Year 2011 Resolutions

January 2, 2011

Happy New Year, inshallah!

Though it is a late well wish, it is better late than never. Like most of you, I have been thinking of last year, 2010. It was not 100% happy year as I wished 360-something days ago. I had many bad experiences at home and at work. I was about to experience death one night. I cried like never before in one occasion. I discovered how naïve I was after dealing with real life. My eyes opened wide on the world. There are many things I do not know. Life is worthy of living happily, I was assured. No grudges, only love for life and what it constitutes.

Loving life and struggling to live happy are both two of my 2011 resolutions. I want to remember Allah every time. To love His creations. To be amazed by His produce. To cherish every moment I have been given. To thank Him for being what I am today. If all of those on Earth shared what I yearn for! How sad life could be, then? It must never. That is Paradise, is not it?

I will spend more time with my family. I have not been reading enough. I miss savoring words and daydreaming. I long for those times when I had my own directed wonderful dreams. I was my own heroine. It used to be lovely and I hope I can get back to it.

I hope 2011 is going to be a year of prosperity for the Arab and Muslim worlds. Oh how I wish that those evil people claiming to be supporting Islam by terrorizing the innocent be exposed and cleansed. I also hope that our governments pay more attention to the goodness of renewable energy, and I hope that our youths spend more time in thinking of building their countries by their own hands.

Yes. I have a dream, and I am proud of it.

Inshallah I open a new clean page in my life this year. I hope that there is going to be less red marks in my progress as a Muslim and I hope that I pass my exam. I ask Allah for His support in doing more good deeds and in refusing to do bad deeds. I ask Allah to help in controlling my temper and in thinking good of all the people. I ask Allah to give me the chance to visit Kaaba this year. I ask Allah to help me in my life and that of others around me.

Wishing you a happy 2011.

2010 Blogging Review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 175 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 131 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 11th with 46 views. The most popular post that day was Where Is Google’s Ramadan Doodle?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for makkah, muslim venn diagram, islam venn diagram, makkah aerial view, and aerial view of makkah.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Where Is Google’s Ramadan Doodle? August 2010


An Aerial View of Makkah October 2010


Kaaba Webcam July 2010


Muslim Population Venn Diagram August 2010
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Free Text-to-Speech Software with Natural Voices July 2010

Polygamy, Adultery & Out-of-Wedlock Relationships

December 26, 2010

What is the difference between polygamy, adultery and out-of-wedlock relationships? Which do you think is morally correct and which is not, according to your beliefs?

In my opinion, I think that it is wrong for a woman to have active sexual relationships with more than one man. If she conceives, who is the father of the baby? Can a marriage continue if the woman is engaged to more than one man? I cannot picture that. Why is polygamy viewed wrong? Is not it somehow similar to the common practice in the West of a male having more than one female sex partner or lover? No one can deny that both exist, rather we should ask ourselves which is more commonly practiced. So, why become so tense when polygamy is discussed but not come to mention out-of-wedlock relationships? If the man is able to treat his wives equally, give them equal provisions and spend equal time with them, is it comparable to a man who cheats on his wife and enjoys romantic adventures with his lovers? Do they feel any guilt?

Tension towards Anything Arabic?

December 26, 2010

Is there a real online fear or a feel of uneasiness when relating to anything Arabic?

What do you think of the following part of a list of supported languages in a software?

A list of supported languages by a software

I once was filling an online form when I reached the option to choose my country ‘United Arab Emirates’. It was below the United Kingdom. It sure angered me.

Favorite Movie Ending Sequences

December 21, 2010

…Who does not like a happy ending?

Here is two of my favorite movie ending sequences:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – It’s Raining Sunshine

Ponyo – Ponyo Ponyo

A Workaholic?

December 8, 2010

Recently, I have been feeling somewhat depressed and this feeling only comes the strongest when I am at home.

The workload has increased. My manager has ordered me to do, in addition to my original job, four other tasks. He said I have to wait and be patient until they recruit more employees to fill the recent vacancies.

I cannot find a minute of rest, and I am very sad that I miss the noon prayer.

I asked for a week off from work starting next Sunday. I am not that happy. I am really worried about my work. Who is going to do my job(s)? Will I find myself under a pile of files and papers? What is going to happen when I am away?

I cannot relax at home while I am thinking about work. I am like this:

Work vs. Home - © Mitra Farmand

There were times when I wished I was an octopus.

Sensing Patriotism

December 7, 2010

How do you express love for your country?

So, December 2, the National Day of the UAE, has ended. Are UAE locals still showing signs of love and devotion to their country?

— Some do. Some do not.

I know. Who cannot love their countries? Some do not do good to their country unknowingly and this can only show that it is not important to them.

Here is some signs that some locals are not that patriotic:

– Throwing garbage on the street.

– Wasting water and electricity.

– Going to work late.

– Dancing when it is announced that tomorrow is a holiday.

– Calling your teachers names.

– Showing no respect to those who built and shared in building the country, including expatriates.

– Refusing to pursue careers in research, sciences and development.

And the list can be longer, but these what have come to my mind at the moment.

Love your country and show love.

Nomarks Scrub Soap Review

December 5, 2010

Nomarks Scrub Soap

Nomarks Scrub Soap is very good in removing dead skin cells. It is soft on the skin and not harsh when used in cleaning the face. Take a five minute shower under hot water, and then massage the soap all over your body. Wait for a minute and then rinse the soap off thoroughly. As you do so you will notice the silky touch of your skin. Grab a dry cotton towel and work it on your body and you will notice all those dead skin cells being removed.

Compared to normal soap, Nomarks Scrub Soap is the good choice for scrubbing.

If you are a UAE resident, you can find Nomarks Scrub Soap in major hypermarkets, such as the Lulu Hypermarket and Sharjah Co-Operative Society.

It is cheap and one bar costs less than AED4. Buy one and try it.

Can Someone Die from a Broken Heart?

December 5, 2010

I was intrigued by this question suggestion by Google:

Can someone die from a broken heart?

And I found that some persons with a broken heart can die:

Broken heart syndrome (BHS) often occurs after the loss of a loved one. Although the condition appears in ancient and modern literature, broken heart syndrome first gained recognition as a physical illness in the early 1990’s. Symptoms of broken heart syndrome include chest pain, shortness of breath, insomnia and depression.

Although it may be mistaken for a heart attack, broken heart syndrome is an inflammatory heart disease. The heart muscle weakens, and the apex of the left ventricle swells, constricting blood flow. The left ventricle is the major pumping mechanism of the heart.

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It is Really Weird

December 5, 2010

I was watching an American news channel when more than three hosts were discussing the trending issue of allowing gays into the military when I suddenly imagined two of the men sitting next to each other to be having a homosexual affair.

It felt so wrong.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “… cursed is the one who has intercourse with an animal, cursed is the one who does the action of the people of Loot.”

— He refers to degenerate sexual relationships (homosexuality).

Qatari-Israeli Relations

December 5, 2010

What is on Qatar’s mind? Is Qatar betraying Palestine, or what?

Read: Qatar’s Relations with “Israel”: Challenging Arab and Gulf Norms

An Act of Terrorism?

December 5, 2010

When the “Israelis” do not like what they hear said about them they will call people anti-semites. Likewise, when the Americans are shying away from the truth, they call anyone exposing them a terrorist:

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to designate WikiLeaks a “foreign terrorist organization,” saying it “posed a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States,” and to prosecute founder Julian Assange for espionage.

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Can somebody explain how whistle-blowing and exposing the truth be considered acts of terrorism?

Absolutely crazy!