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Gems of Wisdom by Hazrat Umar (R.A)

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Inspiration


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Inspirational Lines from ‘Enjoy Your Life’ by Dr.Al-‘Arifi

These are some inspirational and beautiful lines that I extracted from one of my favourite books, ‘Enjoy Your Life’. ( I tried to make them more attractive through these background images. They deserve to be adorned!


Success is not to discover what others like, it is to acquire and practice the skills that help one gain their love.


When you climb a mountain, look to the top and not to the rocks that surround you. Make sure of where step you as you climb, and do not leap in case you loose your footing.


Your skill of dealing with others determine how they deal with you.


The hero is the one who goes beyond his skills, until he becomes able to improve, and perhaps even alter, the skills of others.

Do not earn wealth and lose people, for earning people is a way to earning wealth.


Instead of cursing the darkness, try to fix the lamp.


Treat people humanely. irrespective of their appearance, wealth and status.


Our ability to capture people’s hearts and win their love brings great happiness in life.


Do not think that people are of similar nature. Rather, they differ tremendously.


Talk about what others like to hear, not what you like to relate.

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The first meeting imprints 70% of the impression that one has of a person on his mind. Thus, one should treat a person as if it is the first and last time he will ever meet him.


Knowing the personality of the one you are dealing with helps you earn his love.


Every man has a key to his heart and knowing his personality assists in identifying the right key to open it.


We deal with hearts not bodies.


You are not alone! Display your emotions. Be frank, “I love you. I was delighted to see you. You are precious to me.”


If you were ever forced to comment on something bad such as dirt on garment, or a bad odour, then do so tactfully . Be clever and kind while doing so.


Struggling against yourself to free yourself interfering in others’ affairs is exhausting in the beginning, but easy at the end.


If you’ve had to face someone who interferes with  matters that do not concern him, then be better than him. Try to seek the best exit from the situation without hurting him.


Gentleness beautifies everything. Harshness disfigures.


Life is all about give and take, so give more than you take.

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Inspiration


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Exploring the Images in Arab Blogosphere

Exploring the Images in Arab Blogosphere

By Fakiha Hassan Rizvi 

Introduction and Background:

The word ‘blog’ is a contraction of two words, Weband ‘Log’. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘weblog’ as a frequently updated website consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, typically run by a single person and usually with hyperlinks to other websites. It can also be referred to as an online journal or diary.

Walker.R (2008) defines ‘blogging’ as a cumulative process as the information shared is always placed in a broader context and bloggers have complete control over the content that they want to share unlike other means of communication (print, broadcast). [1]

Brans & Jacobs (2006) while discussing the ‘Uses of Blogs‘ elaborated the concept of ‘News Blogging’ as a “practice of covering the news through blogging- either by reporting originally or by providing opinion on the news that has been reported in the news sources”. [2]

Barlow (2008) explained the working dimension of blogs, he argued that the words on the screens become movers of judgement, all supposedly equal, though there are plenty of means of heightening their exposure. [3]

Pole (2010) discussed the influence of blogging networks (blogosphere) on political communication. As per his argument, blogging has altered political discourse by changing ‘how’ and ‘when’ people discuss politics. He further supports this by explaining the enhanced level of interactivity while blogging that enables dialogue among bloggers and readers leading to an exchange of ideas. The ideas can then be manifested in the form of an ‘action’, ‘policy’ or ‘mobilization’. Therefore, political communication has no boundaries with regards to ‘scope’ and ‘magnitude’ in the blogosphere. [4]

The Arab uprisings and protests starting from 2010 used blogs as an important source for disseminating information that was denied any other outlet (mainstream news media). However, some argue that the role of ‘social networks’ and ‘blogs’ in triggering the waves of protests around Middle East is overstated. Whether less or more, the impact of social media did resonate and there are no differences over this. Downing (2010) marks 2003 as the year during which Arab bloggers/citizen journalists started to gain prominence. However, it was only after 2005 that these bloggers “emerged as important leaders of social movements.” [5]

This is the reason that Murphy (2011) labels blogging as a predominant form of written protest in the Arab world and the Internet as the new “clandestine printing press.” [6]

Arab Blogosphere

Arab Blogosphere

Literature Review:

This is a concise research study which aims at revealing the images in the Arab Blogosphere, pertinent to four key issues of Middle East during 2012:

  1. Morsi as the President of Egypt
  2. Syrian Massacre
  3. Protests against anti-Islam film in the Arab World
  4. Recent conflict between Gaza and Israel

‘Three’ blogs were considered for this research study. The images that reflected the issues mentioned above were studied. ‘Image analysis’ is very significant for analyzing opinions being communicated through the web. 

Image source: Encyclopedia of Social Media Movement by John D.H.Downing (2010)

Image source: Encyclopedia of Social Media Movement by John D.H.Downing (2010)

It becomes all the more significant in the case of ‘blogs’ as readers are hooked by the images accompanying the posts. Sometimes they even get a clue of the entire post by viewing images. In case of the Arab world, there are certain blogs that share images being submitted by natives belonging to different countries in the Arab countries. In this way the blog becomes ‘a portrait of the current happenings’ in the Middle East.

It’s time to take a look at the images in the Arab Blogosphere


[1] Walker. J. Rettberg (2008), Blogging.

[2] Jacobs J. & Brauns A. (2006), Uses of Blogs.

[3] Barlow A. (2008) Blogging America: The New Public Sphere

[4] Pole A. (2010) Blogging the Political: Politics and Participation in a networked society.

[5] Downing. J. D. H (2010) Encyclopedia of Social Media Movements

[6] Murphy. C. Emma (2011) The New Arab Media: Technology, Image, Perception


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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Research Hub, Slide shows


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