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YaLa Program: My 5 Ethical rules

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Salam dear people,

I hope you’re doing good 🙂

I’m taking part in an online program called YaLa Citizen Journalism.It’s a program that brings together young leaders from all over the MENA region. It’s an amazing program that help in enriching our knowledge on different fields. It also gives us a chance to know more people from different culture, religion, country. I’m really looking forward to learn more from it.

That’s been said, I decided to share with you my experience or journey throughout this program by sharing different parts of it. The reason for that is because I’m very proud of taking part in it, and I think it’s a very good idea to spread the positive energy and the change that YaLa program has on us on a wider audience. You can learn more about this program here.

After watching a very enriching lecture on Ethics and having a discussion about it, our first assignment for last week was to share our top 5 ethical rules.

So, here are the 5 basic ethical rules that I will follow insha’ALLAH:

Be truthful: by that I mean looking for the truth wherever it is and transforming it as it is. It also means acknowledging mistakes and correcting them.

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Be responsible: my work is mine. It has my name, my beliefs, my thoughts, and my way of seeing the world. But that’s not all, my work can influence people’s thoughts on certain things, so I need to be aware of that so that people can trust and rely on me as a source of information.

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Be skeptic —> Be accurate: For me, skepticism means not to belief in everything that has been said. More importantly, it also means not to transfer anything that I don’t belief as true. This will definitely help me to be more accurate.

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Be creative/ be diverse: I think to be successful in what I’m doing I need to be diverse and creative. People wouldn’t be interesting in what I’m writing or speaking about if I didn’t show them where my creativity lies, why am I different, why should they spend time checking what I’m doing.

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Respect —> Accept: Respecting opinions that are different from mine is a key rule in every act of life. In Yala program, I think we are learning to do that more effectively (it’s like a practical exercise after long theoretical courses ) and that will help us accept and respect one other even if we were from different culture, country, and religion.

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Like I always say as a general rule in my life, I like to treat people the way I want to be treated and I try to do that as much I can. Following the same rule, I like to see and read things that follow these rules. So I will do my best to follow them in my work whatever that was (blogging, journalism, translation, writing…).

That’s it for today. Finally, I really recommend you to apply for this program in the upcoming semesters. It will really HELP.

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Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

 

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It’s Up to You

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Salam dear readers,

I’m happy to be finally back. I know I don’t write as often as I should do, nor as often as I want to.

Today, I decided to write a very random post, just chatting with you. This is a post for all of us to get organized, and to do do more things in our lives.. This is me talking out loud to myself and to all of you.

What can we/ should we do to make our life more effective? How can we make everyday a happy day?

It’s Up To Us.

Here are some small things to do so as to be more effective. These are some of the things that I’m already doing, things that I always try to do, and things that I will start doing.

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Use your online time effectively

Instead of spending hours and hours in checking social media, chatting, or basically doing nothing, we can spend this time learning new things, discovering new cultures and greeting new knowledge. An example of this for me would be watching TED talks. These talks are wonderful ways to learn new things. They make me think of new creative things.

Make “to do” list and a ” did” list

I started doing this when I was really young, especially the “to do” list. It really hepls me in doing many things. It would make you very organized, and it will help you identify what you want to do, what you need to do, and what you have accomplished.

Start leaning something, a new thing

Focus on learning a thing, a special thing. Whether it was a new language, or a new craft, the most important thing is to use your free time effectively.

Wake up earlier

Yes, it’s a very simple step, but very hard. We like sleeping, and sometimes we don’t get enough sleep at night, or we spend late hours in reading or watching something that we replace that time in the morning, specially on holidays and weekends. You need to stop that. Wake up earlier, and go for a run or a walk. Personally, I love doing that. Do something that you love.  This will help you getting more organized, and using your day effectively.

Read, Read , and Read a lot

Did you think that I’m going to write a whole post on how to be more effective without even mentioning reading, books, and reading? Silly you, of course, I will. Reading is essential. If you can read, and you don’t, then you are making the worse outrageous crime against your own self. Go and read. Understand what you’re reading, and use it. I will say it for the million times: Reading is living.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll find these steps helpful, and you will start using them.

