Let The Love Ring.

After the collapse of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan’s people gradually start to celebrate many events, Valentine is one of those.
I remember the first time I heard the word “valentine” from TV, bought by my father shortly after the US Jets started to fly over my country’s sky.I was in my village on that time Then I came to kabul.
In kabul, When valentine gets closer, I noticed that The stores begin to import the Valentine’s Day stuffs, like jewelry which is made especially for Valentine. The restaurants, especially in kabul city and many other Afghanistan’s big cities like Mazar-e-Sharif, start to offer services for youth, coming to celebrate their day.
Celebrating the events like international women’s day (8th March) day, human rights day (10th, December) and Valentine’s Day (14th February) are those international events or days which are chosen to be celebrated among Afghanistan’s people -specifically youths.
Today (the time of writing this article) is the February, 4th 2016 and it is Valentine’s Day. In Kabul city, actually this time the celebration of the Valentine’s Day was started yesterday, especially in the social networks like Facebook which is more common among Afghanistan’s young generation. Users were posting photos, indicating the Love, Valentine’s Day and togetherness.
Today, when I walk out of the house, I was seeing the sign of Valentine’s Day (celebration) through the streets, alleys and other places. The florist’s (s) were designed with Valentine gifts, cards ànd flowers as there were people who were walking around to choose a gift for their beloved. Some were boys and some other were girls, I like to say that boys were alone in the flower shop as girls were with their girlfriends…
These all were the positive side and (normal) points of Valentine’s Day celebration in my city, kabul and generally Afghanistan.
Now let’s take a look at the barriers, standing in the way of celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Afghans have their own practices, traditions and culture. In Afghanistan, after almost one and half decades since the collapse of the Taliban regime, still there are violence against women, traditions which are avoiding to celebrate events which is related to the West or celebrated by. Still there are practices which do not allow the girls to choose their own way of living and their life partner. Still there are cultural rules and regulations, avoiding the girls to go outside. And there are people who believe that the Valentine’s Day is for the Christians, and west.
A few days ago, before the celebration of valentine gets started on Facebook, there were and still are, people who condemned the celebration and those who  celebrate the valentine.
Today, when I was outside, I saw many people who were not happy with the valentine. I was talking with a person who believed that the Valentine’s Day is being used by west, to weaken the faith of Muslim’s youths and mainly to weaken the Islamic culture, rules, regulations and root. I said to him that there are many couple who celebrate the event and they believe that the valentine is a day to strengthen their relationship and enjoy their togetherness. But he responded to me more harshly, he said “valentine is west’s tool to  distract the Muslim’s attention from their own beliefs, cultures and practices to the west’s and Christian’s. Those youths, girls and boys who celebrate the valentine are not real Muslim. And the couple who celebrate the day, are not Muslim”. I asked him why by celebrating the valentine, youths become unreal Muslim and couples are fully considered as unbelievers?. He said “the couple are bigger than youth people, and they should not be weak in their faith, instead of this, they should persuade youths not to be weaken, against west’s cultural invasion”.
I am happy we both were just the passengers of the car, carrying us to our destinations, and having the road without its heavy traffic was another goodness.
Now you tell me, is the state of being happy, dangerous for human beings? Is The Being in love with someone is dreadful for the society or any culture? Do you know a person who was lover or beloved, performed suicide attack or exploded the city and drowned the children and innocent people into their red blood? After many years, have you figured out that the (root) or even a single Islamic rule got damaged or demolished by celebration of Valentine’s Day?  NO!                                  Everything is demolished by those who claim that they are real Muslim, suicide bombers are those who believe by performing the attack they will get the heaven’s key, those who are against the Valentine’s Day, are those who are against humanity and human rights. If they get power, they will not allow to celebrate the international women’s day, also. they will not allow us to vote, because they believe that democracy is also west’s tool, like Valentine.  
Never mind!…
My dear friends!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To Those who are in love…
To those who aren’t but believe that the Valentine’s Day and the celebration of other events like this, are the only tools to make the world a better place. No war, no violence and no those rules and regulations which are the main cause of demolitions and unhappiness.
live your life lovely, enjoy your moments of togetherness and let the love express your life story.
Let the love ring.

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“It’s winter” Says A Cracked Photo Frame.

  • The Spicy scent, a few candles and a cracked photo frame under a weak light. the temperature of the room seems sweltering though it’s winter.
    The weather seems strange, some days are rainy some times stormy and some others are quite wintery.
    But he doesn’t have any reason to breakdown the seasons, specify the days or think of himself that who he is or where he lives…
    He remember that once upon a time…
    Years ago, when it was one…
    Then he remembers that it was fall… “one of those lovely falls, which its scenes were fantasized by God himself in the heaven, its smell is made from the odour of the petals of roses; planted by the hands of teen angel who used to dream about her love, who’s coming riding a white Horse, with a guitar in his hand, playing lovely music in the night of making love in The Holy Land”.
    “Never mind” he says to himself.
    He laughes to the himself, that still can think about the falls, Lovely.
    “It was never mine”. The angel’s dream, and the feeling that makes him think of falls as a lovely season was not his.
    Actually it was her who came as an angel and it was fall when she came.
    “They were all the same” he thinks.
    Before her coming all of the seasons were the same, no (fall), no fantasy, no angel, no dream, no sweetheart no lover and no love.
    Every things were the same;
    There was real life running, there was happiness in the seconds and joy in the days. “Aliveness on life” he says to himself.
    She came and everything got changed, the falls become lovely, the nights become fantasized, the seconds become years and the aliveness went away…
    Things become different, as the days become night and the nights become rainy while the moonshine and raindrops were illuminating the scenes of making love in The Holy Land’s sky. The raindrop which is connecting the glory of the sky with the desires of the flower’s petals. … she became the sky, love became raindrops and he…
    “Never mind man” he continued as he was remembering the past.
    Now it’s winter, there is no fall to dream about, no day to become night no night to become rainy, no raindrop… And no angel.
    The angel herself is gone, the dryness made the petals pale and faded…
    “It’s winter” he added.
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Lionel Messi is making this Five years old’s dreams come true.

