النص الثاني من سلسلة “فإنِّي قريب” 🙂
كان إن أممتُه في الصلاة فكبرت بعد السجود،
صعدت وبقي ساجداً..
ثم رفع رأسه، يبكي غالباً..
إنَّه يَودُّ لو يظل ساجداً..
ملاحظة: الصور ليست من تصويري.
I was shocked, disappointed and disgusted when I came across this photo, shared from Al Nabateyah, South of Lebanon:
I was even more disgusted when I came across a Facebook page launched to oppose Syrian refugees working in Lebanon, because Syrian workers are of low costs and this’s negatively affecting Lebanese workers.
So okay, this refugee crisis has impacted life in Lebanon negatively on many different levels, no doubt. Regressing economy, exhausting social services, complicating politics and much more. True.
And yes, it is estimated that as a result of the Syrian crisis, about 200,000 Lebanese nationals fell into the clutches of poverty. It is also estimated that about 300,000 Lebanese citizens have become unemployed, which is a result of the negative effect of the low cost of Syrian workers. source
But just imagine for a moment that war took away your father and other loved ones..
That war forced you to flee your home, your town, your country.. with your wife, parents and children..
That when you finally arrived in Lebanon with other families of refugees..
That when you finally found a room to rent. A room that was only triple the usual price, but still much cheaper than others..
That when you could finally open a small hut to sell sandwiches, so that you could afford to buy milk for your three-year-old daughter..
That after all what you’ve been through..
You come across a Facebook page posting photos of their victories.. photos of all the Syrian shops they closed “to stand with Lebanese workers”..
You hear your neighbor complaining about the sound of your motorcycle or the sound of your children crying..
You see a flyer on the street that invites people to participate in a march “against Syrians opening businesses” to “support Lebanese workers and national economy”..
And all what I’m talking about is very very very likely to happen in a country like Lebanon. So it very likable that we, or our children, will become refugees in other places, too.
I think every Lebanese has heard, at least 10 times, negative and harmful comments about Syrian refugees.
I’ve been with people that get disgusted when they see entire families, of five or six children, all sitting on a motorcycle. As if those families had seven cars each but they chose to move on a motorcycle just to annoy those innocent peaceful citizens.
I’ve heard people complaining about how Syrians dress (how is that any of anyone’s business?)
I’ve heard people complaining about their Syrian neighbors. “They’re twenty, living in a single room!”
People have asked me what’s it like to live next to a refugee camp. WHHHAAAATTT? Just like living next to you except that I curse Assad and Russia and wars every time I pass by the camp.
Such people are such a disgrace, and I can’t believe that some people actually think that way. But it’s true, and I think we’ve all seen such people.
I won’t share any photo of a kid crying beside his dead family.. I won’t share any video showing a husband being killed in front of his wife.. I won’t share any chart showing the hundreds of thousands of innocent people Assad and Russia killed.. I won’t.. But please, just imagine that your home practically looks like this:
And think again next time you complain about a refugee.
The Syrian crisis is hard on Lebanon and Lebanese people, of course, but it so so so much harder on the refugees and those who lost their homes, families and dreams..
Ahmad Al Khateeb is a 22-year-old student at the University of Egypt for Science and Technology. He was arrested by security forces on October 28, 2014, accused of “belonging to a banned group.” On March 26, 2016, he was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment.
Ahmad could no longer move in his cell and he was diagnosed with blood cancer “leukemia”. His family tried releasing him for treatment at their own expense under the supervision of the prison, but the government refused and Ahmad was transferred from Wadi Al Natrun Prison to Liman Tora Hospital, which Mohammad, Ahmad’s brother, confirms that there are no possibilities for treatment inside.
Ahmad’s weight now is 38 kg. It was 75 kg, due to medical malpractice.
Ahmad’s family is only asking for his release for medical treatment.
I can’t believe that we are talking about a basic right Ahmad and every human being should have.
In his pictures, he is always smiling and so full of life and joy. I cannot imagine what he looks like now.
You can support Ahmad against tyranny and tyrants using the hashtag خرجواالخطيبيتعالج#
Let’s all pray for him.
Her floral soul spread joy.
Her beautiful heart pumped love.
Her shiny eyes sprinkled passion.
Passion for life.
(Some of my favorite things I’ve done/attended…)
مهرجان “بين المولد والمسرى حكاية أذان” مع المنشد بلال الأحمد
How was your 2016?
I haven’t blogged in so long. Agh I feel so bad right now
Anyways, here’s the reason: EXAMS
So, I just finished exams yesterday and we have a six-day vacation which I’m trying to make the most of. So I decided to write this blog about what’s it like to be a student at my school.
It’s a great family to belong to and a perfect place to be in everyday.
What’s your school like?
Ah here comes the great news!
So, I got nominated for the Sunshine Award by the lovely Jo.Thanks for the nomination! Check out her amazing Sunshine Blogger Award post!
1. What inspired your bog’s name?
When Sena and I made this blog, we wanted it to be a place for us to share our thoughts and ideas in different forms: art, photography, drawings, videos, writing, etc…. a place to share our musings. So that’s where we got our blog name: Life Musings, and our tagline: creative thoughts.
2. How long have you been blogging?
I always wrote songs and stories as a child, and I had a blog where I posted my writings, you can check it out here (don’t judge, I was about ten!) And then Sena and I made this blog. At first, I didn’t really blog much on Life Musings, but here I am now! So it’s been a couple of years on and off blogging.
3. What makes you smile?
Ah a lot of things do! Reading and blogging and reading and rain and passionate people and tea and kids and smiles! Here’s a list I made of 33 Thing that Make Me Happy
4.Do you think you’re making the most out of life right now?
Hehe nope. Feels like all I’m doing is school school school.
5. Do you think you’re a young or old soul?
Is it possible to be both, depending on the situation, who you’re with..? 🤔
6. Which music style do you favor the most? (Ex. rock, indie, classical)
Hmm, I don’t really know much about music styles (No, I haven’t been living under a rock my whole life). There’re a few singers and bands that I listen to, but I don’t really know what type their songs are!
7. Have you ever been read by a palm reader? If not, would you want to know your future?
No I haven’t and I certainly wouldn’t want to know my future. It’ll ruin the moment.
8. What hobby do you love to do?
9. What’s your least favorite food?
10. Where is your favorite place in the world?
Ah this is a hard one. Turkey and Palestine are my favorite countries, but I’ll have to be surrounded by all those that I love to be truly happy, anywhere.
11. Do you have a favorite scent? If you do, why do you like it so much?
Hmm, I love the refreshing scent of rain (Petrichor) and the smell of baking because it’s full of warmth and… cake?
I absolutely love your writings, stay inspired!
And here are my eleven questions!
1. Do you plan on living where you are now for the rest of your life?
Who’s the most inspiring person you’ve ever met?
City or countryside?
Do you have any hobbies besides blogging?
Who do you love the most in this world?
What’s your favorite quote?
Write something random about you that people may not know.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
Coffee or tea?
If you could exchange your life with one person for a day, who wold it be? Why?
Again, thank you loads for the nomination! Make sure to visit Jo’s awesome blog!
Have a great day! 🙂
Her heart beats no no no no.
And that is the biggest mistake she has ever made..