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This inspiring poem was taken from a Syrian book.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 | wardah bajrai





"Jerusalem will remain Arab, and will remain the light of freedom

Our nation's flag will be flown high, in spite of barbarism

Above her summits, in spite of [all] trials

Above her hills, over [all] times

The Arab people will liberate her, and eliminate the usurper's existence

And return her smile to her, so she shall become a lighthouse for every proud [man]

For Jerusalem is ours, in spite of [all] trials

Jerusalem is ours, over [all] times

All the children shout, in a roaring and a loud voice:

Jerusalem has been our nation's, and she will remain [so] for generations

Jerusalem is ours, in spite of [all] trials

Jerusalem is ours, over [all] times."



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wake-up call

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I have had enough talking about football. The season has ended and left as history. Through the season, I became so ignorant towards other stories and events that happened around the globe. As usual, to fill my extra free time, I take a further step by strengthening my relationship with the television. Besides wasting my time and tears(sometimes ok!!) watching drama-and-emotion-filled telenovela, I spare a little minutes from my precious time to watch news (although I do read newspaper rigorously) and the news that watched that evening was really a wake-up call for me. The reports on how the Israelis (the cold-blooded murderer which will be known as ‘the devil’ hereafter) raided and attacked the Holy Land of Palestine and Lebanon – non-stop - and then killed countless of Palestinians and Lebanese in order to ‘defense’ themselves from Hizbollah and Hamas (that’s what they said and agreed by their allies). What a stupid reasons but still there are “stupiders” (a term I invented for people who support the devil) out there who support them and saying that the devil has the right to do what the have done on the innocents people particularly the arabs. These stupiders also can be known as the dumb@$$!!. It’s really hard to see how these people( Palestinians and Lebanese) are suffering days and nights with the world only watching them without doing anything (including us). We keep saying our curses, blaming the devils but besides that, what else that we do? The same question that I asked myself. I can pray for them but as I am a person without any power, I can’t do nothing while these genocide and massacre continue and the number of people who died keep escalating! This issue has triggered me to learn more about the root to this never-ended war. I began to open books about Jews and Palestinians and googled for any relevant information. I tried to dig out as many info that I could to help me to comprehend the situation better. I begin to understand the history of Jerusalem- a sacred place for three religions: Islam, Christian and Judaism. I follow its’ trail and realized that this problem rooted hundreds years back and today, the history continue and what happened today is just the prolongation. For me, the devil a.k.a the Israelis are the real terrorist in this world, besides their so-called loyal allies- the US and Britain.

"Israel is the enemy of peace. It believes only in the logic of oppressive force. It relies only on weapons." (President Hafez Assad of Syria). They are the most vicious and most dangerous form of colonialist imperialism also consider as the enemy of peace. Israel has done evil and has been overtaken by illusion. Arrogance has filled the heads of its leaders, which made them continue deep into crime and enjoy aggression. Black malice against the people and against humanity fills their hearts and they are possessed by thirst for bloodshed. Their moves are directed by contempt for the principles and ideals of humanity and for international laws and resolutions. They are most resembles a malignant and deadly cancer which has clung to one part of the heart of the Arab homeland – occupied Palestine – and then has tried to spread and thrive at the expense of the other parts of the Arab homeland and at the expense of the Arab nation as a whole.

You, the ones that shed my blood
That took away the light from my eyes...
That usurped the right of a peaceful people who did not commit a crime..."
(Modern Arab Literature)

"The Palestinian Arab generation that was born and grew up in tents and knew Palestine through the mothers' tears and the fathers' determination to recover the land, has sworn to liberate its land and restore the dignity of its [Palestinian] people and [Arab] nation. Our Palestinian brethren sacrificed their blood until the whole world heard their voice and became acquainted with their cause. They are still dying on the field of honor. Let us continue our struggle and then we shall liberate our Arab land and assert our dignity."

"Let your hands be clasped together, O our sons in the Golan, with the hands of your brethren, the Arabs of Palestine, because the enemy is one, because the road is one, because the goal is one, because [our] destiny is one, because [our] history is one. I salute you, O sons in the Golan, and salute your brethren, the Arabs of Palestine.





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:: BE THE JUDGE::

Monday, July 24, 2006 | wardah bajrai

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THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S LAST SERMON

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Bismillah

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S LAST SERMON

(This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat ) Note: Found on the Net, but without source or copyright information. Please contact halsall@muray.fordham.edu if you have information

"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and TAKE THIS WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (Interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived...

Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and comitted helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery.

O People, listen to me in earnest, whorship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. YOU ARE ALL EQUAL. NOBODY HAS SUPERIORITY OVER OTHER EXCEPT BY PIETY AND GOOD ACTION.

Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QUR'AN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me direcly. BE MY WITNESS O ALLAH THAT I HAVE CONVEYED YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR PEOPLE."

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::Totality of Islam::

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::Totality of Islam::

I haven’t finish reading the book however I think I could share some information that I found from this book particularly from chapter two. In chapter two, it talks in great detail about the totality of Islam, the meaning, the pillars and foundation of Islam and what Islam is all about. The author also provided informative story about the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w)- also in chapter two. After reading the first three chapters, I found that I began to understand about Islam better and I feel it is my obligation to share my knowledge with my sisters and brothers. I believe that great things should be shared. Even in Islam, we are encouraged to keep reminding others on what they may have forgotten and at the same time we also should constantly remind ourselves on what we may have forgotten as well. Below I will put an excerpt taken from chapter two about Islam what Islam is all about. The title for chapter two is “Totality of Islam”.

