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Good News! My Eight Book Release News!

Good News! My Eight Book Release News!

Between Us Only! Short Takes!

The Sequel – Two!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Trafford Publishing – USA

The book contains all the articles that had appeared in his two weekly columns in The Oman Daily Observer (English Daily) – for the past three years.

The columns are titled – Between Us Only and At My Workplace! This is book six in the series.

The book contains many well received and acclaimed articles in his Columns containing varied topics and articles – and for different tastes and likes – covering almost everyone – from the Student to the Professor – from the Office Clerk to the CEO – and from the Teenager to the Grandparents!

v Definitely one of the few people that one can easily connect! – Omani Lady Fan

v Your article was a great eye opener for me! – Omani HR Executive

v You always enrich us with your remarkable articles! – Omani IT Head

v You have a brilliant and star colossal range of achievements – and must be congratulated – UK University Professor.

v Great experience and thoughts.– Omani Engineering Head

v You said it so beautifully my dear that my heart broke out for you. You are so great! – From A Lady Fan (Omani)

v What a brilliant article, I wish I had joined the book group sooner – British Fan

v Do men read your articles? They are the usual main culprits! I love it. Thanks – From A Lady Fan (Omani)

v It is our great pleasure and we are proud to have such quality Omani columnists like you – Senior Omani Journalist

v You really talk deeply and with great understanding to human nature – and every word you say is making great sense.– Omani IT Head

v Thanks for your wonderful, truthful and honest commentary –- but this is the best one! – Senior Public Official

v Your columns are an inspiration to all aspiring young Omani journalists and writers in English language – Senior Indian Journalist.

v Very visionary and with realistic foresight.– Senior IT Consultant (Omani)

v Lovely and valued real stories – that expose wisdom to educate and enlighten our lives – Omani CEO.

v Truthfully you are in an enviable position where some may even resent your views and outlooks –– Literary Person (Indian).

v The best part I mostly enjoy is that you write from the bottom of your heart. Your writing skills are really excellent! – Senior Public Official

v Your contributions to the good of the society and especially to The Youth can never be marginalised or ignored – Another Senior Public Official

Majid Al Suleimany

The Author

Muscat – Sultanate of Oman OM

November 17th 2012

My Columns Writings!

Dear All;

If you like my column writings (twice weekly) you may find them posted here at:-

www.majidwrite.com

www.majidall.com

Some Examples

http://majidall.com/2012/11/11/appealing-to-the-higher-ones/

http://majidwrite.com/2012/11/08/obama-wins/

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/28/the-disease-of-pride/

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/22/is-it-acting-or-real-by-majid-al-suleimany/

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/27/the-changing-offices/

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/16/the-african-touch/

Best Wishes and Regards;

Majid Al Suleimany

Muscat – Sultanate of Oman – OM – November 13th 2012.

Barack Obama Wins!

Between Us Only!

The Barack Obama Win!

Congratulations to Barack Osama for remaining as the 44th USA President in his second term defeating Mitt Romney!

I had dreamt about this bit but decided to keep it to myself! I said to myself – if I start telling people about this they will start thinking that being an acute depressed diabetic case – then I am starting to lose it – that is my mind – and faculties! The problem that we have in society is once they give you a colouring or label – they are not willing and susceptible to change their outlooks – and minds!

For example if they have labelled you as being over sensitive! Or a trouble-maker! Or has egg-shell feelings – and that means if you just touch the outer shell – then the egg breaks! I do not know what happens with a hardboiled egg to the outer skin – or like those long preserved eggs! So one needs to be careful what one does say – even if the intention is warm, sincere and genuine!

I must admit though that compared to the last elections – I was less keen and motivated than ever before. I did not follow the election results with that keen interest and like this time.

And that is the message to Obama in his second term. The people of the Middle East are disenfranchised and disinterested in having all their hopes, aspirations and dreams smashed up by not kept promises and pledges for a peaceful transformation of the Middle East with the two states solution living in recognised borders – in peace, harmony, and understanding and in co-existence.

Images – Obama Wins!

The ME Middle East today has become more unsafe, dangerous and risky – with increasing extremism, fundamentalism and radicalisation! And with Israel still calling more shots and being paid full unflinching blind attentions and focuses – to the detriment and disadvantage of us all in the ME! To the extent that it has become a rogue bully state – and knowing that whatever they will do they will have full blind support and backing of USA!   

I hope and pray that Obama will remember the promises and pledges he had made to us all in 2004 – and follow them through. There is no reason or excuse for him now not doing so – because as far as I know there is no Third Term possibilities and opportunities in the USA constitution so far!

