- He is truthful
- He does not cheat, deceive or stab in the back
- He is not envious
- He is sincere
- He keeps his promises
- He has a good attitude towards others and treats them well
- He is characterized by shyness
- He is gentle towards people
- He is compassionate and merciful
- He is tolerant and forgiving
- He is easy-going in his business dealings
- He is of cheerful countenance
- He has a sense of humour
- He is patient
- He avoids cursing and foul language
- He does not falsely accuse anyone of disbelief
- He is modest and discreet
- He dos not interfere in that which does not concern him
- He refrains from backbiting and slander
- He avoids giving false statements
- He avoids suspicion
- He keeps secrets
- He does not converse privately with another person when there is a third person present
- He is not arrogant or proud
- He is humble and modest
- He does not make fun of anyone
- He respects elders and distinguished people
- He mixes with people of noble character
- He strives for people’s benefits and seeks to protect hem from harm
- He strives to reconcile between Muslims
- He calls people to truth
- He enjoins what is good and forbids what is evil
- He is wise and eloquent in his da`wah [invitation to Islam]
- He is not a hypocrite
- He does not show off or boast
- He is straightforward and consistent in his adherence to the truth
- He visits the sick
- He attends funerals
- He repays favours and is grateful for them
- He mixes with people and puts up with their insults
- He tries to make people happy
- He guides others to righteous deeds
- He is easy on people, not hard
- He is fair in his judgment of people
- He does not oppress or mistreat others
- He loves noble things and always aims high
- His speech is not exaggerated or affected
- He does not rejoice in the misfortunes of others
- He is generous
- He does not remind the beneficiaries of his charity
- He is hospitable
- He prefers others to himself
- He helps to alleviate the burden of the debtor
- He is proud and does not beg
- He is friendly and likeable
- He checks his customs and habits against Islamic standards
- He follows Islamic manners in the way he eats and drinks
- He spreads the greeting of salam
- He does not enter a house other than his own without permission
- He sits wherever he finds room in a gathering
- He avoids yawning in a gathering as much as he can
- He follows the Islamic etiquette when he sneezes
- He does not look into other people’s houses
- He does not imitate women.
Monday, May 31, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Ali Manikfan from Minicoy (Maliku, now part of Lakshadweep, India), found this new fish species while working with Dr. Jones, who impressed with Ali Manikfans capacity of observation and his deep and wide knowledge about marine life, gave this fish Manikfans name to perpetuate his memory. Thanks to Ali Manikfan a Divehi family name has made it to the scientific classification of species.
Abudefduf manikfani Jones and Kumaran
Head 2.9-3.2 in standard length, 3.8-4.2 in total length. Depth of body 1.8-2.0 in standard length. Eye 3.0-3.3 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and 1.0-1.1 I interorbital space. A single series of slender, compressed teeth in jaws. Preorbital, suborbital, prepopercle, opercle, subopercle and interoppercle without any serrations. Scales on head reaching to nostrils. Preorbital naked. First spine of dorsal slightly. Shorter than eye diameter, third or fourth dorsal spine longest, slightly shorter than snout and eye together. Second anal spine as long as third dorsal spine. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly shorter than head. Ventral shorter than pectoral.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
General Peter John Cosgrove AC, MC (born 28 July 1947) is a retired Australian Army officer. He was the Chief of the Defence Force from 3 July 2002 to 3 July 2005, when he retired from active service. He has been appointed as the next Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, he will take up his post in November 2010.
General Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently. You'll love his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children. Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of an ABC interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military headquarters.
So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?
We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.
Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?
I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?
I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
But you're equipping them to become violent killers.
Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview ended.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action.
Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Through WED, we are able to give a human face to environmental issues and enable people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
WED is also a day for advocating partnerships among all stakeholders or perhaps, even more correctly, among all species living on this one planet and sharing a common future.
WED 2010 is aimed to be the biggest WED celebration ever and we count on you to make this happen! We call for action – organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
We really need to change the system and allow every child to study at least 10 subjects up to 9th grade. Some of the international schools in Malaysia make it compulsory for students to learn English , Maths and the three sciences - chemistry, physics, biology. But children should choose at least two subjects from the Arts stream and Business stream.
In addition children are encouraged to choose one from IT, Creative Arts, drama or music. If there’s a strong interest in English Literature that opportunity is provided as an optional 11th subject. If it is a Muslim student and who wish to do IGCSE Islam the opportunity is given to do the exam in 9th grade before the exams after completing 10th grade.
I believe it's a method we can have in the Maldives and it would broaden up our children's minds and an opportunity to learn and understand what they like most and to realise their strengths and weaknesses. In the 10th grade they can drop their weakest subjects or the one’s they don’t have much interest and focus on their stronger and most interested subjects and complete their IGCSE or O’levels.
To have such a system we need to change the way we think. The parents cannot be making excuses and saying it would be too hard and harsh on their children to do so many subjects. It's about setting priorities, willing to work hard and be balancing it all. The policy makers need to rethink and restructure our education system to make it possible.
Friday, May 21, 2010
The Ixora is a heavy blooming compact plant that has four-petaled, star shaped flowers. It is commonly called "Keeranmaa" in Maldives and is commonly found in some gardens in Male' including the Sultan's Park and in the Hukuru Miskih.
Other common names include Flame of the woods, Jungle Flame and Jungle Geranium.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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The former member of Boy Scouts of America presented this unique momento of his now legendary mission to World Scouting. The signed citation reads, “I certify that this World Scout Badge was carried to the moon on man’s first lunar landing, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969.”
The Scout emblem which features in the badge was created by Baden-Powell. The fleur-de-lys, which indicated ‘north’ on old maps, is a reminder that Scouts must be as reliable as a compass; they must respect Scouting’s ideals and help show others the way. A singularly appropriate symbol then to be carried by the first man to set foot on the Moon!
This historically important badge is kept on permanent display at the World Scout Bureau’s central office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Of the 294 men and women selected to be astronauts since 1959 to 2005, more than 180 have been Scouts. Baden-Powell wrote in the first volume of his autobiography about those “clear frosty nights under the dark, overhead vault with its stars big and brilliant, twinkling humorously and watching you”. He could not have imagined that just 35 years later we would be up amongst them, exploring outer space.
Astonishingly, 11 of the 12 men to have walked on the moon were Scouts. Even more remarkably perhaps, two thirds of all the astronauts ever to have gone into space were involved in Scouting. When NASA began its astronaut selection process, they were looking for people who were not only fit and technically proficient, but who had an even temperament and above all, a thirst for adventure. It was no coincidence that the majority of those who were handed “tickets to the moon” were former Scouts.
Despite the huge resources ploughed into the first manned space flights, the astronauts were still taking enormous risks. It was vital that those who spent days in the cramped conditions could keep calm under pressure and cope with being thousands of miles from Earth. Of course, many were former test pilots, but the confidence and initiative of the young men who had come from Scouting also impressed NASA.
One Giant Leap
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2005 edition of the UK magazine called Scouting and is written by Chris James. It is copyright 2006 The UK Scout Association and is used by permission.
Scouts Australia is currently investigating whether Australian astronaut Andrew Thomas, originally from Adelaide, is a former Scout.
Top photo: M.I (Mohamed Ibrahim's collected scouting materials)