About My Late Father PBUH! Reply

About My Late Father PBUH.

September 16th 2015

Father

Day before yesterday my granddaughter Sibel was in tantrums because I guess she missed her Mother who had to go to Dubai for a day because of Official Business. Today she was very happy with her Mother’s return – and even hymning Twinkle – Twinkle Little Star! The tune is there – if not the words!

I wondered out aloud and comparing my granddaughter time with our times – because even in the bloody Zanzibar Revolution with killings and atrocities committed against Omani Arabs especially – even outside our street – but we were afraid to express our feelings of acute shock and fears! Afraid that if you said something out of turn – you may end with a slap – even if you were so scared and afraid!

Our children nowadays – and their children too – have more freedom and expression = and show of real emotions – unhindered and unblocked – than we ever dreamt to have! Our times were different to theirs now – Allah God Be Praised.

Our Late Father knew top VIPs in Oman. He rode the same donkey to school. I have written a lot about him in My Books – www.myownmajid.com

He always forbade us of living beyond our means – and taking bribes and corruption! He said to us – Do not disgrace yourself to go to Big Famous People to ask for favours and recognition! Remember your roots as we are just Poor Peoples and with Simply No Wastah or Connections! See the article I wrote on him below!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-old-man-had-said-majid-al-suleimany

http://www.majidbooks.com/?tag=show-no-dogs-fear

My grandparents were travelling from Manah Nizwa – place of birth – and as just mere teens to go to Africa. My Father who was just getting into adult hood saw a ‘pretty Omani girl’ – my Elder Mother – and fell in love with her! He refused to go to Zanzibar with my grandparents despite ‘repeated canning and beatings! So in the end they allowed him to get married to her – and they left without him! When his children were 12 (my elder brother) and 10 (my elder sister) respectively only then he went with his family to Tanzania. This was during the turbulent dark days of our Omani history when Omanis left in hordes to look ‘for greener pastures outside’.

Today I had an unpleasant dealing again with The Newspaper where I wrote my columns for 14 years – before The mainly sadly Indian Mafias and The Old Guards abruptly ended my columns – because I was refusing not To Speak The Truth – and pushing the dirt into the already piled up stinking carpet!

With due and sincere apologies!

Al Hamdu Lillah. Allah Is Great!

Best wishes and regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

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My Letter to The Oman Daily Observer!

September 17, 2015

On Covering My Books in The Press even if I wrote for them for 14 years before unceremoniously and abruptly ended.

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About My Thirty Five Books!

They covered a Dr Asya Al Bualy who wrote a book about one Fatma Barwani Ninja and the function was opened by HE The Minister of Information of Oman.

The woman was married to one Yusuf Himid who was instrumental in Zanzibar Revolution causing over 50000 Omanis to be killed in Bloody Zanzibar Revolution. Yet her story of the wife novels were opened ceremoniously by our own Minister.

This is My Apology Letter to them and then wrote in Facebook etc about My Late Father. Al Hamdu Lillah

Please accept my apologies for writing to express my dissatisfaction for your book coverage and presentation by HE MOI. It is none of my business and it was sent at a weak moment when our jealousy and envy streak kicked in that I had not received even a quarter of similar treatment with 37 books and even on more important serious topics that the country really needs even in Arab Management  – Road Safety etc.

I have to realise I come from an Arab Omani Interior born poor Father unknown and with no Wastah and my Mother born in Zanzibar even if grandparents are Interior also but went to Africa in their teens.

Please accept my sincere apologies. There is no need to fight these things but simply to accept the status quo that without Wastah you are mere nothing trifle unfortunately now in our country as it is.

Please carry on the good works!

Ma Salaamah! You will not hear from me ever again.  Byeee!

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SHOW NO FEAR – DOGS WILL NOT HEAR.

OR SHOW NO DOGS FEAR.

Show No Dogs Fear!

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Show No Dogs Fear!

At the age of 8 years old, four decades ago when we were residing in Mafia Island in Tanzania, my father and I met some wild dogs when we were moving about the island. My late father (died 12 years ago – PBUH) cautioned me to hold on to his hand ‘and show no fear, because dogs easily smell fear’.

But if you act brave and show no fear, they either leave you alone or move away’. At first I did not believe this was to be possible, but the dogs did exactly like dad said they would, and left us alone-despite a lot of initial ‘hard’ barking earlier on.

Later on, I used to play with some puppies after getting over my initial fear of dogs. I did not know then that dogs were considered as ‘unclean animals and to be avoided in touch especially’ – because the puppy had followed me to the Masjid (Mosque). Yet I wanted to pray in the congregation – and someone told my late Father – Sheikh Said, your son Majid was playing with the puppies – and yet he wants to pray now with us!

I got such a beating that I have never forgotten it to this day. You cannot blame the puppies – because for them a Masjid looks just like another building from their side – and it is up to you to keep them away – and actually not play with them in the first instance!

At times in life, one meets with a lot of situations like above when you are called upon to make difficult and hard decisions and choices. Life is full of making tough decisions and choices. One option is to do nothing and pretend that the problem is not there, the other is as is being said ‘to catch the bull by its horns’ when you have to act – sometimes fast too!

Sometimes you make decisions in life which at the time may seem right, only to find out later that you should have acted otherwise. Or you leave an option which you think is wrong, only to find out later that it was the better idea and choice. But the saying always holds true-‘those who dare-actually win’! Those who never try, never win’! Or as they say – the birds fly – because they know they can – or you you can never know how far you can go; till you have tried first!