A few days ago, there was a picture of a child wearing a homemade jersey with the words “Messi 10” written on it.
It was uncertain for a while who the kid was, but Messi confirmed via Twitter that he has found him. 
The real name of “little Messi” is Murtaza Ahmadi, from Jaghuri district of Ghazni, Afghanistan. As the pictures show, he is wearing his jersey while playing on the snow covered ground. Now the little boy’s dreams are coming true, as he will join Messi at Camp Nou.
Recently, there was a protest against the policy of Afghanistan’s government — the biggest of its kind, started by Facebook users. These two stories changed many things, as a citizen of Afghanistan I see every day the number of innocent people killed by the Taliban and ISIS. This shows that Afghanistan is a dangerous country for children, therefore, their dreams coming true would be a miracle.
Being a child with dreams is great itself, but living the reality of those dreams is the greatest experience. Of course I am telling you about the life of Afghanistan’s children and people, as a citizen of Afghanistan and a witness to the last suicide attack. But now I think that I have also a dream, to witness others’ dreams come true.

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His name is Murtaza Ahmadi.

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He loves Messi and Football

(Already published on slant news: https://www.slantnews.com/story/2016-02-03-lionel-messi-is-making-this-5-year-olds-dreams-come-true )

The Afghanistan Women’s Cycling Team Joins List Of Peace Prize Nominees.

The Afghanistan women’s cycling team is among the candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Afghanistan’s women’s cycling team has been introduced by 118 Italian legislators. All of these candidates are trying to bring peace in their societies across the globe. Nadia Murad, a woman who fled from ISIS and become the voice of thousands of women, was also introduced by the same Italian group. 
During three decades of war and violence, Afghan women were forced to be silent and behave like slaves. Finally they were deprived of everything, they became the patience stone. In that time especially during the Taliban’s dark regime, women were not allowed to go outside without a male member of the family. Going to school became a crime which was being counted against the cultural and traditional practices and Islamic rules and regulations. 
But now after almost 15 years, Afghanistan’s women are riding bikes to bring peace to their community. They are allowed to speak, to go outside, to work, and to participate in the society to show their existence. They have goals to be achieved and they are strong enough to fight every single barrier in the way.

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Afghanistan women's cycling team

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Afghanistan women's cycling team.

(Already published on slant news: https://www.slantnews.com/story/2016-02-04-the-afghanistans-womens-cycling-team-joins-list-of-peace-prize-nominees-nobel-peace-prize-donald-trump-nadia-murad )

How Kabul Has Become A City Of Darkness.

Kabul city is beautiful, charming and lovely, located in the eastern section of Afghanistan’s Kabul province. The population of the Kabul city is around 3.5 million people. Due to rapid urbanization it’s the 64th largest and the fifth fastest growing city in the world. It’s been the capital of Afghanistan since 1775.
As the capital, the city is the heart of the country. It shows the prospect of a country and it would be the only window to the country through which the world has a vision of Afghanistan. 
Some reports have been released which are saying that the Kabul city is on the top of the list of the most dangerous cities in the world. After 2014 and Afghanistan’s third presidential election after the Taliban regime, the security and the city’s economic situation get worse. 
After 2014, Kabul city has been the witness to the suicide attacks and other kind of insecurity each month. In 2015 Kabul city was the scene of attacks and suicide bombers every single week, causing the economic growth to slow.
Most of the Kabulis who had a job and were living under a good condition, lost everything. They lost their jobs, they were afraid of becoming the next victim of various attacks and they preferred to leave their home and escaped. Thousands of Kabulis emigrated to Europe to find a job and live a free life.
This is not only true for Kabulis, all of Afghanistan’s people are experiencing these kinds of bad experiences and live their life under an unknown destiny.
Kabul city is going through suicide attacks weekly and is the witness to the many insecurities in the area of security. It has been two weeks the Kabul city’s citizens had no electricity and power to turn on their lights to light up their houses. Officials say that the Taliban group has detonated the major supplies which are carrying out the electricity imported from the Uzbekistan. 
Most of the city’s factories have been shut down since the city sank in the dark. Those which offer electricity based services, like photo copiers, net cafes, and many other businesses are turned off. Those which are active offer services but the prices are very expensive compared to three weeks ago. 
In addition, due to the lack of city electricity, most of the city’s services are turned off; the freezing and cold weather of the city also have negative impacts on the capital’s citizens. Lack of electricity made the citizens use coal-burning heaters which is the main cause of air pollution in the Kabul city.
If you have a look at the sky of the city in the mornings or evenings, you will see a thick layer of fog in the city’s sky, which is the main cause of cancer in the long term and is the cause of many health problems in the short term      

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Kabul,The sunset.

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Candlelight, instead of lamplight.

(Already published on slant news:
https://www.slantnews.com/story/2016-02-10-how-kabul-has-become-a-city-of-darkness )

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