A 3 minute report worth watching that brings some stories that were never shared before. When CNN asked an injured in hospital after the bombing if he’s angry he replies with I’m not angry, I’m happy, I see love in Kuwaiti eyes. Although he sustained serious injuries he finds happiness within the unity of the country.
Yesterday I spent around 4 hours standing in line and most of it was waiting my turn to give my condolences to the families on the martyrdom of their loved ones. Twenty seven people died in a Shia mosque bomb attack and over 200 injured. By the time I was done it was around 2 a.m so I went to Pick Yo Qurtoba for suhoor. It was completely empty and everything around was closed.
I told them you guys are usually packed. They told me they just opened up after shutting down because a suspicious potential bomb in a bag was being inspected in Qurtoba Co-op area by police. So all the places shut down for safety precautions. Eventually the Ministry of Interior announced the bag did not contain any explosives.
Before the bombing in Kuwait we would see terrorist bombings in Pakistan and say it would never come to Kuwait. As time passed by we would see terrorist bombings in our neighbouring Saudi Arabia and say it would never come to Kuwait. There were security precautions during Friday prayers in Kuwait mosques but no wear near enough. We got a wake up call last Friday, and it came at a great cost.
It is beyond me on how the simple basics of Islam that no one argues on are good deeds such as fasting, praying, attending Friday prayer, and all being on the holy month of God, on a Friday are considered to an organisation who portray themselves as ‘Muslims’ a reason to kill out of pure hatred. They’ve shattered and destroyed the holy Qur’an and it hurts to watch the aftermath. It was an unislamic and barbaric act, by an organisation following an agenda, not a religion.
On the other hand, it was beautiful to see Kuwait unify as one, reminded some of the 1990 war with Iraq. Sunni’s praying in Shia mosques and vice versa. Kuwait’s beauty comes with its values. To cleanse the country from this terrorist mentality and pure hatred it needs to be done from the roots. From the teachings at school to addressing all the false accusations from different religious sects.
There’s so much work to be done but I believe we will be getting there. Just feeling sad for those that have been murdered is not enough, if actions are not taken this will only escalate to the worse. I’m one of those that has to remind themselves every day that this terrorist attack has happened, I still can’t fully grasp the brutal incident.
Kuwait needs solidarity, and it needs it now.
We finally have something I like in Qurtoba Co-op, before that we only had Burger King, a fatayer place, a shawerma place, Caribou (which use to be my only go to place) and Quiznoss (which I kind of like). It looks really nice from the inside but it’s so packed, didn’t bother waiting in line. I’m really hoping after Ramadan traffic will reduce significantly.
This photo taken in Kuwait was shortlisted from over 10,000 entries for the competition, Environmental Photographer of the Year award. To us, this view isn’t uncommon, but to the majority of the world it looks exceptional and scary. In total 111 photos have been selected and they all tell a unique story. There’s a website just for this award you can check out [here].
“A huge ‘wall of sand’ engulfs a city in Kuwait. This type of sandstorm is also known as ‘haboob’, derived from the Arabic word for ‘strong wind’ (Credit: Rizalde Cayanan)”
Update: As a user pointed out, the photo of the sandstorm hadn’t won, but rather shortlisted from over 10,000 submissions. In total 111 photos were shortlisted and will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June to 10 July.
Bought the phone a week ago as soon as it was available. It was actually not easy to find, and the store that sold me the LG G4 didn’t have it on display. Bought it for KD 199 from Mobile 2000, even though excite is selling the same version for KD 220. I can basically summarise the phone in a sentence, it’s a LG G3 with a really good camera and touch screen problems.
I’m really disappointed because ever since I bought the phone I’ve been having touch screen issues, I would swipe(scroll) through Instagram and the phone would sometimes automatically like images (it double taps) or opens the comment section of an instagram post. On Snapchat I would have to long press a user several times to finally get to see their post. Playing games with dragging is an issue too.
This is not just me, a big majority are facing issues and they vary. Some are worse, where the LG Keyboard will mess up letters everytime you start typing. The user above shows one of the touch screen problems he’s facing, which isn’t identical to my issue. A quick Google Search shows you how blogs all over the world are talking about this.
LG released a keyboard update few days back that unfortunately didn’t help anyone that didn’t have issues with the keyboard issue, such as myself. I’m still facing the same screen problems. I unfortunately cannot recommend the phone at this time (hoping for a prompt update), this seems to be effecting a huge portion of LG G4 customers. According to a poll from XDA, 66% of LG G4 were facing some sort of touch screen issues.
There are some other things worth noting, like the really good camera with all the DSLR options I wanted but I’ll go through that in a full review later and to be honest everything the phone has is overshadowed by the fact that it has touch screen issues.
Throughout history Muslims proved that achievement reached its limits during the holy month of Ramadan. Focus is strengthened and time is blessed. What does battle of bader, battle of hiteen, ayn jalut and the conquering of Constantinople all have in common? They were accomplished in Ramadan with great victories and success.
When we apply this to daily activities of individuals we see that we worship Allah more, and work harder with Integrity. Why? Due to the blessings of Allah and the plenty of time we have on our hands. Daily meals do not take up our valuable time. And the focus is Increased. When you pay attention you achieve more.
We understand from the words Allah says in the holy Quran and by the teachings of the prophet may peace and blessings be upon him that the main purpose of Ramadan is to fear Allah more and do good deeds and avoid trivial matters and avoid time wasters.
Applying this verse from the holy Quran to everyday life during the holy month categorizes many things that are being thrown at us as Muslims especially during this month such as silly commercials on TV or the cluttered programming made to serve one purpose only (to pass time) as a huge time-killer that you could have used more wisely and productively.
To speak from a personal standpoint, I have a personal yearly goal to write 1 book every year. Since I set this goal for myself I have found that my focus strengthens during Ramadan and have always completed my yearly goal during this blessed month.
I can’t stress this enough. Ramadan is the month of productivity.
Photos courtesy of Boston Big Picture
About the Guest Writer:
Dr. Moosa Almazeedi is known for being an associate Professor at Kuwait University in the Electrical Engineering Department. He’s particularly recognized for his one-off approach to teaching and has been presented with many teaching awards and honors by the College of Engineering and Kuwait University.
مبارك عليكم الشهر الفضيل
Most of the Kuwaiti companies were of commercials of singing, joy, bells and whistles, none of them I felt portrayed the current situation we’re in, the political conflicts and the increasing unrest in the region. On the other hand, this Bangladesh telecom company really hit the spot on a corruption commercial. We face this type of corruption every day in Kuwait, except in a much bigger scale.
If you know any charities that are active this Ramadan or those that come and take left over food please [contact me]. I will on a later blog post list all the active organizations for Ramadan 2015. On a side note, if you know any companies that take recycled items, things like empty water bottles also contact me.
Contact page: http://kuwaitiful.com/contact/