Religious Controversy over the personal life of Rima Fakih

Needless to introduce Rima Fakih, since she seems to have attracted the spotlights at many instances of her life so far.

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Miss USA Rima Fakih practicing a wrestling move on the WWE show “Tough Enough”

In fact, Rima trained in USA as a female wrestler and was the first Muslim to win the Miss USA title in 2010. Again, two weeks after being crowned, photos of her pole dancing surfaced as she participated in a local strippers’ contest which almost took her title off.

Lately in April 2016, Rima converted to Christianity to marry music producer Wassim Salibi on the 15th May 2016, in a ceremony of true Lebanese style.

Whether you are a liker of her page or not, you must have stumbled across a couple of her wedding or honeymoon photos shared by one of the hundred thousands “Likers” and fans. While you are checking out the photo and smiling to the loving comments of users wishing the perfect couple a happy life suddenly….aw! a comment stands out uttering an outburst of hatred, profanities and inconsideration to the couple’s personal and private life.

I am sharing below some of those comments after I have intentionally masked the name of the people behind them, simply because for me they don’t represent the opinion of anyone but their sick selves. They are haters who have no consideration to people’s freedom and right to live the way they chose and to believe in whatever they want to believe in.

This first one is the worst I have personally read and although it had a good share of responses that served the user right, I don’t think she is worth the trouble of writing replies.

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Another one goes up to analysing the source of funding the wedding.

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Last in my collection is from the type of people that heavily exists in our life: no matter what you do they will always find something bad about it! This one is suspecting the couple broke up already and that’s why Rima is solo in the photo!

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Surely Rima Fakih is aware of those comments and doesn’t bother to delete them. The irony is that for those haters to be able to post on her page they have to be likers!

Rima was criticized for calling herself Muslim while posing in a bikini, and for holding the title of Miss USA and now they are trying to intimidate her for settling down in a marriage with the man she chose, -and I must say-a man of a wealth that many of her female haters would probably die and deny their existence to marry!

It is a shame to see people invading someone’s life this way and for a best ending to this blog post I found this perfect quote.

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When is the Right Time to Put up the Christmas Tree

November 22 and some people are already thrilled about the Christmas spirit, and have even put up the Christmas tree and the decoration in their houses.

There is no doubt that Christians around the world and people from other religions have special feelings about Christmas time and festivities, being wonderful times of joy and sharing.

It’s “the magic of Christmas”

However, a huge commercial side of the season goes behind the early presence of the theme in shopping malls and through streets decorations. Year after year, this seems to be brought earlier in time, and people can’t help following the trend and feeling the urge to live the spirit the soonest in their houses.

What does the church have to say about that?

This article by  Scott P. Richert, a Catholicism author and expert goes to say that the basic idea is that the Christmas tree and the decorations should be put up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

If we have the ability to live the joy of Christmas all year long would we stop ourselves from doing so? If peace comes into our life with what this wonderful decoration brings to our house wouldn’t we keep it forever?

We need to feel the spirit longer than just the evening and the day of Christmas. We don’t want the festivities to fade in meaning when the ornaments stay for too long in our houses, and become no different than that painting hung on the wall for years and that we barely notice.

Scott suggests in his article that “we can still maintain some sense of the Advent season by not lighting the lights until Christmas Eve, or by putting out our most precious decorations (and perhaps the star for the top of the tree) only on Christmas Eve….”

The Forbidden Fruit

“You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

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There is a general assumption that the forbidden fruit refers to the physical or sexual temptations to which humans are susceptible. It probably lies in the term “forbidden” itself, with what it carries from allusions to social restrictions or taboos and those are firstly related to sex. The “Forbidden Fruit” is also the core of references to the Genesis story about the beginning, depicting a naked man and a naked woman living together as the first lonely couple in this life.

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The immediate association of this term with sex could more or less be from our denial of its obvious and real significance and the meaning behind the “original sin” story. It is in simple words “The Power”, or more specifically the human abuse of that power. It’s deadlier than the poison of the snake and it’s the fruit that makes you take the good for bad and the bad for good.

What a dangerous authority God gives humanity when he gives it such power; a power to rule others and decide for them.

By leaving that forbidden tree available for them, and yet warning them from its deadliest effect, God gave Adam and Eve a great power. They were given the authority to decide themselves and they have abused it by disobeying his warning. God used on Adam and Eve the game of “Fear” and “Power”. He intentionally gave what he forbid them to have a name so tempting: the “knowledge of good and evil“. Yet he also put enough fear in their hearts by associating death to that temptation. God wanted to remind them that the ultimate power is in his hands, which made life and by the same ultimate power he can take it.

The Love of power was stronger than the fear of death.

There are many tempting dangers we face everyday, including money, pleasure, failure to weakness and many more, but the most tempting danger and deadliest is the given power. It is the test of life, and rare are those who passed it, because human nature has failed the original test from the beginning.

The Renewal.

Easter comes in this special part of the world when it is Springtime. This is a great reminder of renewal, with everything around us is chanting the promise of eternal life, through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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The river is the living symbol of renewal and eternal life.

Every aspect of this season has a story of renewal. After nature had lost its life, spring brings the meaning of what suffering can have, that life not only can be restored but it can even increase, through pain and sacrifice.

The real essence of Lent

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For me, it really doesn’t matter which religious practice we follow and the particular church that guides them, when they are all based on one essence. Doctrine is what we believe in, and my personal view is whenever I feel mislaid in the beliefs and rules set around me, I put it all aside and go back to the essence: the Bible and particularly the “New Testament“.  Simply because it is the heart of Christianity and all the sets of doctrines that shaped the different churches and Christian groups diverged from it.

The language of the Bible could be a barrier to reading and understanding it, notably with the widespread old English version, while from a personal viewpoint, the Arabic version is clear and interestingly pleasant to read. The point is to get the message which is repeated along the chapters, the stories and the Gospels, for all those versions are adaptations of the real texts, which are believed to be written in Greek and not in Hebrew as it is generally assumed (Language of the New Testament From Wikipedia).

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Faith is not an obligation and worship is not a display, all the same, the church is the cradle for our sense of belonging.

The “Real Lent”

The usual words we hear at the church on the last Sunday before lent, are mainly from two references of the Bible: Mathews 25: 40,45 and Isaiah 58: 6,7. Those verses don’t talk about diet, cutting out meat, alcohol or sweets, they mention food for the time we missed to feed a hungry person, and drinks when we failed to pass water to someone thirsty. Can someone tell me where do people get their shallow practices in lent from? They seem so serious in their faith fasting as they watch the clock and only feed themselves as it strikes a digit. They get grumpy and treat others with arrogance and blame it on the stress of fasting!

Those practices with absolutely no substance, put burdens on our faith and make it look more like a dreadful chain which is precisely the contrary of what lent is. Doesn’t the Bible read that fast is to loose the chains, get rid of the heavy burdens that come from wickedness, and to let the oppressed go free?

‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me … anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.’

This is the essence of f lent, if one has to follow, let one follow it right.