Muslim Heritage Images

Dubai firm launches Muslim image bank

Muslim Heritage Consulting has launched the world’s first Muslim history image library online.
The library, at
www.MuslimHeritageImages.com includes manuscripts from the 10th Century as well as contemporary images of people, architecture and museum artefacts.

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I really like their idea 🙂
 

L i F e

I am living an interesting phase of my life. In the past I used to have a steady rhythm to my steps. Mostly predictable moves. Taking it easy. One step at a time. Then few months ago I started to stir it up a little, because I found that doing some actions now based on futuristic predictions can turn into a waste of time if it was not planned perfectly well.

I started to redesign the way I live and started to think about my future in a different manner.

 

Normally I love of the feeling of anticipation. Just like in a roller coaster, the most exciting (and fearful) point for me is when you see the tip of the trail but nothing afterwards. And as I lived a very predictable life (from my point of view, however my family and some of my friends would disagree J ), I decided to be more daring. I started to plan for the things I wanted to do but was afraid of thinking that it might happen. Or in other words, start contemplating options that I have always thought would be out of my reach.

 

All of that accumulated in a certain point where I have to make a drastic decision.

And unfortunately I am not a person who can make up her mind easily when it comes to major decisions (except in shopping), but when I do I follow through till the end. And the funny thing is that I know that for whatever I choose I will put all my powers to make it work, and I know that whatever my decision would be I will not regret missing out the other options (hopefully), yet I still don’t know which destination I want to reach in -say- 20 years.

 

So I’m 24 and I still don’t know where I want my destination to be! What a shame!

 

My golf guru once told me that I have what it takes to do a nice golf swing. I have already a nice base of knowledge. I have the physical flexibility and strength that permit me to do it quite well. But it’s all in my mind. I have to let go. “Just arrange your thoughts, consider all the tiny movements you need to perform, then forget about all of that and release all your energy swiftly, because only at that moment you would truly feel the ecstasy of perfection”.

 

I used to smile when he said so. I didn’t know how would a simple swing would give me this pleasure. But when I truly did it right, it was unbelievable!

Oh how I want to feel the same way about the other aspects of my life…

 

 

Moon River

In remembrance of a full moon night in Wadi Degla 🙂

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

It was BEAUTIFUL!

Business missions in Egypt

a weird post, but just out of pure curiosity 🙂

I didn’t have any special criterias to choose these companies, they are just names that I came across while walking in the streets.

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Tarek Nour:

I didn’t know it is THAT diversified!

But I found this that may summarize what I was looking for:

We believe that unless we are speaking the people’s language, no amount of scientific or artistic excellence will communicate a real message to the real people, or ultimately achieve real results.  We believe in outstanding creative solutions across a range of interfaces grounded in sound brand and business analysis.  We believe that advertising methodologies and brand building experience adds value to our brands.  We believe to be successful today, you must touch base with reality, and the only reality that counts is what’s already in the client’s mind.

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Vodafone

Vision: To be Egypt’s communication leader –enriching customers’lives, helping individuals, businesses and communities be more connected in a mobile world.

Everything is driven by four passions: passion for our customers, passion for our people, passion for results, passion for the world around us.

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Mobinil

Mission: To be the leading mobile service provider in Egypt, providing the best quality service for our customers, the best working environment for our employees, top value for our shareholders, and proudly contributing to the development of our community.

Vision: To be part of people’s daily lives by providing reliable and simple services that help people interact and commuicate better….

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So far Etisalat didn’t put a defined vision or mission, but it talks about: Communicate. Collaborate. Reach.

We seek to create a future where your reach is not limited by time, matter or distance.To help the flow of thoughts and ideas. For the individual and the enterprise… To help you accelerate your growth. To help you reach your potential….. In simplicity, lies beauty. In care, lies concern. That’s our faith. Our relationships are based on trust and confidence….

Mesh 3arfa leih, I have a feeling that the Etisalat’s paragraph was written in a fast pace. I think it needs more structuring.

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Orascom Telecom:

Vision: To become one of the world’s leading GSM operators providing the best quality services to our customers, value to our shareholders and a dynamic, challenging and fun environment for our employees.

Mission: Our mission is to satisfy all communication needs of the developing markets which we serve. It is our belief that there is viable economic model to serve emerging markets while availing affordable quality. We are racing to serve the largest possible number of customers, covering the most populous countries in the world. We believe that by positioning ourselves as the primary provider of communication services, we are shaping the future of the markets we serve.

