A Month of Mercy and Forgiveness

Thu, Jul 26 2012 05:04 PM

A friend has just emailed me her frustration on how Ramadan is nowadays perceived amongst average people she sees around her. I share the same feelings with her, if not frustration too. She quotes ” It’s annoying how we could forget all this and instead focus on fancy kaftans, dining silverware, extreme desserts, tv shows, and late curfews..” You get the whole image and I can even find space to add: gatherings that last till dawn and sleeping till dusk. Ramadan means a lot more, and by referring to “this”, my friend meant:

Fasting means not only abstaining from food, drink and sexual intercourse during the day but also restraining the tongue, the eye, the ear, the heart and mind from indulging in unlawful acts that render the fast worthless. Prophet Mohammad (PPBH) said: Many a man who fasts obtaining nothing from his fasting but his thirst, and many a man who prays during the night and obtains nothing from his prayers but wakefulness. (At-Tirmithiyy Hadith, No. 1989). In contrast, the rewards of fasting are bountiful. The Prophet said: Whoever observes fast during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, all his past sins will be forgiven. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book of Fasting).

- Dr. Aziz Khalil explains what’s Ramadan (2005): Article here

Don’t waste it.

Alvaro

The Joy of Movement

Tue, Apr 24 2012 09:33 AM

Voltaren(diclofenac) is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation.

Voltaren is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

Voltaren may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. – drugs.com

Although I’m in massive need of Voltaren right now because of a knock I got last night while playing football, I’ll be focusing on the last statement in the product description. What Voltaren does, is that it produces the “liar” effect, simply after you’ve been in pain just take a hot shower and apply Voltaren. The next day you’ll feel fine; it’s more like magic.

Now since it’s stated that Voltaren could be used for other purposes I decided not only to take a Voltaren shower tonight, but even spray random people with Voltaren starting tomorrow. Maybe it’ll solve all the issues in the country starting with traffic and all the way to corruption. I’d advise the ministry of health to prescribe Voltaren to all citizens; even more, the government should be showered with Voltaren too – every morning.

That is the joy of movement.

Alvaro

Why I’m Boycotting #KONY 2012

Fri, Apr 20 2012 12:13 AM

What I understood is that tomorrow is the day. I’m not sure if you made yourself familiar with KONY 2012 yet, but you have to read what Mohammed says!

Before “covering the night” Please Read:

Very few people in the WORLD have yet to hear about #KONY2012, the fastest growing video to go viral on YouTube. And as the night of the 20th draws close, everyone is eagerly waiting to see whether the video is successful in getting young adults off of their behinds and in the streets for a cause very far away from their homes. I for one am a young adult who won’t be participating in “Cover the Night” even though the video was powerful and moving. The video had me engaged and my eyes glued to the screen for its duration, but as soon as it was over I asked myself “what the video is asking me to support?” I also asked myself “why am I finding it hard to buy this Jason Russell character?”

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Alvaro

Register Now!

Sun, Mar 18 2012 08:03 AM

Many people, especially of the younger generation who had just been eligible to vote for the parliamentary elections in Kuwait, found out that they weren’t registered voters. Well every year, registration is open for one month only (that is February). This year is an exception and registration is open until the end 20th of March.

If you haven’t registered yet, hurry up so you won’t regret it next time.

Alvaro

Vote with Pride

Wed, Feb 1 2012 01:22 PM

We are just one day away from the elections. I know that the past years were tough and many of you out there are really depressed about the current situation.. Don’t give up, don’t lose your hope and remember that your vote makes a differnece.. So let’s vote with pride tomorrow:)

FAH

I’m no politician

Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:33 PM

Ahead of reading the following, this article in no way reflects buzberry’s point of view.  The blog was not intended for political reasons nor is it siding with any political parties.  The article is merely my personal point of view.
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Let me get one thing straight: One, I’m no politician; Two, I care nothing for politics; and Three, I am one of many individuals in this society that cared nothing about Kuwait’s National Assembly in previous years.

