and it has to be in arabic

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On 26 March 2017, the Jordanian Royal Court’s Twitter (@rhcjo) welcomes King Abdullah II for creating his official Twitter account@KingAbdullahII. The Jordanian king used to tweet occasionally under @rhcjo signing #ABH. Now the king has a more personalised Twitter account and already sent his tweet in both Arabic and English.

my parents do this thing where they withhold interesting facts then act like im stupid for being astounded like… 15 years into my life i learn my dads had a gun pulled on him before. my mom randomly starts speaking german and on that hand my dads talking to me in arabic. my grandparents disowned my mom for like 3 years for marrying my dad?? my uncle isnt even actually related to me apparently and on that note my papa has 28 kids. i thought my nana was from the other side of the country for like 10 years of my life. they tell me this stuff and im like “WHAT” and theyre like “lol what??? nbd” what even am i

~Guys, guuuys...

I’ve just learnt that Ben Affleck:

- has taught himself Arabic

- speaks Spanish and French too

- is so good at doing impressions that when he did one to Morgan Freeman, it was so accurate Freeman told him, “You ever do that again, I’ll kill you”

- won $356,000 by winning the California State Poker Championships in June 2004 - defeating some of the best poker players in the world in the process

- filmed four movies simultaneously in 2001: Pearl Harbor, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Changing Lanes, and The Sum of All Fears 

- began an intense two-hour a day workout regime the day after he was cast as Batman

- received a lifetime ban from playing blackjack at the Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino due to his ‘counting cards’ skills


Which tells me:

1. He’s fucking smart. I mean, he can pick up/learn languages pretty well (one of which is Arabic, Damian are you listening and he majored in Middle Eastern Affairs in college) and he is a boss at poker/blackjack.

2. He’s a workaholic. Look, I’ve never made a film (or even a short video) in my entire life, but he did 4 in one year at the same time and I bet he’s done similar workloads throughout his career. Also, see: two-hour a day workout regime for more evidence.

3. He can do good enough impressions to freak the fuck out of God™.


Ergo

= Ben Affleck is well on his way to being Ultimate Batman

All Hail the mighty Bat!

Originally posted by ageofsuperheroes

(edit: someone didn’t like my previous gif-use due to literal-Superman-bashing, and I agreed. Sorry, I didn’t see Supes little face on the wee gif-screen. Here’s some batfleck just being the best Bat he can)

ignore me creepy internet researching the fuck out of him to get my hands on this info. i needed it to defend myself from absolutely no one. fucking fight me

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When you walk into the Smithsonian’s “Art of the Qur'an” exhibition, you’re met with a book that weighs 150 pounds. The tome, which dates back to the late-1500s, has giant pages that are covered in gold and black Arabic script.

“Somebody spent a lot of time, probably years, to complete this manuscript,” says curator Massumeh Farhad. “… The size tells you a great deal about it. I mean, clearly this was not a manuscript that could have been taken out every day for private reading. This was a manuscript that was intended for public display.”

That manuscript is among more than 50 centuries-old Qurans on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition isn’t about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied the book, letter by letter. Some of their names are listed (one manuscript was written by a vizier, or prime minister, of the Ottoman Empire), but most of the creators are unknown.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books’ Dedicated Artists

Photos: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR

Okay, listen. Just listen. 

Damian and Tim have a complicated relationship, that’s for sure, but they’re brothers. It’s messy and tangled and not clear cut… but you have to admit, like Tim does not do right by Damian at the beginning of their relationship. This is complicated further by the fact that Damian did try to kill Tim when they first met. Yes, that is definitely Bad. But like… Damian was 10. Not only that but he was abused his whole life. That doesn’t make what he did excusable but it makes it understandable when he begins to change. Like Tim is almost and adult and he hurts a 10 year old out of spite even when it’s clear that the kid is changing.

It’s a complicated situation, but you have to stop pretending that Tim is your perfect little Angel Child and infantilzing him. There’s no Right or Wrong in this scenario, life doesn’t work like that. But Tim is capable of being cruel and he is cruel to Damian during their first years together.

I’m getting really tired of this Damian is A Monster Torturing My Perfect Angel Tim Drake rhetoric. Like Damian is a child and was abused and you need to start factoring that into the equation.

Here’s a doodle to blow off steam…I’m just screaming gently inside and I just have been taking naps and thinking about exams and lot of things so yeah fun. 