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Bahgat Group:

His vision was to create products of the highest quality at competitive prices within reach of the widest possible range of customers, thereby raising their quality of life.

I don’t know why but the website is very weak in comparison to the amount of business it deals with. I think they should pay more attention on this front.
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Bisco Misr:

I can’t beleive that their website is still under construction!!!

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Raya:

Vision: “A market leader no matter where we are”
Isn’t it a bit shallow??

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Talaat Mostafa Group:

To develop a variety of quality projects of enduring value to contribute to Egypt’s development and exceed our customers expectations.

I still don’t like the sound of a company with the full name of its owner, it reminds be “Abdel Ghafour El Boraei w awladoh”

It’s funny that by digging more in the webiste I found ANOTHER vision and mission, but it was on the flash version of the site!

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Anyway,,, that’s a weird rant,,, just something that came up to my mind…

wenta malak ya gheless!

Many girls encounter the question “Oh you are not married? tayeb are you engaged? leih keda? when I was at ur age I was a mother to 2, ya haram homma el regala 3ala 3eneihom 3`emama? ,,,,,” and they go on and on. Elhamdlelah I rarely encounter such questions, but I remember an interview that tackled this subject in a very frustrating way. I tried to  answer politely and with a smile on my face, but with a determined way (`al ya3ny professional!). But the guy just didn’t stop! He kept on nagging.

Are you engaged? la`. Mafish mashrou3? la`. are you against the idea all together? Tab3an la` (HOW RIDICULOUS!) .  ett`ademelk 7ad ? yes but it didn’t work out. What was his profession? .…..  why didn’t work out? mafish nassib. La begad, why did you refuse him? we had different views about many things. Like what? mentality, interests, Priorities in life,,,. Ezay ya3ny? I like so and so, and he likes so and so, which makes it obviosuly that we don’t match when it comes to a long term commitment. Mmm, but what you are looking for in a man seems to be hard to find in these days? Not to that extent, but that’s life (with a smile)… Ya3ny, it’s hard to find a guy who’d ask u to make for him breakfast and you tell him no let’s go to do whatever you want to do! You are being too extreme in your predictions, I don’t think life goes by these extremes, el 7ayah ashal men keda bekteer!

Mesh 3ayza atawel, but this was in brief the part related to the personal questioning. I really don’t know whether he was truly asking for the sake of asking or was just trying to annoy me to check out my reactions…

3agabi…

أنا شاب   لكن    عمري    ألف   عام
وحيد لكن      بين    ضلوعي   زحام
خايف و   لكن      خوفي    مني   أنا
أخرس و  لكن قلبي    مليان    كلام
عجبي !!!!

I am a thousand years, yet I am young
Alone, yet in my heart lives a throng
Afraid and knowing it’s myself I fear
Silent but with much to say…

Salah Jahin…

I really like this roba3eya 🙂

It feels like a typical gemini with all the contradictions that exist in each and every phrase ( young/old, loneliness/companionship,,,)  🙂

Few pics

I took some photos while I was in el sahel last weekend. We spend some time in Marina, even though this place is not my favorite place at all, so crowded, noisy, and ugly. Check out the new buildings in Porto Marina! I can’t beleive that they built this huge compound there! Four years ago this was my favorite place in Marina, now they ruined it 😦

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And just to have a glimpse from the old Marina (before the gigantic extension in the area after gate number 3). This shows the oldest bridge in Marina.

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On the road to el sahel, el mehwar was extremely crowded as usual… we spent almost an hour before hitting the Cairo-Alex desert road! I took a couple of photos:

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I didn’t have much time to go to the beach 😦 But I spent some time at home,,,

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Qui a le droit?

That’s a lovely song…

Qui a le droit – Patrick Bruel

On m’avait dit : “Te poses pas trop de questions.
Tu sais petit, c’est la vie qui t’ répond.
A quoi ça sert de vouloir tout savoir ?
Regarde en l’air et voit c’ que tu peux voir.”
Qui a le droit, qui a le droit,
Qui a le droit d’ faire ça
A un enfant qui croit vraiment
C’ que disent les grands ?

