In This Life … No True Happiness!

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In this dunya, we’ll never truly be happy. We’ll never truly be content! Because this world is designed to break our hearts. We all are living in this life with different types of pain and agony! The reality is that we are all tested differently, tests in terms of death, loss, money, pleasure, etc! This dunya is not the right place to be happy, it’s NOT! When you choose to study something you love, you have to meet that teacher who will hate you! You might be that intelligent excellent student, but s/he will still hate you, however, you have to be patient. You will find these people who will speak behind your back after spending beautiful time with them on the beach! They will talk about the way you speak, the way you wear and the way you eat. You will feel shocked, and you will try to forgive and forget! In this life, you may spend years after years, working to get something you believe is good for you and believe that no boundaries will prevent you from reaching it, meanwhile, others around you will start disappoint you, and you come to understand that it’s their job to break everything you build and it’s your job is fix and correct. In this life, you may love a person, then you realize that you wont be able to marry him/ her. You may spend months working to apply for a job and then one of your close friends, easily, gets it! I don’t know why do people spend most of their money buying too many expensive clothes, just to show that they have! I wonder why do men have to pay that big amount of mahr – to the bride when they are not able to?! Why do people spend very much money on marriage parties, choosing everything expensive? Can’t a person do his/ her marriage party in a beautiful garden full of flowers and invite his/her relatives and friends without having to pay much? Why do people fear the society’s law more than what Allah ordered us in the Qur’an? Why are people always afraid of ‘what people think’, about what we do, wear, speak? In this life, when in pain, try not to isolate yourself from people. Let your tears flow, and try to surround yourself with those who can help you face any calamity in life. Concentrate on remembering Allah – doing thikir – to prostate and pray. And I believe that this is the natural reaction every person who faces trials needs to realize and to wait for the ease from Allah to come, inshaAllah! 🙂 


المداراة والعلاقات الاجتماعية

علاقاتُنا الإجتمَاعيّة، تحتاج مُداراة… أو قُل بعضُ مُجامَلة و مُصانَعة و مُلاطَفَة و مُلاَيَنَة. ولو حاولتَ استقراء أحوال الناس وحياتهم اليومية لوجدتَ كيف يحاولُ كل الناس حماية أنفسهم وإحاطتها بكل صديق صادق أو قريب مُحب للخير أو مؤسسة نزيهة في تعاملاتها، هذا من جهة. ومن جهة أخرى، مجابهة كل ما يضر بالنفس، من عدم الاحترام والتقدير الذي ربما يجده في البعض تُجاهه. 

كلّ ذلك مرجِعه فهم الفرد الواحد منّا معنى “الانضباط الذاتي” وتطبيقه و الذي يؤدي إلى استتباب النظام الإجتماعي بأكمله. والانضباط في المربّي على سبيل المثال، يكون في احترامه عقول طلابه أو اولاده واحترام حركتهم الفكريّة وعدم الاستخفاف بما يحمل أولاده من أفكار واحترام وجود كينونة مستقلة لهم. 

اختلاط الفهم في طبيعة الإنسان وماهية استقلاليته وما حدود التّحكم به يُخضعنا للوقوع  في عواقب لا خير فيها، من فوضويّة في التعاملات ونزعات عدوانية تملأ يوميّات الناس بالقلق والتوتر وربما الاستعداد للمواجهة. ما نحتاجه في كل مواقفنا اليوميّة من تهذيب السلوك الصلب و الميل إلى اللين وخفض الجناح، حتّى تؤدي لوجود حركة نظامية مُجتمعيّة نابضة.

#TheBayazids|The victim of his own device


‘Occasional mistakes are inevitable- and the world is just too unpredictable’, right? And with the existence of the social media, news spread so fast, and no doubt it becomes worse when a famous person ‘mistakes’ or sins or whatever, while having hundreds of thousands of followers on his social media platforms. What if this ‘famous’ person is exploiting all his followers and his religion, Islam, and his country’s just cause, Syrian revolution, for his own advantage, looking for funds for his personal projects?! And how…? By planning for a crime, or call it a “fake assassination operation” Wow!!! Putting his own self in danger, calling himself as the “victim of the Assad regime” trying to bring funds for one of his coming films, “The Tunnel” !!!! His excuses and justifications he said in the fifteen minutes video he published after the incident has took place didn’t satisfy MANY of his followers and even his close friends and made them feel uncomfortable and doubted many of his previous work! The videos published yesterday (1st November) about the lies and fabrications, showing how he was planning for this operation disgustingly, have made everything clear. The matter has been decreed about which everyone inquired.

I’m just thinking, for how many years now did he lie on his followers, to keep them want more of his work, enjoying what he does, without knowing where he got the funds from and how he is spending it, or was his work actually ‘his’ work, his ideas?!! (as mentioned in posts of people who worked with him). Playing innocent in front of his 200,000+ followers on his Facebook, not recognizing that ‘reputation depends more on what is hidden than on what is seen’ and that if one can’t be good, then he has to be careful!!

It’s said that as a leader you should not dirty your hands with ugly or bloody deeds, or anything that will make people point their fingers on you!!! I am sad that many people won’t only point their fingers on him as a person who ruined the message of a good cause, but also pointing their fingers on his religion he’s believing. Islam is free and innocent of all what he does!

During the recent years, the Arab Spring in specific, we saw many of those ‘Scholars’ who didn’t hesitate to support tyrants of our Arab world!! And others giving their own fatwas to praise and please their governments, and others giving Friday sermons while neglecting Allah’s commands in standing for the truth even if it was against an oppressor ruler!

Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him said the truth when he said, “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” Reported by Abu Huraira. In Sahih Muslim.

Cooking Dutch Stamppot 

So back to the kitchen, I decided to cook something new, a Dutch traditional dish. I went to the kitchen and didn’t find some of the ingredients. I watched several videos on YouTube and I noticed that there are more than 10 receipts for the Stamppot. 

My first try cooking Dutch Stamppot.

I then thought that I can do the Stamppot with the ingredients I have, having the main three available, alhamdulliah. And Yes, I did it. 🍛🍴

My second try cooking Dutch Stamppot with all ingredients

A Dinner & a Movie 2

SO our team in Gaza did it, alhamdulliah!

Do you want to watch our AMAZING short film we recently did? Click here and enjoy your time. 😉


Here is what my friend, the founder of The Virtual Dinner Guest Project, Eric Maddox shared on his facebook page:

Wonder what it would be like to spend an afternoon walking around the streets of Gaza and asking every stranger you met one question, any question, the BIGGEST question? That’s essentially what our team there just did… while another team did the same in Rotterdam. Please take a few minutes to check out and share the results. This is by far the coolest video we’ve ever produced… and it was done under some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. I can take none of the credit. Our team team in Gaza managed everything on their own.

It’s been more than six years since I first conceived of The Virtual Dinner Guest Project. In that time it’s gone through a lot of changes, and the concept is still evolving. What started out as a dinner conversation between residents of Cd. Juárez, Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, has since traversed 5 continents, and connected communities in 20 countries for close to 80 events (I’ve actually lost count).

This latest project was by far one of the most challenging that I’ve ever undertaken, on both sides, and the results are by far the best that our participants have ever produced. The connection between residents of Gaza, Palestine, and Rotterdam, Holland was facilitated by my dear friend Isra Miqdad, whom I met during my short trip to Gaza, back in 2013. She and the team at Ain Media had to overcome massive power cuts throughout, not to mention all of the other challenges that accompany living under a state of siege, with all land, air, and sea access shut off for the past ten years. The project was sponsored by the Arab Film Festival in Holland, where we also screened the films last Sunday.

You can also watch this and all of our other films on our website: OpenRoadsMedia.org

Our Virtual Dinner guests in Holland asked the people of Gaza to make a film that answered the following question:

“What are your dreams? What are the main obstacles to achieving them? How will you overcome those obstacles?”

The film from the Rotterdam side will be posted in the coming days (Gaza asked Rotterdam “What’s the biggest problem in the world and how would you solve it?”).

If you want to learn about what life is like in Gaza, what people *want* life to be like in Gaza, and how the siege and perceptions about the Palestinian community have directly impacted the lives of real people then all of us invite you to watch and PLEASE share this video EVERYWHERE.