Isn't the Ghat Festival coming up? They never advertise these things and you don't find out about them until after they are over. I know it's sometime the end of December... anyone know when? I want to go.
I want to share the link to a small article put out yesterday on the BBC website titled 'The Libyans Blogging for Change' which includes a short video featuring two Libyans; Haider Dawi, 27 year old co-founder of H2O and Khadija Al-Ramali who is co-founder of Project Silphium.
Links here: The Libyans Blogging for ChangeH20Project Silphium
Blogging in Libya has become increasingly dangerous in the past few years. Many bloggers have been picked up, tortured and even killed. A lot of Libyan bloggers have stopped blogging or are only posting infrequently. It's encouraging to see a resurgence of blogging, even on such a small scale. Keep blogging Libyans!
To all my family and friends who celebrate, I wish you a safe and peaceful Eid al-Adha. Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar الله أكبر الله أكبرGod is greatest, God is greatest, lā ilāha illā-Allāh لا إله إلا اللهThere is no god but God Wallāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar والله أكبر الله أكبرGod is greatest, God is greatest walillāhi l-ḥamd ولله الحمد and to God goes all praise.
More information about this Islamic holiday can be found here:Eid al-Adha
I've always said that naming my children was harder than giving birth to them. Their names were important - more than likely they would have them all of their lives. It was hard to decide what they should be called. My name, or at least what I am called, has evolved over time.
Officially, my name is Therese Martin, when I married my husband I decided that in traditional Muslim fashion I would keep my surname because after all, I only married him, he doesn't own me. Keeping my name meant keeping my identity. Since I was a child my family and friends always called me Teri or sometimes Teri-Anne. Therese was always kept for official things and that turned out to be quite useful. For example, if anyone ever telephoned asking for Therese, I immediately knew it wasn't friend or family and I would reply "Can I take a message?' However, after I moved to Libya things changed and I became known as Khadija.
The name Khadija needs a bit more explanation. When I became Muslim…