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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 £10 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 🙂

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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 🙂

#NotInMyName: Islam and I.

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Salam dear friends,

This post is for all the people who want to know the real Islam, the real Muslims…#NotInMyName.

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When I was a kid, I knew I was a Muslim. Of course, when you’re seven (or less), you don’t really understand what does it mean to be a Muslim. I started learning what my religion is about, and what ALLAH asks me to do. I feel blessed for the fact that I was born and raised in a Muslim family.

My father taught me how to pray, he taught me that a part of being a Muslim is praying 5 times a day, and I got used to it. In fact, it’s a daily habit that makes me feel blessed, and happy. My mother gave me the Quran, and told me that this book that I’m holding is my way of living, my constitution, and since then I made it my companion… I’m not saying this to convince anyone of the reality of Islam… Islam talks for itself. It does not need me or you to make it “good” or “pretty”.

Why I’m telling you this ??

Again, I’m not here not to convince you, or make you accept me as a Muslim… No, No.

I’m telling you this to make you know that as a Muslim, I was raised in a very normal way… To make you aware of the real Islam, the real Muslims.

As a Muslim, I was taught to believe in Adam, Jesus, Ibrahim, Moses, Lot, Mohamed ( and the list is long), and that without believing in them my Islam is not complete.

As a Muslim, my father did not ( ever… never) make a difference between me and my brother.

Islam gives me as a girl all the rights that I need and want… I don’t need no one to tell me what my rights are, cause I already know them, I already have them.

Don’t bother yourself and feel sorry for this poor Muslim girl who lives in a “prison” as you call it, who suffers, who’s been treated as a ” slave”, and who can’t go the school, or work or even talk, isn’t that what you’re trying to convince every single person in your society, in my society, in the world ?? Well, you did it, congrats.. But, I don’t think that people will keep on believing you anymore.

Do not judge Islam and say that it is a religion where women don’t have equal opportunities (equal rights);  just because some countries don’t give women the right to study, to work, to drive, to vote, or simply to choose… This is that country’s problem, Islam has nothing to do with it.

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As a Muslim, I was taught that killing is a crime.

Why should I be punished for the things that some ignorant nonhuman -who think they’re Muslims- did.. I don’t think I should.

I take my religion very seriously, I consider it as my way of living.. But you don’t see me killing people… This is because that as a Muslim (a real one) I was taught that if I killed one person it”s like killing the whole nation, the whole world.

There are people who make “the hate of Islam” their career; they keep all day talking about the same old topic: Islam is danger. What they mean is that if I saw a christian or a Hindu passing by,  I’ll change the way, I’ll curse and I’ll even kill… Really ?? Well, thank you for making me know that deep deep inside me, there is a criminal, a monster, a nonhuman.

And what Makes it even worse is that people believe them, people are now afraid of Muslims. What they forget is that Muslim are ordinary people who live in an ordinary way..We don”t have a different blood color.  Our prophet Mohamed (peace be upon Him) dealt with other people from other religions in a beautiful way that can be described in this verse of the Quran “To you be your religion, to me be mine.”  Just take a look at the life of the prophet, and you can draw a picture on how he dealt with different religions, You’ll see that “tolerant” is the perfect word to describe it.

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As a Muslim, I start the day by saying: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم  ” b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi”, meaning: In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, we say that too if we want to eat, to go out, or to do any other daily activity… Our whole life is based on mercy.

As a Muslim, I’ve learned that respecting others is an obligatory.

As a Muslim; I was taught that smiling to other people is a charity.

As a Muslim, I was taught that we all have equal right.. There is no difference between black and white; woman and man; rich and poor.

As a Muslim, I was taught that I have to treat others the way I want to be treated.

As a Muslim, I was taught to love my parents, my sisters, my brothers, my neighbors, my whole society.

As a Muslim, I was told to read, to collect information, to have an open mind.

As a Muslim, I was taught that I should not talk about a person behind his back.

As a Muslim, I was taught to not spread information, before making sure it’s right, and true.

You made it a fact that Muslims are terrorists, that Islam is a religion of terrorism; and it’s wrong.

