“In one of the last letters I received from her [Diana] just before she died, she said: ‘I want to share this very meaningful quote with you and send you lots of love.’ It was from The Little Prince. It said: I have to go now to the stars. And one day when you look at the stars, you will remember me.’ It was almost prophetic.” - Lisa Yacoub.

Diana, Princess of Wales. (1st July 1961 - 31st August 1997)

Track 11 on Never Gone is a favorite among both the fans and the guys. Track 11 is the most depressing song in their extensive catalog. Track 11 is Siberia. Like most of Never Gone, I didn’t start appreciating this song until a year or two after it came out. I remember listening to the album after not having heard it in a while, getting to this song, and bursting into tears. Granted, my hormones might’ve been a little out of whack that day but the point is it still made me cry. So sad. So much pain in this song. Plus, the metaphor is genius.

Writers: Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, Alexandra Talomaa
Producers: Christian Nilsson, Johan Brorson

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anonymous asked:

But Yacoub Shaheen isn't Chaldean. Why do you consider him to be part of your people? I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just confused

Well 1) I consider all MENA Christians my people tbh. Like even Maronites in Lebanon or Orthodox Christians in Syria or Copts in Egypt–I really do feel a strong kinship with all of them and everyone I’ve talked to from these communities feels the same way. Our communities all support and care for each other
2) I feel even stronger ties with Assyrians (which is what Yacoub is) because Assyrians and Chaldeans are descendants of the ancient Assyrian empire, we come from the same place in Iraq, our languages are part for the same language family, we share a lot of the same beliefs etc so like…how could I not consider him to be my people?
Like I know in the past I’ve talked about the distinctions between our communities, and I still stand behind those, but like…in my family people have married Assyrians and Armenians and all manner of Iraqi Christians so that’s why I count them all as my people, we are all one blood

The Shirt of Ibrāhīm (as): Report

From Al-Mufādhāl b. `Umār, from Abu `Abdullah (as), he said:

“Do you know what the shirt of Yūsuf (as) was?” Al-Mufādhāl said, “No.”

Imam (as) said, “When the fire was set ablaze for Ibrāhīm (as), Gabriel (as) brought to him one of the shirts of Paradise, then he clothed him in it, and no heat or cold harmed him. Then, when death came to Ibrāhīm (as), he put it into an amulet and tied it to Ishāq, and Ishāq tied it to Ya`coub, and when Yusuf was born, he (Ya`coub) tied it to him. Then it was (tied) to his upper arm until what happened to him had happened. When Yūsuf took it out from the amulet in Egypt, Ya`qub perceived its scent, and this is the meaning of His words: ‘Surely I perceive Yusuf’s scent, unless you think me doting.” (Yusuf, 12:94) This is the shirt which Allah sent down from Paradise.’“

I (Mufādhāl) said, "May I be made your ransom! To whom did that shirt pass?”

He (as) said, “To its people.” He said, “Whatever knowledge or (special) thing that was given to the Prophets has been given to Al-Muhammad (Progeny of Muhammad) [saws].”

Al-Kāfi, Usool, V.1, H.620


Stop what you are doing and listen to this



“Oops!… I Did It Again” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her second studio album, Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). It was released on March 27, 2000, by Jive Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. “Oops!… I Did It Again” is a song that lyrically speaks of a female who views love as a game, and she decides to use that to her advantage by playing with her lover’s emotions.

Songs written and produced by Max Martin

Who is Max Martin? Well he is a Grammy award winning Swedish songwriter and producer that has co-written 20 Billboard #1 Hit Songs. He is the songwriter with the 3rd most #1 songs on the chart (behind Lennon and McCartney). As a producer he is 2nd on the list of the most #1 songs. His songs have sold over 135 million copies worldwide.

Max Martin is most famous for writing some of the biggest songs of the late 1990s-early 2000s teen pop era, for artists like The Backstreet Boys, N Sync, and his main muse, Britney Spears. Last year he won his first Grammy for his work with Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.  

It’s also worth noting that Martin’s impact has also infiltrated the current pop landscape by way of his proteges, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, who wrote One Direction’s biggest early hits, and his most famous protege, Dr. Luke, who has co-written/produced over 30 Top 10 pop singles. Basically, Max Martin is the soundtrack to our teenage years.

These are some of the songs he wrote/produced over the years:

Backstreet Boys: I Want It That Way, Quit Playing Games With My Heart, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), As Long As You Love Me, Larger Than Life, Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely. 

NSync: I Want You Back, Tearin Up My Heart, It’s Gonna Be Me

Britney Spears: Baby One More Time, (You Drive Me) Crazy, Oops I Did It Again, Stronger, Lucky, Overprotected, Hold It Against Me, Till The World Ends, I Wanna Go, Inside Out, 3

Celine Dion: That’s The Way it Is

Bon Jovi: It’s My Life 

Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes, My Life Would Suck Without You

Pink: U + Ur Hand, Who Knew, So What, Raise Your Glass, Fuckin Perfect

Katy Perry: Hot and Cold, I Kissed a Girl, California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, ET, Part of Me, Wide Awake, Roar, Legendary Lovers, Birthday, Dark House, This is How We Do

Kesha: C’Mon, Blow

Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin in Love

Taylor Swift: We are Never Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Blank Space, Style, Shake It Off, Bad Blood, New Romantics, Wildest Dreams

Ariana Grande: Problem, Break Free, Love Me Harder, Bang Bang 

Ellie Goulding: Love Me Like You Do