Archive for September 13th, 2008

Mosa Hijazeen, a relative of yours?

Mosa Hijazeen, Som3a, is a Jordanian comedian. We are of the same family. Both of us are of the Hijazeen family.

Every Jordanian has his family name written in his identity. What family you come from is an important thing in Jordan. One of the important things that a bearing a family name will bring you, is this type of question, “Is this person a relative of yours?” Or in other words, “Do you know this person, his name is X. He is of your family as well?!”

This is an account of the people who will ask me, upon knowing my family name, “Is Mosa Hijazeen a relative of yours?”

  1. Place: The housing bank for trade and finance\ Amman Downtown\ Saqf Al Sael branch.

Date: 06.02.08.

Reason for being in this bank was that I drew money to buy shares in the Jordanian company for extracting oil from the oil rock, JOSE (The company’s name is something near this).

Person Asking: A nicely dressed, handsome, but not optimistic accountant. He processed my request.

My answer was: “From the family!”

  1. Place: Faculty of Medicine\ Mu’tah University

Date: Somewhere in the middle of March 2008, hours before the first month exam of Histology.

I was studying with a student who is from south of Jordan, from the governorate of Tafila. I don’t know his name, but his family name is ‘Saudi’. I don’t usually learn my colleague’s first names. Often, I only learn their family names.

We had been revising ‘Connective Tissue’ lecture for sometime when we paused for a little break.

“Oh!” He said as if he remembered something important. “Is he a relative of yours?” He then stopped giving himself time to remember.

I didn’t give him time and said: “Soma’h? Mosa Hijazeen?”

” ” The guy brought a smile on his face. Yes, it was about him his question was. I was correct in my guess. He commented then: “You are always asked this question?”

“Yes” I gave a prolonged yes with a very big smile.
My answer was: I don’t quite remember. I think that we both left it unanswered.

  1. Place: An office in Orange company-Jordanian Telecom- building in Marj\ Karak.

Date: 23.02.08

I got sent from the office in Qaser to Engineer ‘Yanal Nawaeseh’ in Adnaneah town. I arrived there after taking the university bus only to find that the place was as empty as a cemetery. Fortunately, a pick-up of the company stopped beside a nearby tent wanting to buy fruit from the man inside the tent. “Are you Engineer Yanal N?” I asked a guy who came out of the pick-up. He was not but he was too helpful and directed me to their offices in Marj.

“Engineer Yanal, Please?” I asked a person who was sitting in the first office I found inside the Orange building. I was directed to the office immediately after the first one.

The man took the modem and the wires of the ADSL connection which we had since more than a year (From 6/2/2007). “What is the name of the owner of this line?” He asked me working his fingers on the keyboard in front of him.

“X. Hijazeen” I answered him and he started typing on the keyboard. After that, he asked for our phone number. Then he asked: “What is ‘his relation’ to you?” Call me stupid, but my mind immediately went to Mosa Hijazeen. I can’t blame myself! Whenever I hear somebody talking about someone’s relation to me then it is my relation to Mosa! Anyhow, I interrupted it this way and answered: “Who? Soma’h?” I smiled.

” ” The man was didn’t reply. I then added explaining: “Mosa Hijazeen” The man then brought a little smile to his face (Actually I didn’t see it, because I am still not able to look people directly in their faces when talking to them. How I decided on that? Simply, because a smile is always drawn when Mosa’s name is mentioned.) He said: “No, I mean the owner of this phone line?” I told him that he is my father and immediately after that tried to explain my stupid answer. “I am always asked this question, I thought…” The man then commented what made both of us laugh, most of the two was I. He said: “That was the ‘second’ question I was going to ask you.”

After all, it didn’t turn out that I was wrong to talk about Mosa from the beginning.

My answer was: After very little hesitation on what to answer, I answered: “He is from the family”

1930 Smakieh vs. 2005 Smakieh

The first photo was taken in 1930. The second photo, of nearly the same place, was taken on Friday, March 25, 2005. It was taken by, the now, Dr. Fadi Ababseh.

1930 photo of Smakieh

2005 photo of smakieh

New About Me Page

This was the text in which I put in the “About Me” section of my Blog. I don’t think it should continue to be in that place any longer. I am sending it into archive as a simple post. I need to make a new About Me section which is:

  1. Concise.
  2. Informative.
  3. Logical.

Following is my first “About Me” page.I am so embarrased of what is written below. This is why the font is “struckthrough”.

Welcome to this interview with the owner of the “A Man from Moab Blog”, please welcome with me the so-called: “Moabite!”

– We know that the time of readers of this page is too short, so I would like to start directly with my first question: “A Man from Moab” Why did you choose this name for your Blog?

I chose “A Man from Moab” as a name for my Blog for 2 connected reasons. The first one is that I want to conceal a part of my identity-my name. As a result, I started searching for a name that is somehow related to the topics I am most interested to blog about. Since I have a huge passion for history, traditions, religions, societies, cultures. I found that a name inspired from the Ancient land of Moab I live in now, can carry such connotations.

– Why conceal ‘a part of your identity’? I understand that you consider being a Moabite an identity?

I will start by the last question, when in the ninth grade; I published my first personal website on the web. “The problem is that no one ever visits my site!” I complained to a gifted cousin of mine who has a PhD in computer science. I like the answer which he gave me: “No one will search the internet for your name!” His facial expressions were of someone who is not amazed of a natural result. “Instead, write in your website, for example, that you live X Kilometers from Petra!” So, here I am, exploiting the history of the place I live in to bring people to my Blog. The small plateau I live in was once a part of the Moabite kingdom so I am using it.

