Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Best Wishes For 2009

While I do not feel it is appropriate for me to make a big Happy New Year post at these sad times, I still would like to wish everyone all over the world a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy & Peaceful 2009.

Monday, 29 December 2008

God Help Us All...

The Christmas holiday is over, I am back at work for the last week, the break was nice, I enjoyed spending time with the family but of course it was marred by the events taking place in Gaza, so much death, so much destruction, my son keeps asking me what did these dead and injured people do to deserve that? my only answer was "Nothing" they are innocent civilians, the children are learning on their own from watching the news and not Arab news but mainly BBC News that there is a bad monster called "The Israeli Army" killing people that they kept under siege and treated worse that caged animals for over a year then the Israeli media has the nerve to justify what they are doing, their foreign minister looked so ridiculous saying on Sky News that to minimise civilian deaths they told people to move out away from Hamas compounds, I mean how stupid is this woman?? The whole world knows that Gaza is the most crowded land on earth, move! move where exactly?? would she let them move into Israel perhaps?

The honourable (not) Arab leaders as usual are only worried about their precious seats, no one did or is going to do anything to help, the disgraceful Egyptian president has proved that he is one of the worst, he made sure not even aid is getting to the Gazzans while telling the world that Egypt will do everything to help, Libyan leadership, full of hot air and nothing else, as usual, we have seen it all in 2006 when Israel nearly destroyed Lebanon, no one but the Lebanese people helped their own country.
Some of my decent British friends are enraged at what is happening, Israel & America can not continue to mislead the world about who is the terrorist now, how can anyone justify murdering hundreds of police men on their graduation day? I myself like many others are not jumping in defence of Hamas or any leadership, it is the Palestinian people that are being subjected to a genocide, I am not speaking against the Israeli people, there are many decent Jewish people that are against what is happening, many Jews protested against Israel in London yesterday as you can see from the pictures taken by Omar El-Huni during the anti war demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London, you can see the pictures Here.

Unfortunately another year is coming to an end while the whole world is watching a nation reduced to starvation, taken back into the middle ages with no fuel, power or medications and now being slaughtered like unwanted animals, God help us all.

Here Whiteafrican speaks for many of us in her latest post

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Happy Holidays....

Today is Christmas Eve, I would like to wish all people that celebrate it a Happy and peaceful Christmas

As the world looks towards the Holly land in Palestine at this time of year, we must spare a thought to the Palestinian people that are still living under oppression, even more this year, we should spare a thought for our Christian Palestinian brothers and sisters who have been enduring the same hardship along side their Muslim brothers and sisters, I find it strange that their plight seems to be ignored by the Western media as if they did not exist, they are well known for their strong defence of their country and their heroism, I wish them all a happier time and may Allah give strength to the Palestinian people.

As it has become a bit of a tradition every year at this time, my children were invited by my Scottish friend to help decorate his Christmas tree, an activity that they enjoy :o)
So here are the children wishing everyone a happy holiday....

Monday, 22 December 2008

End Of School Term

I am back today at work after having some time off just to complete my annual leave before I leave my job on the 31 of December.

Year 3 Choir, Amir 5th from left, back row

The kids have been busy at their school at this festive time, the school has shown a great deal of tolerance to non Christian children, first by letting Muslim kids have up to 2 days off school for Eid Al-Adha then offering a Halal Christmas dinner to any child that wanted it, that included a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and even a Christmas cracker each! but I think the best move the school did and they really did not have to do that, at the end of the day this is a Christian country, was to organise a Christmas concert where children will sing Christmas songs and non Christmas songs too, so when Amir came home to tell me that he is part of the Year 3 choir that will be singing at the concert, before I opened my mouth Amir said: Baba do not worry, there will be no songs mentioning that Jesus (PBUH) is the son of God! that there will be nothing offensive to Muslims so that they can take part. I was impressed by what the school did and had no problem letting both kids take part, many other Muslim kids took part including a number of Libyans.

The concert was a sell out, it started with good Eid wishes to all Muslims, I just about managed to find a place to stand and watch for nearly 2 hours although I did get a seat for the final performance, I thought it was good, I was proud of both kids singing confidently and having fun, here is a clip of the final song by the school choir which Aida my daughter is part of, singing "I am a small part of the world" Aida is first on the left, there are 2 other Libyan girls singing as well.


Tuesday, 9 December 2008

First Day Of Eid....

Yesterday the first day of Eid after seeing a couple of cousins there really wasn't much for us to do so we decided to go and visit London's newest shopping centre, Westfield Shopping Centre, we got there early afternoon after getting stuck in heavy traffic due to road repairs, the place was impressive and very massive, it is supposed to be the biggest city shopping centre in Europe but straight away I noticed that there wasn't many people around even though it is nearly Christmas and people are shopping every where, of course the credit crunch must have had an affect but I think the main reason is because this mall houses mainly designer expensive stores, there are few high street shops in there but overall most shops were expensive for most people I think and that is why they stayed away, who can blame them at these times!
Most people in there were Muslim families just like us, no where else to go on a cold winter day.

The car from Batman's new movie, The Dark Knight, was there and they were taking photos for anyone that wanted it for free, so we got a nice family photo and the best thing was that they looked very bored so no one tried to flog the DVD to us or anyone else :o)

For lunch we had a choice of two places, a Lebanese restaurant or Nando's, of course the kids chose Nando's which was packed with Muslim families, so it was a meat free Eid for a change.

Amir sitting inside the "O" in Nando's!

We all had a good time, it was different but sort of enjoyable, a lot of eye shopping is good for the pocket, hope everyone had a nice memorable Eid.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Eid Al-Aldha Al-Mubarak....

Speaking to my family back in Libya last night, they told me that they along with many people this year decided not to get a sheep because of two reasons, the news of the blue tongue disease that is apparently affecting many sheep in Libya at the moment and the other reason is because of the greed of people selling the sheep who have increased their prices much higher than usual, so my family thought the best and healthiest reason is to opt for meat from the butcher (I think they said chicken!!) while Eid will not be the same this year for many but look on the brighter side, it will be a lot less messy :o)

Wishing everyone a Happy, peaceful and Blessed Eid Al-Adha

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Road Accident....

This morning as I was driving my kids to school we got stuck in heavy traffic, as the traffic moved I could see what was happening and it was a terrible sight, I really wanted to prevent the kids from seeing it but I had no choice as there was no chance of reversing or doing a U turn, a teenage boy of about 13 or 14 was lying on the freezing road face down, he had been hit by big 7 Seater car and was not moving, it was clear that he was not well, possibly even dead, there was a small crowd of people around him, many were on their phones probably calling the emergency services so there was no point of me stopping as there was nothing else for me to do so I just carried on driving and waiting for the kids response, they were quiet for few minutes, they both could not take their eyes of the boy and I could tell that they were troubled by it. After few minutes Amir asked me if the boy was dead! I didn't really want to traumatise them even more so I said that he was only hurt then Amir said: but the boy was not moving, I think he was dead, I had to tell a small lie here and told both kids that the boy was crying so he was not dead, they both cheered up a bit, of course then I had to remind them of road safety and how if people do not keep to the road code that accidents could happen, all the time I was thinking of this poor boy's parents who were probably at home or work not knowing what happened, Allah protect us all.
Amir celebrates his 8th birthday today, with many many happy returns inshaAllah

Amir had an early birthday party on Sunday with mainly his cousins attending and a couple of friends, they had a great time with Aida organising a lot of party games for all of them.