Do not forget to like and share this post if you did like it. I will talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

Things to do after Ramadan

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Salam dear friends,

Happy Eid to all of you 🙂

Another Ramadan has gone, but the blessings and the benefits of this holly month stay always with us 🙂

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So, what can we do, as Muslims, after Ramadan to keep the spirit of this month??

Here are six things you can do to keep that spirit  🙂

Fast Six Days in Shawwal.

It’s a beautiful way to maintain the spirit of Ramadan and to gain Ajr

Make Up for Missed Fast Days

It’s very necessary to fast the days you weren’t able to fast in Ramadan. I do advice you to do it immediately after Ramadan, in Shawwal.

Observing optional fasting after Ramadan

It makes you ready for the next Ramadan, and it’s also good for your health and soul.

Keep on Reading, Reciting, and Reflecting on the Quran

One of the best things ALLAH gives us is the Quran. It’s a beautiful gift. Try to read it, understand it, and apply it.

Take a Good Care of the Poor and the Needy

One of the purposes of fasting Ramadan is to feel what the poor people feel, and to be able to help them. Make it your goal for this year. You’ll feel so much better.

Keep On Performing Dhikr a Lot 

There is nothing better than being and feeling close to ALLAH, talking to him, and remembering him.. Do not stop this after Ramadan. Ask Almighty Allah for forgiveness. Optional night Prayer is also a good way to keep your heart and mind close to ALLAH.

Ramadan is a new chance for you and me to start over. Try to use this time to be a good human, and to do good things.

Talk to you very soon insha’ALLAH 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sarah Kay… A poet and more…

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Salam dear friends,

The past Sunday was the International Women’s Day, and I thought of sharing with you some of the brilliant women that you need to know about 🙂

One of these women is a young lady who inspires me in every possible way and I just love her.. I’m talking about the talented: Sarah Kay 🙂

It’s been weeks since I last watched her videos.. My friend reminds me of her today, and I thought I need to share with you and you need to watch her and know her 😉

I first found out about her 2 or 3 years ago, and looking into her bio, I have a lot of things in common with her.. I love that 🙂

To give more information about her, I took this from her Facebook page, and it’s lovely:

Sarah Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. a spoken word poetry teacher. the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. with Phil Kaye. a witty banter enthusiast. a postcard lover. a documentary filmmaker. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author of the book B. an editor for Write Bloody Publishing. a Gemini. a mediocre driver at best. a musical theater geek. a smoothie expert. the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. a hapa. less cool than her little brother. an alum of the United Nations International School. an alum of Brown University. an alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

Her talks and spoken words are just mind changing 🙂

I want to share with you some of my favorite videos of her.. Enjoy and share ❀

An Origin Story

A LOVE LETTER

This may be the first video I saw of her 😉

Worst Poetry

Or it may be this one 😉

If I should have a daughter

When Love Arrives

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And More… 

And no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute, be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.

Need Your Help…

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Salam dear friends,

I’ve been a blogger more than a year now, and I really love doing that. In fact, It has become part of who I am. I want to thank each one of you who have read my posts, comment on them, and share them.

This year, I was nominated for the best Moroccan Blogger Award ( mwa8) and I need your help.

Many of you have already voted, and many more have shared this on their profile. I received messages telling me that they sent invitations and requests to other pages telling them to vote and share: Thank you :),

I want your help to be the Best Moroccan Blogger 😉 🙂

It will take just one minute to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account… It’ll mean a lot to me 🙂

Click in the link bellow, and make sure your vote is registered 🙂

http://marocwebawards.com/mwa8/kaoutar-chahbane/

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10 things to know about Charles Dickens

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Salam dear friends,

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite writers.

I’m sure that many of you are familiar with his works. I really like his novels. This man knows how to choose  a character, and write a good story. I think a lot of you already know Oliver Twist and David Copperfield 😉

So here are the 10 things I think you need to know about Charles Dickens 🙂

  • He started work aged 12 after his father was imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea Prison.
  • Dickens started to write as a journalist.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary credits Dickens with introducing 247 new words or new usages into the language.