Sometimes situations force you to behave in a way that you would not normally behave otherwise. This I had found out recently very difficult to pursue, but in the end I did so despite my own personal first inclinations and feelings – that my sanity, integrity and respects must first come first and foremost – so I quit the place after a long goodbye. I would have eventually been the loser, and those adversaries and those against me from the outset as the winners.

My late father used to advise me from the incident of the dogs. He used to tell me ‘if you show fear, or run away, the dogs like it more- because you are condescending yourself to their own level-and they will chase you for sure’.

My late father used to advise me from the incident of the dogs. He used to tell me ‘if you show fear, or run away, the dogs like it more- because you are condescending yourself to their own level-and they will chase you for sure’.

He also advised us his children – If you are in a dhow (boat) where everyone is One-Eyed – including the Captain – close one eye – otherwise they will come and take out one eye in their fits of envy and jealousy – and you never know because they could blind you completely in their eagerness to take out one eye so you can be like them!

They also say – do not bang your head against brick walls – only you have your head hurt and swollen in the process – and the brick wall is not even touched! You simply cannot remove people’s bias and dim-witted subjective individualistic views – so why try at all!

It is also said by the Romans that those that the gods want to destroy they make them lose their senses – and make them not see, hear or speak too in the process.

So why fight the system and the situation. There is no point or added use or advantage. You become the victim of circumstances by your own hand by showing you are different from others – and for making a stand and for being forthright and firm in your stand – views, focus and determination! Go with the tide – even if all the fish are dead – act dead also!

There are more important things in life than to be listened to and to be heard your case and situation. Even our own Great Prophet PBUH met the same experience from the idol worshippers in Mecca! And the hypocrites that pretended to go on – when they were actually against our Great Prophet PBUH. People destined for doom and destruction cannot be saved – especially when they do not want to be saved – so move along – let it go – let it pass!

The Chinese have this expression that I really like – If you are digging a grave for your enemy; dig two – and keep one for yourself! This saying speaks volumes in itself! Don’t you agree?

There is also this point as in our Religion. Do not ask for any help or favours from human beings – because you lose your standing, respects and esteem by doing so! Ask only your Allah SWT – God Only – because He likes to be asked – and to give!

It then made me convinced that I MUST GO ON NOW before it is too late! Especially for myself – because no one knows how long we shall live (leave?) in this world!

In one of the scenes in The Film – Moses –The Ten Commandments – The Great Prophet (PBUH) is seen to lament why he was chosen to lead his people and was asking God why it was so – and had not left him alone to be just a simple normal person without this heavy burden and load on his shoulders.

In our Islamic Holy Book – The Holy Quraan – in Surat (verse) Ad DhuhaThe Glorious Morning Light – our Great Prophet PBUH is told 3 – Your Guardian Lord Has Not Forsaken You, Nor is He Displeased6 – Did He not find you an Orphan and Give you shelter and care? 7 – He found you wandering And he gave you guidance – 8 – And He found you In need, and made you Independent – 9 – Therefore treat not the orphan with harshness 10 – Nor repulse him who asks (needs) – 11- But the Bounty of The Lord Rehearse and Proclaim!

In this Surat (verse), the vicissitudes of human life are referred to, and a message of hope and consolation is given to man’s soul from God’s past mercies – and he is bidden to pursue the path of goodness and proclaim the bounties of God. It talks about the usual scorn people have of people who come forward to ask for help and assistance – and are ignored – and their losing faith aspects.

It talks about being kind to such people – though helping people is by choice and is most encouraged in Islam. If need be, turning away such needy people has to be done with kindness and gentleness – and not harshness and or ugly cruel cutting approach – because it is the same God that gave you and also facing you – and that needy person who wants help from you now!

One of the people that I greatly admire is Gandhi. On the subject this is what he said – You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. He further said – I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

There is also this expression in Swahili – Anaye kunyima maharagwe, ana kupunguziya ushuuzi! Those who deny you red kidney beans – just deny (reduce) you the gas (farts)..

During this difficult choice, I had, my late father had come to me in my dreams to remind me of this incident (or was it by telepathy?). I am determined to win – with God’s Grace and Blessings I am convinced that I will win Inshallah Amin God Willing. It is not how many times you fall – but how many times you get up – and keep going. I have had many falls in the past – but I got up – and went on.

By

Majid Al Suleimany

July 27th 2010.

Muscat – Oman

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What The Old Man Had Said!

Written in July 2009!

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During these difficult times, I thought it is essential, imperative and fundamentally important to share this one with you today on My Late Father (PBUH).

Hopefully all of us and The Younger Generation can learn from it all – Inshallah! Though admittedly I feel still so empty, vacuum, desolate and despondent that all I had tried to caution, counsel and warn in my books went to waste – and it seemed nobody had read my books at all. Especially A Cry For Help! I had talked about the increasing expectations – and the lack of tolerances and patience – especially amongst the youngsters especially – and how some few misbehaving expatriates would cause a great deal of trouble and havoc here..

My Late Father was not that educated – nor did he speak any good English – but my late Father was the most educated, intelligent, smart, wise and pragmatic person that I ever saw in my life!. Whilst there are many problems Father to Son Relationships – My Father and I were Best Friends to say the least. We could communicate and touch base at the highest levels. I try to do the very same with my children too.

This is an extract about My Late Father (Peace Be Upon Him) and from My Book A Cry For Help! – A.15 – The Oman FM Radio Interview – in June 2007. The Announcer is Mrs. Judith Razaq (JR) and me (MS)

JR – Majid – Who has the greatest influence in your life than anybody else?