Don’t get me wrong, I developed this way not because I am ignorant nor that I don’t want a better Kuwait or a better future for all of us, however, I became this way because I truly believe that the National Assembly also known as Majles Al Umma not only lost its prestige, but has been utilized for propaganda as well as ulterior motives by several of the prior politicians.

I honestly care about my country and I do think that we deserve a more stable environment more so now than ever; however, after witnessing a million dismissals of the Majles in previous years, I reached a point where I genuinely believe that the presence of this “Majles Al Umma” has become more of a burden in Kuwait than a haven.  It has become a cause for segregation, a cause for unnecessary violence, but more importantly a cause for a pessimistic mentality within our country which is becoming an epidemic.

I must admit I do fear my future as well as my children’s futures.   However with that said, I have come to witness a glimpse of hope these couple of weeks, a sense of joy, optimism, and history-in-the-making I must say.  I have attended a couple of dewaniyas the past month, during which several candidates would visit and enlighten us with their backgrounds while clearly defining their agendas for the upcoming national assembly elections. I wasn’t impressed with what I saw, perhaps my standards were high, but perhaps the candidates weren’t that good as well.  However, one candidate struck a chord and I am proud to admit that had he run in my district, I would be the first in line to vote for him.

His name:  Mr. Mishari Mohammed Al Osaimi

I must admit, his father-like presence won me during the first 20 seconds of him speaking.  More significantly when he spoke, I felt a sense of pride, an immense amount of culture, but most importantly history was right in front of me.  His wealth of experience, unquestionable knowledge, and his elegance was extremely vivid.  All of which are characters that we are missing vastly nowadays.  I envisioned a better Kuwait with his presence, and further a better Majles with him in it; as he will not only add value but he will revert the prestige (الهيبة) back to the Majles again.

He spoke of the time he questioned the Minister of Finance back in one of his runs, and emphasized that even though the grilling took place, it happened in a civilized manner, which is why his relationship with the Minister remained intact nonetheless. That example in itself bolstered my confidence in him.

It is also important to note that the last time he was elected to the Majles was in 2003, and he has returned after 9 years to the scene which proves that Mr. Al Osaimi does in fact see a bright future ahead, and so should we.

If you are interested in reading more about Mr. Al Osaimi, please visit the following website:  http://www.m-alosaimi.com

BOQ

Araa.com

Wed, Jan 11 2012 08:54 AM

Araa.com comes in the perfect timing for all of us to have a say on what’s rocking the world from politics to sports. Araa (opinions in Arabic) is backed by one person who had an idea and worked on it to come true. Launched just days ago, Araa.com is not only the place to check-out news; seriously the idea is to interact with the news, and above all with editorials.

You can’t label Araa as a forum, because it’s not; nor is it a dull-electronic newspaper. Sure it is more fun reading a hard copy newspaper, but if you comment on that will you be heard?

At Araa.com you will!

Alvaro

Kingdom’s Knight

Tue, Nov 22 2011 09:42 AM

The year that Prince Saud al-Faisal was appointed foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Gerald R. Ford was president of the United States, the Vietnam War ended and Microsoft had just opened its doors. (link)

I’ve developed a special admiration for Prince Saud Al Faisal recently. Never knew the strength, power, and intellect he possesses. I started reading and watching videos about him lately, and was struck with one quote above all by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein when asked about the one man he feared: ”Saud Al Faisal is the shrewdest person I’ve ever met, during the war with Iran he made the whole world support me, when I entered Kuwaiti he turned the world against me. If I had someone like Saud Al Faisal on my side, I’d conquer the world.”

What’s strikes me more is that a 71 year old Saudi foreign minister, who happens to fluently speak more than 6 languages – one of which is Hebrew, still works tirelessly and reportedly moves around with minimal security. For the past 36 years the world has seen politicians come and go, fail and succeed; but Prince Saud’s willpower grows year-on-year. He does have great influence, but sadly not the final say. One can argue the degree of success or failure measured by peace in the regoin during Saud’s time. One definite fact: the place would’ve been worse without him.

