Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

L O V E

Voice of the Voiceless

Love is what keeps us alive
But, love is what kills us inside
Love may heal us
But, love may also break us, Love is like a maze, We’re searching for a place, Love is for those you care about, Those you wouldn’t change, They are perfect just the way they came, When you see them your eyes lighten, Your smile brightens, They are the missing piece to your puzzle, Because the puzzle must be one piece, Like 2 people becoming one who make each other complete

Love is an equation
You plus them equals eternity, forever and always
You’re giving them your heart
From the very start
Hoping it’ll never part
Even with all the ups and downs
We always come back around
Because love teaches us to hold on
And never let go of each other’s hand

Yours Truly,
Nada

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Happy #SuperBowlXLVIII Sunday

Happy #SuperBowlXLVIII Sunday🎉📰—-now there will be so much to discuss about this game because. A—-49ers are not playing which makes all of us Californians sad (unless you’re a Raiders fan haha) and B—- Scarlett Johansson has a SodaStream commercial during the game. I’m not really a football person but I love watching with family. I’m sad because I won’t be seeing my 49ers playing but here’s a lovely photo of team members from Broncos and SF 49ers sharing a convo. Of course Colin Kaepernick is in this pic because he’s QB the flyest man lol and Broncos Peyton manning who will be playing today. WHAT TEAM ARE YOU ROOTING FOR? Seahawks or Broncos?

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EIN HIJLEH

PRESS RELEASE
Friday, 31 January 2014
Palestinians Launch “Melh Al-Ard” Campaign by Reviving Ein Hijleh Village in the Jordan Valley
Hundreds of Palestinians announced today the launching of “Melh Al-Ard” (Salt of the Earth) campaign by reviving the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley on land belonging to the Orthodox Church and St. Gerassimos monastery. The campaign is launched in refusal of Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing and annexing the Jordan Valley.

Campaign organizers and participants declared,

We, the daughters and sons of Palestine, announce today the revival of Ein Hijleh village as part of Melh Al-Ard campaign in the Jordan Valley. The action aims at refusing the political status quo, especially given futile negotiations destroying the rights of our people for liberation and claim to their land.

Accordingly we have decided to revive an old Palestinian Canaanite village in the Jordan Valley next to so called “Route 90” linking the Dead Sea to Bisan. The action is part of a continuous step against the Israeli occupation’s plan to take over and annex the Jordan Valley. This step is a popular act against Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people and the constant Judaization of the land.

From the village of Ein Hijleh, we the participants announce that we hold tight to our right to all occupied Palestinian lands. We refuse Kerry’s Plan that will establish a disfigured Palestinian state and recognizes the Israeli entity as a Jewish State. Such a state will turn Palestinians living inside lands occupied in 1948 into residents and visitors that can be deported at anytime. We affirm the unity of our people and their struggle wherever they are for our inalienable rights.

Ein Hijleh village is located in what is called “Area C” in the Jordan Valley, which is under threat of annexation by Israeli policies and Kerry’s plan. Therefore, we have decided to take charge and call for a national action to protect the Jordan Valley and put an end to the constant Judaization of Palestinian lands.

Based on our support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) we call upon our friends and international solidarity groups to stand with the demands of the Palestinian people and boycott all Israeli companies including Israeli factories and companies that work in the Jordan Valley and profit from Palestinian natural resources.

For instance, we ask you to boycott Mehadrin, the largest Israeli exporter of fruits and vegetables, some of which grown in the Jordan Valley. In addition, Hadiklaim, that exports dates produced by Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley. We also call on you to boycott both Ahava and Premier, cosmetics companies that use Dead Sea minerals to produce its products.

Our Palestinian village is located near Deir Hijleh or St. Gerassimos monastery, on land that is property of the Orthodox monastery. The land mainly consists of few deserted old houses and palm trees. The white soil is highly concentrated with salt, and the area is surrounded by lands taken and used by Israeli settlers. An Israeli base is separating the land from Deir Hijleh monastery which owns a property of about 1000 dunams, some of which are taken by Israeli forces for the excuse of “security reasons.”

The campaign, “Melh A-lArd” (Salt of the Earth), quotes a phrase from the bible, Matthew 13:5, which says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” The name of our village, Ein Hijleh, is based on the original Canaanite name and the water spring (Ein) present there.