MS – I think it is my Father more than anybody else because my Father was straight forward.

He made a lot of friends and he also made a lot of enemies too. Because if somebody had upset him- he never went about a long way to tell him so. My Father sometimes when we invite guests to our house – he is dead now- so Father – Father please Father -Please put the brakes on! He would say – the food is for you – eat it – I am not going to tell you more than once! You are the guests – the food is for you – please eat it. I tell Father – you do not have to tell them these things! You know he is straight forward. And he has been telling us- that you should not be scared or to be afraid!

Always tell the truth even if it may cost you – you must do the right correct same thing. But please do not go for lies and deceptions.

My late Father was particularly against taking loans (interests!) and living beyond our means – or trying to brag and show off in life. He also told us – Do not be deceived you have a rich powerful family, relative or friend – because nobody is going to help you – except yourself and your Lord only! To Him you go for help and salvation – and nobody else – if you want to be happy and live comfortably in this world! Live within your means – and do not overspent – or be stingy in life! Also earn your living honestly and sincerely!

And yes – Do not be jealous and envious of others especially within your own family! Because God does not like this in men. He is The Giver and The Provider – and He decides whom to give (more or less) or not at all. When you become jealous and envious – it means in other words that you are challenging The Lord himself!

Do not ask for kindness, mercies and favours from anyone in this life – except the Lord only! But if somebody came to you for help and assistance – help him – because The Lord favours those who are kind and compassionate to their fellow human beings – and The Lord is particularly angry on those who can help but do not – it is the same Lord who gave you that is denying him – and the Lord is testing you now!

Do not be obstinate and difficult in life – and listen to the advices of your parents and elders. Respect others and their belongings – just as you are doing yours and would not want others to harm yours either. A good Muslim is one who wants the same good things for himself for others to have too! Work hard and diligently for yourself and for your family – and never put all your faith and trust in people – because they can let you down badly and unexpectedly!

My Father ended being just a Grocery Shopkeeper in his life – though he rode the same donkey to school with people who were his peers in becoming great public figures and very rich and powerful elites – from his home village in Hail Al Ghaaf – Quriyaat – and after his parents had moved from Manah in Nizwa!

If we only had listened – To what the Old Man had said!! A great man lived – and went! May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – Amin… Take Care!

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Stick Together As One!

As kids, we have read all these stories. Most of us have been told these stories by our parents, grandparents or have read them in school too!! How come we conveniently have forgotten all these now?

This is the story of the Father laying on his deathbed and calling his children around him. Then he gives each child a stick and asks them to break the stick in two. Each one of them is able to do that. Then he takes all the sticks and ties them up in a bundle. He then asks each child to do the same. None of them are able to break up the bundle.

Each one of them looks in amazement and awe at their dying father and what he is now up to. Then the father cautions – so long as you stick together as one, nothing will ever happen to you in your lives. But if you get out of the bundle and be as a single stick, everyone outside can break you into two. You must always be together and act as one.

Remember this always my children! If you want to bring in drama and heroics in, the father soon dies after saying this. In real life, the father lives a bit longer, before the last breath leaves his body, giving enough time for his children to do their home works and comprehend their father’s teachings

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He had said – Do not do bad things to others! Especially to someone who considers you as a friend – trusts you – and has simply done nothing wrong to you! Because – What Goes Around; Comes Around! You will be punished in this world itself – before even they bury you in your grave! 

READ & VIEW ALSO THESE! – 

http://majidwrite.com/2013/09/18/a-letter-to-my-heart-by-majid-al-suleimany/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy5EFYT-XwY

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=a+letter+to+my+heart

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The Second Final Book!

The End of My Columns!

No More – Between Us Only!

Goodbye; Between Us Only! My New Book!

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About The Book!

I        PREFACE

This book is the 11th book in The Series – Between Us Only! And my 21st book so far.

It is recommended that this book be read together with this book: –

Writing: My Passion! – www.createspace.com/5085322

* Also – Goodbye; Between Us Only! – www.createspace.com/5139836

There were some articles missed out in the above * book after the end and the collapse of my column articles in November 2013 – more than a year ago!

What is of paramount importance is to get all my articles Post last Between Us Only1 series – Wipe My Tears! The book was published in June 2013 – all intended to put all my books in one place for further references and for record purposes!

I have also included all those articles after end of my columns mainly based on ‘a Technicality’ that was designed to stop and to end my columns.

I was keeping to myself and trying to avoid conflict – but still people were after me! So I decided to accept the challenge – and write and record this book as last of my columns writings for future records and references.

No one can kill the spirit, soul and heart of a Writer – because so long as a Writer will live he will not stop writing!

As Jules Renard had said – No one considers a Writer as ridiculous – even if he does not make any money! So there! Besides, I had posted this in all The Social Media – November 13, 2014

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This book is the 11th book in The Series – Between Us Only! And my 21 book so far. 

In order to expedite the book publishing process, minimal images are going to be inserted.

Paramount importance is to get all my articles Post last Between Us Only1 series – Wipe My Tears! The book was published in June 2013 – all intended to put all my books in one place for further references and for record purposes!

I have also included all those articles after end of my columns mainly based on ‘a Technicality’ designed to stop and to end my columns.

I was keeping to myself and trying to avoid conflict – but still people were after me! So I decided to accept the challenge – and write and record this book as the last of my columns writings for future records and references.

No one can kill the spirit, soul and heart of a Writer – because so long as a Writer will live he will not stop writing!

