Sunday, October 29, 2006

Now, it's not about the Niqab or Hijab.

A few weeks ago, a great fight took place between muslim scholars throughout Egypt and the entire arab world, just because Dr. Souad Saleh stated that she's against the Niqab.
A couple of days ago, the Mufti of Australia called the women who are not wearing the Hijab are meat on display.
Now, forget about the above 2 points and the misuse of words by both people.

What the hell happened to the Egyptians ?
Sexual harrassment party in the main streets of Cairo. I haven't seen, heared or read about that accidents till today. Women and girls of all ages were harassed and at some incidents stripped out of their clothes by hundreds of guys celebrating eid their own way.
Don't tell me it's about Hijab or Niqab. Ladies wearing Hijab, Niqab or not were harassed during that party. Don't tell me they were meat on display, NOOO. These guys were wolves looking for a prey.

Check this for details in arabic, or read this for the translated english version

I have no explanation, all I have are some questions that need to be answered. I'm left speachless

- Who or what created wild beasts out of the Egyptians ?
- Why can't these people understand Islam ? the incidents just a day after Ramadan !!!!!!!!

حسبي الله و نعم الوكيل

You know you are in Egypt when ( 2 )

1) The BIGGEST problem the people are facing is whether women should wear a Niqab or Hijab.
2) The activity enjoyed by most Egyptian guys is changing from soccer to shisha. Long live cafes.
3) Kids think that the more noise they create with (bomb), the happier they will be. Aren't there any true fire-works in this country ??
4) Everyone know everything about anything, and guess what: everyone beleives he is the only one who knows!!!!
5) People define an enemy as the person who has an opinion the contradicts with their own.
6) People offer to help you if your car breaksdown. Forget about the fact they know nothing about mechanics. It's the idea that counts.
7) You pay 120 l.e, for a 100 l.e telephone card in order to recharge the credit of your moblie phone, to receive only 90 l.e.

I love bad students.

I don't know why but today I happened to remember some of my college days. Back then ( which isn't that far, a year ago)I wasn't one of the prefered students by most of my Doctors and instructors because I had 2 terrible traits : I dared to ask and most importantly object !!!!
I won't claim I'm a hero or that I was the only one diseased with these two, but we were quiet few. I don't know what's wrong with teaching staff in our universities, I think they are well qualified to deal with robots rather than thinking creatures. Just to be honest, we were appreciated by a scanty number of the staff members.
I can recall a few incidents, one of them was during one of the clinical classes during my final year ( am a dentist by the way ). During that class, I had a difficult case in which I had my opinion as regards the diagnosis and how to deal with it. I went to ask my supervisor's opinion and all I got was a look down besides " You are wrong ". I didn't accept such treatment, so I responded " I don't think so, I believe it's .....{technical stuff}" with stating my evidence. The supervisor was shocked, it was the first time for a student to discuss a decision or an order he had given, besides : I was correct :D
Another incident happened during one of the laboratory sessions. We were there waiting for the instructor to arrive, but we were somehow noisy. Most of the noise was caused by a friend of mine, an instructor was passing by the classroom was annoyed by the noise. The instructor walked into the classroom searching for the source of the noise, she pointed out my friend. Here's how the discussion went on:
Instructor: " Name and Id number ?" that's the typical university threat.
Friend : " NO "
Instructor : " What, how dare u ?"
Friend: " You have no right to ask for that, so I won't be giving you any ", my friend had a point, that instructor has nothing to do with our classes and not even with our teaching staff.
Instructor: " We'll see about that " leaving with firy eyes.

I now beleive that we need more bad students in our system, people who can think and dare to question.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Lessons from Belya's life

1) You'll never know how strong you are unless you face a strong wind.
2) The more you stick to what you beleive, the more people will respect you even if they disagree with your opinions.
3) Select your battles.
4) When you are successful, always know when to quit.
5) Success has many roads and ways, just have the wisdom to decide one of them that best suits you.
6) Don't say ( I love you ) unless you truely mean it.
7) If people under-estimate you, work hard to prove they are wrong.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Je ne sais pas

Last week,I met a friend whom I hadn't seen for a long time. We a had a little chitchat about life and every thing else. During our talk he told me that he had found the girl of his dreams,he claims that she is his perfect match but with only one problem, here's how the conversation went on.

My friend: At last I found the girl of my dreams
Me: Maaaabroooook ( congratulations ), wish to hear the good news soon.
My friend: thanks so much, 3o2balak keda
Me: someday isA. So, tell me about her
My friend: She is good looking, smart, tender she's just perfect.
Me: Wow, RABENNA yekremko.
My friend: But there's one problem that I can't handle
Me: And that is ?
My friend: She has a bad fashion taste, and that's something I can't withstand.
Me: mmmmmmm, that's a problem.
My friend: Do you think I can change her taste of fashion? or is it one of the unchangeable facts of life? ( the second question with the expression of misery on his face )

I have absolutley no idea about that, I know that it's possible to change how a guy chooses to dress. But I don't know if this is possible with the ladies too. I've seen it happen in TV shows, but is it a one time makeover or a lifetime makeover.

Any ideas ?

You know you are in Egypt when:

1- you stand in a que for hours waiting for a paper to be signed by a government official. while you are there, you hear people complaining about disrespect and lack of organization BUT these people are the ones who refuse to stand in the que.
2- you see police cars are the first to skip the traffic lights.
3- you are invited for iftar during Ramadan, and you find an enormous amount of food that could satisfy the same number of people for more than a week.
4- you see the employees fighting and arguing about hijab or any other islamic issue during working hours instead of finishing their work
5- you find tons of garbage in the streets surrounded by many garbage collectors standing right beside it waiting to be tipped.
6- you hear "kol sana wenta tayyeb ya basha" with every traffic light.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Smart yet pathetic, updates.

Yesterday I bumped into one of the group of nerds I told you about. He was so happy and full of excitement, he approached me with a smile on his face similar to that of La Vache qui rit ( a smiling cow, a famous brand of cheese )saying " I just came to let you know that we won the third quiz ".
What was I supposed to tell this person !!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

That's funny

You are 67% Aries

One of my friends who enjoys and loves reading about horoscopes, used to call me a Typical Arian. I guess now I can tell her she is wrong.
But if I'm not a Typical Arian , then who is ?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The list continues to grow, so does the rumors.

I don't know if it's just me or it's true that the muslims are concerned about the number of celebreties converting to Islam. With every new day, you find a piece of news or a new rumor stating that some celebrity has converted to Islam or is thinking about converting to Islam.
This is really rediculous. It's something great to know that someone has converted to Islam, but it's rediculous to celebrate their conversion just because they are famous. People are happy because they think that such famous people will help in changing the way the west looks upon Islam.
It's not something pleasent to see Islam and muslims being accused for all evil in this world. But instead of waiting for the newly convert muslims to correct this pictures, muslims (us I mean) should start practising true Islam throughout their life, instead of just stating that they are muslims without any proof of that.
Islam isn't just a bunch of rituals we pratice, Islam is a way of life we should follow. Instead of having Islam as one of many aspects of our lives, we should have all aspects of our life follow the teachings of Islam.
On being true muslims ourselves, take my word for it, we will wait for noone.

Here are two lists, one of those who have anounced publicily that they have converted to Islam & the other one is for those who people rumor that they did. ( these lists include only the names I know)

list 1:
Frank Ribery, Nicolas Anelka ( French international soccer players)
Philipe Troussier & his wife ( French soccer coach )

list 2:
Theirry Henry ( French international soccer player )
Bruno Mitso ( French soccer coach )
Robin van Persie ( Dutch international soccer player )
Kaka ( Brazilian international soccer player ): I've just read this on an arabic site yesterday but I couldn't find it elsewhere.

Smart yet pathetic

Today, a group of friends and I were visiting an educational exhibition of some sort. The exhibition was organised by an NGO, it was about the educational oppurtunities in the US.
On arriving there, I bumped into a group of my college mates. They are one year younger than I am and they are of the elite students of their class. I have usually respected their intelligence and personalities.
Back to the exhibition. A side activity was multiple quizes, the quizes were about the organisation & the USA . These quizes were meant for fun and the presents were some small educational aids, such as TOEFL books or short English courses ( not bad rewards ). Anyway, on anouncing the winner of the first quiz, it turned out to be one of them. I told my self that they were good readers to know such amount of diverse information, as I used to think they are just good with study materials.
On my way out, I saw them standing at a corner with a serious look on their faces. I approached them with a smile, on asking them what's wrong, it turned out that nothing is wrong. They were just waiting for a phone call from a friend who is not present with them to give them the answers of the second quiz!!!!!!!! I was stunned, I asked them " is your friend that smart ?" , I received a sarcastic look accompanying this answer: " ofcourse not, he's at his home digging answers at Wikipedia "..............................
I waited for the results of that second quiz, out of curiuosity. Guess what, another one of them won. What a surprise. On handing out papers for the third quiz, they grabbed them quickly and went to their corner.
I left them with a smile on my face, thinking how pathetic these nerds are. I wanted to turn around and tell them " Have a life you losers".

p.s: They proved to be smart, as there was no rule stating that you can't get external aid.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A lion roaring ALLAH ??!!

I don't know if this is a trick or what !!! this is quite strange, yet everything is possible.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Is there another new state to joing the USA ?

I don't know what's wrong with this tiny small country that's called Qatar. I can't figure out or justify any of their actions except that they are on their way to become the state number 51.

Firstly, it is the arabic country with the highest economic relations with Israel ( correct me if I was wrong). Secondly, the USA used air bases located on Qatar to send illegal weapons to israel during the war on Lebanon, while on the contrary the UK banned the landing of planes carrying such weapons on the British territory ( or something of that sort ) . Last, but not least, Qatar didn't vote for the Jordanian delegate running for the position of the secertary general of the UN ( like all arab countries ), instead Qatar voted for the South Korean candidate.

What does this country want ??????

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Routine sucks

I've always been a person with high hopes as regards the change that could occur in this country. I've also been optimistic as regards the Egyptian routine , I sometimes considered it as overrated and that it wasn't that bad. This doesn't mean that I had good times on dealing with routine, I had my share of the stupid system, yet I kept my smile........ Till today.
Today I was supposed to receive one of my dad's working documents from his work place. Just for you to be in the picture , that paper took over a week from me to get it done. They asked for many papers from different places wide spread over Cairo and I got all that done with the help of my older brother more than a month ago. So, in my mind I was thinking that all I had to do was go get the paper and get going .
On arriving there, I found a parking place in just a matter of seconds ( that's considered a miracle in port-sa3eed street ). I went up the mowazaffa responsible for the papers, she handed me it in just a matter of minutes. I was extremely happy and delighted. On my way to the door, I was stopped by her voice: " Go get this paper signed by Mrs. ...... & Mr. ...... 1". Huh, sign this again, mashy whatever. I couldn't find this Mrs..., but luckily I was told that there was some other guy who is equally autherised to sign the paper. I got the first signature and was off to get the second. Standing by this Mr.....1 door, his secertary stopped me telling me that he's not present and that he would probably be back in an hour or so. In my mind : ".................." , censored due to fasting. I asked for another autherised person, she told me: " go to Mr......2, third office on the left ".
My smile was back to my face, on reaching Mr.......2 office I handed the paper to his secertary filled with confidence that it's just a matter of seconds and I'll be heading home. Shel took a glance at the paper then looked back at me with an expression that I couldn't figure out what it meant, then said:" mosh hena ( not here, i.e: can't sign) go back to Mr........1 ".
So I went back to Mr. ....1 office, and asked the secertary : " Is he back yet ?" the response was negative. I just turned back, and went on my way.
What on earth is that, in order to receive a photocopy of a paper ( did I mention that it wasn't the original document ) I have to go twice.................

I 'll have to hold my temper, I'm fasting.

p.s: I still have high hopes ;)