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  1. It makes me v.happy habarwadaag. Complaintska danbe intaanad soo bandhigin yay ka/ku socotaa?
  2. Alpha, I'm holding you responsible for all the complaints on this thread, ma garatey? I use WR nowadays.. adna sidaa ula soco. They also use Barclays. Grr!
  3. ^I would and many, many people work for that amount and even less in SL and Somalia, they also share their meager earnings with relatives. It's really unfair that the folks back home are being generalised as free-loaders when many are self sufficient. Haatu;972389 wrote: What I want to ask you lot is, dadkii hore yaa dibadda ka biili jiray oo caruurtooda u korin jiray? Somalis have always worked, traded abroad and brought or sent their earnings back (via friends/relatives) for investments as well as to support family. Since the war more people are doing this due to the mass migration, and the xawaalas make it easier.Teeda kale, remittances aren't only used for the purpose of 'raising someone else’s children', that's a rather cynical way of looking at it.
  4. ^If only the world was so black and white.... Juxa that's an issue for some but it really is beside the point as regards the purpose of this campaign. Remittances do a lot more than merely send money to "xaraam ku naax", these services help the poor and needy and also to set up businesses and deliver investments for our countries development. Anyone who has a problem with sending their money to specific persons, needs to make that choice on their own.
  5. So.. supporting my orphaned nephews and elderly eedo (as most Somalis do), is destroying "our community"... sweet logic Maadey.
  6. Update: Barclays has given another extension -- hope that the governments concerned, the bank and SMTs work together to formulate an agreeable security strategy. Alpha Blondyeey inaar, thanks for sharing the 'dumb' and "misleading" video and supporting the campaign in your own way. It's appreciated ee sidaa ula soco.
  7. Tallaabo;971465 wrote: Why are they all $600? Something is not right:confused: These guys are well dodgy, trying to sell someone's business 'unfurnished' for $600... lool. Hobbesian_Brute, I can't imagine any property in London going for less than $150K or NY or HK for that matter.
  8. Wadani;970692 wrote: Until Somalis understand that it doesn't have to be a choice between Arab cultural backwardness and Godless feminism they will remain confused. The funny thing is the authentic reer miyi dhaqan seems to be the perfect balance between the two in terms of the role, rights and responsibilities of women. But as Somalis are so accustomed to doing, we continue looking for answers outside the parameters of our inherited cultural heritage. A shame really. lool You say the darnest things, my dear.
  9. Thanks Oz... please share. Alpha.. 250 remittance services are affected adna Dahab iyo 'Hag' uun baa kuu muuqda. SMH.
  10. Alpha Blondy;970015 wrote: its been 4 years since i made the decision to come back ''home''. on the 21st of July 2009, i decided i was going back home and came i did . its been amazing walahi. i can't believe it. its been so amazing. there's been so many amazing times and so many great times with some great folks. i can't believe it. its been 4 years y'all. can you believe that? there has been nothing amazing about my life here. this is all hype and exaggeration. i came to SL on the 30th of Sept 2010. its NOT even 3 years. i was barely in my early 20s and now i'm almost pre late 20s, you know. someone needs to learn to add up what i have learnt and achieved. 1. i came with a job, having applied and accepted the position in London. i'm the only person, i know who came with a job, unlike ALL these dhaqan celis folks with their semi-retarded mental faculties. i'm gone from one job to another like a little girl on a skipping rope. (Anyone can apply for a job in this hell-hole and get it just as easily.....nothing to boast about. 2. i almost got married twice walahi. ( ANOTHER LIE technically!) 3. i've become wholly integrated. i wear macawis and use miswak. (NONSENSE! i've hardly integrated) 4. my somali is flawless. my writing is even better. [NONSENSE again! my somali (both written and speaking form) was always perfect) 5. i've contributed back to my country. i've done so much good and fulfilled my contributory dues. (how does one quantify this?) 6. i've got the entire city on lock-down. voted 2011's most sociable person in HAG. (2011 was a long time Alphow, inaar) 7. i've created local jobs for local people...whilst cutting as many as i've created. (austerity is my middle name. i underpay them and work them like slaves.) 8. i've been arrested 4 times. i spent 3 days in jail. i've bribed my way out of these difficulties. (20mins in Hargeisa Water Agency over a bill dispute was the longest. this was faux attempt to look 'rough'. not impressing anyone, though) 9. i've hosted some many SOLers. i've hosted many couchsurfers. i've been hosted too. (no comment.) 10. i've travelled to 36 different city's/towns in the SL Republic. (there's less than 14 major settlements) Mashallah. Mashallah. Mashallah. 5 more years please, Alphow. how embarrassing. some people have NO self-awareness, ma istidhi. absolutely shocked i wrote this JUNK. :mad: Hahahahha.. Alpha.
