Thursday, October 2, 2014

شمولية الذكر في الأذان والصلاة ..

* في الأذان --> الله أكبر، أشهد ألا إله إلا الله، أشهد أن محمدّا رسول الله، لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله (تـُقال عند حي على الصلاة وحي على الفلاح)

* في الصلاة --> الحمد لله (في الفاتحة) وسبحان ربي العظيم في الركوع و سبحان ربي الأعلى في السجود.

فنجد أننا:

 نذكر الله في كل ترديد مع الأذان،
ونكبر الله في حركات الصلاة،
ونحمد الله ونحن واقفون (في الفاتحة والقيام من الركوع - سمع الله لمن حمده، ربنا ولك الحمد)
ونسبح ربنا ونحن إما راكعون أو ساجدون

فإن كان التكبير ونحن نتحرك،  والحمد ونحن واقفون، والتسبيح ونحن إما راكعون أو ساجدون، والذكر لله ولربنا، أفلا نتفكر؟ 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

To the people in my life

Mum, Dad, Sara, Radwa, Hend, Nashwa, Mona, Dina, Samar, Mohamed, Ibrahim, Mr. Gamal, Mdes, Mr. Fahmy, Mr. Mostafa, Mr. Mostafa, Mr. Mahmoud, Mr. Magdy, Mr. Ali, Mr. Ali, Mrs. Safaa, Mrs. Khadiga, Mrs. Zeinab, Mrs. Mervat, Mrs. Ehsan, Mrs. Salwa, Mr. Reda, Mr. Ashraf, Eng. Hany, Mai.

I owe you all, and I love you :)      

French French French

Again, another mile, another story finished. Honestly, after "All we leave behind", one feeling is ruling me above all. I gotta change my life and accept some stuff within, then I could make room for another book, and make time for seeking real joys.

Any how, I am writing to post a screen shot from French Open results. If any body knows me well here, they would wonder why I am writing "French Open" instead of "Roland Garros". May be because the French language is so delicate and feminine in pronunciation that many people love it. May be because the French perfumes are the best. May be both reasons, but for some reason I want to convey supremacy of the Grand Slam. I have always argued with many people that Roland Garros is far better than Wimbledon but I then figured out that it feels like comparing apples to oranges, totally different.

Here is the pic, I wish Gulbis this time have the guts to give Nadal / Djokovic a hard unforgettable time :D
Push them to the max please, Gulbis!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

So I finished reading Inamorata and

I had a few days to break. I spent most of them usually working and in my spare time watching TED Talks. I have developed this syndrome of heavily watching TED after something big has happened. Finishing Inamorata was sort of big to me. Not in the sense of accomplishment, I have finished larger and more difficult books earlier, but in the sense of having peace with the feelings and the thoughts that poured upon me from the story. It's overwhelming with too many things to contemplate and re-calculate in a good sense. Many lessons to grasp and hold on to. It was also difficult to settle with the idea that one can easily find another book of at least the same quality writing-style and higher value thoughts to drive home. Then all of a sudden, after a few days, I started another Wattpad book. It is called "All we leave behind". After catching myself unable to put down the tablet expect when extremely tired, I figured out a common factor between the two books - although the heroes are totally different - that made me very happy with them. It is that the authors elaborate on the feelings of the hero in almost every situation and somehow manage to correlate the past to the present to the future. Being straightforward also while driving the point home is something so important to me. I was arguing with a friend a couple of weeks ago that I dislike those writings in which the author goes on describing the physical aspects or surroundings. I also don't like to struggle while reading by pausing and asking myself what is the point. Those authors who favor form over function or those who want me to exert some more extra effort to read in between the lines usually get me lost. In these cases I don't make it past the half of the first page or the half of the random page I have selected.

Now that I figured this out, I am ought to confess that if you read what you only like and discard what you don't like, you will never truly learn.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Those dark days of the Internet are coming...

-- Please accept my apologies being written on a Google service, you know Google's uptime is sexy --

So, Oracle makes most of the databases empowering telecom giants, and telecom giants offer mobile services to end users and end users are usually addicted to their smart phones that usually have What's app, Facebook and many Google products.

Now that Facebook has bought What's app, I can rest back and safely announce that the war has officially moved from desk / lap tops to mobile devices.

The internet will ruin itself and everything around...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inamorata

Honestly, I have never reviewed a book before finishing it, but this time there is something inside me pushing me to review the book even when I am just at chapter 13 out of 41.

Talent when combined with smart and hard work along with love for what one is doing usually produces a masterpiece, something the majority approves of and likes.

On Wattpad, you can find Inamorata; an amazing story by Irish Rose. A story about humanity, morals, feelings, thoughts, and love. Unlike the trend of writing about a love story, Irish Rose wrote about a human in love with everything. You the reader, I bet, can't help except to fall in love with her.

The courage that Irish Rose had to write such that she makes you sometimes despise the heroine and at some other times be happy for her is really overwhelmingly beautiful. I can not imagine how hard it was for Irish Rose to write this down, but I believe the book heavily draws from real-world experiences and carefully crafts contradictions.

At first, I was astonished at myself how I am reading such a book, why am I reading about an un-naturally made prostitute? I won't change my rigid mind anyway. Then, I figured out that being a sci-fi book created tolerance my side for stuff I would have never accepted had the heroine had the choice to make this path.

After all, the book at the time of this writing had 2.5+ million reads. Taking into consideration that Wattpad itself is around 10 million users, you can now imagine how good is a book to draw 25% of the community on such a large scale.

The only weak thing I have noticed about the book is the naming-convention for the men. Names are straight simple, may be because that's how the author perceives men.

I have no idea but I bet Irish Rose, the author, have studied some social or psychological field. The analysis she does is very logical and convincing.

I would give this book as a gift to all those who hurt me and those who didn't, a book that will leave you thinking of everything you have done and willing to do.

20/02/2014
Angie Tawfik 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The true and ugly side of the American Legal System

I subscribed to Constitutional Struggles in Coursera, and the below is an email from our professor showing the true and ugly side of the American Legal System:


Dear All,




I write this email under protest and with a considerable degree of anger and sadness. Few things illustrate the bone-headedness, short-sightedness, and sheer chauvinism of the political structure of the United States better than the extent to which its ideologues are willing to go to score cheap domestic political points with narrow interests in the pursuit of a sanctions regime that has clearly run its course.




You might remember the Apple ad from a few years back, in which the company proudly announced that their machines were now so powerful that they fell under export restrictions: "For the first time in history a personal computer has been classified as a weapon by the US government ..."




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4dDuocAXTY




Well, that was a tongue in cheek quip at their Wintel competitors, but a few years after that same company decided that also an iPad apparently could now a weapon, in a rather cowardly anticipatory cow-tow to an ever expanding and aggressive sanctions regime, when they stopped selling any of their products to anyone who happened to SPEAK Persian in their stores (the company has since lifted that idiotic policy):




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18545003




But you will now be interested to hear that also my course (and anything else Coursera offers) has been classified, if not a weapon that could be misused, then at least a "service" and as such must not fall into the hands of anybody happening to live in the countries that the United States government doesn't like. I have thus been informed that my students in Cuba, Syria, Sudan and my homeland will no longer be able to access this course. I leave it to you to ponder whether this course is indeed a weapon and if so against what and what possible benefit the average American citizen could possibly derive from restricting access to it.




Be this as it may, I invite those students affected to use services such as hola.org or VPN routers to circumvent these restrictions.




Let me reiterate that I am appalled at this decision. Please note that no-one at Coursera likely had a choice in this matter!




At any rate, rest assured that these are not the values of the University of Copenhagen, of its Faculty of Law, and most assuredly not mine!




Let me end on a personal note: as a recipient of a McCloy Scholarship created to foster trans-Atlantic friendship and as someone who spent some of his most formative years in the United States, I have to admit that I am worried about the path this country is descending to. Blocking teaching (and medicine) from people whose government one doesn't like is a fallback into the darkest hours of the last century. As my teacher at MIT, Prof. Stephen Van Evera would have told the people responsible for this: your mothers would not be proud of you today.




Your instructor,




Prof. Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Faculty of Law

University of Copenhagen




PS: Below an excerpt of the communication I received from Coursera; I know from previous engagements that there is absolutely nothing they can do in the current legal climate in the United States:




"As some of you already know, certain U.S. export control regulations prohibit U.S. businesses, such as Coursera, from offering services to users in sanctioned countries (Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria). The interpretation of the export control regulations in the context of MOOCs has been ambiguous up until now, and we had been operating under one interpretation of the law. Last week, Coursera received definitive guidance indicating that access to the course experience is considered a service, and all services are highly restricted by export controls.

In particular, the notion of “services” includes offering access to human grading of quizzes and assessments, peer-graded homework, and discussion forums. Regrettably, Coursera must therefore cease offering MOOC access to users in certain sanctioned countries in order to ensure compliance with these U.S. laws and to avoid serious legal ramifications."




PPS: I don't think it is very constructive to voice your opposition to Coursera, as they can't do anything about it anyway. If you feel you must voice your discontent, direct it at the political representatives who are responsible for this situation, i.e. your congressman or -woman if you are a US citizen or the local US representation if you are not.

Sunday, January 26, 2014