- Islam is not a religion in the common, distorted meaning of the word, confining itself to the private life of man. It is a complete way of life, catering for all walks of life- individual and social, material and moral, economic and political, legal and cultural, national and international. Islam is ‘not merely a religion’. It is a total and unified way of life, both religious and secular; it is a set of beliefs and a way of law; it is a culture and a civilization; it is an economic system and a way of doing business; it is a policy and a method of governance; it is a special sort of society and a way of running a family; it prescribes for inheritance and divorce, dress and etiquette, food and personal hygiene. It is a spiritual and human totality, this-worldly and other-worldly”

I hope after this, I could provide with more inputs based on the information that I will dig out from this interesting book.

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The book….

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Last week, due to my extreme boringness, I spend hours in the book shelf at my house to search any book that I could read in order to fill my extra free time. This time around I tried not to go for fiction books as most of it I have finished reading it and some I even had read twice. Therefore, this time around, I opened my options by looking at informational books section. There was one book that frequently caught my attention before this but I don’t bother to read it because 1) it was published in 1976 2) when I glanced through the pages, it has font 9- too small and congested and 3) the title seemed profound. But that day, I didn’t know why I became so interested to explore more about that book. And once I started reading it, I was stuck to it- until today. Well, it’s hard to finish the book as 1) the font is too small and I need to read carefully (2) the vocab used- fairly bombastic which makes me referring to the dictionary quite often (3) the topics discussed were relatively heavy and historical. So what’s the title of the book------ don’t be surprised------- “Militant Islam” by G.H. Jansen. At the cover of the book, as introduction, its’ written “an informed and incisive analysis of Islam’s confrontation with the western world today” . looking forward to finished it!

Below, I enclose the picture of the book.





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My inspiration- The Greatest Player so far…

Monday, July 10, 2006 | wardah bajrai


To be honest, I could hardly remember when and how I became so passionate and enthusiast about football but one thing for sure, the person who managed to trigger my interest towards this game is no one else but Zinadine Yazid Zidane, a son of Algerian immigrants who just retired from his profession after the WC ended. Zidane is an ordinary person with positive demeanor but undoubtedly, he managed to steal people’s heart with his skills and wittiness while playing. He dribbled the ball beautifully, passing it almost always accurately, tricked his opponents with his skillful techniques and proud his supporters with his majestic goals. When I first saw his match, I was smitten by his movements. Since that, I know that I will favor this man as my hero and I know I will be he’s strongest and most loyal fan. It’s not a secret to most of my friends on how much I like this guy and to make things more extreme, he became my inspiration while doing my assignments, not once but twice. I don’t know why I like so much about this soft-spoken guy but I believe that his great attitude that win my heart.

But every great show will have it’s end. This year WC is the last tournament for him as he will retired at the end of it. He did once, but he made a come back and helped his country to reach the final although they did not win and he did a mistake at the end, he still a greatest player so far. As now I’m a jobless person who did nothing except the regulars house chores and watching tv, I managed to catch some games in the WC and being an extra hardcore fan of France, I had never missed any of their match. Since the beginning of the tournament, I have feelings that France going to make it to the final although most of the people doubted it as they labeled them as ‘kuda tua’’s team – a tag that I strongly disagree. Although they did not win the WC, I know they had played at their best and for Zidane, I’ve never regretted and blamed him for what he did to Matterazi (I detest this man so much!!!) for I believe he had his own reason for doing that. Everyone has their limits, and I believe this fellow had surpassed Zidane’s patience and walah, he deserved that! and to all my friends, thank you for comforting me and supporting me when I was really down at France’s defeat. Above all, as expected Zidane managed to secure his place as FIFA WC’s Best Player and undoubtedly, he deserve it as he has inspired so many people around the globe for a decade. After this, we could never see his glimpse in WC anymore but one thing for sure, his spirit will always remain. As for me, this WC could be last one for me as well as I don’t think that I’m going to watch the WC again but if I do watch, one thing for sure, I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER support Italy!!

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/177686/zidane_is_being_stupid_on_his_last_game/

(although the title a bit harsh, but it goes the other way round)

**** next entry, I will post the excerpt of my assignment (during writing class) about my hero….

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Men really are from Mars.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006 | wardah bajrai


I took this interesting story from local newspaper as I found the content was rather appealing.

A wife diary: Sunday night – he’s been acting so weird. We had made plans to meet for coffee. I had been shopping with my friends all day long and was late getting to the cafĂ©; that’s what I thought he was upset about , but he made no comments. Conversation wasn’t flowing so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk; he agreed but he was still quiet and absent. I asked him what was wrong; he said, “nothing”. I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said it had nothing to do with me and not to worry. On the way home, I told him that I loved him- he simply smiled and kept driving! Why didn’t he say “I love you too?”! when we got home I felt as if I had lost him, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there and watched TV; he seemed so distant. Finally, I decided to go to bed. About 10 minutes later he finally came to bed. I decided that I could not take it anymore, so I decided to confront him with the situation………….but he had fallen asleep. I started crying and cried until I too fell asleep. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Husband’s diary: Today, England lost the match. DAMN IT!

What I could sum up from the story above that women always think critically – although sometimes it’s nothing!- and men : they are just hard to understand!

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