CategorySocial Issues

Perfection

  We are constantly bombarded with images from the media to tell us what is beautiful, what is popular, what to buy, and it shapes how we see ourselves and our surroundings. You might think to yourself when looking in the mirror, only if my nose was a little smaller, only if my jaw line was more defined, only if I could have a better shaped mid-section, only if my behind was more like Kim Kardashian, then I would look good. If you let it […]

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Escapism

  Do you ever feel frustrated or depressed from the stress of work, or school, with your parents, spouse, or kids? Sometimes escaping or stepping outside of your reality, even if for a moment can really relieve that tension or sadness that you feel. Escaping reality for a while can be a good thing, but when the means of escapism is drugs, alcohol and/or illicit relationships (being promiscuous, or having affairs), well that’s a recipe for disaster! You might just want to zone […]

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Always Girls

Have you ever noticed that Muslim families tend to focus their efforts on the girls of the family, rather the boys? From my experience and observations, many Muslim families living in the West, as well as here in Saudi Arabia, ensure that their daughters wear the Islamic attire and are “proper,” while leaving their sons to manage themselves. I know many families in the USA and Canada, whose daughters wear the hijab or niqab and behave according to Islamic etiquette, […]

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Reach for The Stars

  You only have one chance in this world, so cease every moment of opportunity! Sometimes we let life get in the way of things, we get boggled down with school, work and our daily schedules. Often leaving ourselves at the bottom of the “to do list.” We need to live each day as its our last, while also dreaming and preparing for our futures as if we’d live forever. Savour life and the precious moments we have with our […]

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Born in Saudi Arabia

There are approximately 8.4 million expats in Saudi Arabia. Twenty-three percent of whom were born in Saudi Arabia. There are even some who are 2nd and 3rd generation born in Saudi, yet cannot attain Saudi citizenship. Expats work in a variety of different fields, some are doctors, engineers, teachers, but the majority of them are labourers (sales clerks, cashiers, barbers, waiters, construction workers, cleaners etc…). There was a recent article in the Arab News, which deals with expats who were born here and their struggle […]

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Mark Your Calender’s: Janadriyah Festival

Its that time of the year again. Janadriyah Festival is here! The annual two week National Cultural and Heritage Festival will start on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, and end on Friday, April 29th, 2011. The festival is a great way for Saudi’s and others to step into the past and truly experience life in Saudi Arabia as it was before. This is one of the most hands on way you can learn about the traditions and culture of Saudi Arabia and how they […]

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Tamkeen (Empowerment)

  EMPOWER YOURSELF. Instill passion, dreams and goals in yourself and others. We should dream and dream big. We should be optimistic because dreams do come true, if you allow them to. We truly are our own greatest enemies, as it is our own created barriers which stop us from stepping outside of our comfort zones and making our dreams a reality. We need to envision our dreams as realities, create a plan to achieve it and then implement it. […]

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A Generous King

  King Abdullah has been known as a reformer. There have been many changes under King Abdullah. Change may be coming too slow for some, while for others mayber too fast. But one thing is for sure, that change is occuring. He has made many great accomplishments, such as: KAUST (University of Science and Technology). Appointed Nora bint Abdullah Al Fayez, as deputy education minister. The first female minister. 2005 developed the government scholarship program for Saudi’s studying abroad. Created a […]

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What Saudi Youth Need

Our youth is our future. With 60% of the Saudi population under 30 yrs old they are paving the way for change in a society based heavily on traditions and tribal customs. So there is this elephant in the room so to speak, where there is a hush hush of this cultural tension between tradition and what people want today. Eventually it will explode if left unaltered or un-addressed amongst society. I myself wish I could just hop in my […]

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