Friday, August 29, 2014

Photography Workshop

Dear All, 

I had so many emails and comments from people asking me about photography workshops for non-Arabic speakers in Kuwait. I am so excited to share this with you.  I'm arranging an outdoor photography workshop. Also, I had an agreement with a professional Kuwaiti photographer to guide you through the workshop. 

Please read the following: 

  • This workshop will be an outdoor activity around November or December.
  • I will be selecting the participants personally. 
  • E-mail me 3 photos you took, mention your basic information... Name, age and mobile number. 
  • I will send all the basic information later to the selected participants via email.

That's all for now.. 

I will inform you of any changes.

Note: Thank you all for your sweet e-mails.. You have no idea how I feel while reading them. Your words and encouragement keeps me going. :)

- Rawan

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quran - A Journey

This is my personal journey with this book. Different emotions and thoughts hit you each time you open and read it. You can never reach that level of spirituality with anything, I promise. This is reality. A beautiful one. Wisdom comes through it and touches your heart. You will leave the world of materialism behind you. You will be in another world. A world that you wish you would live in forever. I am not exaggerating. I am just trying to express my feelings. You can tell that my words are all over the place. Because my spirit is in a different place. A place of calmness, contentment and freedom. This is a book for the world. Read it.  

- Rawan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Be strong. Pray.

Islamic Prayer. Photo From Google Images. 

Tonight something happened. I don't know why I want to write about it but I'm doing it anyway. This Ramadan I wanted to make sure to attend all the prayers at the mosque after the sunset prayer. It feels great. Nothing can bring me closer to God more than going to his house and pray. I leave the world behind me and try to think about my connection with the creator.

Tonight, while I was getting ready to pray. As some of you know, in the mosque we don't pray individually. You can in certain situations, but in general we don't. We pray next to each other in straight lines. Facing the direction of Makka.

Suddenly, A woman next to me held my hand. She was falling down. I grabbed her and was so scared "What happened?!" I asked in shock.. She fell down and sit .. looked up at me and said "pray!"

It was one of the scariest moments in my life. I can't get over the horror I felt. I couldn't concentrate! I was praying to God to safe her from whatever she's feeling that moment. She stood up strongly and continued praying like nothing happened. But, she kept leaning on me. Going back and forth. Unbalanced. Each time she touched my shoulder I knew she would fall. Till we kneeled. I heard her asking God to end her life in a Good way with a clear voice. I was done.

I thought the woman is dying. After ending the first prayer, I asked if I can bring her water or anything. She said " I'm fine dear.. nothing happened." .. "Are you sure?" I asked. "Yes" She said. I didn't believe her but there was nothing I can do. She turned to me and said " May God make you happy, successful and give you all the good things in life" I smiled and said.. "same to you"

Still, I was scared. I just kept thinking what was wrong with her. I didn't ask. She kept me worried. Not focused for the rest of the prayers. That moment, I learned something deep. Something I don't think I will forget easily.

Stand up and pray. Pray hard... connect with God and he'll always be there for you. The power of prayer should not be underestimated. We will going to die one day. I always know and believe that fact unlike many people who think they will live forever.  But, that night I felt a deeper connection with Allah. A new connection I didn't experience before. I felt closer when I was scared.

Be in peace with yourself and your creator. Be calm and real. Face the truth no matter what. Be honest. Be strong. Live the word Islam. Just leave everything to God to handle. You believe in him. You believe that there is no God but Him. Be one with the one. I feel sorry for those who don't know what they're doing with their lives. Eat... play ... having fun ... and then? What's next?

Be strong. Pray.