We the sons and daughters of Ein Hijleh call upon our people to join the struggle to revive the village and protect our rights, history, culture, and land. Daughters and sons of Palestine, be the salt of this earth and stay steadfast on it.

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Target

Every time I  run errands I stop at Target. It’s the only store near me that has everything; easy access. The more I go the more I notice. The products not only in Target, but other stores all aid Israel. Der… America is Israel’s BFF….ihateit. I wish there was one store that was BDS. There really should be there has to be someone else that feels the same way I do. There should be a BDS store in every town. There are Palestinians all around USA and all around the world. Imagine walking into a city and on the corner seeing a FreePalestine store or a BDStore where you know your money is going to Palestine. That would be awesome. Sodastream is all over Target and Best Buy as well as Costco and even random places you wouldn’t even think of like Staples and even Marshalls. It’s insane and unless you really care to notice you will. It’s difficult to live in USA and use your money only for Palestine because USA is Israel in my eyes. The president has ties with all of Israel and every product, or almost every product, was created by an Israeli, Zionist perhaps, who uses the money for the IDF or IOF. THere is no way to go around it unless we use products found on BDS which are very few.

 

well then…. random wordpress I like these better than my formal ones 🙂

 

toodles. -calipali

Murder and Rape

Right vs. Wrong

Murder and Rape

Is Murder wrong because God commands it to be or because human nature? Is rape wrong because ethically and lawfully written and told to be wrong or because God commands it to be wrong or because it causes pain?

Recently, in one of my courses these questions have caused major confusion. Is everything we live by fed by us by the government or religion? When was religion put in place to begin with to tell us how to think what right and wrong is?

Plato and Socrates are the source of this discussion. My professor then went into how we live and do certain things. Who said right and wrong and what makes something right and wrong and so forth. Everyone who believes in God will obviously say a Higher Being a Creator a God. Whether Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or Jewish you still believe in God. SO, then my professor began breaking this all down saying okay but who is God? IstagfurAllah.. just out of sake of argument he was trying to get us to think. Because the only way we live a certain way is because we follow a religion and were taught from a young age what to do and if we did something wrong we would get a negative reaction. If we did something right we would get positive feedback. God tells us murder is wrong. Some people don’t believe in God however so there is also that to factor in. Even if they are atheistic they still I’m sure have some sort of basis of right and wrong. In the Ten Commandments, in the 5 pillars in Islam, in the Torah in the Quran in the Bible in any religion; Murder is wrong, right? What about war. War is wrong right? Killing innocent individuals is wrong, right? So what makes it right? Murder is Murder and just for the sake of the betterment of a country it’s still wrong.

Anyways, I’m sitting in class trying to somehow figure out how I’m going to word this in a future essay without getting emotionally tied into this because religion is everything to me. All I do is base everything off of Islam and it’s hard being told we need to put our faith aside. That our opinion must solely be connected to ethics for once.

Murder is wrong and rape is wrong—it causes pain shame death worry everything bad in this world. The people who commit these crimes have no right mind. They may be mentally ill and just probably didn’t have religion all their life to tell them what is right and wrong. Religion explains everything in full. EVERYTHING. From birth to death all is laid out for us just there. Not everyone follows a book of life. These people tend to be the ones without a family, no basis or future, or just one day woke up and really had a change of perspective. One person might have bullied them and they never got over it and decided I’m going to kill you because you caused pain and anger in me and that’s what I’m doing. These people are alive and out there in this world. We hear about it all the time on the news. Rape on the other hand is different because a man or woman knows what they are doing. Completely tearing a person apart sexually for pleasure is just disgusting. I don’t understand how a man can do that to a woman how sick do you have to be to just commit a sinful and heinous crime? Rape happens very often all over the Middle East. In countries that follow a religion it’s incorporated in the government but yet men somehow get away with it. Women will be dressed publicly covered from head to toe and yet they get raped. So no men, women do not dress to attract you and the women who wear Niqab obviously covered fully didn’t attract you. That’s a whole other topic…

In conclusion rape and murder is wrong because it causes pain to someone. Pain; an emotion felt and this is essential. We know it’s wrong because how it makes us feel. So yes, emotions have to tie into this and religion is the essence to know this is wrong. Knowing me I’ll word press this again sometime after my class next week.

