November 12, 2008

Grrrr!

I HATE LITTERBUGS! I teach my kids to throw their wrappers and trash in the trash can and if there isn't one, to hold on to it till they see one. Common sense, right? So this morning Safiyah had a cookie wrapper in her hand while waiting for the bus and the lady that helps the kids on and off the bus told her to throw it on the ground before getting on the bus! Safiyah didn't get it or hear her so the woman took it from her hand and chucked it out the window! UGH! It is SO typical! Keep the bus nice and just throw your trash on the street! I'm teaching my kids one thing, and this school employee is teaching her to do the opposite!

44 comments:

  1. Ironic! And I thought adults were supposed to show a good example!

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  2. You would think so right?

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  3. In Turkey there is a lot of litter...My husband and I got in a big fight once because he was just throwing the trash from his car out the window as we were driving, then to make me madder threw some more out of the window when we stopped and were parked by the beach! It really makes me so mad!

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  4. It irks me too! I would feel so guilty if I did that. Its really dirty here too and I get so annoyed. I'm always picking up other people's trash. Yuck!

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  5. Melissa, I had that problem too, now we have a trash bag in the car.

    Muslimahh, no way that it's as bad or as blatant as it is here.

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  6. I can sympathize with your feelings it's really annoying though ..... coz when at eid we go to haram, after the eid prayer u can c the whole place full of trash and the poor cleaners picking up the trash .... just bcoz there is some1 2 pick up the litter dosen't give us any right to litter all over .... even they are humans .... God! I wonder how clean their homes are ..... would v litter like that at home ..... huh (sigh) it's really annoying ... :(

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  7. As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

    Yaaaaaaay! I'm so happy you're making a point of teaching your children not to be a litter bug. I for one, can't stand seeing people throw their garbage where it doesn't belong! As long as you are teaching them, insha'Allah they'll grow up knowing what's right. It starts at home.. :D

    Wa'alaykum as-salaam
    Love Farhana

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  8. MsUnique, I agree, I see this really old man picking up garbage and sweeping up with part of a cardboard box and I think, can't people just put it where it goes!?

    Salam Farhana, thanks Alahmdulillah I think you're right.

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  9. i knowww
    my hubby does it and i cant seem to knock it out of him! it must be an egyptian thing.

    i keep saying that its haram to rubbish our earth and Allah made us to care over the earth etc... still cant get through.

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  10. Thanks for making your kids responsible citizens :)

    I was taught the same as you are teaching your kids, but most other people here do differently also.

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  11. I love you!

    That is one of the things about Egypt that really bothers me! All that litter!

    I've gotten my husband to *mostly* stop littering and now he tells other people too. I say Allah gave us this place to live and we wouldn't litter in someone else's house. It seemed to get through.

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  12. Slms
    I wonder if it is one of those "cultural" things? not that it an excuse though. Here in Malaysia we see that as well, and yes it is the adult citizens most of the time littering. what a bad expample.

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  13. Ange..keep training him.

    I refuse to believe its anywhere as bad in Canada or any other civilized western country.

    Miss A, I know, people just keep their house clean and throw the trash outside.

    Ayesha, Absolutely not an excuse. What is it? Folklore of throwing trash on the street? Not buying it.

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  14. Assalam-alaikam,
    This is a big bugbear with me too, I'm strict with my kids about this, because its wrong and also because non-Muslims see the way you behave and judge all Muslims by it. It doesn't kill someone too carry their rubbish to the next bin or even home. Why spoil a place for the next person that comes along, when the person before left it nice and neat for you.

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  15. Umm Salihah, There's also a problem when the place is already spoiled. We have been walking down a sidewalk with trash all along the floor and one kid asked why don't we just throw this on the ground with them? I told her because it's wrong, and just because everyone else does it, doesn't mean it's ok.

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  16. I do this with my kids too...but sometimes I have to addmit we slip...but mostly Alhamdu lelah we don't litter...we evn make it our bussiness to leave our place clean for others ....but sometimes it's difficult when you have company...then I'm treated like a weirdo...go figure!!

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  17. Umelbanat, I get weird looks when I chase after a piece of litter that's flown away or even push my chair in when I get up. We were taught that in kindergarten.

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  18. Sonali2:52 PM

    Mona,

    The kids would be confused as to whom to believe - the Mummy or the School employee.

    What would happen when these kids are taught about the theory of evolution in biology class. Would that not contradict the theory of Adam and Eve by the Quaranic teachers. Wouldn't the kids be really confused!

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  19. I Sonali, I think there's a huge difference. Not throwing trash on the floor is just common sense, just as it's fact that T-H make the TH sound not the S sound. As for Evolution, it's not taught at our school.

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  20. Sonali3:09 PM

    Mona,

    Ooops, are you serious!! So would the kids end up believing the Adam-Eve story.

    Is this sommon across egypt?

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  21. Sonali3:10 PM

    I meant to say "is this common across egypt"

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  22. Sonali, don't be daft.

    As Muslims this is what we believe and it's also what is taught in the Coptic's class in their school as well.

