Fasting for Positive Attitude

Fasting is more than just depriving ourselves of food for a certain period of time. It's a means to achieve something that we cannot achieve using any other means. While the goal of a fasting is usually focused on the faith and belief, it doesn’t mean we are not experiencing other benefits of fasting in our life. Fasting helps to keep both mind and body in a perfect state of health which necessary to develop a positive attitude in our thoughts and behavior. That is why fasting is commended by all religions including Islam. 

The way one thinks determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful. It is the same of energy acting in different ways. Persistent inner work can change habits of thoughts. Fasting is a pure internal training that to put energy and time to avoid negative thinking and pursue positive thinking, in order to change our mental attitude.Apart from spiritual enlighten, is there any benefit to be gained from fasting in our daily life.

Almost every day in our lives, we face some kind of ill experience which is inescapable. Spiritually, fasting remind us of our relationship with God. God realization is not the only aim of the fasting. It offers other advantages. Fasting awaken positive vibrations in one self and in the environment.

Through fasting, a devotee begins contemplating; he repeats a word at the time of Iftar to memories the God and His mercy. In the same way, when a devotee performs fast whole day he reiterates divine qualities, these qualities take root in the heart, creating an awakening in the life. While the goal of a fasting is usually focused on the faith and belief, it doesn’t mean we are not experiencing other benefits of fasting in our life.

Fasting imparts a kind of joy and develops respite to the mind. In order to gain the most from fast, one must feel, “I am nothing, you are everything” and “we worship only to you, and we seek help only from you”. This is true spirit of fasting. Fasting brings a drastic change in the attitude and behavior. Only when inner wisdom downs will that attitude flowers fully, but one need not just wait until then, one can cultivate the right attitude and move ahead.

We should never forget that all our power comes from God only. God is the single source one who provides us power and energy. We are nothing without the blessing of Almighty. We totally dependent upon God willing, even our breath is not under our control. We must cultivate the attitude of being merely an instrument in His hands. We must strive to awaken noble qualities and positive vibrations through prayer. Love and devotion for God help people tread the path of righteousness. It is a practical way of maintain harmony in society.

Fasting that gives birth positive thoughts create a positive vibration; Fasting arising from negative thoughts creates negative vibration. The kind of vibrations the prayer radiates depends on the kind of thoughts of the person perusing. When one prays for the destruction of one’s enemy, one’s filled with thoughts of anger.

We must not perform prayers just for the sake of fulfilling our desires. At present, many consider prayer a means to fulfill their selfish desires. Instead, we must strive to awaken noble qualities and positive vibrations through prayer. Love and devotion for God help people tread the path of righteousness. It is a practical way of maintain harmony in society.

Fasting imparts peace and tranquility in the society. Thinking positive is a very important element of Islamic payer. A simple way to think of this is to imagine your mind to be like a garden, that garden can be spoilt and overrun by negative and destructive thoughts. Fasting bestows a divine happiness which can be enjoyed with such delight that once you take to it, you will be reluctant to leave the habit. A man who spends a few hours in absolute calmness after his first meal on breaking a fast has a feeling of enjoyment which can never be expressed. A man who genuinely practices fasting at regular intervals has clear-cut thoughts; dramatically he can be a gentle, polite and humble.

Dr. Meraj Ahmad Meraj

Assistant Professor

Department of Arabic, Aliah University, Kolkata

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The Robotics Club at Al-Baath University Provides the Community with Scientific Expertise

Homs, (ST) - Robot has become the most used machines in factories, companies and houses, where inside each robot there is a processor, which is considered the brain of the robot that is programmed to suit the works assigned to it. From this point, the Robotics Club at the Faculty of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Al-Baath University is a clear indication of the excellence and creativity of our students. To know more about the club Dr. Muhannad Makki, the Club supervisor, said: " The club was established by the decision of the Head of Al- Baath University, on 22/1/2019 and the current headquarters of the club is the Department of Mechatronics in the Faculty of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
The aim of creating the club is to strengthen the concept of linking the university with society in order to develop and activate the role of our scientific-applied colleges in providing the society with permanent scientific expertise which are capable of keeping abreast of what is new , in light of the importance of robotics science and its rapid development on both academic and international levels.

Achievements of the Club

Dr. Makki stressed: "We have done a free robotic course for sons of the university staff who is aged between 9-13. We will open a second course for the same age group.
The second achievement was the implementation of a course in the programming language (Pathyut). All those who passed the course received a certificate from the university presidency and the directorate of rehabilitation and training. For the robotic course for children, they have obtained a certificate from the WRO organization, which in turn qualifies the child to participate later in the robotics competition which will be held in Al-Fayhaa Hall in Damascus on 22-23-24, August , which is a country-level qualifier that qualifies them to participate in the World Championships due to be held in October.
We have also created a team in the club consisting of four students from the third year (Mechatronics Engineering) in addition to a trainer who is an engineer in the department. This, in turn, increases the student's confidence and motivates his colleagues to follow him in addition to linking the theoretical education with the practical at the same time.
The team has been named Robobonics where each team chooses the name they want. The team participated in the championship (ARC5), the Arab Championship for robotic where the preliminary qualifying was held in Tishreen Hall in Damascus, within the category (Open), which is the category of university projects.
The title of the tournament was (Robot and Agriculture), which required developing a robot that can solve a problem in agriculture. The robot, which was developed by the participating team, is a robot designed to
harvest the olive crop. The idea was difficult to be implemented in terms of mechanics and control. However, as a result of the survey, we conducted an exploratory study with farmers, who consider olive harvest to be difficult tasks for a number of reasons. The foremost of which are; the olive harvest is slow and requires a large number of workers, therefore it is very expensive. In addition, the traditional harvesting is harmful to the branches. As a result, the crop will decline in the following year.
Dr. Makki continued: "The robot, which is developed by the team, can identify the olive tree by itself, approach it, put a rug under it and shakes the trunk of the tree, then it pulls the rug with the falling olive fruit to the so- called (container or reservoir within the robot) . After that it moves to the next tree until it Finishes the whole crop. It is worth noting that the robot has a very advanced navigation system, which means, (a Command and Guidance System), to help it move flexibly in all directions, which is important and vital in agricultural land.

