I dream of a place in the middle east…


When we were once the empires of civilization, science and inventions, today we are light years away from that. We have become the empires of violence, rage and corruption. Poison has spilt all over the Arab world, it has poisoned our lands, our identity, our consciousness. We let this poison divide us into sects and sects of sects. We let this poison kill the very essence of our existence. We let this poison weaken and break apart every inch of our identity.

While the west has landed on the moon, built every means of transport and found the cures for disease, we in the Arab world are still stuck behind shameless dictators who have divided this part of the world and made us enemies of one another. We have merely become followers of different slogans and divisions. We no longer tolerate our differences, we no longer respect one another’s beliefs. We have been silent for far too long and now rage and hate has filled the very heart of the Arab world from the far east to the far west.

My heart aches watching the news, the lands that once created such individuals as Salah Eldeen AlAyoobi and Khaled Ibn Alwalid, the lands that once held the pioneers of modern day medicine, math and philosophy has been torn into divisions fighting and killing one another. It aches my heart to see how cheap human life has become, the countless lives that have been lost in cost for politicians sitting comfortably on their golden thrones. What have we become? Who have we become? And how did we let ourselves come this far? How can we possibly be among the richest and most resourceful nations in the world, yet have children starving to death on the very same land? What’s more ironic is that these children are starving because they have been deprived of medical and nutritional aid. And by who? By their very own people. How and why have we become so heartless and bitter.

I dream of a place in the middle east so beautiful, so peaceful. A place where my nationality, my religious background and my political views don’t get me imprisoned. A place where I can practice my Muslim faith freely and my Christian neighbour can go to her church and practice her Christian faith just as freely. A place where people are not categorized into sects and races and are treated equally as human beings. A place where human dignity and human life is valued and cherished.

I dream of a place in the middle east where the leader is not merely a pet for the more powerful, where the leader puts his nation before anyone else, where the leader values human life. A place where the poor is the priority, not the other way around. Where the children are taught the value of being useful members of society, where the children are taught the value of community work.

I dream of a place in the middle east where our mother tongue is not the second language and is the language we speak at home, at school and in the workplace. A place where our Arabic traditions and customs and our Islamic heritage is the norm, not the backward, old school and outdated practices that we are made to believe. A place where western pop culture is left for the west and our Arabic culture is so highly respected and honored.

I dream of a place in the middle east where everyone has equal rights to basic human needs like food, shelter, safety and education regardless of race or religion. A place where education, research and inventions are re-established once again on Arab lands. A place where education and credentials are the only key to success, not any other factors. A place where my South East Asian housekeeper is just as worthy and human as my family doctor from Britain.

Will this place ever exist? Will the Arab world ever rise above all the divisions, faiths, sects and political differences? Will we once again become the land of civilization?

I can only dream….


12 thoughts on “I dream of a place in the middle east…

  1. Words spoken of a true idealist :-)…I wish too and inshallah not only with words but with our actions perhaps even one person, one act a time can this be true one day. I believe it can inshallah and I pray it does. Thanks Dal for always striking a needed chord!

  2. Well said Dallool.. I love how articulate your words are , mashaAllah , tatchee wood 😀 Honestly I feel its a hopeless battle now that I moved here.. I try to look at the bright side because there’s one where ever you go, its not only our world .. This is not an execuse for sure but its the whole world , it is full of imperfections , evil , greed manipulation, pride … I can go on and on.. I try to look for and see the good and the beautiful ..The kindness ..humbleness the virteous the humane .. After all this is the point of life .. How each score on the good and bad scale and what legacy they leave behind

  3. Truer words have never been spoken dalool . I also often wonder if the arab world will rise from the scum that they have sunk them selves into, allaho a3lam. As much as I would like to witness it, i don’t think it will be in our lifetime.

  4. If only dreams can come true… if only we can wake up from this nightmare and hear that the Arab world is war-free. That u can travel from country to country, crossing borders safely. It kills me to hear my daughter say “Alhamdullah we dont live in an arabic country”. When I was her age, arab countries were the only countries I knew of and wanted to visit. Iraq, syria, egypt… These were the countries people would go to for holidays and vacation!!!

  5. I pray that it is not just a dream…through all chaos in history came out of it some type of order. And I believe if we all continue to think there is no hope and the Arab world will stay as such then it will be so. We must be hopeful and try and make change beginning with ourselves and even if it be only a positive example to others, even if living outside the Arab world, perhaps this will create the needed ripple effect for change? But if we continue to see everything as wasteless and hopeless then what service have we done to our homelands and the innocent people that suffer each day? We must change the way we think to make change. Inshallah!

  6. Dalia, I think we have to blame ourselves as nations for what status we are in now.
    We always blame our ruling dictators for our miserable situation among the world nations but at the end we as people lack the motivation to do anything to change that.
    Good article anyway and as Martin Luther king said” I have a Dream”
    Keep dreaming sis

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