  11. Thanks for sharing Safferz..
  12. There's an active campaign to get Barclays to reverse their decisions both in the media: Another article by MP Rushnara Ali : Mo Farah pleads with Barclays : Aid Agencies raise concerns : and through Petitions (below) -- please sign and share. Somali commmunity led : And a general petition by MP Rushnara Ali :
  13. I'm sure most of you have heard Barclays plan to close accounts of remittance service providers in the UK. Around 250 companies, including Somali Xawalas will be hit. FOR Mohamed Abdulle, sending money to his family in Somalia means a trip to a high street in Stratford, East London, home to a large expatriate community. Once there he hands over cash, a telephone number and a name, usually that of his grandmother who lives in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to an agent. A few minutes later Mr Abdulle, who works as a shop assistant, gets a text message letting him know the cash has arrived on the other side. This fast and reliable system, developed during decades of war in Somalia, is used by hundreds of thousands in the global diaspora, as well as by some UN offices and aid agencies to pay staff. Perhaps not for much longer. Barclays, a big retail bank, has served notice that it will close the accounts of some 250 money-transfer businesses. The bank said the decision followed a routine legal review. Some money remitters “don’t have the proper checks in place to spot criminal activity,” the bank says, or could “unwittingly” be financing terrorists. Barclays was among the last British banks willing to deal with agents who cheaply transfer money to poor countries. Many European banks have become nervous about such cash transfers after the American government last year forced HSBC, another big British bank, into a $1.9 billion settlement over allegedly shoddy money-laundering controls. The impact of Barclays’ decision will be felt across east Africa. Without accounts, the transfer agents cannot operate and their businesses in Somalia’s neighbours, Kenya and Ethiopia, may be hindered, too. The agents, who need a bank account to get a licence, insist they have no problems with law enforcement or regulators. Cash going to extremists in Somalia is sent in sacks by plane, not from a London suburb a few hundred dollars at a time. The agents are asking what extra measures banks want them to take. Abdirashid Duale, who runs Dahabshiil, the largest Somali money-transfer agency and a customer of Barclays for the past 15 years, says he is willing to comply with any transparency checks the bank requires. He estimates that $500m is sent to Somalia from Britain each year and thinks much of this money will switch to underground agents if legal operators are put out of business. Dominic Thorncroft, who heads the British money-transfer trade association, says as many as 50 of his 170 members face closure. Under pressure from British MPs, some of whom are elected in constituencies with large migrant populations, the bank has agreed to a 30-day stay which ends in mid-August. Meanwhile, a group of 100 academics and other notables has written to the British government asking it to avert a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. An estimated 40% of Somalia’s population depends on money sent from abroad. A recent study showed that three-quarters of recipients need the money to buy essentials, such as food and medicine. “This will mean children being pulled out of school, people going hungry or not getting medicines they need,” said Laura Hammond, a lecturer at the University of London. The Somali Money Services Association, another British trade body, warned that the consequences of the closure of the accounts would be “worse than the drought” that ravaged Somalia two years ago and killed tens of thousands. So far attention has focused on Somalia, where years of conflict have destroyed the banks and left no real alternatives to cheap money transfers. But the 250 firms put on notice by Barclays also include some serving Ghana and Nigeria, as well as India and Bangladesh. More sophisticated and expensive competitors such as Western Union may now benefit. A reduction in competition in the African remittance market will drive up prices. Africans already pay more than any other migrant group to send money home. The cost of remitting to sub-Saharan Africa, typically around 12%, is three percentage points higher than the global average, according to the World Bank. If African rates could be brought in line with those of South Asia, African migrant families would save more than $4 billion a year. Instead rates are likely to rise further. Some observers are calling for the creation of new institutions that could replace private banks. One suggestion is a “remittance bank” hosted by the UN or a multilateral agency. Another is a code of conduct worked out by remitters, banks and regulators. “This needs to be driven by government,” says Leon Isaacs of the International Association of Money Transfer Networks. “Or the banks won’t get the comfort they want.”
