If God preordained my deeds, why should he judge me?

My friend continued, expressing his delight in our misfortune, imagining that he has held me from the neck, and that there’s no escape for me this time:

You people say that God manages everything in his creations through destiny and divine providence, and that he has already preordained our deeds. If that’s my case, and my deeds were all predetermined by him, why does he judge me then?

And please do not tell me, as I am used to hear from you, that I have a choice, and let me ask you: Did I have a choice in my birth? Gender? Length? Width? Color? Home country?

Do I have a choice in sunrise or moonset?

Do I have a choice when this divine providence descends on me, or when death surprises me, or when I fall into a huge calamity leaving me with no choice but to commit crime?

Why would God force a certain deed on me, and then holds me accountable for it?

And if you say that I am free, and that I have a will beside God’s will, wouldn’t you fall in polytheism by saying so? Since you are compelled to admit the multiplicity of wills?

Then what can you say about the deterministic environment and circumstances, as well as the various forms of inevitabilities that historical materialists advocate?

My friend fired these bullets, followed by a sigh of relief, imagining that I have ended completely, and that all what’s left is to prepare the shroud.

I replied calmly..

You have fallen into several fallacies. Your deeds are foreknown to God in his record, but they are not preordained for you against your will. They are only preordained in his foreknowledge just as you may foresee, in the light of your knowledge, that your son will commit fornication and he actually goes on to do it. Have you forced him to do it? Or was it, in fact, a foreknowledge which came true because it founded on your comprehension of the situation?

Concerning your talk about freedom and that it is false, while verifying your point by the fact that you had neither choice over your birth, nor your gender, length, color, home country, nor do you have any control over the sun, is another confusion.

The reason behind your confusion this time, is that you visualize freedom in a different way than how we believers tend to see it.

You are, in fact, talking about absolute freedom; hoping that you could create yourself white, black, long, or short, or being able to move the sun or stop it in its orbit. And you ask: Where is my freedom?

And we reply: You’re seeking absolute freedom; the freedom of manipulating the universe, and that belongs to God alone. We, Muslims, do not assert in such freedom.

And your Lord creates what He wills and chooses; not for them was the choice” (Quran 28:68)

Concerning the issue of ‘creation’, no one has the privilege of choice, because it is God who chooses and creates what he pleases.

God won’t judge you on your length, neither will he blame you for being short, nor will he punish you for not stopping the sun in its orbit. Instead, the domain of judgment, is the domain of the tasks assigned; and you, within this domain, are free. These are the bounds we should be discussing.

You are free to silence your lust, place a bridle on your anger, resist yourself, yell at your ill intentions and encourage your good ones.

You are able to use yourself and your money generously.

You are able to be truthful and to lie.

You are able to refrain yourself from dealing with forbidden money.

You are able to deflect your eyes away from people’s privacies.

You are able to prevent your tongue from curses, backbiting, and defamation.

In this domain, we are free; in this domain, we are held accountable and judged.

The freedom that our hunt revolves around is the relative freedom, and not the absolute one. The human freedom resides inside the domain of the tasks assigned, and this freedom is true. Our proof that it exists, is our instinctive feelings. We feel responsible, remorse after doing wrong, happiness and serenity after doing good. At each moment we feel that we have a choice, and we actually balance between several possibilities. In fact, the primary function of our mind is favoring and getting to choose between alternatives.

We clearly distinguish between when our hand is moving in tremors, and when it is  moving while writing a letter. The former is involuntary and forceful, while the latter is voluntary and freely. We wouldn’t have been able to distinguish them if we were determined in both cases.

Another solid proof that this freedom exists, is the impossibility to force a heart on something it refuses under any circumstances. You can force a woman to take off her clothes by threatening and beating her, but you can never force her to love you from her heart under any threatening. This clearly shows how God has completely liberated our hearts from any form of oppression or obligation, and that he has created the heart to be ‘free’.

For that reason, God has set the heart and intention to be the foundation upon which all tasks are assigned. A believer who repeats words of disbelief or polytheism under threat or torture is not accountable for them, for as long as his heart is serene with belief from the inside. God has ruled out this example from the blame.

