The way we celebrate Eid was carried down to us from our grandparents. Until recently, people were celebrating Eid the exact same way their parents and grandparents did tens of years ago. However, as lifestyles change, change also spills over to Eid.
If you’ve been in Oman for a while, you’d know by now that most people here have a different definition of a ‘queue’ than elsewhere in the world. The image of a proper queue has become so distorted that nowadays it is unusual to see people lining up in a single, neat line. I’ve had many queue encounters and dramas in which someone cuts the line (if there’s a ‘line’ in the first place). However, my latest encounter was a different one - sad, eye opening and has definitely taught me a lesson.
Priorities in a person’s life depend on the period he’s living in. The order of things on a list of priorities of a person living in the 70s differed from the order of someone who’s living in the 21st century – education, for example, wasn’t as important in the 70s as it is today.
Begging has always been a widespread social phenomenon all over the world, even in the richest countries, and Oman is no exception. Concerned policy-makers and government officials have made it their mission to draw the best anti-begging plan, and decide to fine and arrest anyone who’s found ‘guilty’ of this so-called crime.
Islam has gained the false image of a religion that is too strict, unforgiving and inflexible. Some non-Muslims who lack the sufficient knowledge have made it their mission to pinpoint (what they think is) acts of oppression and extremism in Islam.