  14. "work like slaves" is that another way of saying that they 'work hard'?
  15. Xaaji Xunjuf;970007 wrote: Alpha's clan are known as apes lol, they triggered the first Somaliland civil war when they said they own the Berbera port in 1992 yeah i know its madness. Some still beat their chest and tell others they own berbera, they need to be slapped in the face real hard and they need to be told that they dont own berbera. But they started moving into the city in the late 1920 and early 1930s. Berbera is much older. The Somaliland parliament need to pass a law to get rid of tribal homelands in the country.We cannot have some Monkey's claiming one of the oldest cities I'll slap alpha for you, XX.
  16. Ramadan Karim nomads. I pray that your good deeds are accepted and you reach spiritual fulfilment on this blessed month. Please forgive me for any wrong from my end.
  17. It's sad how this family were treated by their respective countries. Illahay ha u sahlo Nicaan.
  18. Wiil Cusub;965952 wrote: Xaaji you forget biggest controversial subjects in Somali: Sayid Mohamed was hero Vs tuug dilaa If you want to know some one's tribe I or D just start to talk about sayid Rubbish! We're not all adhi who automatically our qabiils supposed position on ideas and Alhamdulilah for that!
  19. Trinity is the union of three devine persons, the father, the son and the holy spirit in one God - i.e God exits in three persons. The categoies of tawheed on the other hand, is concerned with teaching Muslims about the Onness of Allah. Categorisation of varies - it can be 2 as the case of Ibn Taymiyyah, 3 (most common) or even 4 is concerned with understanding Allah (SWT) - One God without partner. So you may want to focus on his names and attritubtes, i.e twheed Al-Asmaa wa Siffaat and how knowledge within Quran and Sunnah regarding his names and attributes explain His Oness, or His Lordhsip etc. You may want to read this introduction chapter and there are many resources on the web : It is the belief that Allaah’s One, without partner in His dominion (ruboobeeyah), One without similitude in His essence and attributes (asmaa was sifaat), and One without rival in His divinity and in worship (ulooheeyah ‘ibaadah). These three aspects form the basis for the categories into which the science of tawheed has been traditionally divided. The three overlap and are inseparable to such a degree that whoever omits any one aspect has failed to complete the requirements of tawheed.
  20. *Ibtisam;249528 wrote: You guys really need to get a life. :mad: Worth a repost. *sigh*
  21. - love their hoojabs (p.s checkout Amenakin, the founder on youtube - lovely sister Mashaallah) - founded by a young Somali sister new to the 'hijab fashion' scene.
  22. I prefer for black people not to have English names -- names like David, John, Vernon just don't suite black people and then there's the historical factor.
  23. Carafaat;963896 wrote: Happy 26th of June and 1da Luulyo. and lets not forget June 27th for walaalaheena Djabouti.
  24. Qashinkan oo miidhan ayay wadanka keenayaan: