in Democracy..?
The Western hypocrisy became scandalous and point out to the eminent threats around the Western culture itself..
As Peskove had said:
Call it G8, G7, G6 or even G2.. It does not matter..!!

Omar Abdullah - Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (28 Jan 2014)

Jin Liqun, the former chairman of China's Sovereign Wealth Fund (18 Mar 2014)

Dmitry Peskov , President Putin's official spokesman (18 Mar 2014)

Maybe we are short of outspoken Philosophers, Academics or Preachers; who can enthusiastically elaborate how we "Democratically" sustained our existence since the dawn of time..

Certainly, our legacies are less "Brutal" than the Western ones, therefore we dream, love and fool play a lot.. and still do..

From Japan till Morocco, great stories of accomplishments and innovations had changed the course of history.. None of them had claimed or spoken about "Democracy", yet how "Civilization" would be survive on atrocities and injustices..?

Stop "Unilateralism" to enable "Coexistence"...!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First Kiss

This famous photograph had made a history for kissing..
Certainly, it is not about the First Kiss; which none of us would forget.. Despite how kissing became part of today's public scene in many countries, it stills provoking modesty and privacy among many people..
This is why, none of the known religions had accepted this action to go public..
The symbolic kiss at the terrace of Buckingham Palace is only a Western Royal ritual which was initiated by French lawmakers few centuries ago, as part of procedures to preserve and maintain the integrity of Royal Bleed..

Certainly, I don't endorse any kissing among strangers or even engaged ones, as it is an intimate act; only justified within the wedlock.. However, I understand how the are the definitions are fluid these days..

Contrarily to the spreading urban culture; there are few acts which would build up the intimacy and consensual relation among any married couple.. Sharing the "First-Time" experiences is something unique and amazing; which regretfully many young ones irrevocably miss and lose..
The below experiment has documented, despite the pre-script, the humane sensational shock, growth and engagement..

We asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time for our Fall14 collection
There's a short video currently going viral called "First Kiss," which shows 20 strangers meeting for the first time and then making out—on camera. Adorably awkward and surprisingly steamy, it's pretty charming. It's also a clothing advertisement.
The video (via the Daily Dot) was directed and produced by Tatia Pilieva, who rounded up 10 guys and 10 girls and told them to go to town. (In pairs; it's too Tuesday for an orgy.) It's endearing as they try to get comfortable: "Can you turn off the lights?" "What was your name again?" "You have nice eyes." But it's also, as Double X points out, fundamentally a commercial, for the clothing line Wren:
What's more, for the most part, you're not actually watching randos off the street get intimate. Many of the participants are people whose jobs revolve around being charismatic on camera. Which feels a little different:
The cast includes models Natalia Bonifacci, Ingrid Schram, and Langley Fox(daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and sister of model Dree); musicians Z Berg of The Like, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Justin Kennedy of Army Navy, singer Nicole Simone, and singer-actress Soko (who also performed the melancholy indie music that accompanies the short); and actors Karim Saleh, Matthew Carey, Jill Larson,Corby Griesenbeck, Elisabetta Tedla, Luke Cook, and Marianna Palka.
It's still cute! But it's a cute advertisement. WOMP WOMP.
 The Egyptian version..
Interesting how people have different priorities..


Friday, March 7, 2014

Understanding or Confronting 4:34

This post was inspired by Feminism in Faith by Zainah Anwar

If anyone opens up the text of the Holy Qur’an and leafs through its pages until reaches chapter 4, which is titled “The Verse of Women,” and continues on until reaches verse 34, will find the following proclamation:

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance — [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”

الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّـهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُوا مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ ۚ فَالصَّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللَّـهُ ۚ وَاللَّاتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرًا

the Muslim scholar and Boston University professor Kecia Ali, in her discussion of the verse and the translation, Ali points out that the three most controversial words in the verse, “qawammun” (previously translated as “guardians”),
qanitat” (previously translated as “obedient ”), and
nushuz” (previously translated as “disobedient”),
Must all be left untranslated.. These words require interpretations


I'm very thankful for the gift of being able to read Arabic, and understand linguistics, grammar and vocabularies as well.. Also, being able to translate and interpret the Arabic text into English with little errors; enabling to convey the context and concepts in the best adequate structure..

Certainly, the translation; Zainah had used is defective and misleading..
Certainly, the three words; Kecia mentioned are not that critical either..
Let me start by providing my own interpretation:

"(Married) Men have an advanced rank ahead of (married) women due to the privileges Allah (swt) had given them, and due to their role as bread earners.. Pious (married) women are obedient to Allah (swt), guarding their (spousal) privacy; which Allah (swt) honor.. Whom you fear them (actively) turning from (this) righteous manner; advise them, (if not working, temporarily) forsake (lust for) them, (if not working) or hurt (mainly light spanking or beats; not on the face) them.. Whenever they get back to the righteous, do not escalate further (those two punishment methods).. Allah (swt) prefer to disdain the humble mistakes.."


The whole case is about a wife to be "Obedient to Allah swt".. and "Never disclose the spousal privacies.."
This is not meant for women in general; contrarily to what had been said during the last 1400 years..

Yes, I'm not an Islamic scholar, but a Muslim Intellectual and Researcher..


Then, I need to elaborate two things: the privileges of married men and the two punishment methods..

Men to be permitted for marriage; have to be mature, bread-earner, with good manners and with basic knowledge of religion.. These four (mandatory) qualities would make men reliable and accountable to form a family and raise kids.. Then, they will add value and volume to the "Momentum of Believers"; which is the main purpose of marriage and reproduction..

On the contrary, women who want to marry, are not required to compete for the above qualities, apart from their (implicit) devotion as Muslim persons.. This is why men; across most cultures, regions and histories, were (preferred) older than their spouses; which is still traditionally exercised among more than 60% of the people today..

Abandoning the "mating" with a wife due to misbehave, is not new to our epistemic accumulations as intellectual spices.. It seems working in most cases, therefore it still commonly in use, despite any denial..!! 

However, such a "punishment" would require reasonable time to convey a message, and to get the "misbehaving" wife to feel the pain due to unsatisfied "sexual" urge..
Such a period of time shall be around 100 days, as per the corresponding guidance of not to travel away from a wife for more than 3 months.. Which also would define the "bearable sexless period for married" both: women or men..

Then if such "hormonal punishment" did not convince a wife to behave better, then spanks or beats would do.. Certainly, such a physical hurt is an initiation for divorce, not for restoration and reconciliation..!!
If a woman, or man, Islamically misbehave, divorce is likely a must..
Yet divorce is another issue, with lots to tell and detail..

Then it is concluded to remind men to generally forgive small misconduction or behavior.. Their wives were their own choice; rightly done or wrong..!!


The true dilemma of Islam is the growing gap between its Arabic context and non-Arabic intelligencia.. Arabic is one of the difficult languages not only to speak, but to understand and express.. Therefore, contemporary Arabs are torn between their own shallow comprehension of Arabic literature and philosophies, and the expedite nature of technology and communications.. Simply, Arabic is declining as a language, while swiftly replaced by Anglo/Franco vocabularies and street slangs.. pronunciation is a greater confusion as well.. 


This is why I feel the pain and responsibility to promote the "live" interpretation of Islamic referrals, helping non-native-Arabic-Speaker Muslim to comprehend what we had..

For many complex reasons, scholars were shy to detail the issues related to spousal and intimate lives of Muslims.. This had opened a Pandora's Box for all unfit to speak loud with "dead" interpretations..


Simply, artistically and Technically; Marvelous..!

Urge or Love..?


After 60 years in life..
I have an issue which I can’t comprehend..

Across regions, cultures and histories..
Men abuse women; later they share the same bed..
Women hate men’s aggression; later they share the same bed..
It seems all is about mating..

By any means, this is not love..
Simply, a great irresistible urge to mate..

Later; they breed new human beings..
Produce many of them..
Then; we question underscoring and terrorism..!
This is why the women empowerment programs fail
Anti-domestic abuse fails..
Birth control fails..
Anti-Trafficking fails..
Anti-Child-labor fails..
Anti-FGM fails..
Anti-poverty fails
Then, the overall development fails

I’m Confused..
The true story is less than 10 minutes..!!