The Robot Features

About the features of the designed robot, Dr. McKay said: "It is ten times faster than the traditional harvest (business) and it is not harmful to the olive tree because it does not deal with the branches.  In addition, it achieves an economic abundance, especially that it does not need workers. Since the robot is equipped with a weight cell, it records the weight of the crop for each tree and thus forms a database that can be used for research purposes.

 The ARC5 Competition

The competition was held in Damascus with the participation of all the Syrian universities, the Scientific Research Center and the private companies working in the robotics, where the team achieved the third place at the country level and the first place at the universities level.  The team then qualified for the Arab qualifiers held at the Lebanese University in Beirut with the participation of many Arab universities, for the second time, our team scored the third place, and the first place at the universities level.

New Projects

"During the second half of this month, a robotics course will be held for children aged between 9-13. The team will also prepare for participating in the World Robot Championship which will be held at Al Faiha Hall in Damascus on June 22-23-24 under the title (The Smart Cities), where the World qualifiers will be held in Hungary on 8/11/2019," Dr. Makki concluded.

 

Amal Farhat - Homs

A Seminar on Ways to Counter Extremist Takfiri Ideology Held in Homs Branch of the Revolution Youth Union

Homs, (ST)-Under the title «Extremism, the emergence of the idea and how to uproot», The (RYU) preparation and information bureau has recently held a dialogue seminar attended by Dr. George Yousef, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Baath University.
The concept of terrorism and its forms and effects on the society, terrorism supporters and financiers and its relation to the war on Syria and its consequences, the most important of which is, extremism in the religious, political and economic aspects, are among the most important topics discussed during the seminar.
The lecturer talked about the terrorism practiced by the social media and the role of society in confronting this terrorism, especially the youth generation, in raising awareness to counter extremist ideas and developing plans, strategies and steps to overcome this stage by the immunization of young people later against extremist ideology, intolerance and stressing the idea that all the people are citizens in this country as well as the need for correspondence between school and family.

Amal Farhat- Homs

Prof. Fawaz Azki Passes Away Leaving Unique Geological Museum and Research Works

LATTAKIA- Dr. Fawaz Azki, a professor at Tishreen University in Lattakia and the founder of the first geological museum in Syria, passed away leaving  considerable researches, studies and discoveries.

He has valuable scientific fingerprints in the field of geology at the level of Syria and the Middle East, according to the Syrian news Agency SANA.

The late Azki, with his simple geological instruments, discovered the Syrian dinosaur in 2001 where he discovered the dinosaur embryo in the village of al-Amoud in Slunfa and the dinosaur egg in the village of Bismalekh.

The passion of the late Azki of geology and fossils led him to transform his own house in Kasmin village in Lattakia Province into the first geological museum in Syria where he collected the most important discoveries and fossils dating back to millions of years  as well as the oldest geological map of Syria.

Due to his belief in the importance of the scientific research, Azki recommended not to invest his museum materially and use it for purely scientific researches.

Among Those Beautiful I Chose You: Suleiman Harfoush and Issa Najjar

Damascus, (ST)- Under the motto “Between the Past and Present” the Syrian artist Suleiman Harfoush revived a traditional musical concert hosted recently by the multi-functional hall at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Art, under the conduct of Maestro Kamal Skikker leading the orchestra.
By his erudite voice Syrian artist Suleiman Harfoush took the audience in a Journey through time, presenting some works of grand Syrian and Egyptian composers including: Adnan Abu Shammat, Sayed Darwish, Karem Mahmoud, Mohammed Abdul Wahab, Issa Najjar, Sheikh Imam, Mohammed Sultan, Sayed Makkawi and Amin Al-Jundi.
The opening song was entitled Safa’ (serinity) composed and distributed by Maestro Skikker. Then, Harfoush with his tenor voice made his audience float over the clouds of traditional songs like HatihaYa Sahi by Adnan Abu Shammat, Khafif Elrooh by Sayed Darwish, The Night of Farewell by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.
The musical traditional concert was intervened by two amazing songs that have been performed by Hasfoush for the first time in public; which lyrics and musical composition is attributed to the great contemporary Syrian composer Issa Najjar. The first called Min beyn halhelwin nayatak (Among those beauties I chose you). In addition to Tir ya hamam (Fly You Pigeon) lyrics writer and composer Issa Najjar too.The song which witnessed the greatest attention in the middle of the concert, where the audience interacted with it by chant or applause, because of its melodious tone talking about the separation of beloved ones during the years of war.
It is to be noticed that Sulaiman Harfoush, is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Music, who has been an envoy to Greece to pursue specialization in vocal studies and singing techniques for two years. Mr. Harfoush has participated in many traditional musical festivals with the national Syrian Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Lama Alhassanieh