Except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith” (Quran 16:106)

Another side of the confusion, is that some people see their freedom as a form of superiority over God’s will, singly taking hold of the situation. So they start to accuse the asserters of such freedom of being polytheistic and asserting peers to God, ordaining like he does and ruling like he does. And that’s what you’ve understood by mentioning the multiplicity of wills, and that is a misconception.

Human freedom does not rise above God’s will. A human can utilize his freedom in doing what counters God’s acceptance, but he cannot do what counters God’s will. God gave us the freedom to rise above his acceptance by disobeying him, but he never gave anyone the freedom to rise above his will; and here we witness another side of the human relative freedom.

Everything that comes from us is included among God’s will, even if it counters the divine acceptance and religious legislations. This freedom that we have, was given to us as a gift from God with his choice. We did not acquire it against God’s will; our freedom substantiates his will.

Here comes the meaning of the verse:

And you do not will except that Allah wills” (Quran 76:30)

Our will is included in God’s will, it’s a gift from him with his generosity and grace. It is among his will, neither a secondary nor a contradictory one, nor are we competing against his ordains and rule. Asserting of such freedom does not deny monotheism, nor does it mean asserting peers to God ordaining like him and ruling like his rule. Instead, our freedom was what truly substantiates his will, ordains, and rule.

A third side of the confusion, is that some of whom who tackle the topics of acts of providence, fate, free will and determinism, have understood that fate is something forced upon man against his own nature and tendencies; and that is another misconception that you’ve fallen into as well.

God has clearly denied about himself any form of compulsion or oppression in the verses:

If We willed, We could send down to them from the sky a sign for which their necks would remain humbled” (Quran 26:4)

And the meaning is clear; that he could have forced people to believe in the presented signs, but he hasn’t; and the reason is because oppression and compulsion aren’t included in God’s practice.

There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong” (Quran 2:256)

And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?” (Quran 10:99)

Oppression and compulsion are not part of God’s practice.

On the other hand, it is not right to understand divine providence and fate as forcing people against their own tendencies and nature. On the contrary, God’s ordains on each of us are founded upon our intentions, and his will is founded upon ours as well. There isn’t any duality. God’s predestination is identical to the worshiper’s freedom of choice, because God predestines every man according to his own desires and intentions.

Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter – We increase for him in his harvest. And whoever desires the harvest of this world – We give him thereof” (Quran 42:20)

In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease” (Quran 2:10)

And those who are guided – He increases them in guidance” (Quran 47:17)

While he addresses the hostages of war:

If Allah knows [any] good in your hearts, He will give you [something] better than what was taken from you” (Quran 8:70)

God predetermines and preordains, and he works them according to the heart and intentions: if they are evil, man will come to evil; if good, good will be his fate. Neither is there duality, nor contradiction. He predestines us to what we have chosen with our hearts and intentions; no injustice, no oppression, and no subjection to what is against our natures.

As for he who gives and fears Allah, And believes in the best [reward], We will ease him toward ease. But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need, And denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty” (Quran 92:5-10)

And you threw not, [O Muhammad], when you threw, but it was Allah who threw” (Quran 8:17)

Here, the throw of man meets the predestined throw of God to become one throw, and that is the key for the ‘fate and destiny’ puzzle; the worshiper’s part is to intend, while God’s part is to enable; evil for evil, and good for good.

And the human freedom is not fixed; it’s relatively subject to increase.

Man can increase his freedom through science and knowledge. By inventing the tools and means of transportation, man was able to fold terrains, conquer distances, and penetrate restrictions of time and space. By studying the laws of the environment, he was able to control it and utilize it for his needs; for he has known how to conquer the hot, the cold, darkness, and by that he multiplies his freedom in terms of performance.

Science and knowledge were a tool in breaking the chains and releasing freedom.

Religion was the second tool; asking God for help by getting near to him, and utilizing it in obtaining inspiration and support from him; and this was the tool that the prophets, as well as those who walked in their path, used.

Suleiman utilized the Jinn, rode the wind, and spoke with the birds with the aid of God. Moses split the sea, while Jesus revived the dead, walked on water, and cured the blind and the leper.

We read about the pious worshipers of God, who enjoy an elevated degree of faith that exceeds those of common people, thus enjoy special blessings from God, and for whom the terrain is folded and the unknown made known.