And he should put right and in their place those people who think they can still control, subjugate and dominate the American scene and focus to their positions and advantage always!

If I were American – and a God fearing one too – I would realise that there is a greater force than us humans – and that was shown by the storm Sandy! Despite all the weapons, technology and infrastructure Mother Nature can still bring destruction, devastation, rampage and havoc to us.

We must all return to Religion and to our God Our Lord – and as to live as humanity in this world together as one –  in love, understanding, co-existence, tolerance, patience – for the sake of ourselves, our destiny, legacy and our future.

And we must separate those that want to cause harm, destruction, chaos and havoc between peoples – and we must learn fast and quick to talk to each other to solve our problems! This instead of using technology to kill, harm and destroy innocent lives – many women and children – as collateral damages in the pursuits of a few adversaries!

History has proven – again and again – that these methods do not work at all – and is like pouring petrol over a cinder fire burning intensely underground. We must open the books of history – and reread them again! Before it is too late for everyone! Because no one will emerge the winner in all these – and we all will lose – or suffer in one way or the other!

The message and theme remains the same: –

  • ·        Remain always with your people – they decide whether you stay on or not!
  • ·        Respect everyone in the society – disregarding, race, creed or creed!
  • ·        Do not sideline, marginalise or ignore The Women!
  • ·        They make 50% of the population!
  • ·        Do not sideline, marginalise or ignore The Youth!
  • ·        They are decision makers too – and are tomorrow’s future and leaders!

I do not know if you speak or hear Swahili BO – but if you do Hongera! Or Mabrook – as we Arabs like to say too!

May the Good Lord Guide us all to the right path and ways always – and Protect us all from his anger and fury – Amin Amen!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Posted at: www.majidall.com and at www.majidwrite.com

The Increasing Disease of Pride!

The Increasing Disease of Pride!

Or Feeling More Important Than Others!

Those that are my avowed Readers and Fans will no doubt acknowledge that – I always do write from my own personal experiences and exposures and as my references – and from incidents and episodes recently that have happened to me – or to people I know well for surety! This new disease of false pride is becoming increasingly rampant in the society now!

Let us start with some quotes first – on Pride: –

  • Certainly Allah does not love the proud ones. – The Holy Quraan – 16:23
  • Whosoever has in his heart, even an atom of pride he will not enter paradise – The Islamic Hadith
  • Pride is an admission of weakness, it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals – Fulton J. Sheen
  • A proud man is always looking down on things and people – and thus cannot see anything above him – C. S. Lewis
  • The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride – Samuel Butler
  • The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great – Voltaire
  • Pride comes before a fall – Famous
  • The one who climbs a ladder will have to come down! – East African saying

Long time ago, I watched this film where the ex Dictator Iddi Amin of Uganda was showing off this certificate to a cheering crowd. Then He tore the paper into two – saying aloud – Now Mr. P – you are no longer a citizen of Uganda! That is the end of a ‘paper citizen’ – and as he sends into exile thousands of Asians to all parts of the world – but mainly Canada and UK. Little did he realise that he created multi-millionaires of these exiles. Nor did he realise that one day he will too be exiled – and die in an exiled country – Saudi Arabia!

Last week I had some problems – again on ‘services’ – books related – and as the usual unflinching M – I had phoned first to their Head Offices. Not getting any cheers, I decided to go to their website and put in ‘my beef’ – so to speak! I then followed it with an email to the Top Brass of the place. Sure enough from the top echelon came the response – Access Denied.

Image Pride

Truthfully from those in the lower levels came a positive response. So I phoned back to one and asked him most tactfully and diplomatically as I could – after even the abruptness and unnecessary provocation and insult! So I asked him why were my emails being returned to me? He sarcastically retorted that the BIG PEOPLE have no time for such trifles. So I asked him again – Did you mean trifles things – or trifle people? Knowing that I was trying to corner and trap him he just said to me just – Trust me – we are looking into your complaint – and we shall handle it soonest. But I had time still to say – if a VIP had emailed him – he would certainly not send back that email!

Image – Pride and Prejudice

A few months ago I had a similar issue and dispute with another establishment – sadly and tragically always in the news – and how good they are! I was impressed when the Secretary called me to say that the ‘Big Man’ himself wanted to talk to me! Came on to my best behaviour and performances! So he asked me – do we talk in English or in Arabic? I retorted – whichever you prefer! Then he reprimanded me saying (in English!) – That this person that you are complaining about? I can give him my heart and soul – and I can go to sleep – and when I awake up – he will give them back to me!

