Mar 17 2013

“Solar Mama”


Empowering rural illiterate women in remote areas.
Film about Jordanian Bedouin mother premieres at HRW Film Festival in London
2013-03-16  Jessica Holland/ The National

• The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be held at venues across London from today until March 22. The screening of Rafea: Solar Mama and Q&A with filmmakers will be on Friday and Saturday. Visit for more details


A very inspiring documentary by two Egyptian woman filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief about a Jordanian Bedouin woman who was chosen to participate  at the “Barefoot College” –  a school in the Indian state of Rajasthan that invites illiterate grandmothers from rural parts of Afghanistan, South Sudan, Peru and elsewhere in the world to take a six-month course on solar engineering.

Unfortunately I was not able to watch the premiere in Jordan but we can get an idea of the story in the official movie trailer on YouTube (please click on the picture.)


The film was received in Jordan with standing ovations on International Women’s Day in a huge theatre. “The audience was roaring and crying the whole time. It was amazing.”

There is wave of change and empowering woman in most conservatives Muslim societies, Al Hamdulillah. It is a wrong notion to argue  that women should stay home and have no say in the daily struggles of the society. Islam paved the way for women when in most parts of the world at that time women were nowhere near the freedom and chances as they have today. Unfortunately in later centuries the message somehow got lost.


If we read with open mind the relevant passages in the Quran and in the many Hadiths remembering that those are orally told reports of that time collected, sorted out to reliable and to less reliable ones and written down as late as 200-300 years later. Therefore they should be taken with caution. Not everything in the Hadith’s  is the absolute truth as human memory can err (please read Topic No. 8 on the right panel, too).

Not the right but the Duty is on every Muslim, male and female to search for education.. “even from as far as China.” (Prof. Mohammed)

“Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.“ (Prof. Mohammed in his farewell speech on his last pilgrimage)


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Nov 17 2010

Blessed Eid el-Adha



May God bless our deeds,
forgive our sins and
guide us!


Iragi kids celebrating Eid. Traditionally children spend their money what relatives and grown up friends give them as a gift for sweets, toys but preferably for swinging and games.
Our future and the future of Islam lies on the shoulders of our youngsters, May God keep them safe and give them wisdom!



Sep 23 2009

Where is the moderate Islam?



Ramadan Eid Greetings!

May God, the Merciful,  accept our fasting and show us all the right path!


While searching what to write about today I read an article saved for times like this. I’ve been quite busy lately and still am. So I just recommend you, my dear visitors, to go and read for yourself.

Where is the Moderate Islam?
Undercover Mosque: The Return

A year-and-a-half after the critically acclaimed film Undercover Mosque was first screened, Dispatches goes undercover again to see whether extremist beliefs continue to be promoted in certain key British Muslim institutions.

What can I say, they are right. In my opinion things are just like they are described in this article and there is nothing for me to add to it.


Quote: The film also features interviews with Islamic academics who condemn these messages of intolerance and segregation and warn of the impact this version of Islam is having on British society. One imam at a leading university accuses the Saudi religious establishment of the: “distortion of Islam itself, the abuse and misuse of this great faith of mine and not only mine but of my children as well.”

Islam is an easy religion:

“Say: ‘We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ismael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord; We make no difference between one and another of them, And we submit to God.” (Qur’an 2:136)
“… (God) has not laid upon you in religion any hardship.” (Qur’an 22:78)





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