A view from Mt. #Soodah #KSA #Asir #beautiful #nature #trees #valley
#سعودية #عسير #السودة #الجنوب #جبل
Our #kitchen at #tvtc #Najran #goodtimes
#Jazan #pots # handmade #ksa
Roasting some oud after work. #oud #ksa #Najran # عود #نجران
After a long hiatus, my Arabic studies have restarted. Believe it or not, it’s easier to study the language in the West than in most Arab countries. Here in the KSA, there are absolutely no schools and when locals discover you’re foreign, they either speak to you in broken English or broken Arabic (not the slang, but a mix of Urdu, Hindi and Arabic). Schools for the Arabic language don’t exist outside of the few in Riyadh and perhaps Madinah.
The three main places to study Arabic abroad are facing hard times now. It was originally my dream to work and study and Damascus but that’s off the radar for decades now due to the war. Egypt has the military coup and I’m not a fan of their pronunciation anyway. I’m still considering San’a for an intensive, but it will take a lot of funding.
I’ll close this ramble noting that I’ve decided to move forward with the book, Arabic Course for English-Speaking Students, which was originally used in the Madinah Islamic University. Yes, I’m well aware that it’s available online, but I’d rather use a hard copy and I was able to get all three volumes from Jariir bookstore for only SAR 99 which is about 23 USD.
It’s been ten years since I accepted Islam as my faith and moral compass. In the ten years of practicing, I haven’t been a part of better communities than those I found in Duluth, MN and Beaverton, OR. I think due to the small city size, many different folks from all backgrounds came together to make a community. The feeling of brotherhood and diversity has been absent from every other city I’ve ever lived in or visited.
#Katara cultural village. #Doha #Qatar #mosque #minaret #door
A wise man once told me that I should never be at a loss for words. “Words exist to describe every moment, we must learn them to live a more articulate life.”
Museum of Islamic Art. #MIA #Doha #Qatar #Art #Islam
#Shabestan restaurant. #Qatar #Doha #mirrors
Burj Khalifa seemed like the residence of a comic book villain. #Burj Khalifa #dubai