As Jules Renard had said – No one considers a Writer as ridiculous – even if he does not make any money! So there! Besides, I had posted this in all The Social Media – November 13, 2014

Why are we so set against each other? We will support The Foreigner and The Expatriate but not esteem and value our own! We do not have trust and confidence on our own! It is part of this great CURSE Jealousy, Envy and Bad Hearts within us! Bad unfeeling uncaring hearts inside some of us only! Pure evil-like just as is ISIL!

  • It takes only one person to destroy the works that took so many others so many years to build – and we never learn until it is too late!
  • Do Not Cry It Is Over! Be Happy That It Has Happened!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

December 5th 2014.

 

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This Is Goodbye To ‘Between Us Only’!

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Goodbye; Between Us Only! My New Book!

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About The Book!

Goodbye; Between Us Only!

 They Will Not Publish This! 

This book is the 10th book in The Series – Between Us Only! And my 20th book so far. 

In order to expedite the book publishing process, minimal images are going to be inserted.

Paramount importance is to get all my articles Post last Between Us Only1 series – Wipe My Tears! The book was published in June 2013 – all intended to put all my books in one place for further references and for record purposes!

I have also included all those articles after end of my columns mainly based on ‘a Technicality’ designed to stop and to end my columns.

I was keeping to myself and trying to avoid conflict – but still people were after me! So I decided to accept the challenge – and write and record this book as the last of my columns writings for future records and references.

No one can kill the spirit, soul and heart of a Writer – because so long as a Writer will live he will not stop writing!

As Jules Renard had said – No one considers a Writer as ridiculous – even if he does not make any money! So there! Besides, I had posted this in all The Social Media – November 13, 2014

Why are we so set against each other? We will support The Foreigner and The Expatriate but not esteem and value our own! We do not have trust and confidence on our own! It is part of this great CURSE Jealousy, Envy and Bad Hearts within us! Bad unfeeling uncaring hearts inside some of us only! Pure evil-like just as is ISIL!

  • It takes only one person to destroy the works that took so many others so many years to build – and we never learn until it is too late!
  • Do Not Cry It Is Over! Be Happy That It Has Happened!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

November 30th, 2014

More Serious Issues At Stake! Reply

September 3, 2014

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For Coming Week.

Between Us Only!

More Serious Issues at Stake!

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed! – Ray Goforth

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*** Introduction              

It was a pleasant surprise – after the earlier third parties messages sent – that The Chief Editor had called me asking me ‘for a new page and in burying the hatchet – so to speak’ to ‘resume my articles’ – and his assuring comforting words to me that ‘you are an Omani Writer – this newspaper is Omani – and you are writing in your own country too!’ – So I have decided to accept the challenge in resuming it!

Surely out there – there will be quite a lot pleasantly surprised too – and even some saying ‘Oh No! Not Again?’ – But that is life for you – you simply cannot please everyone – and not everyone will like you either! Like I always say – What else is new? Frankly, I have been so much busy in The Social Media instead – and I even dare to say ‘to dangerous levels’! So the change to return to the Main Media is most opportune – and welcomed!

A         Nice To Be Back!

It feels nice now to be back here – as it has been quite a long time since I wrote anything in the esteemed newspaper in the format of any article. Frankly, I have been so much busy in The Social Media instead – and I even dare to say ‘to most dangerous levels’! So the change to return to the Main Media is most opportune – and most welcomed too!

It reminds me of a good friend of mine – a Pilot – whom I had queried a long time ago that as we landed in the Zanzibar small strip I thought I heard brakes as the plane was landing? I thought this was strange – because normally the brakes were being applied after the plane had gone to some distance – not as the plane as it was landing – and this is dangerous even to the layman! Metaphorically, when I used to write my columns I used to ‘apply the brakes’ so to speak as the plane was landing – but now in The Social Media I could write whatever I wanted – to a reasonable level of course!

One thing I have noticed lately – even at the home front that people are at ‘short fuse’ and ready to explode at any moment! My granddaughter was asking me why those ‘bad people were killing innocent children’ – and what have the children done to be killed and to be hurt by this? I cried when one of The Palestinian girls had her legs amputated – including of her mother too! – And poor she was asking her father when ‘When can I have my legs back, Daddy?’ – So heartbreaking and distressing! Sometimes those with children killed could even be classified ‘as luckier’ – than those with the injured and maimed for life children! Arab blood is not cheap as an Arab Leader had said. Another had said that we are ready to go back and ‘ride our camels’ – but is the West ready to do the same – if we ourselves burn all the oil wells to prevent them being taken over by our enemies?

Frankly, I think the World and the Religious Leaders need to sit together to make hard and difficult decisions – so as to save this world from man-made anarchies, calamities, disasters and pure evil – as like ‘letting the Genie out of the bottle’ – or ‘of opening a can of worms’ – so to speak! They have to start by correcting and rectifying all the past mistakes and errors of judgment – and to start in valuing human life equally wherever and whatever they are – devoid of race, religion, ethnicity and creed. Only then could there be hope for mankind! 

B         Still On the Job Fronts!

This week there was a good article by one popular Omani Writer about (frightening!) issues in Recruitment of The Youngsters in The Jobs – and mainly related to ‘right training for the right jobs’ – men for jobs vis-à-vis jobs for men in Human Resources slang!

There was an irate letter by one well-meaning and well intentioned European Expatriate – trust them to be more on the frontline than the others! – and possibly drawn out of exasperation – that someone should tell The Youth that not everyone can be a Manager – or get a job in The Public Sector – because there are many vocational and craftsmen jobs out there still manned by expatriates that the Omani Youth can try to absorb and take over! Absolutely right he is – but we have been tuned not to hear and accept the inevitable ‘sort of bad news’ out there!