I believe that person’s identity is not only his name; it is his nationality, religion, traditions, ethics, emotions. To sum up, I am only hiding a part of my identity which is my name.

– I am sorry, let me change the question then, why conceal this part of your identity?

I want to allow myself the biggest degree of sincerity. For example, so I can state that I caught my cousin smoking –could you imagine the situation of my cousin if his father knows because of Moabite being a gossiper?!

– Why a guy living in a deserted, impoverished and unheard of village is writing in this Blog?!
I have never had the chance to travel outside of my country, even worst, not to travel within my geographically small country –Not visiting Petra as a most devastating example. As a result, I feel great happiness when I read about the lives of people living in other countries, of people living in a different society than the Eastern Jordanian Society I live in, of people who doesn’t have the same traditions that my Christian-Jordanian surrounding has, of people that don’t have the same taboos that a Jordanian guy like me pays much attention to get himself far from –Religion, Sex, and Politics, people who have different understanding of the same world all “animals” live in.

To sum up, it is how the bible put it: “Do others what you want others to do you.” Till this date, January 29, 2008, I don’t have any Blog address of a person who writes about his own routine life. I am sure that there are many people out there who have such Blogs, but I haven’t reached any of them yet- will you help?, and I hope that I will some time soon.

– Why Blog in English? Why leave your native language?

I blog in English not because I don’t disrespect Arabic but more reasonably because:

1. I know that not a single soul in my surrounding would care about the notion of reading. I know that those who would care to read don’t know Arabic, so I am blogging in their language.

2. English is the single language by which you can reach the hugest spectrum of readers from all parts of the world.

3. To get a good university degree or to get a good Job, you need to have good English. Surely I am improving my English practicing this hobby.

– Any request from your Blog readers?

Firstly, if you observe any error in my Blog, I will be very gracious if took time to refer them to me (Language errors please [:)] ). Secondly and most importantly, I wouldn’t mind your concealing your name when writing a comment if this will help you to be as honest and direct as possible.

Picasa2: Moab (Karak) – Jordan

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A tributary of Mujeb valley -Biblical Arnoon Valley- in modern Karak (Kerak), Ancient Moab, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

This image was edited using the Picasa2 program. Windows installed on this Toshiba Satellite is Window Vista Home Premium. Picasa2 program comes with the windows programs.

Before coming to know the abilities of this program, I used to go through a huge hardship editing and enhancing photos. The program I used was Photoshop.

On the one hand, no program can be compared to Photoshop. On the other hand, Photoshop is very complicated for me, a modest computer user. What is more, Photoshop consumes huge amount of the computer resources, especially RAM. As a result, executing tasks in this program will need some time not to mention wasting your time wandering through a large number of menus and windows’.

Picasa2 is a great solution. You can now crop, adjust contrast, adjust shadows, adjust highlights, etc. Just in small easy steps. How helpful!

Good bye Photoshop and welcome Picasa!

The Official Photo-editing program of Moabite’s Blog is: “Picasa”

Close View of a Rabbit Embryo in my house in Smakieh Karak Jordan

 

 

Rabbit Embryo

When I first opened one of the balls, shown in photos one and two, I was amazed at the shape of the Embryo inside (Is what you see in the palm of my hand a fetus or an embryo?)

Does this embryo look like a human embryo? To me, its hands and legs look similar to those of a human embryo. I think!

If there is similarity between the embryos of human beings and rabbits, is this a proof of the “Theory” of Evolution? Is the theory of Evolution true? How can you make sure if evolution is correct? Where is God in all of that? Hard questions that need answers.


 

Update 31/12/2011: They say, “the best things in life happen by chance”. Is this saying true? Does it always work?… To my amazement, the above  photos, and in particular, the last ones, have become the main generator of visitors to my Blog.  Read more here!

Update 8/9/2012:  The rabbit embryo photo has gone viral and is being shared by hundreds of thousands of Arab users on Facebook as an “aborted human baby”.  So far, it has 125,000+ likes on Facebook! See the details in this post: “My Rabbit Embryo Photo has gone viral and is being shared by tens of thousands of Arab users on Facebook as an “aborted baby” صورة طفل اجهض .. بالله عليك لا تخرج قبل ان تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان”.

Close View of a Rabbit Embryo in my house in Smakieh\ Karak\ Jordan

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When I first opened one of the balls, shown in photos one and two, I was amazed at the shape of the Embryo inside (Is what you see in the palm of my hand a fetus or an embryo?)

Does this embryo look like a human embryo? To me, its hands and legs look similar to those of a human embryo. I think!

If there is similarity between the embryos of human beings and rabbits, is this a proof of the “Theory” of Evolution? Is the theory of Evolution true? How can you make sure if evolution is correct? Where is God in all of that? Hard questions that need answers.

 

Update 31/12/2011: They say, “the best things in life happen by chance”. Is this saying true? Does it always work?… To my amazement, the above  photos, and in particular, the last ones, have become the main generator of visitors to my Blog.  Read more here!

Update 8/9/2012:  The rabbit embryo photo has gone viral and is being shared by hundreds of thousands of Arab users on Facebook as an “aborted human baby”.  So far, it has 125,000+ likes on Facebook! See the details here!