Image Pride – Images For Demonstration Purposes Only!

I do not know how that would have been possible – so M being M – I retorted to him that just now by your comments – you have left the fold of our Religion – by associating man with God – because only God can take a soul (heart) and return it – not a human being! That seemed to upset him a lot and went into almost vulgarities – unfortunately was not taping him! He was used to people bowing to him – and not standing up to him! That was the type of person that he was! He then said to me things like about how negative you are in outlooks – and it was a big mistake this newspaper was giving you a column to write!

Image The Proud Peacock!

Images For Demonstration Purposes Only!

My motto and philosophy remains the same – respect me – and I will reciprocate in kind! So to add fire to fuel – I retorted back – not a column – but two my friend! The word ‘friend’ coming from me seemed to upset him all the more! I had a very long hearty laugh to myself – when twists and ironies of life – he accused me of being ‘with chips on your shoulders – and a very proud pompous person!

Yesterday I had a long overdue chat with my son. He was lamenting to me that his friends found him ‘very open and receptive – and in speaking his mind’. They asked him how it was that he was different from them – that they had sort of a closed mind – and not open to raise issues openly on the front – instead of complaining in the back and behind scenes! And to where did he get his courage – and guts from?

So my son told them – my father has got it (this) from his father. His father had brought them up ‘not to be afraid and scared’ – speak the TRUTH always – and speak openly their mind – their concerns and worries – and not to be afraid and fearful except to the Good Lord only! If someone respects you – you must also reciprocate. But never allow anyone to scare, bully or push you down! Yes – his friends – said we can see now why we are different – because nobody had encouraged us that way and not to be afraid – but all just the opposite!

I can see that now happening with even my grandchildren! The other day I was teasing my granddaughter T where her housemaid had gone? She retorted – Granny how many times must I tell you that she has returned to Philippines? I was laughing to myself all inside me – that in another house hold she would have received a slap from different people for ‘insulting Granny!’

In the early 1970s when our families returned to Oman – I was just chatting mildly with a peer on mild issues – when he came in guns blazing – you have no right to talk anything on this matter! When I queried him why – he retorted – you were not born here! So please shut your trap – unsaid! I sadly looked at him and said – My friend – do you think being born in a place is the only criteria that matters? He retorted back yes – and I reminded him in a very tactful and diplomatic way why he was very wrong and misguided!

The saddest and tragic part was he was just a poor working person like me – and if the worst came to the worst I at least could use my father, great Mother and grandparents as ‘being a chip and part of the old block’! Unfortunately for him – he could not do the same – but yet had the pride in him to silence all others! I can now understand and appreciate now why my son is that much worried and concerned too!

Take Care!

By:-

Majid Al Suleimany

Posted at: www.majidall.com and at www.majidwrite.com

The New Topics Posted from My Columns – Please Go here!

The New Topics Posted from My Columns – Please Go here!

October 29, 2012

1 www.majidwrite.com

The Disease of Pride

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/28/the-disease-of-pride/

The Changing Offices Allegiances!

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/27/the-changing-offices/

Is it Acting or Real?

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/22/is-it-acting-or-real-by-majid-al-suleimany/

How Rich Can One Get?

http://majidwrite.com/2012/10/02/how-rich-can-one-get-between-us-only/

2 www.majidall.com

My Books in Arab Management

http://majidall.com/2012/10/23/my-books-in-arab-management-in-english/

The Disease (Evil) of Pride

http://majidall.com/2012/10/28/2308/

The Fast Moving Allegiances and Changes

http://majidall.com/2012/10/27/the-fast-moving-allegiances-and-changes/

The African Touch!

http://majidall.com/2012/10/16/the-african-touch/

Is it Real or Acting?

http://majidall.com/2012/10/22/is-it-real-or-acting-by-majid-al-suleimany/

Young Marriages in Troubles!

http://majidall.com/2012/10/15/young-marriages-in-troubles/

The New Areas of Concern and Worry!

http://majidall.com/2012/10/12/the-new-areas-of-concern-and-worry/

Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

How Rich Can One Get?

Final Destination – The Grave – If You Are Lucky!

Between Us Only!

How Rich Can One Get?

Breaking News!

Former Chinese Police Chief Wang Lijun sentenced to 15 years for abdication of duties…even in China!

The Funeral Pyre – Below!

