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As Ramadan begins for practising Muslims, most people will fast from dawn to sunset without water or food.

To help get through the month of Ramadan, some quotes about fasting are shared below, courtesy of Brainy Quote.

1. “A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.” –Edwin Louis Cole

2. “Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness.” –Tariq Ramadan

3. “Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit.” –Ezra Taft Benson

4. “Through prayer, fasting, and studying, God will answer.” –Monica Johnson

5. “We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.” –Tariq Ramadan

6. “Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.” –Mahavira

7. “The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.” –Tariq Ramadan

8. “Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer.” –Nat Turner

9. “Instead of looking outside of ourselves and counting potential enemies, fasting summons us to turn our glance inward, and to take the measure of our greatest challenge: the self, the ego, in our own eyes and as others see us.” –Tariq Ramadan

10. “We observe that in the scriptures, fasting almost always is linked with prayer. Without prayer, fasting is not complete fasting; it’s simply going hungry.” –Joseph B. Wirthlin

11. “Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the fire.” – Ahmad, Saheeh

12. “Ramadhan is here, Here is Ramadhan. Ramadhan is coming, The time that is blessed. Ramadhan is coming, The time we love best. The month in which the Qur’an was sent; A time of great blessing in which to repent. Fasting for Allah is a great Muslim deed; Controlling desires and Suppressing greed.” – Zeeshan G

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By @Jonah_3000

Subscribed to the keyword Arsenal on 8198, I have been in position to receive all the latest information on the greatest team the world has known, yes ARSENAL!

Fast forward as some of you reading this try to digest that statement – it struck me that Arsenal were exploring the possibility of signing Arturo Vidal AND Jackson Martinez as the summer window draws nearer! Well if you have been following football for a while, you very well know who these beasts are.

These two (hopefully with a defensive signing) possess what the Gunners need to mount a title challenge. Many have doubted Arsenal’s potential to win the league title ahead of Chelsea and a rather aging Man City side – but these two could be the missing piece in the jigsaw!

If Arturo Vidal and Jackson Martinez arrive in the coming months, the prospect of snapping that 11 year-old league title drought suddenly does become realistic.

First things first! In his native Chile, they’re convinced Juventus midfielder Vidal will be an Arsenal player before the start of next season. In Turin, the rumor mill is also churning over, with claims Sami Khedira’s imminent arrival from Real Madrid is designed to cover Vidal’s departure – um!

Adding fuel to the fire was Chilean super agent Fernando Felicevich’s presence in London last week. Now, he could have simply been visiting Gooner Alexis Sanchez, one of his stable. But the media in Santiago are convinced. After the Copa America, Vidal will join good friend Alexis as an Arsenal player next season.

fernando-felicevich-alexis-sc3a1nchez                 (“Super Agent” Felicevich with Alexis on plane to London to sign a contract with Arsenal in 2014)

Then there is Martinez.

It broke last week that the Colombian had agreed personal terms with Arsenal. The source, Journal di Noticias, has been around for over 85 years. They’re not exactly known for wild speculation. Even Nuno Pinto da Costa, the Porto president, has been forced to come out and admit he’d be “powerless” to prevent Martinez from joining Arsenal if they meet the €35 million buyout clause in his contract.

In terms of transfers, Vidal and Martinez are as close to a sure thing as you’ll get. The pair of them basically go against everything Gooners have come to expect from Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy.

Martinez, who will turn 29 next season, has won the Primeira Liga Golden Boot three years running and the title with Porto at first attempt. Vidal, 28, has been a mainstay of Juve’s four-in-a-row Scudetti success and could lift the Champions League crown next week.

0543284001424208397_filepicker                                   (Jackson Martinez celebrates a goal in the Primeira Liga)

Vidal and Martinez are proper, ready-made footballers. They’re proven winners. Vidal will arrive as the best ball-winning midfielder Arsenal have seen since the days of Petit and Vieira. Martinez will work around Olivier Giroud to form a strike-paring as exciting as any in the country.

We know Wenger has been shopping for a Martinez-type for some time. After his swoop for Alexis, he didn’t shut the door on adding more attacking South Americans.

“I have said many times that Europe still produces many fantastic football players, but if you look well we do not produce strikers well. Very few, all of the big strikers come from South America.”

But is this really Wenger’s Arsenal we’re talking about? Why the sudden shift in transfer policy?

Perhaps the presence of Alexis has something to do with it. Frustrated with his limited role at Barcelona, the Chilean arrived last summer with something to prove. In his debut season in England, Alexis was at times sensational. A great addition not only for Arsenal, but to the Premier League.

vidal-alexis_sanchez                                (Alexis and Vidal while at international duty with Chile)

His form was rewarded this week with the PFA’s Fans Player of the Year title. And after a year’s Premier League experience under his belt, he will only get better.

Which would become a dilemma for Wenger, leaving him with only two options: Either allow Alexis to outgrow his team and be sold – or match his ambition by putting better players around him.

The manager’s Copa America outburst this week could have been a big hint about what is around the corner for Arsenal fans. The blast over the tournament’s timing came out of the blue. Yes, it will affect Alexis and Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina. But given the make-up of the present squad, it’s not a crisis.

However, add Vidal and Martinez to that mix and the level of Wenger’s frustration begins to make sense. Did he let the cat out of the bag this week?

Looks like he did, and at last – Gooners around the world could be having graphic expressions illustrating the “Special One’s” failures – well, like he did at Chelsea’s end of the season awards dinner.

CHEAP POPULARITY

Posted: May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Roshan Nabateesa

Power, money and fame seem to be the world’s biggest desires in the 21st Century.

Every Tom, Dick, Harry and Sewanyana wants to keep up with the trend so they have tried to gain their popularity in every way possible and it doesn’t seem to matter how they get it.

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‘The key to having 1 million Twitter followers is by setting up 1 million Twitter accounts!’

We have seen celebrities like Margaret Thatcher, Beyonce, the late Michel Jackson, Oprah Winfrey etc who have gained their popularity through their extra ordinary work and through what they have led us believe who they really are; people with great character and have been able to add value to their careers.

For some celebrities, their popularity has been a growing process from a common citizen to a person with great ambition and vision for the people that they lead in this case I would give an example of our country president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was a simple man from Ntugamo but had a vision for this country. He did not come from a rich family but because of what he believed in and wanted to be, he fought his way to the top and that ladies and gentlemen is what I would call gaining popularity with class.

Times have indeed changed because of what the media has led to believe that being popular or famous is the only way to survive or be noticed especially when it comes this country.

At this point on time I would call it cheap popularity because even the so called celebrities have taken it to another level. A case in point when Desire Luzinda’s ex-boyfriend exposed her nude pictures; the poor woman couldn’t find the smallest hole on this planet to hide her shame on the other hand we were disgusted by the man’s actions because as a grown man he could do better than that. If he really wanted to be popular he would just have done a collabo with her and life goes on; at least then we wouldn’t be so traumatized.

Speaking of collabos what is it with artists who produce songs without an ounce of meaning in them. Do they actually earn money from those songs oba the audience is supposed to just figure everything out; like Panado wa basaja…eehh what were you thinking? At least Zuena realized she was wasting her time and tried out other talents.

As for the people who have “some money” and they think they have to advertise it every other day. The likes of King Lawrence, Ivan and Ketsha I think you should know that’s not how real rich people act. If you were getting tips from Mic Ezra I think its best you know they are probably writing a history paper about him so you should get actual tips from Sudir or Wavamuno.

Our politicians are also getting off truck or should I say they are already off truck. The people you serve are shortage of every service from health services to good education facilities but you seem to be the people who want to be in front of every TV camera in this country making headlines of empty promises because this country needs more things put in action than words.political

The desire popularity has taken over our lives in one way or another which is why we ought to choose wisely because some people never recover from the effects.

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What Best Bescribes Ones Personality

Posted: May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Roshan Nabateesa

Over the years theories and assumptions have come up to best describe some ones character what most people know as personality but until now it remains a mystery to everyone.

Some people have come to explain ones personality through mere appearances, dress code, origin, background, ancestors and what they believe in. Other people’s personality has been determined through the kind of work they do, through the schools they go to; the assumptions go on and on but at the end of the day everyone has a personality that best describes them for who they are.personality-politico

Personality has been given very many different shades to the point that even the people you spend your time with determine your personality.

According to research personality is the outcome of continuous personal quality development process. However it is important to note that personality does not evolved by a single factor. It is a mixture of a lot of things. Some of those factors are psychological, some are physical, some are biological and some are even hereditary.

Physical factors play a vital role in determining our personality given the community that is surrounding for example in some African societies they determine ones personality by their height; if you are short you are known to a quarrel some person. Other people determine personality through skin color (black / white); beauty has also been used to determine personality not to mention birth position.

Uganda has also had a great deal of personalities who are known by their great contribution to this country for example Ignatius Kangave Musazi who formed the first political party in Uganda (Uganda National Congress) and was buried as a national hero in 1990 at Kololo Airstrip. The first prime minister of Uganda Benedicto Kiwanuka was also known for having a great personality. He was also one of the early leaders that led this country in the transition between colonial British rule and Independence.

Our current Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is also one of the few Ugandans who are still known for having a great personality because of the services he has provided to this country. He served as Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs 1994-1996, Minister of Internal Affairs 2003- 2009. Subsequently he was the Permanent Representative to the United Nation 2009- 2011 and also served as the Minister of Health 2013-2014. For that matter Rugunda has been known to be a man of great character and personality.

On the other hand the things that revolve and evolve around us on a regular basis have also contributed to our personality; the current hostile environment that we are getting exposed to on a daily basis is shaping us into the people that we are now, the relationships that we involve ourselves in that help us become better than we were or worse than we were, our family environment is also a contributing factor to who we are. Our leaders, role models and elders have greatly contributed to who we are and hope to be.test

With that being said, let’s not forget the cultural and religious aspect of life. The customs, rituals, regulation and values that have been passed on to us by our ancestors and our religious leaders have been a contributing factor.
Today ones character is best describe by what they believe in a case in point the constant Alshabab attacks have changed the world’s opinion about Muslims. This also applies to the traditional healers who have been considered to be ignorant and back ward not only in character but also in their way of life.

Though their different factors that determine or best describe our personality, it doesn’t mean that’s who we really are; sometime we fail to find ourselves or understand the people around us simply because we are driven by different things and we cannot always be the same people we used to be.

Personality always changes; no matter how many assumptions and theories have come up to explain the aspect, it is important to know that the very factors that determine our personality are the same factors that affect it.
Despite all that, it’s important to know that the factors that determine our personality are the very factors that affect it so we have to choose wisely and not judge a book by its cover.

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Our Silent Prayer

Posted: April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Roshan Nabateesa

Conflicts, rebellions and a genocide defined the road to independence for the different East African countries. We were under our colonial governance a ruling system that we never seemed to agree with. A land that was supposed to feel like home did not feel like home at all so we had to fight our way to freedom.

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi were all able to get their independence; well not at the same time of course.

The road to independence wasn’t an easy one for all the four countries; blood was shed, lives were lost, property was destroyed among other things. The way of living changed because of the new rules that were introduced; land was lost to the colonial masters which made Africans squatters on their own land, taxes were introduced not to mention forced labor.TROUPS

Despite all the tough times, we were able to get the taste of freedom and no one could ever imagine to ever see such days again.

Jomo Kenyata of Kenya, Sir Edwards Muteesa II of Uganda, Mwalimu Julius Nyere of Tanzania and Gregoire Kayibanda of Rwanda were the first presidents of the independent East African countries.

Yes we were independent and still independent but we are not going to just sit back and relax.

Our brothers and sisters from Rwanda who still recovering from the genocide horrors are not so relaxed because of the constant attacks on Kenya. Ugandans at some point can’t seem to comprehend what is going on around their country anymore because of the mysterious murder cases going around the country, the terror threats among other things.

The peace and freedom that we all fought so hard to get is becoming a myth rather than a reality. We can’t deny the fact that Uganda has been through tougher times but we also can’t ignore the fact that those are the times we don’t want to be reliving.

Not only East Africa but very many countries in the world have fought their way towards freedom and peace. Rebellions and World wars were staged just to see that their vision is put to reality but it’s no secret right now that there is an angry mob of Muslim extremists who are turning the world into an abattoir by claiming innocent lives. Our countries don’t feel like home anymore because we leave in a state of fear due to a group of invaders who are taking over our peace.

The peace and harmony that we all hoped to have achieved by the 21st century is slowly disappearing through the thick fog.

East Africa and the rest of the world is on its knees praying for a safe place to stay.

Yes we are praying but that is not all that we are going to do because God helps those who help themselves.
Al-Shabab, Al-Qaidah, Boko Haram and ISIS are proving to be stronger by the day. Each day, each week and each passing month there is a school, hospital, village, town, building that is under attack and lives have been taken and are still being taken. The police, army and security guards are doing the best they can; world organizations are also trying their best to see that countries are out of this brutal and horrific experience but what are we doing about it as citizens?somalia

A case in point Uganda is one of the countries that have gotten firsthand experience from these attacks and they are still going on but we have become so reluctant about our own safety. We do have an army, police force, security guards stationed on each and every building at least but all know that they are not everywhere so we have to make it our soul responsibility to be the eyes and ears of this country.

Its every nations dream to have a peaceful country because truth be told we all been through a lot when we go back to our history. Yes we are praying for a better and peaceful day but we are all going to keep fighting for what we think is right because it is in our blood not to give up easily.

What is your plan in life?

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Roshan Nabateesaplan-guy

We all have dreams and desires in life. That’s why our superiors, mentors, teachers, leaders and guardians have tried their level best to be good at whatever they do so that they can set the right example to those who are yet to achieve their goal and are walking towards a certain destination.

While growing up, no one knows what their future holds or what may come their way. But through the great leaders, like Nelson Mandela who was able to set a good example across the African continent and overseas, through Martin Luther King who was able to stare us to the right path of freedom, and through the great authors who have been able to help us pick a struggle through their great literature, we have all been able to know certain things that we cannot foresee with our own eyes or comprehend with our own minds.

Apart from the great leaders of this world and the great authors, we have also been able to get a firsthand example from the “Bill Gates” of this world. Taking a good example from our homeland; Sudhir Ruparelia, Gordon Wavamuno and not forgetting Katumwa, who rose room the dust to get where they are at this point in time.

We may look at all those people and admire who they are, what they own or even weigh them from the property and the material things they possess, but we tend to forget that they had a plan. For each great achievement that they have come to accomplish we must understand that they have had a plan.
For those who may not know; a plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective.

To get your way through life one must have a plan. It may not be as clear or vivid as you may want it but it’s a start to something bigger and better. If you want to have a bright future or become somebody in life, the first plan should be getting a good education and staying in school. However this does not mean all those that dropped out of school or were not able to get a good education did not get or will not get a bright future but it goes down to having a plan through everything you do; in this case what we would call “a plan to survival.”

To start a great company like SMS Media, the directors had a plan; one which they saw would produce results. A plan which was meant to hold the company on its feet as long as it’s still up and running.
At this point in time, we all know that the best friendships and relationships are all based on having a good plan in life.

But unfortunately we are faced with a problem of citizens and friends who don’t even have a plan to have a plan and these are the very people who have set us back and development has turned out to be a theory in our minds rather than a realty.

Time and time again we complain about not being successful or not being where we want to be in life but we never stop think about how things would be if we had made a plan in the first.

We cannot start expecting results if we did not plan for them. So you can now ask yourself a silent question; what’s my plan?plan

“The Age of Morality: A Fading era.”

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Roshan Nabateesa.

Back in the day our ancestors had a code of conduct in which they believed to be the best way to raise and groom a child for the next generation.

Children were taught to respect their elders, wives were taught to respect their husbands and above all ever one was taught there is no greater power than the one above. This was an era indeed.

Education was taken as an important aspect in life but they could not let that make them forget their roots, hard work was equally as important because they had to teach their children that nothing comes easy in life and you have to work your to the top, respecting everyone was also an important virtue for they were taught one who respects others will earn the trust and respect that he truly deserves. They believed in power yes; power that was possessed by the strongest man in the village, power that was possessed by the elders and chiefs and most importantly the power that was possessed by the gods and the God they believed in.

In a society where women were never taken for granted; a mother and daughter were taken as the most valuable possessions a man could hold. As for the man he was always represented by the knowledge, courage, strength and the skills that he possessed. Only then would he be fit to walk among fellow men; being able to “sit at the table of men” as they call it now days.

Nothing in that generation was ever taken for granted for they knew the meaning of life, love, respect and what it meant to belong to a particular religion, tribe or back ground, kindness and one’s code of conduct.

But all that seems to be slowly fading away and the new era is quickly setting in and taking over every man’s valuable possession knownarte_africana_catalo. as dignity. As one great author William Golding referred to it as the “savagery instincts in man”.

With the coming of the dot com era, technology, media, greed seem to have taken over our values and the things that our ancestors used to believe in and treasure the most.

The media has taken over the parenting responsibilities and at some point children will never know their roots because they look up to the foreign culture. People have resorted to cheating their way through life for greed and corruption have become the order of the day. Hard work has got a whole new definition in this era.

Women have become an object and have lost their dignity to this material world that we live in today. Prostitution has become their new venture because they are trying so hard to fit in the society they live in. With the advancement of technology they have decided to flaunt their naked bodies on social media just as a way of getting attention, making more money and getting closure for themselves.

As if that is not enough, our daughters are becoming cheaper by the day; wearing clothes that leave little to our imagination, dating sugar daddies, trading sex for all the material things. In general they have become professional prostitutes.

Their morals are indeed sickening. Teenagers and adults have taken on the trend of getting attracted to the same sex and for some reason they also believe that they have the right to belong to the same society that was started by their ancestors.

This era has indeed chewed up our traditional values and norms and our ancestors are weeping bitterly.

Will our ways change or should we prepare for the worst to come?