Posted by: admin | March 19, 2009

I know


I know, I know, I know it’s been a while since I posted anything. I have really missed the blogging world. What can I say, our move to Egypt has not suited us at all. It is such a shame as I still have lots to share about my experiences in Jordan.

I was driving in Cairo the other day and heard the new track from Fadel Shakir and Elissa. I do not understand Arabic but you know how certain songs and certain artists take you back in time. Well that’s what happened to me when I listened to the duet from Fadel Shakir and Elissa, called ‘Juwa el rou7’. 

I went home and logged on to http://www.nogomi.com and downloaded the new track. Nogomi is a one stop shop to all your Arabic tunes on the web. You have to register, which is free by the way but I do not think you will be disappointed. Try it, you might like it.

Well I still remember my first few days in Jordan and I would hear songs from Elissa and Fadel Shakir. Whenever I hear songs from either of the two artists, it takes me back to the good old days in Jordan.

My all time favorite Arabic track is ‘Khidni Ma3ak’ by Fadel Shakir and Yara. Whats your all time favorite?

wasapninjordan

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Posted by: admin | January 17, 2009

My Child


 

By Yasmeen Ahmed
 
I see images of you everyday,
images that are, and will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
I cannot escape them, even if I were to try.
I see you, stood firm with a mere stone in your hand,
bravely confronting the oncoming tanks.
Your oppressors laugh and see it as a foolish act.
but my son, your stength comes from your unwaivering Emaan.
It is they who are the fools.
 
 
I see images of you everyday,
images that are, and will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
I cannot escape them, even if I were to try.
I see you stood motionless, with a blank look on your face,
staring at the rubble,
the rubble which was once..
your home.
Deafening bombs, brutally sent by cowardly invaders,
Cowards who have invaded..
..your home...your land..your mind...your heart...and your tranquility.
I see images of you everyday,
images that are, and will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
I cannot escape them, even if I were to try.
I see your limp, injured, bloody body carried by your father, rushing frantically and crazed.
I hear his piercing, panicked scream.
Yet.
it is only a still image before me.
Looking at it..
I...
cannot...
find..
my..
breath.
I see images of you everyday,
images that are, and will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
I cannot escape them, even if I were to try.
I see the remains of your beautiful mother,
you were to be her first born.
Shattered inside her womb.
My insides contract in agonising, unrecognisable pain.
Pain borne from the horrific way we have lost..
both of you.
I see images of you everyday,
images that are, and will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
I cannot escape them, even if I were to try.
I see the hoards of people at your funeral procession.
Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, brothers.
Raising the banner. Hurt beyond words.
Martyrs. Lions. Mujahids.
I see innocent life lost.
you, and you, and you, and you, and..
I try to shake off the feeling of madness, of disbelief, of lightheadedness.
My child,
your situation,
eats away at me..more than my disease.
You, my child, our child, are from amoungst this noble Ummahs honourable.
Deserving of witnessing the victory in your lifetime..InshaAllah.
wasapaninjordan
Posted by: admin | January 14, 2009

Letter from Gaza (Translated from Arabic)


Asaalam Alykum,

My dear sisters and brothers I wanted to take this opportunity to send you a message from the sisters in Gaza. Please hear our situation and tell everyone that you know and dont know.

Our situation is dire but our eman is strong alhamdulillah, even though we have no water to speak of, and when we do it is polluted and we have no money to buy mineral water. When we find the money those that sell it say that it is too dangerous for them to travel out to get new supplies. We have no gas, and have not had for the last four months. We cook the little food we have on real fires that we have learned to prepare.

Our men have lost all of their jobs. They spend their days at home now. My husband can spend a day just going from place to place just for the basic need of water. He usually returns empty handed. There are no schools, no banks, hardly any hospitals open. You are constantly aware that you risk your life when you go out and when you are indoors. They give us a curfew between 1-4pm. We can go out, they say, in safety to get your supplies, but that is a lie. They have ofetn used that opportnity to add more shuhada to their list.

We eat one day rice and one day bread. Meat and milk are a luxury. They are using chemical warfare in the areas which are on the borders.

All this and we are being told that people demonstrate all over the world. Masha Allah. the fact that you go to embassies and leave your homes makes us feel truely that we are not alone in our struggle.

But you go home at night and lock your door. We cannot do that. I have to leave my home on the second floor every night and stay with my sister on the ground floor. Should there be an attack, it’s quicker to leave from the ground floor.

Yes we are tired. When we hear rockets and bombs and see planes that fly too close to our building, I scream with my young son and my husband feels helpless.

In all this there is no one but Allah (swt) that can save us. But the ummah is asking where are the armies, where is the victory. Dont forget us because you are all that we have now. Your kind sadeqat is not reaching us, and when they open borders it only reaches a few. Keep up the work of Allah and pray that th victory will come soon insha Allah.

Ws.

Your sister umm Taqi.