Then we had a Public Official admitting that ‘we are flexible with Omanisation in Construction Sector – because as it was put ‘Job Seekers are not willing to work as labourers …Omanis can be hired for administration work’! Why administration work – if not Supervisor of the Labourers etc. roles – once you have gone through as they say – from the mail room to the Top Executive – but you definitely need to start from the bottom – even if for a brief period – before you can climb up the hierarchical ladder!

Reminds me of my niece – yes niece! – in Tanzania driving a Caterpillar first time I met her years ago – and now she has moved up to be the Supervisor of the whole road gang! And the men do as they are told – despite occasional snide remarks – that you are a very forceful boss than the man who was there before you! Reminds me also of my Dodge Durango being surrounded by some youths in one interior office location I was doing some HR Consultancy jobs – and after sort of being chased and asked to stop by some youth in their pickup – ‘You are The Consultant! Where are the jobs?’ Next day I returned to Muscat – and thank God had not yet signed for the Temporary Contract per se!

C         Still Misbehaving ‘Invited Guests’ In The Land!

There was a letter sent to me by one very much upset Omani lady asking me to ‘put it in my newspaper column’ – and at the time I told her I did not have the columns anymore – but I will put it in my websites. Due to space constraints – please find the full article here – http://www.majidall.com/2014/08/27/misbehaving-expatriate-arab-women/ . Whatever the case the ‘more modern (foreign) Arab ladies’ were insulting ‘the intelligence’ of the ‘still backward Omani ladies’ – even if she was ‘advanced enough’ to take her children to a private swimming pool facility – on a ladies day only! – And our invited foreign ladies of Arab origin insisting on smoking in front of the children in a public place – with secondary smoking ‘as potential venom to the young children – many below 5 years of age!

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D         Arab Management: Reality or Myth? The Arab Manager!

From C above, and moving to Local (mainly Young) Managers and Company Owners (also mainly young sudden riches!) – and their complete disrespect and contempt of more Senior by age, experiences, education and professions Locals – with the usual expatriates’ Mafias in conjunction with The Old Guards – that has been happening to me since my last column over 14 months ago! I did write the two Arab Management books – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! And A Cry For Help! Long before the so-called Arab Springs hit us! But who cares? And who reads my books? Anyway, D above is my ‘Final Book in Arab Management’ and as a ‘Last Attempt and Desperate Hope’ that someone – especially in The Leadership – will at least read my books – even if not in agreement!

More about my books here at www.myownmajid.com – including the now published Arabic – Behind The Wheel!

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Good to be back! Take Care!

By

Majid Al Suleimany

*** PLEASE NOTE!

*** The article was scheduled for September 9th 2014 – Tuesday – but did not appear in The Oman Daily Observer due to ‘space constraints’!

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The Reactions Received! Reply

Reactions Received – My Letter To The Newspaper!

Fan (Omani) – I think your reaction to the newspaper was to the point. My only advice is that don’t allow the other party to get the best of you. Don’t sound emotional. Just give them your piece of mind and move on..

Lady Fan (Omani)  – Well , its one’s duty to speak up when things don’t go well, if I were you I would have kept quiet cause its just like talking to a wall. Its not heard and nobody cares. Its just losing ur face over and over again and nobody cares. I will never agree with you the way you humiliate ur self. You are a talented man you deserve the best of the respect. Be calm Majid it won’t harm you and Allah sees everything. Be patient. If one door closes the other will open. Believe me.

Fan (Omani) – Spot on. I think there is a lot of hypocrisy in our society. You call a spade a spade and that’s quite admirable. Very few people have the guts to go openly public in expressing a critical opinion. Did you get any response?

From A Dr. Phd – Dr. Faris Al Hajri – See Comments Here

Dear Mr Majid, We strongly support your endeavor. Remember, the best writers, noble people, celebrities, scientists, etc, were at first neglected by their own people; that is in West during the past centuries. But; today it all changed. So keep up, never give up, you’re a very great writer, never let any negative people or pessimistic people put you down, the most you succeed, the more their feel ashamed of their wrong acts.

Finally, the Universe will respond to you abundantly. Keep up with those who are attracted by you, keep some distance to those who neglect you.

Keep looking at your achievements most whenever you get upset of a specific incident. You’re great in the eyes of many who deserve to see your smiles.  Cheers!!!

Senior Omani Professional  – I admire your guts and in your sincerity to want to make changes in things before they go really bad!

Some others ‘too personal’ to include here – but equally good (or have requested anonymity) !

Missing ! Where are the Expatriate Fans? Abandoned Ship?

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

Best Wishes and Regards

Majid Al Suleimany

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My Letter To The Newspaper (My Columns!)

Dear Chief Editor & Team

After Compliments; 

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for your turning down my article – No Money For The Crayons! For your Weekend Magazine despite a personal call and plea from you yourself to me to send in the article.

The Weekend came – but  my article was not in! 

Nobody had called me earlier to explain why the article did not appear. As my style, I sent in my emotional query. The response was ‘the article was not suitable for our requirements’ – but I guess it was your rights and decisions to accept or reject any article. No one can argue or dispute that!

Sadly, the article was received well in the social media including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google Plus etc – and I did send you some feedbacks – which as usual were unacknowledged and ignored – as usual! What else is new?

It gave me courage to create my own website dedicated to Short Takes (Stories) here at http://www.myshorttakes.com/

Sadly too, despite a signed contract with the person you took over from  –  my contract of two columns per week and a formal WRITTEN notice of one month from both sides for any changes – I was unceremoniously removed by ultimatum of only one article – take it or leave it – and I chose ‘to leave it’ – or as we lot born in Zanzibar like to say ‘rubbing salt into the wound’! Sic!

So sad and tragic!

And all this because I previously complained bitterly for being delayed in payments for over even 6 months – and then deciding which article to pay or not!

It is sad and tragic how our National Governmental Newspaper can treat this way long time running National Columnists!

But nothing is surprising – because that is how things are goiing now – and one has to accept the status quo only!

On Monday 7th April, 2014 there was a PDO Petroleum Development Oman Retirees Party. As you may know if interested, the biggest chunk of my Readers come from PDO and The MOG Sector – being one of them. Plus Omanis that read English Newspapers more – and all The Residents, Guests and Friends in Oman – AlHamdu Lillah – God Is Great! Ameen – Amen!

I told them they can follow me in The Social Media if still interested – and if they have any issues I can refer them to past articles.

Dear Sirs  – you yourself told me in more than one hour chat with you why you left your previous job to join here!

But I do not blame you – because The Truth is people want the dirt to be pushed under the carpet and those like me daring to speak are targetted, sidelined and marginalised.

The Truth can NEVER BE STOPPED – it is all issues of time and dire consequences and repercussions only!

Nice knowing you all and thanks for the iPhone 5 Ramadhan Gift – at the cost of my columns.

Let me be clear! I do not want resumption of my columns even if paid 100 Rials per article. This is not only for you  but sadly all the other newspapers in Oman for that matter. 

Take care and wishing you and your families all the best – and my sincere genuine apologies!

Goodbye….

Sent From My Dell PC

Best Wishes and Regards

Majid Al Suleimany

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Have now stopped writting for The Oman Daily Observer! Reply

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I have now stopped writting for The Oman Daily Observer!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent! – Eleanor Roosevelt

Dear Readers, Fans and All;

I have reached a stage now in my life that I sincerely and genuinely feel that it is no longer worthwhile for me to continue writing my columns Between Us Only! and At My Workplace! The columns have ended since November 2013.

When I have some time – now and then – I will try to add posts here.

Everything (good) has to come to an end one day!

You may watch these websites for updates –

Writings – General

http://www.majidall.com

http://www.majidwrite.com

Opinions – http://www.majidsn.com

My Books –

http://www.mymajidbooks.com

http://www.myown-ebooks.com

Old One – http://www.majidbooks.com

Wishing you all the very best!

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

Please watch this in Our Goodbye!

http://myownmajid.com/2014/02/11/more-nice-inspirational-videos-here/

http://myownmajid.com/2014/02/08/my-own-fm-radio-interview/

http://myownmajid.com/2014/02/15/so-sad-a-sense-of-deja-vu/

 

GOODBYE!!!

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Book One – Between Us Only!

An author in search of   values and ethics  

Oman Daily Observer –   Features Editor  

September 10 2005

Coverage – Between Us   Only   by Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany   434 pages, Price RO 7    

The book is available   at Family Bookshop Turtle Bookshops    and all   leading bookshops in Oman /  Magrudy in   UAE    

Majid al Sulaimany is a well-read, witty and prolific writer who often   makes you laugh and sit up and think on ordinary but often neglected and not   so cared matters in the society. He also writes about social evils prevalent   in the society with a funny touch and lashes it with heavy blows. This unique   style and way we rarely find in other writers. His prose is simple and clear   and elegant.

The collection of his columns published in the Observer and some unpublished   ones appear in a book form — Between Us Only.     The title itself tells the reader the topics he talks about are not so sweet   many times, and many of the articles irritate somebody or other.     Since it is ‘between us only’ and whispered in to your ears he often talks   about matters which many are scared to touch. He talks about burning homes,   divorce, pride and prejudice, human suffering, human fears, social trends and   changes and people’s idiotic concerns to keep up with the Jonesses.

 As a human resources professional, in his essays Majid gives very important   and valuable tips and notes to company executives and chiefs.     Looking at the society’s craze for materialism and vanity the writer asks:   “What happened to the sanctity of marriage as the highest institution in our   lives according to our Islamic teachings — the Sunnah and the Hadith? Our   customs, traditions and heritage?”     Divorces are happening at the drop of a hat. So he advises “we need to impart   to our younger generations the sanctity and high importance of the   institution of marriage. The importance of patience, harmony, tolerance,   trust, faith, and confidence. This is in order to save our society for future   generations.”

In another article he asks: “What is this new ugly and unpleasant developments   now in our homes? This ‘domestic violence’ thing? Do we have an excuse for   this? The satellite dishes, and the foreign films and dramas that are beamed   to our homes? Or is that the new in-thing fashion now, the provocations and   ‘do not care stuff’ — followed by lifting of hand and beating out that poor   creature that bore you babies that you call your own and have made you proud   too? Do you consider the effect on the children? Hey, what is wrong with us   nowadays?”

In an advice to chief executive officers and managers the author reminds   “what happened to all the principles of treating staff with respect, with   utmost ethics, professionalism, kindness, cordial reception and courtesy?   Whether they are Omanis or others, people need to be treated properly and   with more esteem and respect.”

As a human resources consultant, Majid is giving valuable tips to job   applicants in his article “Applying for a job”. Some very important dos and   don’ts for the aspiring job seekers. “Send your application with jus Photostat   copies of your certificates and other documents.     “When you are called for an interview do not tremble and show fear and   worries. Remain cool, collected, calm and in control. “Never ask ‘how much   you will pay me’ until an offer has actually been made. “Prepare your CV   (maximum two typed pages only) and a covering letter (one page only) with   your application.

Majid’s “Between us Only” is a sincere attempt by a simple human being who   cherishes his culture and traditions, and wanted it to be preserved for the   coming generations. It is a labour of love with keen observation of the   society in the 21st century Arab world in particular. It also carries   warnings, resentments, fears and advises for all.

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Book Review 

Between Us Only! Hits bookstalls. 

The Oman Daily Observer Book Review 

By A Staff Reporter 

Majid and Book (Photo) 

MUSCATMajid Said Nasser Al Suleimany’s recently released book Between Us Only! has now been launched at bookshops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 In Oman, the 434-page book is available at Turtles Bookshop and Family Bookshop. Sponsored by MB Petroleum Services LLC of Mohamed Al Barwani, the book contains more than 84 articles that have appeared in the Author’s column in The Oman Daily Observer.

 Majid has a very interesting and straightforward way of putting things. For example, in one of the articles, Majid explains in a very lucid style that ‘The beauty of Oman is that the nationals do not impose their customs, habits, heritage, behavior and values on others. We make room for accommodation and acceptance, to give chances in errors of judgement and in perceptions. We are moderate and flexible. Ask an Omani a direction, if he is free, not only he will direct you to it, but even take you there!’

To elaborate further on this point, Majid shares a very interesting, short and real story about how he got a job in Abu Dhabi. The General Manager had travelled to Salalah and lost his way on the trip. He was not only shown the direction, but this was done after he was given a meal with his family by one Bedouin family! When this GM saw Majid in his Omani attire, he said – ‘No interview – just give him the job, let him start tomorrow! The panel thought he was joking but he was dead serious!

 Another interesting aspect of Majid’s writing style is that he can explain most burning complex and contemporary issues in a few sentences with unqualified clarity of thoughts.

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Book Review

 The Write Stuff

 The Week – Issue 135 – October 2005.

 Our Correspondent

 The Week talks to Writer Majid Al Suleimany about his recently released book

 Between Us Only!

 Majid (Photo) Drawing on daily experiences.

 Human Resources Professional Majid Al Suleimany describes his recently released book Between Us Only!, a collection of columns he has written for The Oman Daily Observer as ‘messages to the people of Oman’. Using his personal experiences, Majid has written on a variety of issues like ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, ‘The Tsunami Disaster’ and ‘Cynics and Sceptics’ among others.

 ‘I would like the Omani people to move ahead in the world while maintaining our traditional values. I hope to help in this process through my writing,’ Majid said. The Writer, who enjoys watching documentaries and reading about world politics, says that he writes mainly on socio-economic issues. ‘Since I am in the human resources field, I also like to provide pointers on topics on how to prepare their CV. I also write on articles in Management and Human Resources which might be of help to the Society – and working environment in particular’.

 Majid hopes more Omanis will begin writing in English. He said ‘It is very important to inculcate the reading habits in the youngsters and the children for our future. Parents and teachers have a huge role and responsibility in it. Schools should conduct essay competitions regularly so that children can improve skills in literacy, writing, reading and of expression. We need to improve fast and rapidly our generation reading habits in line with the global village and the rest of the world’ – he added.

The book is available in all bookshops in Oman and soon in UAE.

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كاتب يبحث عن القيم والأخلاق

بيني وبينك فقط 

ماجد بن سعيد بن ناصر السليماني

434 صفحة ، السعر 9 ريال عماني

الكتاب متوفر بمكتب أف.دي.أس

متوفر أيضا بمكتبة العائلة وكافة المكتبات الرائدة بسلطنة عمان / والإمارات العربية المتحدة

 يتمتع الكاتب ماجد السليماني بالذكاء وغزارة الإنتاج وغالبا ما تجعلك كتاباته تضحك وتقف لتفكر في أمور مجهولة ولا يلقى لها اعتبار في المجتمع . كما أنه يكتب أيضا عن الآفات الإجتماعية السائدة في المجتمع بسخرية . إن هذه الطريقة المميزة في الكتابة نادرا ما نجدها في الكتاب الآخرين . كتاباته النثرية بسيطة وواضحة وأنيقة .

 لقد تم جمع اسهاماته المنشورة في الأوبسيرفر وتلك التي لم تنشر لتظهر في شكل الكتاب “بيني وبينك فقط ” .

 إن الاسم وحده يوحي للقارئ بأن المواضيع التي يتناولها الكاتب غير شيقة في جميع الأوقات حيث أن معظم المواضيع تؤذي شخصا ما أو آخر .

 وبما أن الكتاب “بيني وبينك فقط  ” هو همس في الأذن فإنه دائما يتحدث عن مواضيع يخاف الناس التحدث فيها . يتحدث عن الأسر المحترقة ، الطلاق ، الفخر والإعتزاز ، ومعانـاة البشر ، ومخاوف البشر ، والميول والمتغيرات الإجتماعية وحماقة البشر ,

 بما أنه متخصص في الموارد البشرية فإن الكاتب ماجد بن سليمان يمنح في مقالاته أولوية خاصة للرؤساء والتنفيذيين في الشركات .

 بالنظر إلى ولع المجتمع بالماديات وزخرف الحياة فإن الكاتب يتساءل ” ما ذا حدث لقداسة الزواج كمؤسسة ذات قيم عالية في حياتنا وفقا لتعاليمنـا الإسلامية – السنة والحديث ؟ عاداتنا وتقاليدنا وموروثاتنا ؟ .

يحدث الطلاق في لحظـات خاطفة عليه فإن الكاتب ينصح بأن يتم زرع القيم والقداسة وأهمية مؤسسة الزواج في أجيالنا الناشئة كما يتحدث أيضا عن أهمية الصبر ، والتحمل ، والتجانس ، والإخلاص والثقة .

 يتساءل الكاتب في موضع آخر (ما هذه التنمية الجديدة الرديئة في مجتمعاتنا ؟ ” وهذا العنف الأسري ” هل يوجد لنا عـذر في ذلك ؟ الأطباق الفضائية والأفلام الأجنبية والدراما التي تطل على الأسرة . أم هـذه هي الموضة الجديدة ، والغضب يليه رفع اليد وضرب هذا المخلوق الضعيف الذي أنجب الأطفال وجعلكم تشعرون أيضا بالفخر والاعتزاز ؟ هل تنظرون للآثار التي تترتب على ذلك في الأطفال ؟ انتبهوا – ماذا دهانا اليوم ؟ .

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An Open Letter From Me! Reply

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An Open Letter To You – My Reader (Fan).

From My Heart!

This is an Open Letter – and especially directed to those that consider me as ‘Trouble’ – or ‘Adversary’!

  • If one of you sees something wrong, let him change      it with his own hand; if he cannot, then raise voice and speak out against      it; if he cannot do even that, then dislike or hate it in your heart, but      that is the lowest degree of faith – The Hadith
  • I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I      shouldn’t be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry – Maxine Walters
  • Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even      deserve to be an issue in your life
  • No need for revenge. just sit back and wait. Those      who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you are lucky, God      will let you watch – Good Karma
  • Don’t bother about people who judge you without knowing you …      Remember, dogs bark if they don’t know the person
  • Some people will love to hate you for all the wrong reason but they’re      not worth your attention

Life is very awkward and strange. People do bad things to you – insult your intelligence and integrity – ridicule you as a person – and expect you to remain quiet – and do nothing about it! Turn the other cheek! Let me poke out the other eye – and please do not turn or squirm while I am doing this to you – or you will make me more annoyed and angry with you!

Why should you act differently? I am doing the same to the others – and they take it quietly! Why should you be different? You are a very difficult person. Too many chips on your shoulders. Who do you think you are? You are too much!

Well – perhaps I am different! Our Late Father brought us up to stand our grounds – and never to be scared or afraid! Speak the truth always. And let no one – simply no one – to treat you badly – or try to ridicule you – or make you feel small or inferior!

Frankly, I am the easiest person to handle. Treat me with respect and kind words – and I will try to bring the moon to you! I simply do not allow anyone to rough shod and treat me badly – and yes I react very badly – after trying very hard to remain collected and quiet – patient and tolerant – and even caution and warn you in the process.

But if repeated incursions and Red Lines are crossed – yes I come charging in! That is me – Take Me – Or Leave Me!

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best – Marilyn Monroe

Some More Sayings –

  • Never allow someone to be your priority while      allowing yourself to be their option – Nina Potts-Jefferies
  • Only trust someone who can see three things in you:      The sorrow behind your smile; The love behind your anger; and the reason      behind your silence
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life      itself is a Writer’s love until death  – Edna Ferber
  • Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people      – Baihaqi
  • If you do not tell      the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people – Virginia      Woolf
  • Staying quiet doesn’t mean I have nothing to say, it means I don’t      think you are ready to hear my thoughts – James McCosh
  • Treat others as you want them to treat you because what goes around;      comes around! – Arthur Wing Pinero
  • What the public criticizes in you, cultivate it, it is you – Jean Concleau
  • I’m only responsible for what I say not for what you understand
  • Never put the key to your happiness in someone      else’s pocket!

The Question To Ask Here – Did you give reason – or contribute – for me to react this way? Remember – it takes Two to Tango!  I am not a mad person – to tango alone! Need for deep self analysis and conscience review!

Many Thanks!

Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

October 29th, 2013

Why Did I Write This? Reply

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She Is Still Crying!

Why I Wrote This?

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The Message Is Inside! *

* It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely
uneducated –
Alec Bourne – Read The Rest Sayings Above.

 

October 25th 2013

Recently I have been having ‘major issues’ with a supposedly high profile establishment – which is supposed to be ‘Our Conscience Keeper’ – and lead more by examples and deeds – and not to do otherwise in lack of Professionalism, Ethics and Principles!

Like I have said before – Nothing Has Changed Much! People still act and behave in the same old ways, styles and methods – as if nothing will touch them! And even if they see things taking place live with their own eyes!

Frankly, I am the easiest person to handle. With a few kind words, I will bring the moon down to you. But if people are embarking on the old games that post Arab Springs should NO LONGER WORK – you will find me as the most terrible person on the face of the earth. I do not allow anyone – family included to rough shod me – and take me for granted.

KEY WORDS ARE RESPECT AND ESTEEM – Especially for Older Experienced, Qualified and Educated Omanis like me! I tremble to think how they will treat Young Omanis still looking for jobs!

I am a HR Professional – otherwise some of the emails sent to me by some of the double games Mafias would end in them in `Big Trouble` and even in losing their jobs – when they play different fiddles for different groups and scenarios.

Unfortunately our Omani brothers and sisters Managers and CEOs – will Never Learn – bing so gullible still yet – and these games being played on them still – because none of them have taken the time and the effort to read my Arab Management books!!

See Here – www.myownmajid.com – & Images Here!

May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – Amin Amen

 Take Care!

 Best Regards,

 Majid Al Suleimany