One time decades back I got this call from my late Father to go and pick him up to take him for a funeral that was happening that evening. He got into my car and was not speaking. I thought perhaps because I came in late – or he just wanted to be silent – normally – when he gets extremely angry and annoyed. I had come to realise the hard way that it was better for me ‘not to prod’ – until he decided to speak himself. This time it was acute strange because he was not saying anything – longer than normal!

My Late Father PBUH

I was wondering if the old man wanted to cry – but he was holding his tears back – not to embarrass himself in front of his son. He comes from the fabric that frowns on showing emotions openly – and that is certainly in crying! Big men – and even young boys – simply do not cry! You can all cry and break into pieces all held dear all inside. Only ‘sissies’ cry out openly!

After the funeral, I could see that he now wanted to talk. So I broke the ice by asking what the poor man had died of? He stared at me as if he was going to take out on me – but decided at the last minute not to! Then he said – Poor man! We were everyday going to the Public place – to chase up on the applications of land for our children.

Poor man! Now he got his final plot – and it was for free! He did not have to pay any money for the plot – it was given for him for free! Just the size of his body – a bit more – but 6 feet down – to rest on his right side facing Mecca – until the Day of Reckoning! I tell you son – all these things we are chasing in life are all temporary and artificial – and there is nothing permanent and for surety except God – and Death only!

Then my poor father told me about one business man he also knows whose business had gone bust. Many reasons for it – he was telling me. But that is not important for now. In short the man almost lost his house to the Banks – but luckily for him it was the only house he had – and there was the law to protect such cases in the past. He had two cars – one his and the other family. He sold off his family big car to settle debts – but kept the smaller car.

One day he wanted to go by road and to visit his relatives in a neighbouring country. He was not allowed to do so – because though he had cleared his case – and his name in the public files was not. He did not have even the right to renew the Mulkiya of his car – and he was driving the car ‘unlicensed and un re-registered’ – and he was afraid of in case of an accident of what was going to happen to him! It took more than 8 months to have ‘his name cleared’ – all because he was just a poor man – and had no Wastah. God takes shorter time to clear us – he sadly lamented!

Images – Traffic Police! For demonstration purposes only!

He added – Such things do not happen to the rich, powerful and the famous – only poor people like him – and us! In the end the man was so fed up – and decided to return for good to East Africa – safety or no safety – security or no security – but he just had enough! My poor father added – This man was stronger than this man who died today – God forgive us for such stray thoughts in comparisons!

I do not know if this is true or not – but one of the jokes on the public sector bribes and corruption in one third world country is about lands being allocated to the families of ‘those of influence’ – or as we say here ‘With W – Wastah! They say to a pregnant inner family or friends circle – If it is going to be a girl call her Badriya – and if boy Badr – names just coincidental for examples and demonstration purposes only! I do not know if they knew these things of scanning – because like yours truly had twin girls – so one of the girls would have lost – till a bit later on!

In one of my articles long time back – I talked about when I started working in Oman in Junior positions – though I had a more Senior position from where I came in that distant land – from having a Company car to riding a Company bus to work. But it did not put me off – or want to return – because I put my future and my family ahead of me!

In one of my deep frustrating times far later in life – I even went looking for jobs outside that oil company. In one of the interviews with one owners’ son he asked me a direct personal question of what really made M tick? He asked me – What are your dreams and what are you looking for in life?

Perhaps he thought I would reply him that I wanted to be in his shoes – to be on his side of the desk – asking the same question to another job aspirant! Then he started lamenting to me all kind of things that were not interesting to me as a job applicant – and the success story of their family business! He then asked me if I knew another so-called rich rising family – and why I did not apply there?

In another place the ‘great personality’ was saying to me – Either we offer you a good package or nothing at all. It seemed to me he was thinking he was making a great speech impression to me – because those things are best not said – and left out – because it was just a plain common message – and everybody knows about these things!

Remember all the above incidents were over 15 to 20 years ago! Far later in life when I started writing I had a strong fan – a sort of high elite rich person who really liked my works as a writer. He said to me – I like the way you fight for the underdog! When I applied some years ago after early retirement – for a Human Resources job in his place – he replied to me – Just keep to writing! That best suits you than a HR job! The Brits have this famous expression – Diplomacy is telling someone to go to hell – and he looks forward for the trip!

If even Mitt Romney of USA can discount 47% of the electoral vote – because ‘they are with him (Obama) – who are dependant upon government, who believe that they are victims , who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe to housing, you name it. They are people who pay no income tax ….. my job is not to worry about those people!

