The Untold Story

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The light’s reflection on the two chairs means something. The shadow of the walls and the darkness in the back illustrate something interesting too and what about the two chairs that aren’t facing each other! They have to mean something. If you combine all these things together, you will get to see a story that is untold before. So open your eyes for everything in life and listen carefully to the nature. The walls, the trees, the river and even the sky. They all have a language and they all have a story to tell but who listen!

I took this picture last night using my new canon camera. What meaning does this picture illustrate to you?

My sister

An orphan to me is a person who doesn’t have a sister in his family . I always wonder: how do people make it through life without a sister? because I honestly can’t . When I look at my sister’s eyes, I always find my happiness. Her voice carries me back all my childhood’s memories and then move me forward to the bright future.

My dearest sister, Umamh, came to visit me in Portland during the month of Ramadan and this is why Ramadan this year is really different to me than the last four years.  We sat together during Ramadan breakfast, we remembered all the family memories then we laughed together . When I got sick in the last two week, she didn’t let me walk out of my bed. She brings everything I want to my room by herself. She is so caring.

All I want to say from this post is: if you have a sister in your family, please know how blessed you are. If she asked you  one day to give her a ride so that she can visit her friends especially in Saudi Arabia where women can’t drive, please know that is nothing compare what she has done for you. If one day you were undecided between spending your time with your sister or with your friends in Deywanyah (الديوانية), please know that all your friends no matter how good they are, are nothing compare to the smile of your sister.

“(Your sister) is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities.  She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway.  She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark.  She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink.  Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child”. ~Barbara Alpert

Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant is my favorite philosopher. He is the author of Critique of Pure Reason, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone and many others. He is the founder of Categorical imperative, Transcendental Idealism, Synthetic a priori, Noumenon, Sapere aude, Nebular hypothesis.  Here are my favorite quotes of him:

  • “Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.”
  • “The death of dogma is the birth of morality”
  • “Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.”
  • “So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.”
  • “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”
  • “In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.”
  • “Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.”
  • “Morality is not really the doctrine of how to make ourselves happy but of how we are to be worthy of happiness”
  • “Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.”

What is your favorite philosopher? and why?

I am 22!

I was supposed to post this yesterday but because I got very ill and I couldn’t write anything about my birthday. I don’t celebrate my birthday very often, but I always like to look at myself again, to reevaluate  and think of all my weakness and strengths. I have always tried to develop a friendship  with myself. There were bad times when I felt that I don’t wanna be me. There were also good times when I felt that I am happy with who I am.  The struggle to move from who I am to who I want to be isn’t easy and always painful.

However, I am happy with who I am, I am happy with all the struggles I have been through,  I am happy with all the mistakes I made because it taught me a lot. I don’t want to be same person as last year. I want to be different. I want to have new experience, encounter new friends, make new mistakes, listen to new stories, think of life differently, read different books, and have new struggle and challenges.

At the end, I would like to thank  all the people who come by my blog, Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your stories with me in the blog. I am always grateful for your help, your kindness, your understanding and your honesty with me.