riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israeli blockade

My parents are in lebanon. they were planning to go back to jordan tomorrow by plane, but Israel attacked Lebanon's airport, and imposed an air and sea blockade. So my parents might try to go back by land, but the lebanon-syria, syria-jordan borders are now so jammed with traffic that it would probably take 10 hours at the border. israel is also thinking about blocking off lebanon by land as well, so there's a chance they'll be stuck there for who knows when. israel also basically cut off the capital Beirut from southern Lebanon by destroying the bridges and roads.


i heard that even the land routes out of lebanon are blocked now and that only people who left very early in the morning where able to make it to Jordan. so my parents are stuck in lebanon until this is worked out.


Blogger Abu Sinan said...

They are criminals! I am not Shi'a, but it seems they are the only group outside of Palestine willing to let the Israelis know that their crimes will not go unpunished.

The cowards in the Arab governments certainly arent doing anything.

July 13, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Blogger Silencer said...

yeah, i admire hizbullah a lot.

as for the arab governments....ahh.... *shakes head in dismay*.

one day... one day.

July 13, 2006 at 7:21 PM

Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Well, I think the Israelis are finding out that the group that chased them out of Lebanon havent been sitting around resting on their laurels.

Two missles fired from Lebanon just hit Haifa.

July 13, 2006 at 8:40 PM

Blogger Silencer said...

wow, it's escalating then...

i know wars are horrible, but i have this little voice inside my head that would like to see this escalate further, who knows, maybe it would force the arab govts into action.

July 13, 2006 at 8:49 PM

Blogger Silencer said...

what am i thinking.. that's just stupid.

July 13, 2006 at 10:37 PM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I don't agree with bombing Haifa, but it just shows how stupid Israel is...or how little they care about their own citizens...did they really think they could continue to persecute the Palestinians and no one would do anything? Or is it part of their plan to light up a whole regional war, to try to draw the U.S. in, to bomb Syria and Iran? It's starting to look like the beginning of an Armageddon and if so, we can certainly look "forward" to more terrorism here in the U.S.

I hope your parents are ok.

July 14, 2006 at 4:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im curious by attacking the soldiers on the border how does that help the palestinians.Hizbullah are very stupid by doing what they did they will bring so much death on lebanon.

July 14, 2006 at 7:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And abu sinan i know you are getting rather exicted about the prospect of haifa being hit but remember there are tens of thousands of palestinians in the city who are in as much danger as any jew

July 14, 2006 at 7:31 AM

Anonymous dezhen said...

Hope your family are ok bro - my wifes father is there with his extended family too, and we have not heard anything from them for a while. :(


July 29, 2006 at 5:15 PM

Blogger Silencer said...

dezhen i really hope your wife's family is ok. are they in the south or beirut or where? my parents made it back to jordan a while ago.

July 29, 2006 at 5:38 PM

Blogger dezhen said...

Thanks bro... they are in al-Minia, which is a little NW of Tripoli. It is a village area, but I know it has been hit a few times.

If you look here, it is circled once to the NW of Tripoli.

Allah ma'ak

July 29, 2006 at 9:10 PM


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