Bottom line – wherever you are in this world of ours – if you are poor and with no Wastah – you always get hit hard the most! Nothing has changed much during all these years! And then people dare to ask me why I like to quote many times – from George Orwell’s Animal Farm!

May The Good Lord Direct us all to The Right Path and Ways Always – Amin Amen

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

The problems all facing us now is all due to this hunger to control, dominate and manipulate in the Society….!!!

ADDED

The Great King Alexander – The Three Death Wishes!

After conquering many kingdoms – was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and he was bedridden for months. With death drawing close, Alexander realized how his conquests – his great army – his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no use to him now.

He called all his generals and said – I will depart from the world soon. But I have three wishes. Please fulfill my wishes without fail. With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their King’s last wishes

My First Desire is that – said Alexander – my Physicians alone must carry my coffin. Secondly – when my coffin is being carried to the grave – the path leading to the graveyard should be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury. My Third and Last wish is that both my hands should be kept dangling out of my coffin.

The people that had gathered there wondered at the King’s strange wishes. But no one dared to question; Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. O King – we assure you that your wishes will all be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said – I would like the World to know of Three Lessons I have just learnt. I want my Physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no Doctor can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of Death. So let not people take life for granted.

The Second Wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the way to the graveyard is to tell people that that not even a fraction of gold can be taken by me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my Third Wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin I want people to know that I came empty handed into this world – and empty handed I go out of this world.

Alexander’s last words – Bury my body – do not build any monument for me – keep my hands outside so that the world knows the person who conquered the world had nothing in his hands when dying……

How Rich Can One Get? By Majid Al Suleimany

 Between Us Only!

How Rich Can One Get?

Image – Final Destination! – The Grave!

September 24, 2012

Image – The Funeral Pyre!

Breaking News!

Former Chinese Police Chief Wang Lijun sentenced to 15 years for abdication of duties…even in China!

One time decades back I got this call from my late Father to go and pick him up to take him for a funeral that was happening that evening. He got into my car and was not speaking. I thought perhaps because I came in late – or he just wanted to be silent – normally – when he gets extremely angry and annoyed. I had come to realise the hard way that it was better for me ‘not to prod’ – until he decided to speak himself. This time it was acute strange because he was not saying anything – longer than usual!

My Late Father PBUH

I was wondering if the old man wanted to cry – but he was holding his tears back – not to embarrass himself in front of his son. He comes from the fabric that frowns on showing emotions openly – and that is certainly in crying! Big men – and even young boys – simply do not cry! You can all cry and break into pieces all held dear all inside. Only ‘sissies’ cry out openly!

After the funeral, I could see that he now wanted to talk. So I broke the ice by asking what the poor man had died of? He stared at me as if he was going to take it out all on me – but decided at the last minute not to! Then he said – Poor man! We were everyday going to the Public place – to chase up on the applications of land for our children.

Poor man! Now he got his final plot – and it was for free! He did not have to pay any money for the plot – it was given to him for free! Just the size of his body – a bit more – but 6 feet down – to rest on his right side facing Mecca – until the Day of Reckoning! I tell you son – all these things we are chasing in life are all temporary and artificial – and there is nothing permanent and for surety except God – and Death only!

Then my poor father told me about one business man he also knew whose business had gone bust. Many reasons for it – he was telling me. But that is not important for now. In short, the man almost lost his house to the Banks – but luckily for him it was the only house he had – and there was the law to protect such cases – such in the past. He had two cars – one his and the other family. He sold off his family big car to settle debts – but kept the smaller car.

When he wanted to register the car – and when one day he wanted to go by road and to visit his relatives in a neighbouring country – he was not allowed to do so – because though he had cleared his case – and his name in the public files was still not cleared as such – and was still blacklisted! .

Images – Traffic Police – For Demonstration purposes only!

He did not have even the basic rights to renew the Mulkiya of his car – and he was driving the car ‘unlicensed and un re-registered’ – and he was afraid of in case of an accident of what was going to happen to him! It took more than 8 months to have ‘his name cleared’ – all because he was just a poor man – and had no Wastah. Thank Allah God who takes shorter time to clear us! – he sadly lamented!

He added – Such things do not happen to the rich, powerful and the famous – only poor people like him – and us! In the end, the man was so fed up – and decided to return for good to East Africa – safety or no safety – security or no security – but he just had enough! My poor father added – This man was stronger than this man who died today – God forgive us for such stray thoughts in comparisons!

