When languages collide in Qur'anic Arabic class
- Egyptian Shaykh: And the root of this word is the same as gharib. What does gharib mean?
- Desi Uncle: Poor person.
- Egyptian Shaykh: Poor person? No no no my brother. It means a stranger. The word for poor person is faqir.
- 2nd Desi Uncle: Faqir doesn't mean poor! It means ah... what's the word?
- 1st Desi Uncle: An ascetic!
- Egyptian Shaykh: A who?
- 1st Desi Uncle: Someone who rejects the world, like a monk or something.
- Egyptian Shaykh: Urdu is weird.
- [NB: The reason gharib means poor person in Urdu is because it comes from an Arabic phrase where someone is so poor they're called "a stranger to money"]
No one fell asleep in this fiqh class
- Shaykh: [Thick Egyptian Arabic accent] ...and this hadith was revealed during the Battle of the Bitch.
- Audience: [gasps and murmurs]
- Old uncle in the front row: Shaykh, that's the Battle of the Ditch! Ditch! With a daal!
- Shaykh: Oh... [looks embarrassed]
- Shaykh: [Attempts to recover from his mistake] Ah yes, all the bitches in California!
- Me: (Crap, does he really think that bitch means beach????)
- Akhee in the back: [From my memory so it's probably wrong] Ya Shaykhna! Bitch ya3ni sharmoo6a!
- Shaykh: Wallahi?!?!
Menstruation is seen in patriarchal thought as something offensive and disgusting.
By menstruating on a flag as a means of protest, all you’re doing is reinforcing the message that menstrual blood is offensive and disgusting.
You’re not liberating anyone. You’re not making some witty point. You’re reinforcing misogyny.
I’ve found that people love me when I expect little from them, and hate me when I expect more. What they fail to realise is that the higher my expectation, the greater my belief in their ability to be amazing.