And here is the translation:

I had been told : Don’t ask yourself too many questions
You know, young boy, life will answer you
What’s the use of wanting to know everything ?
Look up and see what you can see

Who has the right, who has the right ?
Who has the right to do that ?
To a child who really believes
What grown-ups tell him

I always wondered about this issue. When I was young I used to have zillions of questions, and it seems like my parents were sometimes bored with this flow of questions, I remember them saying something like what the song says (what’s the use to know everything!). One day I expressed that I really want to climb mountains, to dive, to fly, to travel all around the world, I remember something like “why would you do that? go and check the National Geographic collection and you’ll save yourself the time!”. Well, elhamdlelah I still have this urge for asking questions, but it’s frustrating how some people view this as a big disadvantage or something! Some people view that asking too many questions is just useless and as long as there are ready-made answers, why would they look furtherly. Most probably these people faced the same situation of asking questions and being told not to tire themselves with so much exclamation mark. What a life! Can you imagine living without this sense of wondering? without this feeling of excitment? of life? Well, for me I just can not!

Take Off From the Sand

What is your favorite scene in Aladin?? For me it is the one when he invites her to fly and they both go singing “A Whole New World” while sitting on the flying carpet. How romantic! How cute! How thrilling! Can’t u imagnie yourself seeing the whole world from above? (tab3an it will be much better if I had prince charming sitting next to me 😉 ) ….. ma 3aleina…

I think this was the first time I feel this spirit for flying. Later on I discovered that one of my female relatives actually did fly when she was young (it was in the 1940’s or something!),,, still,, my parents refused anything risky related to the air (I suggested flying and parachuting). So flying was was left among the hidden dreams I had. 

I tried for a while to dig on the possibility of flying, and I discovered that there is actually a club for amateurs aviators here in Cairo, and that they used to fly regularly, but now their activities are halted (due to $%^$%&!#$%%^%@!@#$). El mohem… I’m still waiting for this  $%^$%&!#$%%^%@!@#$ to finish so I can feel this thrill of taking off!

Then I discovered by mere chance about this amazing woman! I was checking out the new page in the arabist.net, it’s called Hatshepsut about feminism in the arab world (it is really a nice blog), and I found this article about Latifa El Nadi. It was my first time to hear about her!

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I was SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!

I was talking to my grandmother about this woman, and guess what! I discovered that my very own grandmother is named after this woman! I always wondered about the name of my grandmother (Lotfeya), and now I know!!!

El Mohem…

Here is some info about Lotfeya El Nadi:

At the age of 26, she became the first Egyptian woman to fly a plane between Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.

She had a strict upbringing. To achieve her dream -in a time when Egyptian women fought to obtain equal rights- Lotfia had to distract her father to be able to attend flying lessons twice a week without his knowledge or consent.

When asked about the true reason of why she wanted to fly, she said “I learned to fly because I love to be free.”

More about her from El Thawra:

أوائل نشأتها عام 1932 ولم يكن معها نقود لان والدها فض هذه الفكرة فلجأت إلى كمال علوي مدير عام مصر للطيران وعندها فكر بالأمر وطلب منها أن تعمل في المدرسة وبمرتب الوظيفة يمكنها سداد المصروفات , ووافقت لطيفة على ذلك وعملت سكرتيرة بمدرسة الطيران إلى أن حصلت على إجازة طيار خاص سنة 1933 وكان رقمها 34 أي لم يتخرج قبلها على مستوى مصر سوى 33 طيارا فقط جميعهم من الرجال

I also discovered that there is a documentary movie about her! It is called “Take Off From the Sand” إقلاع من الرمال , directed by Wagueh George. The director uses this portrait of an outstanding individual to show how Egyptian women fought for years to obtain equal rights in a patriarchal nation and culture – rights seriously threatened till today. (for  glimpses of the movie, click here)

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Cyrano de Bergerac

My friend Maher told me about this interesting French figure. Actually I didn’t recognize the name at all, untill I saw the poster of a movie that talked about this poet. I remembered the scene where the ugly poet hides behind the bushes, and tells a handsome young man romantic words to woe the beautiful lady… That’s him (supposedly). He was a great poet,,,, but with a big nose…

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a0/Gravure-cyrano2_lien.jpg/200px-Gravure-cyrano2_lien.jpgCyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duellist born in Paris, who is now best remembered for the many works of fiction which have been woven around his life story.

His works are very     ‘unique’.

Here is a quote: 

Even if a king defeats his enemy in battle, that still doesn’t settle anything. There are other, less numerous armies of philosophers and scientists, and their contests determine the true triumph or defeat of nations.
One scholar is matched with another; one creative mind with another; and one judicious temperament with his counterpart. A victory won on that field counts for three won by force of arms.

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