I do not know if this is true or not – but one of the jokes on the public sector bribes and corruption in one third world country is about lands being allocated to the families of ‘those of influence’ – or as we say here ‘With W – Wastah! They say to a pregnant inner family or friends circle – If it is going to be a girl call her Badriya – and if boy Badr – names just coincidental – for examples and demonstration purposes only! I do not know if they knew these things of scanning – because like yours truly had twin girls – so one of the girls would have lost – till a bit later on!

In one of my articles long time back – I talked about when I started working in Oman in Junior positions – though I had a more Senior position from where I came in that distant land – from having a Company car to riding a Company bus to work. But it did not put me off – or want to return – because I put my future and my family ahead of me!

In one of my deep frustrating times far later in life – I even went looking for jobs outside that oil company. In one of the interviews with one owners’ son he asked me a direct personal question of what really made M tick? He asked me – What are your dreams and what are you looking for in life?

Perhaps he thought I would reply him that I wanted to be in his shoes – to be on his side of the desk – asking the same question to another job aspirant! Then he started lamenting to me all kind of things that were not interesting to me as a job applicant – and the success story of their family business! He then asked me if I knew another so-called rich rising family – and why I did not apply there?

In another place the ‘great personality’ was saying to me – Either we offer you a good package or nothing at all. It seemed to me he was thinking he was making a great speech impression to me – because those things are best not said – and left out – because it was just a plain commonsense message – and everybody knows about these things!

Remember all the above incidents were over 15 to 20 years ago! Far later in life – when I started writing I had a strong fan – a sort of high elite rich person who really liked my works as a writer. He said to me – I like the way you fight for the underdog! When I applied some years ago – after early retirement – for a Human Resources job in his place – he replied to me – Just keep to writing! That best suits you than a HR job! The Brits have this famous expression – Diplomacy is telling someone to go to hell – and he looks forward for the trip!

If even Mitt Romney of USA can discount 47% of the electoral vote – because ‘they are with him (Obama) – who are dependant upon government, who believe that they are victims , who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe to housing, you name it. They are people who pay no income tax ….. my job is not to worry about those people!

Bottom line – wherever you are in this world of ours – if you are poor and with no Wastah – you always get hit hard the most! Nothing has changed much during all these years! And then people dare to ask me why I like to quote many times – from George Orwell’s Animal Farm!

May The Good Lord Direct us all to The Right Path and Ways Always – Amin Amen

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

The problems all facing us now is all due to this hunger to control, dominate and manipulate in the Society….!!!

Taking The High Road! By Majid Al Suleimany

 

Taking The High Road!

For Sunday September 23rd 2012

My Website – www.majidall.com

Between Us Only!

Taking The High Road!

The Sequel!

  • The disbelievers of Quraysh, wrote poems vilifying The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and his companions (RA), but these poems did not reach us today because Muslims did not transmit them at the time and nor did they pay any attention – consequently disappearing.
  • We must deal with this offensive movie in the same way and not give it any importance that will lead to its increase of spreading!
  • Even if we are so angry unimaginable!
  • Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RA) said: “Kill the falsehood by neglecting it”.
  • Check out also famous The Triple Filter Test!
  • Let us always pray for our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), his family and companions (RA)
  • The same Prophet PBUH who stated authentically and unequivocally, “Whoever kills a person who is granted protection by the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise even though its fragrance can be smelt from a distance of forty years of travelling.

I wrote on this topic first on 3rd January 2007. I repeat it today again!

In the West, they have this expression – which I have repeated many times in this same column. What would Jesus do in this case? This should guide us even Muslims if we ask the same question on our Great Prophet – Peace Be Upon Him!

Part of the article is reproduced below.

There is nothing that is so detrimental, demeaning and pushing one to the brink of decadence, malaise, moral corruption and destruction than by letting emotions and clear transparent thinking and vision cum focus cloud us than by not thinking straight for ourselves and letting others guide and control us, or listening blindly to them because they profess to be our ‘sincere, caring and feeling friends’.

This coupled by being easily led and fooled – and by being emotionalized and traumatized to that extent that we fail to distinguish between what are lies and fibs (even poison) being fed to us, instead of analyzing for ourselves of what is the truth and reality. Not only do we owe it to ourselves, but those who have put trust, faith, confidence and loyalty on us. To them and who consider us as their very own and who see us as their elders from whom they would inherit, emulate and copy. We owe it to them more than we owe it to ourselves.

Images For Demonstration Purposes Only!

