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Memoirs of a Shia Woman

Tell Mr. Wehbeh: “Bahia has finally landed”

Hameed was seriously considering returning home to Lebanon: He just learned that his mother Zahia had passed away

Actually, the reason Hameed travelled to New York just after WWI was to convince his elder brother Wehbeh to return home because his mother was heart broken: Her favorite eldest son has left her over 10 years ago and never showed sign of coming back for a visit.

News in the early 1920’s reached the toiling people overseas many weeks later.

An employee in Wehbeh restaurant in New York informed Hameed that a lady outside wants to meet with him. The worker said: “She is a lady

On seeing the lady, Hameed felt a confusing impression of having met this woman when he was pretty young.

The lady greeted Hameed in English “Good morning” and resumed in a Lebanese Arabic slang: “Saida, Saida Mr. Hameed. Where is Mr. Wehbeh?

Hameed memory rewinded to over a decade ago, a scene of his father holding a whip, ready for action, and his brother Wehbeh raising a chair. The father spitting and shouting”Adabsis” (A turkish work meaning evil, naughty…)

Hameed recalls crossing the narrow streets in the city of Tyr (in south Lebanon) in the Manara block, and a young girl walking the opposite side of the street. The girl looked briefly at Hameed. And here he is hearing the lady saying: “Tell Mr. Wehbet that Bahia has finally landed”

The story of Wehbeh Ne3meh and Bahia, the daughter of Simon the Copt, took place a few years before WWI. Wehbeh never witnessed the horror of this war or the famine that harvested a quarter of Lebanon’s population, and the onslaught of the locusts…

Wehbeh was a Muslim Shi3a and Bahia was a Christian Orthodox.

They fell in love as Wehbeh was accompanying his Christian fisherman friend Hanna (John) to the church on a Sunday.  Bahia dressed and walked differently from the girls Wehbeh saw in the city.

Since there was no chance for their families to agree on their wedding, this potential couple decided to elope and try to manage later a reconciliation between the families.

Wehbeh was to rent a room in the next city of Saida and wait for Hanna to bring Bahia by sea.

Wehbeh waited for three days and nights by the seashore, at the port, barely sleeping for fear of missing the encounter. He finally gave up and surreptitiously returned to Tyr by night in order Not to meet any person and find out what was the problem.

Bahia was to be engaged to Iskandar, a old 55 year-old Christian man, and Wehbeh was apprehensive that the secret meeting was discovered and Bahia was hurriedly made to marry a man she didn’t care to live with.

Bahia stayed at her aunt. Bahia was to prepare a bag of her belonging, drop it at Hanna’s house, and join Hanna by nightfall to be whisked away on his small fisherman boat.

At the last day, Hanna had a terrible bout of bad conscience, sort of committing an unforgivable sin: He  will be blamed for a mix marriage, considered an enemy to his religious sect, and banned from the city…

Hanna met with the priest and confessed. They both knelt and prayed for hours. The evil Shaitan (demon) was defeated. Only the priest and the aunt knew about the scheme: It was not proper to spread the news…

Wehbeh decided to leave Lebanon and ended up in New York.

These thwarted  love stories based on religious differences were common before, and current even today, and will last for another century.

Note: This story is taken from “Memoirs of a Shia Woman” by Raja2 Ne3meh (Rajaa Nemeh). Hameed will become the father of Rajaa

How the Gods were created? (May 5, 2010)

            In India, oral transmission of the sacred texts or Books is considered far more reliable than transcribed Books such as the Vedas and later the Upanishads.  The vast masses of illiterates in India memorize the Vedas in songs chanted in groups.  It is the same process with Islam.  Illiterate Moslems and Moslems who cannot read and comprehend the Arabic slang of the tribe of Kuraich of Mecca that is used to write the Koran are made to memorize the verses since childhood in “madrassa”(Islamic schools for studying the Koran); memorization is enhanced by learning in rime chanting cadence.

            According to the Vedas, in the beginning, a vast chaos is vibrating with cosmic sounds. Then, the cosmic sounds or background noise transform into vowels that are attached to consonants.  Thus, words are created to compose the Vedas.  The Vedas have thus no author; they are the wordings of the universe, the unlimited depth of the universe.  As the Vedas started to be composed by authors through the various founding texts then Gods were created to explaining obscure interpretations.  In India religion, it is the written words that created Gods.  It is the same with the monolithic religions that say: “In the beginning was the Verb; and language was made God”.

            There is this funny story; in the 19th century, the State of Texas wanted to teach a few foreign languages.  One senator opposed vehemently the motion on the ground that “If English was good enough to Jesus then we have no need for other languages.” This ignorant Senator had no idea that Jesus spoke in Aramaic and that Jesus message was transcribed in Greek and also Aramaic before being translated into Latin. Papal Rome lost its grip on power in most of Europe once the sacred Books were translated from Latin to local languages such as German, English, and so forth.  The literate common people didn’t need the mediation of monks to read and interpret the written messages.  European Monarchs were thus emboldened to split with the Church of Rome and creating their own sects when politics diverged:  Monarchs could spread the falsehood that Jesus spoke the language of the land, as the Texas Senator believed.  It has been proven again and again that languages create their own Gods.

The created gods varied in location, responsibilities, and set of values.  A few civilization placed god within each mankind and thus, man had to respect the god/spirit and improve his behaviors in order to emulate God’s value system.  An extension of that notion is to placing god/spirit within either all animals, or vegetables or both.  Thus, vegetables, trees, and animals had to be spared and treated kindly.

A few other civilizations placed god among mankind and on earth.  Usually, this god was used to support clans and tribes defeating enemies.  This god was dusted off and cleansed during periods of wars and revenge.  This was the warrior god imported by Moses and his tribes.  Protestantism adopted that kind of god and pray for him in period of wars.

A few other civilizations placed god/spirit “outside” mankind existence  such as in the sky or heaven.  Christianity returned god to his “proper location” outside the turmoil of mankind and no other human entity could share this divinity.  Consequently, various Christian sects that created the concept of trinity (after Byzantium Emperor Constantin imposed this trinity around 325 AC to satisfying predominantly atheist religious structure) persecuted the Arius sect in Alexandria and later the Nestorian sect in Syria around 425 AC.  This war on the nature of Jesus Christ lasted over 1000 years.  Generally, the prevalent dogma in Alexandria (Egypt) were favored and adopted, simply because Egypt was the bread basket of the various Roman Empires and it was not worth bringing calamities on ridiculous abstract notions.  The persecuted Nestorian sect translated their bible to Chinese and established monasteries along the “Silk Road” before the advent of Islam.

As god was created by the written language so was Satan, Shaitan, Azazeel, or Osrael.  It was not conceivable that God behaves as mankind with two opposing sets of values.  Satan role was to get immersed in our every day decisions. Thus, Satan was to play the role of “devil’s advocate” in religion and for the power-to-be.  Otherwise, how could mankind develop without a reflexive mind of asking pertinent questions (and pay the price), even though he is unable to resolve them?

            Mankind is invited to exercise his individual responsibility for refection; mankind is to be set free and reclaims his human rights; mankind is to send to the waste bins archaic knowledge accumulated from sacred Books and to liberate his free-spirited potentials.


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