American F-16's used by Zionists wreak havoc in Gaza

American F-16's used by Zionists wreak havoc in Gaza

Israel decides to bombard the Gaza Strip with the help of its American supplied F-16 bombers. At least 225 innocent people were murdered by the Zionists occupiers, mostly if not all were policemen, women and children. Over 700 are also reported to be injured by the air strikes.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has said that the operation “may take some time” and “It’s not going to last a few days,”. Mr Olmert continued to argue that “You – the citizens of Gaza – are not our enemies. Hamas, Jihad and the other terrorist organisations are your enemies, as they are our enemies…”They have brought disaster on you and they try to bring disaster to the people of Israel. And it is our common goal to make every possible effort to stop them.”

What ever the differences with the group of Hamas, it was and is an elected group that was chosen from its citizens. The only disaster that the people have witnessed is from the Zionist occupiers and this attack today is a testament to that aggression.

Further reports suggest that the Israelis’ actually demand a harsher response towards the Palestinian people. This sentiment in Israel has produced further support for the Beiteinu Party which takes a hard-line approach on Gaza.

Will the World condemn the attacks by the Zionsist occupiers? Will the World denounce support for Israel for murdering civilians in such a manner?

NO, the world will listen, watch and go back to sleep again whilst the aggressors continue to cause havoc in the region. The West who claims to be the beacon of justice and equality has and continues to stay silent over this and other atrocities committed by their friend Israel. Will the world condemn and boycott America for support and harboring a terrorist state?

I guess not, same as always.

It’s a sad state of affairs.

wasapninworld

Posted by: admin | December 8, 2008

Happy Eid (Eid Mubarak)


WaSapnin Jordan wishes everyone a Happy Eid (Eid Mubarak) on this day of sacrifice. The day which symbolises sacrifice for the Muslims world over, should be seen as a present concept to be applied in our daily lives. Do we sacrifice enough for our families, our community and our world? It’s about doing that little bit better and more than last year, to make this world a better place to live in.
let’s sacrifice for our better future.

wasapninjordan

Posted by: admin | November 27, 2008

Let’s capture Jordan: take 3


I have just added more pictures on the ‘Amman Pics’ page. Please have a look and enjoy J I have added pictures of ‘Garden Street’, ‘Abdullah Gouisha St’, Airport Road’, ‘Queen Alia International Aiport’, ‘Swefia’ and ‘Khalda’.

If you would like to add your pictures to the collection, please let me know.

Let’s continue to capture Jordan.

wasapninjordan

Posted by: admin | November 24, 2008

Welcome to Joooonas & looking for more contributors


I would like to introduce ‘Joooonas’ as a new contributor to ‘wasapninjordan’. Joooonas is an expat from Europe. He has regularly contributed to discussions on wasapninjordan so far and would now like to take a dab at writing. Let’s see how that goes.

Welcome Joooonas 🙂

Just a quick reminder that, you are welcome to ask any questions related Jordan or just continue to comment on the blog. I have already mentioned that I am also a moderator on www.expatfocus.com and regularly contribute to discussions of www.expat-blog.com. Feel free to log-on and comment on the sites.

wasapninjordan  

Posted by: admin | November 20, 2008

Is it true?


I received an email from a friend of mine from Jordan about being careful from people who are trying to take advantage of people’s general trust amongst each other. Although it has been a few months since I left Jordan. Has Jordan changed so much? Or is this one those emails which have no truth in it?  

One of the many things I liked about Jordan was the fact that people were trusting, courteous and generally very warm. I hope this is not changing. Or is it?

“Must Read and Please be careful out there!!  

A man came over and offered his service as a painter to a female putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time.  

Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.  

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt badly for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.  Apparently there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.  

This drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them.  

This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.  

So take heed and make sure you don’t accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets.  
This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services.”

wasapninjordan

Posted by: admin | October 28, 2008

Amman City Tour


Amman City Tour Bus

(photos by wasapninjordan)

Anyone who has been driving about in their car, taken a taxi to somewhere or even just walked on the main streets of western Amman would not have failed to notice the big blue & red ‘Amman City Tour’ buses.

The new initiative aims to show the locals and the tourists a quick tour of Amman at a reasonably affordable rate.

  • The Tourist Pass:                           JD10 or USD14
  • The Jordanian Pass:                       JD5
  • The Jordanian Family Pass:            JD10 (2 adults + 2 children)

 

bus stops

bus stops

 There are over 45 bus stops for the ‘Amman City Tour’ which works on a ‘hop on and off’ basis.

Visit the ‘Amman City Tour’ website (www.ammancitytour.com) for further information but here is a snippet.

Amman City Tour is a great way for tourists visiting Amman to explore the City; The tour consists of a circular bus route that encompasses a variety of locations, such as the Roman Theater, Shopping Malls, Downtown (or “Balad” as it is called), Museums, Parks and the Wakalat Street shopping district, amongst others. Amman City Tour offers its passengers the convenience of 45 stops in one bus ride, operating between the hours of 10am and 8pm every day of the year (until 6pm during winter months).’

I did not get the opportunity to hop on one of those tour busses, although I have been on all its destinations. It would be great to know from others who have been on the bus and what they thought of it.

wasapninjordan

Posted by: admin | October 4, 2008

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Can anyone spot my hidden message in the above piece? This is how, I have been feeling since I left Jordan for Egypt.

wasapninjordan

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