Facts that moved me on a personal level is Prince Saud’s desire not to waste time, making him sleep less and work more; rumors state that he has no personal photos of himself as he believes it’s a waste of time!

Yes I have issues with time.

NYT Article 2009 

Alvaro

In the right place

Thu, Nov 3 2011 01:26 PM

The Ministry of Interior is one of the most vital departments in any government, if not the single most important in my own opinion. Add to that, the character of the head of that Ministry plays a vital role in that department’s success in governing the civil society. We are privileged to have Sheikh Ahmed Al Humoud Al Sabah as the Kuwaiti Interior Minister. Nevertheless, the job remains hard to accomplish as corruption remains evident in corners of the ministry - being an essential ministry in the country where everyone wants to have a hand in.

Another critical dimension which the ministry overlooks is traffic. It is beyond any doubt that Kuwait needs a cumulative traffic solution to improve the current chaotic situation. Shiekh Ahmed is not, and will not, be held responsible for the recent deterioration of traffic flow as the issue has been accumulating since the late 90’s if not before.

We believe that we will only start seeing significant results when ALL the Ministries work hand in hand to put an end to our traffic disasters. Handing the Ministry of Interior the sole responsibility to run pillar-to-post in order to preserve street order is a ‘mission impossible’ in my honest opinion. Until everyone cooperates with Shiekh Ahmed, we will not see significant improvements overnight.

I dream every day and night to meet Shiekh Ahmed as I think I can offer valuable inputs as I’ve been discussing and drafting solutions for the past couple of years. If you can make my dream come true, please do!

Alvaro

Oil Barrels for every Kuwaiti

Sun, Oct 30 2011 11:05 AM

It has been years since I’ve flown on Kuwait Airways. I believe many people try to avoid flying on Kuwait Airways for obvious reasons that start from value of money and end at continuous delays. I’ve flown back to Kuwait just a day before the Kuwait Airways recent strike took place. It goes without saying, the flight was full-off “overseas-government-sponsored-patients,” and for some reason everyone thinks it’s his/hers dad’s private jet. The superintendent* thought I spoke Mandarin Chinese when I complained about noise. After the rubbish (expected) experience, I started to think why do the employees even complain?

We can argue all day whether the Kuwait Airways staff deserve a pay-raise or not, I am personally not aware of the grounds for such demands. They’ve seen an opportunity (government responding to demands) and they definitely seized it.

I have no issue with all that. But if everyone is calling for equality in the latest strikes, then I think that Kuwait Airways staff should be deprived from free tickets; or else I would like to have a free ticket too. So does the Oil sector – I heard they’d like to have free oil barrels every now and then!

Absurd.

* The superintendent took part in chaos on board as he stayed for 30 minutes socializing with a passenger.

Alvaro

Mosque Hunting

Mon, Aug 22 2011 12:45 PM

Just like every year, you/we try to find the best environment for qiyam prayer. Some look for the best Qur’an reciter, others are on the search for speed; people always look for a mosque that suits their lifestyle.

Last year I posted about how there was No Place For Me at a mosque that pretty much suited me. Well this year, that same mosque is no longer crowded but the problem now is that Qiyam prayers conclude late at night, unlike last year.

So kindly do reccomend the mosque you attend to, of course only if you think it’s good enough (you wouldn’t reccomend something that isn’t good enough anyway).

Alvaro

North London riots

Mon, Aug 8 2011 12:00 PM

I only new Tottenham for its football club Tottenham Hotspurs. Everyone is busy with Ramadan and events going on in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the U.S debt crisis has overshadowed every other headline.

It all started when the police shot-dead a 29 year-old father of four. After that protests turned into chaos and the protesters took advantage and started breaking into stores for goods.

Did the Middle Eastern revolution wave reach Britain? I’m sure it didn’t but is that even a scare for whoever planned to go to London during Eid?

Click here for a full events round-up.

Alvaro

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