A Hebrew Female in My Heart – في قلبي انثى عبرية

I just finished reading a book called “A Hebrew Female in My Heart – في قلبي انثى عبرية” which amazed me. Unfortunately, there is no English version of this book. I would love to read it in English in the future. My rating for this book is 5/5. It is written by Dr. Khaoula Hamdi who is a Tunisian author and a professor of information technology which surprised me when I first read this piece of infomation. She has been telling the story of a Hebrew girl between Lebanon and Tunisia, between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, between war and peace, and between love and religion in 388 pages. If you did not read the book, and you do not want to be spoiled, please stop reading till you finish the book.

This interesting mixture of concepts and the fact that the book shares a real story pushed me to finish it as soon as I can. The way that the author used to describe the events made it more interesting to read.

A Hebrew girl called Nada from a Muslim father and Jewish mother initially lived in Tunisia then moved to Lebanon after the divorce of her parents. Her mother married a Christian man who filled the gap of the father in both Nada and her sister Dina lives.

One day she found two Muslim men on the door in a terrible situation. Ahmed was injured and Hassan his best friend supported him. Nada took care of Ahmed in the garage even if it is prohibited because of the difference between their religions, especially because of the war in south of Lebanon. They felt an unusual feeling with an absolute respect to their religions in the sense of the meeting between people from different genders at that time which would build a great story after.

She faced many consequtive bad events from the death of Rima who was her best friend in the civil war in Qana, Lebanon. Rima saved her life by teaching her Islam in addition to the lessons that Ahmed was giving to both of them, and the injuries that she had in the same war while looking for Rima. In addition to the disappear of her lover Ahmed in one of resistance’s operations which was 4 years long in which Ahmed lost his memory. He lived in a village in this period thiking that he is Christian. Moreover, she was not allowed to live in her mother’s home after she converted to Islam. This path changed her life because of the books that Ahmed gave her and the behavior of Ahmed and Rima which had a critical effect in her life. Moreover, the death of George who was her spirtiual father and her spiritual brother Micheal had a bad effect on her mental health. At the end, she helped all her family members and friends to convert to Islam. She married Ahmed, and they are still living in peace.

I did not mention some events and some other people who played a great role in this story. I strongly encourage you to read it because it pushed me to see things from different angles.

I learned from this book that religion should not be interpreted by judging the behavior of people who believe in it. In addition, the concept of religion itself does not cause the wars. In fact, the political and economic agendas are the main cause of hate.

I learned that media is a “make-up” tool which can make a religion more trustworthy than another. However, this is based on personal opinions or some agendas that those media agencies are serving which makes the media a dangerous tool that affects the public opinion.

I concluded that the religion should be taken as a well-formed set of noble ideas which cannot be interpreted by science because science is not absolute while the religion in it is core can be seen as absolute, so comparing religion with science is not a good path to follow. Religions can be compared to each other based on the concepts that they are promoting without being influenced by a third party which can manipulate the pure opinion of any human being.

I noticed that people from different religions can live in peace if each one of them respects the ideas of the other. This story illustrates this image that media does not promote. It taught me how to respect friendship and how to handle conflict between close friends. In addition, it taught me how to forgive people and take into consideration their special conditions at that specific moment.

A Letter for  People who Made 2016 an Interesting Year for Me

At this specific moment of my life, I have to write these lines to evaluate my performance in all its aspects and to thank people who made this year interesting for me. The bad ones do not worth wasting time and energy to even thank them.

Before starting to thank people who made my year interesting, I would like to evaluate my performance in all intersections. Academically, it was a good year, yet challenging. I had to deal with many things in parallel which was very difficult for me. However, I managed to deal with that at the end, and the overall performance in this aspect was good. I met my personal satisfaction which is the most important thing for me at this moment. Educationally, I had a good experience with teaching some high school students the basics of web development. It was good because it represented the intersection between two fields that I like. I met new people who had great ideas. I feel happy when someone of them says to me that he or she benefited from what I have been sharing with them. However, I would like to express my deep apology for anyone of them if I overreacted at some moments either in or after the events. In addition, I wrote a paper about iOS Security Architecture, and it was accepted for OWASP AppSec Africa 2017 in Casablanca, Morocco. It was a great honor for me to talk in this international conference by a leading organization in cyber security. Moreover, my level has been improved from last year to 2016 in the context of competitive programming. It was not in the level of my expectations, but I believe it is acceptable at the end. Socially, it was a bad year because I overreacted at discrete moments of this year. I overreacted in some situations that do not deserve even thinking. However, I tried to be more strict at different situation which was a key in saving my academic semester at the end. “Life is binary either you get 0 or 1” is the quote that explains my behavior. It caused some emotional problems to me during this year. Thus, it was a bad year in the emotional context. I learned many things  in the experience that I had which is good at the end.