Look at our greatness that was recorded in history. The Great Caliphates in the history of Islam, when a visitor sees a local man washing his clothes on the riverbed. The visitor asks the person if he could guide him to the ‘castle of the Caliphate’. The man is replied – I will take you there, but first let me finish my clothes. The visitor is then led to a simple house, and where despite his protestations he is welcomed to some food and water, because he had been traveling. The man is impatient to see the Caliphate. After he had finished his food and rested, the ‘Washer’ introduces himself as the Caliphate (I think was Abubacker bin Abu Talib).

The visitor is shocked – you are the Caliphate? The man who washes his own clothes? Living simply and poorly? I come from The Roman Empire for a message to The Islamic Caliphate, from the Roman Army that is dreadful and fearful of the Islamic Army?

Or when the victorious Islamic Army entered Mecca, and forgave all those who transgressed and tortured the Muslims in the past, and ended in them becoming Muslims.

Or our Great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) how he forgave a village that had stoned him and until he was bleeding? If he had wanted, he could have brought harm and destruction to the whole village, but he did not do it. By his actions the village became all Muslims later on, because they knew the true and right meaning of the Religion. Or the actions and behaviours of Saladin, when he took over and controlled Palestine! All those are what are called Greatness, and the true preaching and practicing of our Religion!

Recently, there have been many examples of provocations and insults against the Arab and specifically the Muslim world, and as open affront and demeaning move against Muslims. Even Saudi Arabia, GCC and the rest of the world protested. It is not a question of being for or against the Saddam hanging here, but the choice of date for this execution – on Hajj days!.

Though it is an emotionally charged insult and affront, we in the Arab and Muslim world need to be under control of our emotions and get into straight thinking and focus – and take our true Islamic teachings and the Holy Book as our guide, and leave the rest to Allah.

Whatever else is being said and being declared, and certainly is what is called of the need of here of – Taking The High Road! END

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Continued – When such impudence and arrogant violations are repeated in the future – The Elders and The Religious Leaders should come out openly to condemn such things – and preach for calm, control and peace. Being afraid and silent just makes a bad situation turn worse. We should only be afraid of Allah than anybody else.

If you see the images you will notice that they are mainly young people! I personally feel that this is the greatest loss of all things considered – in future relations between people.

Unless The West especially remove these double standards in dealings with especially The Arab and Muslim countries of these hate campaigns – there is only more troubled waters ahead – and The Losers are everyone – including them too! Especially their outlook that we are dispensable opportunity costs to please those that our adversaries – whether expressed, hidden – or even inside!

The current video messages from The White House and others to Muslims of The World are in the direct direction – albeit belatedly. We need to be treated just as they treat The Jews and The Holocaust – no lesser!

Take Care!

May The Good Lord Direct us all to The Right Path Always – Amin Amen

By Majid Al Suleimany

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8 – Between Us Only! – Short Takes 2 – The Sequel!

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“A Cry for Help!” focuses on the particular type of management that is being used in the Arab workplace while explaining the context and perspectives in the work environment. He goes on to explain what is peculiar, special, or particular to that work in the context of, and in comparison to, management styles of other nations.

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Respect The Parents – Majid Al Suleimany

For Sunday August 12, 2012

My Website – www.majidall.com

Between Us Only!

Respect The Parents!

  • And Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to Parents; Whether one or both of them attain Old Age in thy life, Say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, But address them in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, Lower them the wing of humility, and say: My Lord, bestow on them, Thy Mercy even as they Cherished me in childhood – .- The Holy – Quran Sura Al Isra – 17:23-24
  • And We have enjoined upon man goodness to parentsThe Holy Quran 29:8 and 46:15
  • To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourselfChinese Proverb
  • Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.Oscar Wilde
  • Parents are not interested in justice; they are interested in quietBill Cosby
  • What We Do To Our Elders – Our Youngsters Will Do The Very Same To Us – If Not Worse – East African Saying!

One time when our late Father was still alive, my younger brother and I had taken him for his Royal Hospital appointment. As we got him out of the car and into a wheel chair, my brother was arguing with me that he will push the wheel chair inside – whilst I go and park the car! I asked him to do that whilst I pushed the wheel chair instead. Either there was such a competition in love for our late father – or it was just the task of parking – as it was so bad at the place!

When he was admitted – he was refusing to take his medication because he said it made him feel ‘very uncomfortable’. So we were sort of scolding him – and being looked at us with the greatest disdain, dismay and disappointment was this Far Eastern country nurse who came over to us and scolded us instead of – not speaking properly and rightly – to your parent – and he being sick too. She said to us – Your Father especially when he is this old and sick you have to speak to him in a better way like you do to a child – but still remembering and remaining you as a child to him!

