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A home no more

We speak freely about the little things in life, but often neglect to discuss the big issues. An article on Al Jazeera titled Syria: A home no more, addresses the living conditions with an estimated 220, 000 people dead and half the country’s people displaced as Syria enters it’s fifth year of war.

Here are the facts: –

  • In 2012, 100,000 Syrians had been forced from their country.
  • By April 2014, 800,000 Syrians had been forced from their country.
  • Estimated around December 2014, the numbers doubled up to 1.6 million.
  • Today, the refugee population is almost 4 million.

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Just last Sunday, “media activist in the town of Douma in Northern Damascus reported that that more than 30 people, including children, were killed after government warplane launched air strikes targeting residential areas and school”. This is one of million cases.

Further, statistics show that this affects the entire region.

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On a day like today, I can sit and discuss how ‘ISIS’ has significantly contributed to this number, but who was to blame in 2011, and 12 and 13 and the years before it? Hang on a second, so there is a possibility that there are various contributing factors and this might not have to do with religion alone? Oh I see.

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Comprehensively the best

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On Reason and Passion
Kahlil Gibran

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.

Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows — then let your heart say in silence, “God rests in reason.”
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky — then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”
And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.

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Three years ago I walked through the doors of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and today I walked through Hagia Sophia’s door in Istanbul City – what do these two have in common you ask?
Both were defining moments, speechless really, the richness and exquisiteness of each site cannot be comprehended but must be seen.

Built in five years only, Hagia Sophia with it’s unique golden colours and lavish calligraphy was once an Orthodox Church, later converted into a Mosque and today is a museum. Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the second largest in the city and was only built in seven years. Rustem Pasha Mosque, blue as blue can be was only built in two years. It’s unimaginable how such little time is taken to build such incredible sites, oh but they say without a touch of faith it would have been impossible.

If the above is not enough to amaze you, it’s the history and the lifestyle remains of the Sultans found at the Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi that will blow your mind. Nonetheless, it’s the natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere of the city that makes it what it is.

I could write about this for days but a picture tells a thousand words!

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