Before saying that Muslims are terrorists, read the Quran, understand it, then talk.

Before telling me that I’m a terrorist, ask terrorists to which religion they belong.

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Do not judge Islam based on the actions of some Muslims.

Not because some people who call themselves Muslims commit such horrible crimes that I should be seen as a criminal.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim, I want peace, tolerance, and respect… No war… No violence… No terrorism.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim… When I meet you, I’ll begin with saying السلام عليكم:  As-salamu alaykum… This is our way of greeting, and it literally means: “peace be upon you”.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim, I’m proud to be a Muslim, and I’m NOT a terrorist.

I’m ashamed that still in the 21th century, where information is more available than anytime before, I’m still defending and explaining my way of living to others… I’m still explaining what the second-largest religion in the world is all about.

I wonder when it will come the day where I will say the word “Islam”, and every one will get it with no need to explain it…

Maybe, someday, maybe, one day…

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5 things to know about Eid al-Adha…

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Salam dear friends,

Today, we celebrate a very important Islamic day: It’s Eid al-Adha, meaning “Festival of the sacrifice” or “the Feast of Sacrifice” , also called as the “Major Festival”.

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A lot of you won’t understand what this Eid is all about.. I’m going to share with 5 things you need to know about Eid al-Adha… Enjoy 😉

I’ll begin by saying: Eid Mubarak to all of you… What I just said is routine greetings used during the observance to offer best wishes 🙂 😀 🙂

1)_ Eid al-Adha begins on the 10 day of Dhu’l-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar. It occurs at the conclusion of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

 

2)_ Muslims all over the world who can afford it , sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to ALLAH.

 

3)_ Eid al-Adha commemorates when ALLAH appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son.

A version of the story also appears in the Torah and in the Bible’s Old Testament.

 

4)_ This festival usually starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking ALLAH for all the blessings they have received.

 

5)_ We share out the meat among us, family, and the poor, who each get a third share.

 

This Eid is an occasion to share love and care between all the Muslims 😉 Enjoy the rest of the day, visit your family, and be happy…. Happy Eid to all of you 😉

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You need to know: Victor Hugo.

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Salam dear friends,

Today, I’m sharing with you things you need to know about one of the greatest and best known French writers. He’s a man of many talents….  Victor Hugo is one of my favorite novelists, poets, and the list goes on 😉

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Here are the 5 things I think you should know about Victor Hugo… Enjoy 🙂

1)_ When Les Miserables was first published in Paris, it sold out in just a few hours.

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2)_ Hugo produced more than 4000 drawings.

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3)_ Hugo married his childhood sweetheart, Adele Foucher.

4)_ In 1851, Hugo chose to live in exile in Brussels and then in Britain; where he wrote La Legende des Siècles… Hugo did not return to France until 1870.

5)_ The Nation Mourned his Death… When he died, two million people joined his funeral march…

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Hope you’ll read more about this great man, and try to read his novels, poems, and assays… 😀

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

You need to know about Africa…

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You need to know about Africa…

Salam dear friends,

Africa is one of the most diverse beautiful continents in the world, and I think it’s a must to know some basic facts about it…

Today, I’m going to share with you 10 interesting facts that I think you should know about Africa…. Enjoy 😉

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1)_ Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people; 16% of the world’s population.

2)_ Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent.

3)_ Over 50% of Africans are under the age of 25… That’s amazing 🙂

4)_  The largest religion in Africa is Islam, followed by Christianity. These two religions make up 85% of the continent’s population.

5)_  The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.

6)_  Africa is the world’s second driest continent (after Australia).

7)_  Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.

8)_  Africa has over 85% of the world’s elephants and over 99% of the remaining lions.

9)_ Africa is home to the world’s largest living land animal, the African elephant, which can weigh up to 7 tons.

10)_ While Egypt is most well known for its pyramids, the Republic of Sudan actually has 223 of its own pyramids, double the number of pyramids in Egypt.

Hope it was useful… There is a lot more to know about Africa. But,I think you’ll read more about it… 😉

Do you live in an African country ?? Have you ever gone to an African country ??
How did you find it ???

Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

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