In this post, I would like to thank people who made this year interesting for me. I would like to thank my parents, brother, and family for the high support that they have been giving to me. I would like to thank Saad Taame for being a great brother, friend, and coach. I learned so many things from you such as precision and thinking before taking any decision. I learned from you things that are not related to computer science. I learned lessons in life which affected somehow my behavior. I would like to thank Abdelghafour Mourchid and Mohammed Khalil Ait Brahim for being great friends and teammates, and for being on my side when I had some hard moments. I would like to thank Najwa Laabid for being such a great friend and advisor. You saved my life at the end of this year. Thank you for all the motivational speeches that you gave me during the hard time. I would like to thank Manal Hamdi for the advices and for being a good friend during the hard moments. I would like to thank Maha Hamdi for accepting my strict behavior and for all the things that I learned from you. I would like to thank Abdelhamid Limami for the great and crazy experiences that we had and for being a real friend when I experienced critical situations. I would like to thank Amine Dehbi, Younes Akherfi, Imad Eddine Sekkal, Amine Essiraj, Abdelilah Azizi, Hicham Drif, Yasmine Bahaji, Yassine Fakirni,  and all my old friends who did not vary with time. I would like to thank the new people that 2016 brought to my life especially Sabrine Lemghari, Omar Salim Moussa, Lamiae Benamar , Kenza Mandri, Houda Lalami, Ahmed Amine Boustani for being awesome, helpful, and great people that I hope I will keep in 2017.

I would like to express my deep apology again if I hurt someone in this year.

I wish you all a happy new year! and keep coding for the ones of you who love it!

Lekssays loves you all!

How Linux Affected my Life?

I have been using Linux-based operating systems since 2012. I have been building a strong relationship with my favorite operating system Ubuntu. When I thought deeply about it back then, I realized that it is not just an operating system. GNU/Linux is a philosophy in computer science. It is an independent way of thinking. It brings us to talk about the open source projects. These kind of projects show that great things are made by many people who love what they are doing. They are based on contribution and combination of millions of developers around the globe who are different in many aspects of life. They have different religions, different cultures, and different languages. However, code and love of making people’s lives better unite them.

It affected my way of thinking, my behavior towards myself and my environment. It taught me that life is not all about money. Life is about helping other people even if they do not know who you are or what you are doing.  We gain good friends who share the same interest with us or maybe just respect us because we are doing something that they think it is valuable for them or the community in overall.  Some of them do not understand or give the necessary value to what I am doing, and they decide to leave because they think I have a boring and nerdy life. It is their problem because I believe I am doing the right thing for my personal satisfaction. Some of them encourage me everyday and teach me everyday in all life’s aspects, and they accept me as I am. I will show to those people that I worth their confidence.

It affected my decisions. When I want to make a decision, I think a lot about it. Linux taught me that there is no way to return to the previous state. When you type “sudo rm -rf /opt/folder”, there is no way (without forensics headache of course) to return back on time to the normal state. It taught me to be strong and precise in my decisions.  In addition, when you type “sudo” at the beginning of any command, Linux taught me to assume my responsibilities and to be professional in my decisions. It has two different states: normal and superuser state. So, it taught me to separate the professional and personal life. The professional one needs careful management and strong behavior.  On the other hand, the normal one cannot decide on some very important life decisions, so it can be handled without any additional stress or thinking.

It affected my emotions. I started to think in a binary approach. I do not take or think about the decision twice. When I decide on something, I assume my responsibility in terms of the consequences that it might have. So, in life either you get 0 or 1. I do not believe in 0.5. Adopting this approach causes consecutive failures in my social and emotional side. However, it is still clear in my mind because there is no such state between love and hate.

GNU/Linux is not just an operating system. It represents the way of thinking of millions of noble souls who made the Humanity great by connecting the individuals and providing a wonderful platform for the new technologies to appear.

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