 

 

#StopScarJo

To discuss or not discuss? Ya know, just because you are a celebrity doesn’t make your endorsement and aid for Israel ok. ScarJo is the new global ambassador for SodaStream. She’s a well known actress, a pretty face, and is affiliated with OXfam which is an organization that has been made to stop poverty and injustice all around the world. So, Scarlett Johansen being a part of SodaStream now is completely against Oxfam’s whole reason of being. It’s frustrating because the only reason everyone’s ok with it is because she’s a celebrity. Typical. Anyways, recently she released statements that she is “for equal rights for the Israeli nation and Palestinians.” Really? You can not say those 2 things in a sentence. You can’t be for equal rights when it comes to Israel. Israel does not even know what equal is. All they know is murder and her statements are pure BS. Money is her aim in my opinion and just because of her fame, they know people will want to buy this product. Sick world we live in. 0 respect for ScarJo AND if anyone even has soda stream now you know not to use it anymore. It’s factory is right in Israel. (These photos are photoshopped to show what ScarJo is actually endorsing in Palestine)

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Is it Hijab or USA?

Hello Beautiful Souls— I posted a rant on Lollipops vs. Women just a few days ago and received lots of feedback.

I was expecting not many views,checking the stats today almost 100 views. No one ever really reads my posts I just don’t have enough of a crowd I suppose, Y e t. Anyways, after posting decided to share and discuss with many of my friends who are 70% Hijabis. We had lengthy conversations many agreeing with each other and some not so much. All of these girls ages ranged from 19-32. Variety of experiences and opinions were thrown around, religious fact, as well as opinions of where you are located matters in regards to dressing and wearing the headscarf. After hearing every single opinion, (whether I was fond of it or not) I decided to start writing them down. I never thought how my writing could actually capture people’s attention for the better.

The main focus of almost all of the girls was location, time, as well as maturity.

Each woman who began wearing the hijab had her own story. Just to be clear, none of them were forced to wear it as many people claim the reason Muslim women begin to wear the hijab. One of the girls in particular began to express how she is at a stage in her life where she is thinking of removing her hijab. She began to wear it at the age of 20, one day waking up tried it on and the next thing you know 8 years later still wearing it. Her cousins convinced her to try it out and ever since she wore it to class she never stopped. Years later, she realized and wondered if she was wearing it for Allah or just out of habit. Many Islamic Scholars state that the only way to properly wear hijab is if a women is covered head to toe, no bright colors to attract any attention, long dresses which in turn these days is Jalabeeb dresses/skirts, eyes and face whole body must be covered and no makeup because that attracts your facial features; less is more. Of course, many women wear makeup, wear pretty colors, try to be stylish while wearing hijab because that’s just how it is now. We don’t live in the 1400s or 500BC and times have changed, but does this make hijab a fashion statement or religious covering to show how happy you are to be a Muslim and still live day to day life while fully covered and “modest?”

Many women living in America, not just MUSLIMS, are around all the latest fashion and fun styles. We want to incorporate all of these trends into Islamic wear. I find this fun and exciting as long as it follows through with modesty. You are still covered but fashionable and that is a blessing makes a women much more attractive.
My friend continued to explain if she moved she might take her hijab off and try and see how she feels. The judgment of her family and friends who are Muslim is what worries her. She knows if she removed the hijab how much negative feedback she would receive because of how looked
down upon you are for taking it off. I then asked her,”What will make you happy?” In which she replied, “That doesn’t matter, as long as I’m pleasing Allah.” So… Happiness over religion and faith brought up another discussion. I was so inspired by her input because I have been thinking of wearing the hijab recently. Hijab is fard we can’t ignore that. However, I personally think a women must wear it properly. Not have loop holes to ignore factors just because of location.Not every women who wears hijab is a practicing Muslim, but not every women who doesn’t wear it isn’t. There is this premeditated thought that if you’re a Hijaby that’s it you’re perfect and flawless. If you don’t wear it you’re dirty, promiscuous, date, are not smart etc. Who sets these rules and thoughts up? Our own people and that is what’s upsetting. Muslims and middle easterners love to cause drama and judgements but this isn’t Islam. Culture and religion are getting mixed up too much lately and it’s frightening.

I will continue this post next Wednesday. I will have posts every Wednesday iA and I would love comments. Don’t be afraid to share you’re thoughts your perspective matters.

~stay humble smile and live life to the fullest.

“Flawless” Beyoncé

We say to girls: “You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man” Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men