Some of ‘our better knowing’ family members – and typical of us all generally in our ‘superior’ nature! – were visibly upset that ‘we had allowed the nurse to speak to us’ like this! With her broken Arabic and her persuasive nature she soon took dominance and had Late Dad taking the medication – though our typical ‘safe-saving’ escapade was ‘The old man was blighted by the pretty young nurse’ – and not to see it differently as we should have been done!

I was watching this film clip “Respect Your Parents’ – I think it is Turkish. You can see it too here in one of my websites – here at http://www.majidalsuleimany.com/video-respect-your-parents/ -or here at – http://www.betweenusonly.com/?p=1096 – double click when inside –- where this bored old man was sitting on a bench with his young son on a bench outside their home.

The son was reading a newspaper, ignoring his bored father. A sparrow lands on the grass in front of them continuously chirping. So the old man asks – What is that? A sparrow the son replies. Again the Father asks – the same answer. A number of times the son becomes angry and starts to scold loudly his father – What is wrong with you? I told you already a sparrow! Because he was being disturbed away from reading his newspaper – A bird! I told you a sparrow! A bird! – The son continues to scream!

The Father gets up. Now the son asks – Now where are you going? The Old man says with his hands it is alright – and he goes back into the house. The son is seen lamenting on his action. The Father emerges with a diary in his hands and sits down with the son. He asks him to read a particular entry in the diary. Aloud he says to the son.

The entry there says – My son of three years of age today asks me what is this? I replied him it – It was a bird – a sparrow! He asked me the same question 21 times more – but I was still not angry – because I can see that my son is very excited to have seen this bird! The son now breaks down – and hugs the father – followed by Teachings on Respecting Our Parents. Tears come out whenever I see this film – and I wish I had given my parents more time and attention when they were still alive!

When I wrote the farewell article for My Mother – Goodbye; Our Mama (Mother)! www.myown-ebooks.com – and is the first chapter in A Cry For Help! Book – the lady in USA with my Publishers of my books wrote to me – Dear Majid – I know you are a wonderful man, with a big heart. I have really enjoyed reading all your books and articles – before sending them in for the final publication. Your article in A Cry For Help! Goodbye, Our Mama (In memoriam) – made me cry a lot! I have never spoken to my Mother for the last five years after she was against my marriage – which ended in divorce, anyway.

Yesterday I boarded this flight and went to see my Mother! I asked her to read your article first before we spoke anymore. I told her – The article is written by an Arab – that we all like to talk about! She cried with me – Thank you for bringing my Mother and I back again together. God Bless you and your Family (Amen).. I believe as an Author even if you get one such letter – your work has been done for you!

Images For Demonstration Purposes Only!

I was watching this advert in Arabic in one of the Regional Countries Television Channel – they do a good job which we can copy! It shows The Great Madam of the House – TGMOTH – giving an ultimatum to the husband that he needs to choose between her and the man’s father to continue to stay on in the house – because the old man was using a carpet to sit on the floor – instead of the chairs as he was playing with his grandchildren!

As the man is being moved to an Old Peoples’ home – he refuses the offer of the son to carry his bag. He says to the son – I carried the bag myself when I came in – so please excuse me when I carry it myself now (though he is sick)!

The old sick man is seen lying on his bed crying and lamenting that ‘he has been removed from the house and from his grandchildren that he was enjoying playing with – even if on the carpet floor (typical local old times). A bit later on the father sees the son drawing a big castle. So he teases the son – is this your future house? The son replies – yes it is going to be my house – but you will not be staying in it – because I will move you too to the Old Peoples’ home – just like you did our granddad! What goes around – comes around!

If you will forgive me also, I would like to develop this theory of mine. I always ask myself this question – why are Far Eastern countries economies doing so well in these difficult economic times – and despite them having no oil as such. I think God is Blessing them with the way they are treating their parents and their elders. This must be one of the main reasons – if not the only one!

The same thing can be said for some societies even in the Developing and Western World! A society that tends to treat its elders badly cannot continue to do well – because it is against the words of God – whomever you believe in!

And if you are an Elder – Please ensure that what you tell your younger ones to do they actually and really do it – because there is a tendency for them to do what they only like – or do it in the way they like only! Not forgetting the jealousy and envy elements too!

Finally also – If you have still living parents both or one – take my lesson for life in treating them as such! Once they are gone – the chances are completely gone too!

Ramadhan Kareem! Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany