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On the Death of the Beloved

أُعِيذُكُمَا بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ ، وَهَامَّةٍ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

by John O’Donahue

Scholar Inscribes Iranian Peace Message

Scholar Inscribes Iranian Peace Message

Iranian scholar Eliza Saeedi has created an inscription in the city of Tabriz which conveys the message of peace from Iran to the world.

Saeedi has donated the inscription to the central library of Tabriz where she works as a researcher in ancient Iranian studies.

The inscription aims to dispel the false impressions created by Western media about Iran being a supporter of war and terrorism.

“It took me five years to finish the inscription and invite all nations and ethnicities to peace and friendship,” said Saeedi.

“The inscription is the first pictorial charter of human rights, which shows Iranians were the first nation to have had a human rights charter and have always been against war and violence,” she added.

Saeedi also said that she would donate a copy of the same inscription to the United Nations museum.

Benvenuto :)

just a thank you to all and a note … i have two blogs on this wordpress, this one the nice,  mellow, life one and another that  is all geopolitics.  many people do not care for politics and i get tired of all gloom and doom myself  being activist, so i created this blog site for retreating and re energizing.  i do not know how to fix it so that if someone wants to follow me they get the correct blog they like … any hints would be appreciated:)

Pysanky: Ukrainian Decorated Eggs

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While I don’t formally celebrate Easter (unless you count my obscene love for Cadbury Creme Eggs as a celebration…which I do), I love nothing more than the combination of great art and symbolism.

Pysanky are a Ukrainian tradition; eggs elaborately decorated using batik (dye resistant designs “written” in wax).

Every time I see these eggs I am awestruck by the thought, care and time dedicated to each one.

From Wiki:
Many superstitions were attached to pysanky. Pysanky were thought to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires. Pysanky with spiral motifs were the most powerful, as the demons and other unholy creatures would be trapped within the spirals forever. A blessed pysanky could be used to find demons hidden in the dark corners of your house.

Pysanky held powerful magic, and had to be disposed of properly, lest a witch get a hold of one. She could use…

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Sugar Konafa كنافة السكر

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Have you ever shared a recipe with your mom? How did that go? My mom taught me everything I know when it comes to Yemeni cooking .She cooks with her instinct. She knows the ingredients and mixtures by heart, so everything she cooked was with no measuring! This was perfectly fine for her with Yemeni cooking because she knows it so well.

I asked her to give me the Sugar Konafa recipe but it was a complete puzzle for me as I try as much as I can to go with measurements to get the same result every time.I had to repeat it over and over until (I think , I got a good grasp on how to do it).

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Sugar Konafa is different than the Middle Eastern Konafa that is well known in Lebanon and Egypt and most of Arab countries. It is not stuffed with cheese or cream…

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Ihsaan – The Spiritual Essence Of Islam

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When the stones begin to speak, with which ears will we hear? Will this be the first time that the stones speak? No! The stones spoke to the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w ) in his lifetime. They offered ‘salaams’ to him[2]. If we were there would we have heard? No! He was not hearing with these ears. It is when the heart has come alive, has faith in it and submits to the Supreme Authority of Allah , Most High, and not the supreme authority of the state, it is then that the heart can hear. So we know the stones are speaking now. This prophecy of Muhammad is being fulfilled now. The stones are speaking in the Holy Land. When stones begin to speak, no one can stop them from speaking. At the end of this a Muslim army will destroy the State of Israel; these are the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w ). Let us go back to the verse of Sura Hajj:

Allah , Most High, says to them [22nd Sura, Verse 46]:

Will they not travel through the earth?

So that perhaps, perchance, (by traveling through the earth) their dead hearts might come alive

So that when their hearts come alive they would be able to understand what the intellect, rationality and external observation could not understand. With a heart that comes alive, they will be able to hear what otherwise they could not hear.

Truly, its not these eyes which are blind

What is blind is the heart, which is inside the chest.

This is Islamic Spirituality.  It has unfortunately been given a new term, coined by someone, sometime, somewhere. The term which was coined was Tasawwuf.  I wish it had never been coined. My life and task would have been easier, because Tasawwuf and al-Ihsaan mean the same thing. Allah , Most High, delivered this word, al-Ihsaan to us, we should have stayed with this term.

 

 

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40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

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40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

By Amanda Froelich

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on large-scale agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves.

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on transported produce and packaged goods to satiate their grumbling stomachs, the people of Russia feed themselves. They have little need for large-scale agriculture, as their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic, and in the capable hands of their nation’s people.

In a thought-provoking article shared by Natural Homes, it was reported that in 2011, 51% of Russia’s food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), or by peasant farmers (11%). The remaining 49% of production was left to large agricultural enterprises.

When one digs deeper into the numbers reported by Russian Statistics Service, however, some very impressive details are discovered. In 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80%…

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The Hodeida Fish Market

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Ahh, we’re back in Yemen… In Hodeida.

The fish market in Hodeida is, perhaps not shockingly, right along the waterfront and it is impossible to miss.

We passed by during our first night in Hodeida and even though that is supposedly the quiet(er) time for the fish market, there was still a remarkable amount of activity and frenetic energy. I knew that we needed to come back in the morning.

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Hodeida is definitely not a small town, but it would be pretty hard to miss its fish market when it is in top gear.  Even the constant honking and the roaring sounds of engines lacking mufflers that spill out from Hodeida’s streets are overwhelmed by the fish market’s sensory experience.

Imagine the perfume of exhaust from boat engines blending with the smell of roasting fish and the salty ocean air blowing across from Africa. Imagine fishing boats racing around…

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