These levels of freedom were attained by perseverance in God’s worship, and by endearing themselves to him; thus he responds by endowing them with emanations of his hidden knowledge. Once again we encounter ‘knowledge’, but this time it is a type of knowledge that is particular to God.

For that Abu Hamid Al Ghazali summarizes the problem of Determinism vs Free Will in two sentences: Man is free in what he knows, determined in what he doesn’t know.

Meaning that as the knowledge of man increases, so does his freedom, regardless to whether this knowledge is worldly or a one that is particular to God.

Materialistic thinkers commit a huge mistake by thinking of man as a prisoner of class and historical determinism, turning him into a chain inside a series of chains that has no exit, and that there’s no escape from submitting one’s self to economic laws and social movements, as if he was a straw in a moving current without any arms, without any will.

The term that they repeat tirelessly and as if it was a law, is the ‘inevitability of class conflict’; and that statement when analyzed scientifically, is false; for there are no inevitabilities in the human domain, but instead it consists of chances and probabilities. That is what distinguishes humans from machines and gears, or physical objects.

We can predict a solar eclipse with its precise minute and second, as well as the sun’s movement over the course of days and years. Yet we cannot know what a person keeps in his mind and intentions, nor can we know what he does tomorrow or the day after, and it is impossible to know for certain. Such factors can only be known in the form of possibilities and guessing, provided the availability of enough information aiding in our judgment.

All the prophecies of Karl Marx, for instance, have proven wrong; communism did not rise in an advanced country, as he predicted, but in an underdeveloped one. The conflict between capitalism and communism did not intensify, instead both sides approached each other to a state of peaceful co-existence. Even more than that, the communist countries have even gone so far as to open their doors before American capital. The contradictions in the capitalist society haven’t led to its bankruptcy as Marx expected, on the contrary, the capitalist economy has prospered while discord and dispute has occurred to the socialist camp itself.

All Marx’s calculations are mistaken, proving an error in his deterministic system. And we saw that the conflict of our age that is altering history is the non-class confrontation between the Soviet Union and China, not the class struggle that was the entitlement of Marx’s approach.

All of this indicates failure of materialistic thinking in understanding man and history, and its confusion in calculating the future. This came as a result of a crucial mistake; the materialistic conception of man as a fly in a web of inevitabilities. They totally forgot that humans are free, and that their freedom is true.

Moving on to what materialists say about the societal, environmental, and circumstantial factors, and that man does not live alone, meaning that his freedom does not move in vacuum.

We simply say in reply to all of this: Factors of society, environment, and circumstances acting as a resistance to the freedom of the individual, actually empowers this meaning that we’re asserting about it. Freedom of the individual can only assert its existence when placed in the face of a resistance that is aiming its displacement. On the other hand, if man was moving in vacuum with no resistance of any kind, then he would not be considered free with the understood meaning of freedom; there wouldn’t be any obstacle to overcome and through which he would emphasize his freedom.

This is my (Mohamed the blog owner) first attempt to translate Arabic books that I find interesting and worth reading, in a simple and easy way to follow. If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to leave them, and of course feel free to share this wherever and whenever you like.

God Bless

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Dialogue with my Atheist Friend (Preface)

Because God is unseen, because the future as well as the afterlife is unknown, and because whoever goes into the grave does not return, the commodity of atheism has spread, and materialistic concepts have prevailed. People worshiped themselves, gave themselves away to their desires, and buckled down to this world quarreling over its goods. Many of them believed that nothing is behind this world and that nothing is after this life. Major countries are fighting over Earth’s gold and goods. Disbelief has its own theories, materialism has its own philosophies, denial has its own recesses and gun crew, and deniers have their own sacred house, clinging to its cilia and performing pilgrimage to it during their accommodation and travel; A dignified sacred house, which they call ‘Science’.

When the ‘Human Genome’ emerged, this little booklet containing 5 million pages inside the cells of each one of us, stored in a microscopic cellular space, in the form of 3 billion chemical symbols, explaining our shares, weaknesses and strengths, and our health and sickness, it awakened the whole world, rendered them absolutely shocked.

How? When? Using which unseen pen this precise work was written about a future that is yet to come? Who wrote all this info? What are the means used? And who has the ability to register logs like this?

