Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
From all things earthly, if I acclaim
Thee this land so ancient, I adore
To thine ancient prophet
A wisdom seeking sage whom I adore
The noble Zarathushtra, more so than
all other sages and prophets I adore
Humanity better than him has not seen and will not
and this noblest of humanity I adore
His trios the best guide for the world
This concise, impactful guide I adore
This great Iranian a leader
This Iranian leader I adore
Never killed, nor asked others to
This noble role modeling I adore
Tine Ferdowsi, the legendary literary tower he erected
placed in the hall of fame and glory, I adore
مهدی اخوان ثالث
Arash is a heroic archer-figure of Iranian oral tradition and folklore. The basic story of the bowman runs as follows: In a war between the Iranians and the Un-Iranians over the "royal glory", the two sides agree to make peace. Both reach an agreement that whatever land falls within the range of a bow-shot shall be returned to the Iranians, and the rest should then fall to the Aniranians. Arash is asked to be the archer. He fires the specially-prepared arrow at dawn, which then traveled a great distance before finally landing and so marking the future border between the Iranians and the Aniranians.
Mahmoud Farshchian is the most prominent modernizer of the field of Persian miniatures. Please visit his personal website to view his works. I'm sure you'll love it.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Earthen Lantern (Seljukid period: 1037–1194)
Tous is an ancient city in the Iranian province of Khorasan, near Mashhad. Interesting to know that the Greater Khorasan was a historic region that covered parts of modern day Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Khorasan means the "the land of sunrise". Tous was almost entirely destroyed by Mongols conquest in 1220. Tous Museum is located in the garden where the great poet Ferdowsi is buried. Today I posted these photos for Dina.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I took the first photo a few days ago when I was driving. They were crossing the street. And the second one is a photo which I took two or three years ago when I were in Qeshm Island for vacation. They are my friends: Minoo, Samira and Sara. We went shopping as you see.
And below you can find a set of photos of Iranian girls. I've collected and attached them together. Please click to enlarge to veiw it better. You'll see different types of hijab, from Chador (the black garment) to colorful open scarfs with fringe.
During the Hajj, muslims are to circumambulate the Kaaba seven times, in a counter-clockwise direction. This symbolises the seven times that Mohammad (and also Abraham) circled the Kaaba hundreds of years ago. The circling is believed to demonstrate the unity of the believers in the worship of the One God, as they move in harmony together around the central house which is only a house of stones in its outward look.
Do you know the philosophy of this movement? If you take a careful look at all parts of the world from tiny atoms to large galaxies, all round around a center. Life is based on circulation:
Electrons round around the atom core;
The movement of blood around the body;
The circulation of water around the world;
Earth rounds around the sun;
Solar System rounds around the Milkway galaxy;
Angels round around the God throne;
And pilgrims also round around the Kaba, and worship the God.
Good to know that undressing of clothes is just a symbolic representation of my removal of everything associated with me, except myself, my soul. By doing this I am going into the presence of my Lord alone. It's only me and my Lord, with no one in between.
Isn't it nice?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Today I noticed that Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo posted a nice photo of Persian Gulf; But unfortunately she named it the false name of Arabian Gulf. He put a link to check out the wiki on the naming dispute of the Arabian/Persian Gulf.
Considering the historical background of the name Persian Gulf, Sir Arnold Wilson mentions in a book, published in 1928 that:
“No water channel has been so significant as PERSIAN GULF to the geologists, archaeologists, geographers, merchants, politicians, excursionists, and scholars whether in past or in present. This water channel which separates the Iran Plateau from the Arabia Plate, has enjoyed an Iranian Identity since at least 2200 years ago."
It is interesting to know that from among 6000 existing historical maps published upto 1890, there are only three maps mentioning Arabic Gulf.
Please read this UN Report if you are interested to know the TRUTH:
"That (manasik-prescribed duties of Hajj is the obligation that mankind owes to Allah) and whoever honours the sacred things of Allah, then that is better for him with his lord. The cattle are lawful to you, except those (that will be) mentioned to you (as exceptions) so shun the abomination (worshipping) of idol, and shun lying speech (false statements)."
Reference: Quran 22:30
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This photo is taken by Mohammad Taghizade, one of FUM's almuni.
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad is made up of fourteen faculties, namely:
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
- Faculty of Art
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Education and Psychology
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Literature and Humanity Sciences
- Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Environmental and Natural Resources
- Faculty of Physical Education
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
- Shirvan's Agricultural Workshop
Number of female students vary from faculty to faculty. Faculties of Literature and Himanity Sciences, and Education and Psychology have the largest number of female students relative to male students; near 80% of their students are women. According to official statistics, at whole 11,256 female sudents and 7,581 male students have studied in FUM in 2007-08 which means 60% of students were women and only 40% were men.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In 1982 with Iranian success on the battlefield, the U.S. made its backing of Iraq more pronounced, supplying it with intelligence, economic aid, and also supplying weapons. President Ronald Reagan decided that the United States "could not afford to allow Iraq to lose the war to Iran", and that the United States "would do whatever was necessary to prevent Iraq from losing the war with Iran."
In 1984, according to the Washington Post, the CIA began secretly to give Iraq intelligence that Iraq used to "calibrate" its mustard gas attacks on Iranian troops. In August, the CIA establishes a direct Washington-Baghdad intelligence link, and for 18 months, starting in early 1985, the CIA provided Iraq with "data from sensitive U.S. satellite reconnaissance photography...to assist Iraqi bombing raids." Iraq extensively used chemical weapons (such as mustard gas) against Iranian troops and civilians. With more than 100,000 Iranian victims of Iraq's chemical weapons during the eight-year war, Iran is one of the countries most severely afflicted by weapons of mass destruction.
In October 1987, the U.S. attacked Iranian oil platforms. In the course of these escorts by the U.S. Navy, the cruiser USS Vincennes shot down civilian Iran Air Flight 655 with the loss of all 290 passengers and crew on July 3, 1988. [Reference: Wikipedia]
History, should we forget it or not? Where can we find PEACE and LOVE? I have a message to Presidents Bush and Ahmadinejad: Please stop your daily conflicts. Let people live and love.
مزار شهدا، آرامگاه خواجه ربیع
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I am pleased to let you know that another photobloger from Iran has joined the community of CDPB: Tehran Daily Photo.
قبرستان خواجه ربیع مشهد
Monday, August 18, 2008
Muslims believe Mahdi will rid the world of error, injustice and tyranny alongside Jesus. They also believe that Jesus is alive in Heaven and will return to Earth to defeat the Antichrist. Yesterday was Mahdi's birthday. We believe he is alive and will return.
تولد امام زمان، مشهد، بلوار خیام، نیمه شعبان
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
زن ایرانی، چادر
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I took this photo soon in the morning of a holiday when there wasn't any congestion in the streets. I wonder why the amount of CO and PSI is high. It might remain from the last night.
آلودگی هوا، سازمان حفاظت محیط زیست خراسان رضوی
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Please stop Georgia-Russia war. About 1500 ordinary people have been killed in fighting in Georgia's province of South Ossetia. It's really a disastrous tragedy!
Photo from Yahoo!