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  23. Sonali3:16 PM

    Mona,

    sis, kool. iam really surprised though and feel for the future of the kids.

    Anyway, iam curious to know if this a common thing across egypt. So, arent there any professional biologists in Egypt.

    From this perspective, I really think that my kid is a little lucky.

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  24. Sonali, I don't know because in the years I've lived here this is the only school my kids have gone to but common sense tells me most schools teach what the religion says.

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  25. Sonali3:43 PM

    Mona,
    ok, i agree with you, but what would the kids do when they want to enter University.

    Dont you feel its dangerous for the society as a whole.

    I dont intend to hurt religious sentiments; But what would happen when the next generation realizes that they have been taught some not-so-correct things! Wont people turn against religion itself sometime in the future. Because, if one studies europe, christianity is increasingly getting shunned because of what the church did to science.

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  26. Sonali,

    What will happen is that they will learn what the rest of us have. That some people believe A and some believe B.

    You speak of your opinion as if it were fact.

    I state what I believe while fully knowing others believe something else just as strongly as I do.

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  27. Sonali3:56 PM

    Mona,

    No, i didnt claim evolution to be my fact. But it has an over-whelming credibility as the theory has been studies across many species including Homo-sapiens.
    But the Adam and Eve theory has no such credibility from a rational viewpoint.

    Anyways, once about 50% of the population realizes that their teachings of Adam and eve were wrong, wont they start to disbelieve every aspect of the religion, as it has happened across europe for christianity.

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  28. Sonali, Thanks for your input, but this will have to be another agree to disagree thing.

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  29. Srini4:14 PM

    Mona,

    Good dear. ummmm.....so you seem to be thinking with your mind.

    Good, the human mind is a wonderful object and has evolved over millions of years and for us to realise Allah, we need to make use of this wonderful gift of evolution. For the moment we stop thinking, we negate millions of years of evolution.

    Any way, keep it up and I can see that you are able to understand that the Universe cannot be limited to one or two books or one or two prophets. Think about it. Isnt it funny to know that we dont even know what religions existed ten thousand years back on earth.

    peace.

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  30. Srini, I don't know if you are trying to convince me or yourself but you're comment didn't make a lot of sense.

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  31. lool.. what is she supposed to be thinking with?.. her leg?

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  32. 10 bucks says sonali and srini are the same person

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  33. Lol Ange! Betting is HARAM!!

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  34. Srini4:23 AM

    Mona:
    Iam trying to convince you.

    Ange:
    "Thinking with the leg" is much better than not thinking at all.

    Even if one thinks with the leg, it is difficult to understand how the moon was split, isnt it? Only a person who acnnot think or does not want to think will accept that the moon was split by the prophet.
    Even Colombus convinced the Native south americans of his exhalted status by making the moon disappear.

    I just wonder how you convince your kids when you tell them these stories. Arent you leading your kids towards darkness?

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  35. Muneera, as do I.

    Srini/Sonali

    You're not going to convince anyone here so move it along.

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  36. Srini6:56 AM

    Mona and Muneera,

    The native americans were convinced by the disappearing act of the moon performed by one "Christopher Colombus". Iam making no such arguments to convince you.

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  37. Yea, you said that already. You know your argument is weak when you are so redundant. I'm bored of you. Be gone.

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  38. Srini7:10 AM

    Mona,
    You are not bored of me. You are only upset. If my argument was weak, you would come up with a counter argument and prove that my argument is weak.

    If you get upset and say that my argument is weak, you should ask yourself if your argument is backed by strong reasoning.

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  39. Actually I am quite bored with you and annoyed by your mere presence. Your argument is indeed weak. I don't need to defend my beliefs to you.

    Why do you bring your hate on to Muslim blogs and expect anything good to come of it? You are a sad individual and you can't even keep your lies straight. You aren't welcome here and it's not nice to go where you aren't welcome.

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  40. Srini2:35 PM

    Mona,

    If mr argument is weak, then you need to refute it with a stronger argument with evidence.

    I don't intend to get hate here. When you are told something which is not in line with your thinking, you call it 'hate'. Iam surprised that you were raised in a democratic society like America.

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  41. I'm not required to debate with you. You don't listen to reason. You don't understand the concept of Faith. We believe in something. That doesn't mean I don't know other people believe other things.

    I call it hate when I have told you that this is what I believe and you refuse to accept that.

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  42. Srini3:39 PM

    Mona,

    If were to say "Fine, its your belief", i would not have got into this in the first place.

    I just chanced upon a few blogs in the office, me being a recent convert. I have got questions, which i think is very relevant. If questions cannot be asked in any given system, because it is against some fundementals, the system will not stand the test of time.

    Whats wrong if I ask if the moon was really split. I have a reasonable interest in Science and I have learnt from my school books about the influence of the moon on earth. There seems to be a great contradiction between science and islam here. Iam not questioning your belief, but how do i resolve the contradiction? You tell me that I dont listen to reason. Where have you specified your reasons..

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  43. Srini, I don't believe you are a convert because of all the hate you spew about Islam.

    I'll no longer reply to you or your alter ego Sonali so save your breath.

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