Then we saw Bill Clinton, the president of the biggest country in the world, showing up on Television and speaking in a humble tone: “At last, it is now possible to collect the complete information about the Human Genome, and scientists are about to break the code which God has used in writing our fate.”

Just like that, he mentioned ‘God’ in his statement.

Yes, it was a temporary awakening, followed by controversies and commotions; allot started talking in the name of religion and in the name of science, and they disputed.

Old questions regarding human freedom started to reappear; Do humans have a free will, or are they determined? If God has already predetermined our actions, then why does he hold us accountable? Why did God create evil? What about those unreached by Holy Books? What’s the religion’s situation with regards to evolution? And why do we assert that it is impossible that the Quran might be fabricated?

Once again this old dialogue with my atheist friend has returned, as well as its subjects: determinism, choice, resurrection, fate and judgment to be the contemporary topic.

This new version returns just in time to participate in solving this puzzle, and to stimulate this topic in the light of fixed science, Quranic signs, and the unshakable divine certainty.

Welcome to the tranquil, constructive dialogue.

Mustafa Mahmoud

 

This is my (Mohamed the blog owner) first attempt to translate Arabic books that I find interesting and worth reading, in a simple and easy way to follow. If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to leave them, and of course feel free to share this wherever and whenever you like.

God Bless

The Pathetic Trainer

It’s been almost six months since I started this new job at the maternity hospital. So much to tell, with so little time available. It is this fact, the lack of time available for reading/writing/having fun, that is haunting me. I’m afraid I’m turning into a character I’ve been despising for years, that is, an individual running on money, just like how a car runs on gas.

It’s surprisingly thought provoking when I recall the time I used to work in Biomedical Engineering, going hand in hand with this trainer whose morals were curiously questioned, and the overflowing enthusiasm I had back then. Back then, I always wanted to do the best I can, learn the best I can, and help as many people as I can. And here comes the funny part: I did not take a single penny. I somehow had the power and will to work overtime, help this and help that, all for the sake of, what exactly? I don’t know. Professionalism maybe? Conscience? Good will?

But that doesn’t matter. What matters is the powerful dedication that I had during these months as a Biomedical Engineer, that came to fade the moment I started working in return for a salary. Something happened, deep down inside, the moment I received my first salary in my hands from our financial manager. What happened exactly? I have no idea, but I have some clues to work on.

My dedication for work began to change its skin, little by little, gradually turning into a dedication for money. I’ve become motivated to do this and do that only if a material return is promised. The thought of helping someone with a job is slowly being haunted by the thought:

If you're good at something, never do it for free!

My interest in doing the things that I love is deliberately coming to a halt. I rarely play my guitar nowadays, I never open my reader to read what my fellow bloggers have to say. Even Facebook, the one tool that I use to interact with my old school friends, is being affected and slowly becoming an occasional thing.

All of a sudden, I find myself in this trainer’s shoes. I remember the times he used to rest, counting remaining hours/minutes/seconds to go home with a day’s money he did not work for. All I thought of back then was; What is wrong with this guy? Why is he acting so pathetically, carelessly not worrying about his duties, and just waiting for the end of the month to receive his salary? And before I know it, I became the pathetic trainer.

When did money become my number one interest? Does the lifestyle of paying your own bills and expenses have to do with any of this? Or is it the monetary system as a whole that is responsible for exposing people to such behavior? What about you? Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve noticed how voluntary work can be more sincere?

 

I believe that our deeds determine our achievements and failures. Although the existence of divine providence, this has nothing to do with what we ought to achieve. So throwing the blame on God and circumstances for something we failed to achieve, denotes nothing but justifications, and this is something towards which I am highly sensitive. I can’t stand watching someone talk about divine decrees and circumstances as the reason for him not reaching his goal, no matter what this goal happens to be.

Though I do agree on something relative to that topic. Although divine decrees are a reflection of our intentions and deeds, they are always the best scenarios that could happen to us specifically, serving all our life’s aspects. So it is true that failing to reach a certain goal denotes deficiency in your preparation, but it also denotes that this goal wasn’t going to serve you as much as you thought.