Various Damian Wayne Headcanons
  • Since he came back from the dead Damian finds  it extremely hard to sleep without listening to something. His iPod has mostly audiobooks and classical music or opera, but there’s also some jazz, blues, and alternative recommended by Dick, hard rock, rap, and metal that Jason and Tim snuck on there (they believe that even Damian deserves to hear some good music) and pop from Stephanie. 
  •  Damian was raised bilingual (as well as learning eight major languages) and is equally comfortable in English and Arabic. Bruce’s Arabic can be stilted at times, but he’s fluent enough to not have to stop when Damian switches languages mid-conversation.
  • Damian has a schoolboy crush on Cassandra, which everybody except for Damian finds adorable.
  • Damian is very sensitive to refined sugar and detests dishes he deems too sweet. Alfred’s shortbread—more buttery than sweet and melting in the mouth—is the only dessert he really likes, although he’s grown to appreciate Pistachio ice cream.
  • Tim and Damian hadn’t spoken to each other for a while when the incident with the drones took place. Damian can’t remember if they were on good terms or not.
  • For all the flack he gives him, Damian actually holds Jason in high esteem, a fact he’s not willing to admit.
  • Dick was the first one to crack “Damian Code”: when Damian’s scared he yells, when he’s upset he breaks or throws things, when he feels disrespected or ignored he attacks, when he’s comfortable he insults, and when he’s tired he sulks.
  • Superman thinks that Damian is adorable and hilarious, which means that Batman has to regularly check that Damian doesn’t have any kryptonite.
  • Sometimes, especially when the kid’s quietly working on something, Bruce will see how much like his mother Damian looks and it brings back bittersweet memories.
  • Gordon does not like this new Robin at all. He’s rude, arrogant, callous, condescending, and much too young.
  • Bullock likes this new Robin much more than he did the other goody-two-shoes Robins.
  • Dick has a “Damian scale” with 0 being a sneer and 10 being bloodshed. “Maybe don’t come out with us tonight, Tim, it’s an eight on the Damian scale.”
  • Damian HATES it when people tousle his hair. Which means that Jason, Barbara, Tim, and Stephanie do it all the time.
  • Damian didn’t have much fiction included in his early education and was positively giddy when Alfred granted him free rein of the Manor’s extensive library.
  • Damian loves video games and is very good at them. However, he is often over-stimulated and cranky (well, crankier than normal), afterwards, so Bruce limits his screen time, something which Dick,  Barbara, Tim, and Stephanie undermine every chance they get.
  • Dick’s absolute mess of a conglomerate accent and his rapid-fire patter means that Damian sometimes doesn’t understand what he says, which has caused some problems in the field. Damian refuses to admit when he doesn’t catch something, however, leading to frustration on both sides.
  • The first time Goliath landed on Manor grounds Alfred promptly fetched his old shotgun. When Damian climbed off of the Bat-dragon’s back Alfred promptly fetched a stiff drink.
  • Alfred has lost his temper with Damian exactly once. Nobody else was around and neither of them ever mention it, but Damian started treating Alfred with respect from that day on.
  • Damian’s one of those people who purports to despise animals but dotes on his pets and has to be prevented from keeping every stray who ever comes up to him. Kind of like his dad and kids.
  • For all he knows it would never work, Damian still wants his parents back together.
  • Damian is the most sensory-aware of the Bat family with the (probable) exception of Cassandra, meaning that he complains the most about the nasty aspects of the job, bathes frequently, and is easily put out of sorts by some irritant in his environment like Tim. It also means that he likes flowers, bubble baths, silk pajamas, and classical music.
  • Damian gets swarmed by ladies who declare that he is the cutest thing whenever he’s accompanying his father in the wealthy-socialite role, which is intensely distasteful to him, to the point that he considers being forced to attend a social event a form of punishment. 
  • Damian’s favorite game is to sneak around shadowing his dad. Bruce’s favorite game is to let him think he’s getting away with it.
  • Damian would rather exploit loopholes than flat-out break rules. Bruce has kind of given up on this front… It’s just easier at this point to run damage control, and he’s secretly proud of his son’s ingenuity.

Honestly one of the biggest reasons I wanna learn languages is to get the bragging-rights that goes with them

“how many languages do you speak?”

“five”

“ :O ohmygoshthatssocool!!!”

George Lopez and his Racism/Misogynior

The Black community has supported George Lopez’s comedy for years yet he exposed the real anti-Blackness that goes on in the Latino community. And to see him call that Black woman a bitch and tell her to sit her “fucking ass down” as if he was perpetrating a slave master role was hard to hear/witness. The whole audience encouraged him and his excuse was that it was a joke and if she couldn’t take a joke then she needs to “get the fuck out”. Latinos and Arabs often think they can’t be racist because they are discriminated against but this isn’t the case, you can still perpetrate anti-Blackness and George Lopez indeed did so on that public stage. 🗣TRASH

Chad's ancient Ennedi cave paintings defaced

Ancient cave paintings at a world heritage site in the Sahara desert have been defaced with graffiti, Chad’s minister of culture has told the BBC.

The graffiti drawn on the paintings, which are about 8,000 years old, was “a tragedy… offensive to the whole history and memory of Chad,” Mahamat Saleh Haroun said.

Vandals scrawled their names on top of the artworks in French and Arabic.

The Ennedi plateau was declared a Unesco world heritage site in 2016.

“It’s an African story and they wanted to destroy that.

"That’s why I’m talking about a tragedy, because it’s a part of us,” said Mr Haroun, who is also an award-winning filmmaker. Read more.

A ship of words, 1866

A talisman is essentially a magical object that has the power to bring good luck or avert bad fortune to the wearer.

And what is more lucky than the names of the Archangels? In this Malay talisman their names have been written in the form of a nineteenth-century steam-ship, complete with smoke billowing from its chimney. 

The image was created in 1866 in Indonesia which until 1945 had been a Dutch colony (hence the Dutch flag flying from the mast). 

(MS. Arab. e.58)

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NativLang has an interesting series of videos on the history of writing. This video is about the (partial) development of vowels in Arabic, Hebrew, and other Semitic languages. (One reason that vowels aren’t as necessary in Semitic languages is because of their unique system of triconsonantal roots.)

I recall the most beautiful moment i witness in masjid al haram
An old arab woman who was at her umrah tour
Performing umrah while in ehram in sa'ae at the spot of safa she was walking in front of me and then suddenly she lay right in the corner as i got closer to her what i saw was something that i couldn’t forget
She was no more alive and SubhanaAllah Allah kareem called her for umrah and in the state of ehram while performing umrah Allah swt took her soul
This wonder me what kind of a'amal she has that she got such a beautiful end she is a shaheed and she would be raised in this state , what a privilege she got,it wasn’t something else that she ended up like this it was only and only her a'amal
I was so envious and at the same time inspired by this incident
Always make dua for good end.and strive for good a'amal and never underestimate a small deed who knows that becomes your reason to enter jannah.

 “اللهم إني أسألك حسن الخاتمة”

Ameen ya Rab