  • Charles Dickens has appeared on the British ÂŁ10 note.
  • His first big success was The Pickwick Papers. This was in 1837, the year Victoria became Britain’s Queen.
  • People started saying ‘Merry Christmas’ more after A Christmas Carol was published. They also started sending Christmas cards by post.

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  • Between 1837 and 1852, Dickens’ wife Catherine gave birth to 10 children.
  • He almost became an actor not a writer… Thank God 😉
  • Dickens had a near-photographic memory of people and events in his childhood, which he used in his writing.
  • Dickens slept facing north, believing it would improve his writing.

That’s it for today.. Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

5 Things To Know About Smoking

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Salam dear friends,

Today, I want to share with you 5 facts about smoking… Share this post with your friends and family… Let them know about this 🙂

Every cigarette you smoke reduces your expected life span by 11 minutes.

A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

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15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day.

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Hitler led the first public anti-smoking campaign in modern history.

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More than a third of the world’s smokers are Chinese.

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Hope this was useful… Stop Smoking to live a better life 🙂

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5 things to know about Ebola…

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Salam dear friends,

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The Ebola virus has become a part of our daily conversations, and our daily worries. This virus which centered in West Africa is frightening for many reasons.

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It is caused by an RNA virus

It is the result of RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus that infects wild animals — like fruit bats, monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees — as well as people.

Early Ebola symptoms

Early symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, cough, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Because these could be symptoms of other diseases, it’s difficult to diagnose Ebola early on.

Bleeding is common in the later stages of the virus.

Other symptoms of Ebola can appear quickly. The patient may vomit blood, have bloody diarrhea, and his eyes may become red.

Ebola is often fatal.

Nearly half of the cases of Ebola viral infection in West Africa have resulted in death.

There is no vaccine to prevent it.

For the moment, No… Vaccines in development have been effective at preventing Ebola infections in animal studies… In the case of human beings, it would be very difficult to test effectiveness of an experimental vaccine in people.

That’s it… Hope it was helpful… Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

Inequality…Can we fight it ???

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This is written by a dreamer, and a believer. I’m writing this because I truly believe that we are equal, we were born equal, and we can live equal.

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In mathematics, inequality means a relation that holds two values that are different. In real life, inequality means injustice, unfairness, and it is WRONG.

We see inequality in our daily life, in every day activity, and in every social interaction. Inequality exists between countries, cities, neighborhoods, and individuals. It exists between rich and poor; men and women. It is when the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. It controls our lives. Because of it, people can not get a job, healthcare, or even the same rights. It’s when we look at a woman, and say: she’s just a woman, she can’t do it, we won’t give her the job. It’s when we assume that certain people can’t do certain things because they belong to a certain category.

Inequality means to me what it means to every one of us: WRONG. It is when I continue studying, and another girl of my age can’t. It’s when I can go to the university, and someone can’t. It is when I can sleep,eat,and live while someone can’t. It’s when we ignore the areas of war and violence, and when we don’t consider people there as equal to you and I… It is when we don’t give people their rights. It’s when we give privilege to some humans while others suffer.

Did I ever meet inequality ?? Of course, I did. I see it everyday. In our schools, inequality welcomes you with open hands. In our streets, we see it in every wall. It is the leader in our hospitals, administrations, companies. It is there, always there. And why should it go away ?? we don’t want to let it go, and it’s there. We don’t make any effort to fight it, and it’s there. We don’t like it, but it’s there.

In today’s world, inequality becomes a fact. We unfortunately accept it, live with it, and convince others that we can’t fight it. But what I know is that we do have a choice, we can keep on pretending that it’s a fact, and ignore it, or we can change the whole situation. I choose to change it.

As humans, we were born equal. There is no difference between you and I. So, why we invent the differences ?? Why can’t we just live the way we supposed to live ?? Why we create those lies, and call them facts ??

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Inequality is discrimination. It needs to be stopped. Of course, like any other contagious disease, it’s hard to stop it, but it’s possible… We can do it, if we really want to.

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Know more about this here here… We can do it  🙂