Just a Random Update

It has been like an everlasting struggle to keep one’s head above the water, with notorious creatures lurking around you, anticipating the moment you fail to survive. One would excuse those creatures, if they were to gain benefit from your failure. But no. It seems that some creatures anticipate your submission without an apparent reason. Sometimes it’s the absence of a motive that throws in the confusion, making it hard to perceive, or even believe a certain action.

The past few months have been quite tough on us, my mom and I, since she has lost her job as a university Professor, and all of a sudden we were forced to reconsider our options. Since my presence here in Saudi Arabia was dependent on hers, both of us were faced with the option of returning back to our home country Egypt, where the unrest seems never-ending. Another option, was for me to start a job, and become an independent immigrant. And luckily for me, I thankfully found a job that would cover my rent and expenses for a while, until something better shows up for me, and hopefully life starts to blossom, hopefully.

The way I see it, my mom lost her job because of three reasons. The first, was a reckless action she took a while ago, asking for a sick leave from her Egyptian university, while traveling back over here to resume her work as an immigrant. The second, was a fellow colleague of hers over here, knowing about what she had done over there, making a call to the Egyptian university to inform them about this breach. Finally, it turns out that this same fellow colleague of hers, has been back stabbing her for a while, eventually leading to the termination of her contract here.

Regardless to my mom’s mistake, it’s kind of saddening to see someone from your own home country wishing you the worst. That’s exactly how most Egyptians deal with each other abroad, and I have no idea why. I mean, when I look at other nationalities like Indians for example or Filipinos, they’re helping each other rise in their work and social life. Unlike Arabs, or Egyptians to be precise; there’s always some envy going on, there’s always some kind of hidden hatred that floats to the surface whenever it gets the chance. We really need help.

Anyhow, I’ve been working for like two months now, and thankfully everything has been going smoothly. I’m in a Maternity and Children’s Hospital, responsible for doing the statistics, as well as taking care of the IT department. So far the working environment couldn’t be better, thank God. People are really friendly and helpful. There’s just this small issue that has been bothering me slightly. I’m sitting in an office with three Filipino females, and they keep talking to each other in a language I don’t speak, probably in Tagalog, or so I’ve reached in my Google search about the language they speak. And this issue spreads to the whole Hospital, where 90% of the workers are Filipinos. The moment you step inside the Hospital, you are stepping into a Filipino Territory. Everyone speaks in Tagalog, they only speak English with clients or when they need something from you.

For that reason, I’ve decided to start learning Tagalog! Just in case someone decided to make fun of you in a language you don’t speak, you could confidently understand what they’re talking about. There’s this awesome software that easily teaches you any foreign language you wish to learn, and pretty much effectively as if you’re learning it at school. It’s called Rosetta Stone, check it out if you’re interested.

That’s it for now, I hope you’re all doing great. I will try to keep you updated with what’s going on with me as much as I can.

Thank you for reading

 

Overview of the Past Year

General el-Sisi

On the 30th of June 2013, Egypt witnessed one of its most tremendous demonstrations against any ruler or government. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of the 19 Generals of the infamous SCAF, and who has been Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the presidency of the former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, was moved by the massive protests, and decided to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood by force, since they were not willing to cooperate with the demands of the people by any means necessary.

Back then, General el-Sisi declared that the SCAF did not have any intention other than to protect the country borders, and specifically mentioned that the military taking over the power once again wasn’t part of its plan. A statement which many people, including myself, took for granted, and only a few along with the MB started chanting ‘Down Down with the Military Rule’ right away.

Though the Muslim Brotherhood organization is not to be taken carelessly, it’s one of the most organized and widespread organizations in the Mideast, on which most of its official members rely religiously, financially, and without its significant presence on the surface, those members would suffer big time.

So the MB, along with those in favor of a religiously based country, started demonstrating all over Egypt, and finally chose Rabaa Mosque and its surroundings to be their ‘base’, where they started building camps and lecturing their spectators, holding on to a fine line of hope for Morsi’s government to return; i.e. The electoral legitimacy. But the decision was already made, MB leaders were taken into custody one by one, and the MB organization was gone to a point of no return inside Egypt. Its only residual remained around the Rabaa Mosque area for about 40 days, before being eventually evacuated by force.

After the evacuation took place, dozens of corpses were discovered, covered in white sheets around the Rabaa Mosque area. Some of which were burnt to a degree that makes them unidentifiable. Countless rumors were already spreading, some in favor of the MB, others in favor of the officials who ordered the evacuation. To this day, which side exactly was responsible for this genocide, is still unknown to the public.

Nevertheless, the MB was officially pronounced a terrorist organization by the Egyptian officials, something that rendered new internal conflicts between the Egyptians. Families were torn apart from the very inside out following this announcement. One mother reportedly turned her own son in to the police because he was a member of the MB.

The MB supporters, along with ordinary non-politically oriented people who were merely concerned about the return of a military rule in Egypt, started demonstrating and organizing marches. Some demonstrations were naive enough to demand the return of Mohammed Morsi to the presidency. Others were just demonstrating against the premeditated violence committed against civilians, journalists, and anyone daring to oppose the military coup.

Local media went back to its old habits of polishing the officials, specifically General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was now seen as the savior who managed to free the Egyptians from radical Islam unto salvation. Regardless to el-Sisi’s dark past with Mubarak’s Regime and SCAF, he was suddenly held over shoulders, and was seen as the hero of this epoch.

The reputable Bassem Youssef, who played a huge role in overthrowing the MB, started criticizing these scenes on his satirical TV show Albernameg. He tried hard enough to direct the people to a non-idealizing mentality, one that refuses to create a new dictator, and one that is always anticipating hard work from the current regime towards achieving the goals of the revolution. But after the very first episode following the coup, his contract with the local media channel CBC was ended abruptly, which lead to him moving to a Saudi financed Egyptian channel MBC Masr. When his show continued to air on MBC Masr, he was then heavily criticized by the local media to the extent of being called an infiltrator.

Although el-Sisi was very clear about his and the military’s intention following the coup, that is being only concerned about the crimes committed in the name of religion and far from taking over the rule, he nominated himself for presidency. He, along with the local media, started utilizing the term ‘War on Terror’ in order to gain legitimacy for his actions, that included thousands of unjustified civilian and journalist arrests, not to mention the shooting and killing of protesters that has yet to be stopped.

Almost all youths of the Egyptian nation took the decision to boycott the presidential election, though their reasons slightly differed. Some saw that el-Sisi isn’t qualified to be president due to his lack of experience in the political world. Some simply saw that it wouldn’t be ethical to elect a president whose hands are stained with Egyptian blood. Others, who watched his interviews on local TV, saw how he thinks about serious problems that have been with the Egyptians for decades, such as unemployment, poverty and hunger, with such amateurishness. But most of all, many criticized his lack of concern towards having a presidential program, that he doesn’t seem willing to be obliged to have specific well known goals in his campaign.

Nevertheless, the elections took place but with an extremely low turnout, a turnout that was seen by almost everyone across the country, which made denying it rather difficult, even on the local media. Hence, the supreme electoral committee suddenly announced the second day of elections a national holiday. When that attempt failed to let people contribute, they decided to extend the elections to an extra day, with the local media heavily criticizing those who chose to boycott the elections, and warning them about a 500 Egyptian pounds (70 dollars) fine on everyone boycotting. With all these desperate attempts to let people go and vote, the incidence rate continued to be insignificant.

Surprisingly on the next day, all national news announced the winning of el-Sisi with 23 Million votes, an outcome that is significantly high compared to previous elections outcome that had all political parties contributing.

The Egyptians have been struggling with dictatorship for quite some time now. The transformation from dictatorship to democracy will need massive awareness, cure from denial, and eventually willingness to change. All those aspects are yet to be present among the Egyptians. We have to be aware of the huge degradation that has gotten into us due to the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, we are still divided. Some have already given up on the revolution, fearing to end up as Syria or Libya. Some think we do not deserve democracy, that we are barbaric and will kill each other when given the chance. Some truly believe that nothing other than a military rule can guide us to being a developed nation. Only a few still believe in change, and gladly they’re the youths, without whom nothing will ever continue to succeed.

May God be with us all

2 Years Blogging!

I’m truly grateful for getting the chance to know some of the bloggers out there in the world of WordPress. Although most of you are authors wishing to publish their work, the reason I use WordPress is quite different I suppose. Unfortunately, I believe I’m not quite skilled at writing. I think my writing skills need a major make over, if I am to seek making a living out of it. So for me, I think it’s best if I kept it as a hobby, or a way to document my life’s most interesting moments and ideas.

I have to say I was introduced to some of the most interesting people out here in the writing and blogging world. It is very rare, or close to never, when you get to see hateful comments or posts around here. Everyone is just chilling, doing what he/she does best, without any discrimination of any kind. That’s the best pro I guess, about this community. All the people I got to know so far, are completely mentally mature and warmhearted, regardless to their age.

I cannot believe that it’s been 2 years already. Maybe it has to do with the fact that when I started this blog, I was searching for a job, and the search is still ongoing. Maybe because the time you enjoy passes very rapidly, and I honestly enjoy the time spent here. Or maybe I simply lost perception of time, without the need of further complicated explanations.

Some of the bloggers that I’ve known have touched me greatly, and have changed the way I see almost everything. I wanted to mention some, but I thought it would be better to just leave it open, and see if you can guess who I’m talking about.

I was introduced to writing as a form of meditation and recovery. I was motivated to work on my own shortcomings, and help others do the same. I’ve seen how a mother could work her ass off, not literally, to help raise her children. I’ve learned to love dinosaurs, and have seen how they could be an incredible inspiration for a blog. I’ve learned the differences between Liches, Elves, and zombies, known where they are, and made sure to never cross their paths. And I’ve learned how a modern cow is as a modern cow does. But more importantly, I’ve seen the essence of unconditional love, and how it drives us all towards a more meaningful, and humane way of life.

Thank you all for the lovely environment you’ve created, seriously, you’ve done a great job. Keep up the magnificent work :)

No One Learns For Free

The Egyptians have been passing through countless hardships ever since the army overthrew the MB government. When they did so, I was expecting the conflicts to somehow diminish. I naively thought that overthrowing the MB would prevent an imminent danger of civil war. Instead, when inspecting the events carefully, civil war is the most convenient term that can be used to describe this state we’re living in nowadays.

The division has become extremely severe, from the very inside out. Never before were families torn apart so carelessly. Bloodshed has become the number one priority in solving problems. Hatred and vulgarity is the ongoing theme nowadays, driving us towards more darkness than ever before.

I have no doubt about the MB being guilty of several crimes, already talked about this before. But sadly their crimes are currently being used as an alibi for further bloodshed. In addition, current officials are blatantly repeating the exact same crimes committed before by the MB, each in favor of their own, with no sign of a conscience.

Revolutions are supposed to awaken us from a sleep, and not throw us in a deeper coma. They’re supposed to shed light and not take it away. In our case so far, our road has been full of opportunists, each seeking a bigger piece of the prize. A prize that is covered in blood of martyrs, and sweat and agony of those who are still alive. But non of that is important, as long as you do not care for anyone other than yourself.

The One who united all of us before, three years ago, is capable of doing so once again at the right time. Maybe we need some time to reflect and learn. Maybe we need to be reminded that everything happens for a reason. After all, no one learns a lesson for free.

May Allah be with us all

No Need To Worry

There, there. It’s all going to be fine. It’s not a nightmare you’re living, it’s decisions of the divine. You can accept them and learn, you can also just whine. No one will judge you, as you are no longer nine. It’s a series of ups and downs, your life will definitely incline. Feel free to decline, it’s your life down the line. You might choose to escape, maybe stay offline. As if that will change the timeline! Or you may stay online, with the One who’s capable to define, all that is yet to come, and all that had come combined. One day at a time, I’m sure you will see sunshine. As for every cloud up there, there’s always a silver line. There’s no need to worry, it’s all going to be fine.

YOLO

You only live once. Most of the people I know would argue with me for claiming such notion. Because most people who like to believe so, tend to fall in a path where they do whatever they wanna do, doesn’t matter good or bad, wasteful or useful. While the way I like to see it, is as if you’re in the woods, hunting for food for you and your family, with only one bullet left in your shotgun. And you have complete freedom of choice, whether to use this bullet wisely or carelessly. Similarly, we all have this one shot in life, with complete freedom over our actions. We can either fire this shot at our goal, or we could just fire it aimlessly. The choice is ours.