Mecca was recently the scene of shocking proportions when a crane which had not been secured properly crashed through the roof of the masjid damaging it and killing many. While families and the country mourns the loss of life and loved ones, we find strength and hope in the fact that they died performing acts of worship to God Almighty. Their lives are not a loss but actually a mercy as they will be – insha’allah raised as shaheed. Here we see Hajj 2015 continuing with live streaming of Mecca Mukarima. May God accept the worship of all these people and those who worship in their homes.
Men, women companions or competitors?
Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:21
By Sameera Ansari | Contribution to Saudi Life
A MAN and a woman, from what I can understand, are made to be each other’s companions, to complement each other and complete each other, right? So where and when did this companionship turn into competition? When did one start wanting to be like the other or wanting to control the other to the extent of suffocating the other.
When we are physically, emotionally and mentally different, why do we work so hard at trying to be like each other or expect one to behave like the other rather than accepting these differences and helping each other where required?
If a man imitates a woman he becomes feminine and physically weak… weaker in fact than an average woman. A
nd if a woman imitates a man she loses her feminine side and the tenderness which is, should I say, a woman’s hallmark.
My husband once said something which rang a bell inside me, an alarm in fact. ‘If you and I act and behave the same way then where’s the attraction? It would be like me being with my male friends. Would you be comfortable if I started behaving like you? Just imagine it and see how repulsive you’ll find that to be.’
Allah made the male and female gender for specific roles in society to nurture a strong and stable environment that brings about stable-minded individuals – men and women.
What we are witnessing today is chaos. Either men are overly dominant or men and women are competing to prove each other wrong in the name of equality. The balance is lost. Where is the companionship that we were created for? Why is there such a great desire to control your ‘better half’ – male or female? Why constantly be at war with that one person who should be the one to provide you the most comfort a human can to another? Read the rest of this entry »
From the 1st of April, Dr Bilal Philip’s Islamic Online University (IOU) launched the world’s first tuition-free, Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies in English completely online. A major new step towards helping Muslims across the globe fulfill the Prophet’s command to seek knowledge of the religion and correct their understanding of its tenets.
After successfully running a collection of 20 free diploma courses since 2007 in which more than 30,000 students are currently registered from more than 177 different countries, Dr Bilal has taken the bold step of offering a BA along similar lines.
This path-breaking initiative utilizes the worldwide presence of the internet and advanced open source online learning technology to bring tuition-free university level Islamic education within reach of virtually anyone on the planet that has access to a computer and the internet.
The program has recorded audio and video lectures and weekly live tutorial classes in a virtual classroom setting on the net and its syllabus is based on the BA in Usool ud-Deen (Religious Foundations) curriculums of Madeenah University, Saudi Arabia, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, Al-Azhar in Egypt and other similar reputable Islamic institutions. Six subjects are offered each semester. Each semester is 5 months, having an online mid-term exam after two and a half months and a supervised final online at the end of the fifth month. Students are free to access their classes whenever it is convenient for them, however assignments have to be turned in and exams (mid-term and finals) have to be taken at fixed times.
There are no fees for the courses. However, there is a fixed modest registration and examination fee each semester which is calculated on a sliding scale (from $10 to $50) depending on the student’s country of residence. Enrollment for the fall semester (September 2010 – January 2011) has just begun at www.islamiconlineuniversity.com and for further clarification or help, the registrar may be contacted at:
mobile: +974 5554 3968, office: +974 44868458
ITS FINALLY CATCHING ON! RECYCLING IN KSA IS BECOMING A MUCH NEEDED REALITY SO GO TO THE MOTHER SITE AND CHECK IT OUT AND HELP PROMOTE A POSSITIVE CHANGE! http://www.recycleyourcity.org/index.php
Have you ever stopped to think about where our trash goes once it leaves our homes, offices, schools, and streets? Most of our waste is burned, buried, or dumped in landfills. This causes all kinds of air, water, and soil pollution that threaten our health and the environment. In fact, waste has become one of the biggest environmental problems that many societies face today. This is an issue that must be taken seriously and solved immediately.
Posted on January 19, 2009 by American Bedu
It is always a pleasure to interview another “Saudi Wife” who is willing to share her views and experiences.
Thanks Tara for allowing me to interview you. To begin, please share how you and your Saudi husband met one another. There is always a story behind the marriage of a Saudi to a non-Saudi!
I have an American friend who is also married to a Saudi. Her husband is my husband’s best friend. They both acted as go betweens during our conversations on the internet. We all decided to meet up in Bahrain to see if my husband and I liked each other. Our friends invited us to a restaurant and gave us some privacy although they sat within earshot. We clicked instantly masha’Allah. I liked what I saw and he did too because the next time he came to Bahrain, he came with his three sisters and our friends for marriage. We got married on a beach in Manama before fajr, it was romantic. So actually I’m considered to have had an arranged marriage.
What was your family’s initial reaction when they learned you had met a man from Saudi Arabia? And how do they feel now that you have relocated to Saudi Arabia with your husband?
It didn’t sit well with them and they were concerned about my well-being because they had never heard good things about Saudi Arabia and how the men treat women here. However, they respected my decision and didn’t interfere. They also trusted my judgment and that of my friend.
My father never lived to see the day I set foot here having died in 1994 and my mom died almost two months after I moved here. My sister and brother miss me and my son dearly and are always asking us to come back. My sister is always offering to support us financially until we can get settled in the US. Its tempting but we are determined to try to make it work here and will only consider relocating to the US as a last resort and after exhausting all of our options to remain here.
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When I first saw my wife, she was seated in the middle of a crowded room, she had her eyes fixed on me, and she had a luxuriously unruly cascade of hair. We started talking, and from then on her hair’s startling blackness seemed emblematic of the force of her character.
In a city where half the women covered their hair in public, and just because she had such beautiful hair, Rana’s hair became for me her sign, the feature by which I’d pick her out at a distance, my symbol for understanding her and what she meant to me. So when, five years into our marriage, Rana decided to cover her hair, I was somewhat bothered. We’d moved from Syria via Morocco to Saudi Arabia, we’d had children, and Rana had worked as a teacher and TV presenter. She’d always been an elegantly modest dresser, but here, amid the compulsory dress codes of Saudi Arabia – which annoyed us both – she’d decided to introduce something new.
The hijab bothered me not just for the personal reasons above: I didn’t agree that it was Islamically required. While most Muslims have interpreted Koranic guidance on women’s dress to require head covering, the text itself is open to interpretation. ‘And tell the believing women,’ it says, ‘to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity, and not to display their charms (in public) beyond what may (decently) be apparent thereof; hence, let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms.’ In my favourite translation, Muhammad Asad notes that the directive is to cover bosoms, not heads, because in Muhammad’s Arabia men as well as women wore head-coverings anyway. Beyond that, ‘what may decently be apparent’ is deliberately vague and flexible, to fit various times and social contexts.
I thought the principle of the hijab more important than the piece of cloth, and the principle – of modesty and respect – wasn’t always practised in Arab Muslim society. It often seems that the Muslim woman plays the role of clotheshorse of honour. So long as she wears a hijab, all is good, even if Muslim men, who are also required to ‘lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity’, dress sexily and leer at women in the street. Why would Rana want to go along with that? Read the rest of this entry »
|Saudi Arabia Car Crash Accidents.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about 3,500 people die and 28,000 are injured in over 153,000 traffic accidents each year. Offical sources attribute the causes of these crashes to aggressive driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic signals, Poor car maintenance, including tires and brakes