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Sawtuki June 2011, issue no. 3

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Success isn’t about an action‌ it’s about a permanent decision

The 2011 Online Ladies Painting Competition

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This occasion represents a cultural initiative that brings forth the brilliant inspiring artwork of gifted ladies who will, through their masterpieces, electrify Saudi with their creativity and uniqueness, and their competitive spirit. This being said, Al Rajhi Bank is proud to launch the 2011 Ladies Painting Competition. Building on the success of 2010 and your shared feedback, we made several changes to this year’s Competition...

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Knowing the simple steps to owning a home is necessary to achieve a dream, and following them will ensure a smooth and convenient ownership journey... Pg. 10

Not long ago I was watching a documentary program about turtles. That’s right, turtles. It was about the nature of their lives, their journeys and migrations, their reproduction and I was really quite dazzled with these amazing creatures. This turtle, the one famous for its sluggish heaviness turned out to be one of the fastest, lightest, most elegant and graceful creatures inside the water. It’s off in such streamline gliding movements and it was similar to watching a bird’s smooth sail through the sky. It also has the kind of intelligence that allows it to take advantage of ocean currents and travel to its destination of choice.... Pg. 4


Al Rajhi Banking

Sawtuki In today’s world, a woman is central to everything around us. She plays many different roles when it comes to building our society and developing it further. Today, she occupies positions of power and she is integral in her importance within and outside the home. A woman is the tender mother, the loving daughter, the supportive sister and the faithful wife who gives everything she has to build and protect her family, taking on responsibility for the happiness of everyone around her. As an active member of our community she is the symbol of giving, strength and hard work. Despite the softness of her touch, she works continuously at her own expense, without expecting any return in appreciation. What does a woman need? And how can VKHEHUHZDUGHGIRUKHULQ²QLWHDELOLW\WRNHHS giving? By honoring her with a special day or two? By naming a day of the year as “World Women’s Dayâ€?? Or possibly by celebrating “Mother’s Dayâ€? like the western societies? At Al Rajhi Bank, and in our Islamic society in general, we have a different take on how to honor a woman and her positive contribution. We provide her with services, products, efforts, events, and competitions that back up and support her as the honorable lady she is. In a way striving to always stand by her side and lend a helping hand in everything she needs in her daily life! We all need love, security, stability and support, just as we need comfort, entertainment and intellectual discussions. We use what is around us to move forward and improve. Taking this into consideration, we are pleased that your newsletter, Sawtuki, FDQ EH D JDWHZD\ \RX ZLOO EHQH²W IURP RQH that is a source of inspiration. You can enjoy your newsletter by picking it up at one of our branches or online through our website or your own e-­mail address. It is a platform through which you can express what comes to mind and what you would like to discuss and share with the rest of the community. We hope you enjoy the voices of this issue and we look forward to seeing you again for the next one.

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Sawtuki June 2011, issue no. 3

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Islamic Banking in the Kingdom

The CEO of Al Rajhi Bank participated in the Jeddah Economic Forum 2011 The CEO, Mr. Abdullah Suleiman Al Rajhi, DI²UPHG WKDW WKH .LQJGRP KDV WKH FDSDELOLW\ to become the center of Islamic Banking in the world. This was brought to attention during his participation as a main lecturer in one of the Jeddah Economic Forum 2011 sessions entitled “Future of Islamic Banking in the Kingdomâ€?. The session focused on the Kingdom’s role in Islamic Financing compared to other countries. +H SRLQWHG RXW WKH GH²FLHQFLHV JDSV DQG weaknesses in the application of Islamic Banking, which are due to the fact that every establishment deals with its own separate Shariah committee. According to him, these committees need to unify the Shariah standards and criteria despite their recent outstanding performance. In other words, there is a strong contradiction in some of the products that is affecting the customers’ trust. In IDFWWKHYROXPHRI²QDQFHLVJURZLQJUDQGRPO\ and that is why it needs an organizational VWUXFWXUH WR GH²QH DFFHSWDEOH FRQFHSWV 7DNLQJ this into consideration the monitoring criteria issued by the Islamic Financial Services Council can be adopted as that common organizational platform. The CEO also highlighted the necessity of having these criteria reviewed by a large number of scholars before applying them, and to adopt XQL²HG OHJLVODWLRQV DQG DFFRXQWDELOLW\ FULWHULD IRUWKH²QDQFLDOHVWDEOLVKPHQWVWKDWDUHLQLWLDOO\ based on 40 criteria.

7KHGLI²FXOW\ of applying these criteria is mainly due to their contradiction with approved international accountability criteria and to the heavy burden of spreading them. Mr. Suleiman Al Rajhi further commented on Islamic Banking markets at beginning stages needing to be enlarged over the next ten years. Especially if we consider that markets such as Indonesia, Turkey and North Africa are expected WR ERRP LQ WKH ²HOG RI %DQNLQJ LQ DFFRUGDQFH with Islamic Shariah. The Finance amount of Islamic Banking in the Kingdom is estimated to be more than 100 billion Saudi Riyals. In addition, there is a very high GHPDQGIRUFXVWRPHUVª²QDQFHDQGWKHQXPEHU of establishments asking for Islamic products is increasing and expected to rise further in the future. When we review the percentage RI ²QDQFH RIIHUHG E\ ,VODPLF EDQNV RU ,VODPLF transactions performed in 2010, we note that total ²QDQFHSHUFHQWDJHUHDFKHGRIWRWDO²QDQFH transactions, which is the highest internationally, FRPSDUHGWRLQEDVLFDOO\LWLQFUHDVHG E\LQRQH\HDU

The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler Originally, this book did not seem like something I would read. However, I surprised myself by ²QLVKLQJLWDOOLQRQHVLWWLQJ And I intend to refer back to it whenever I need to approach a situation with a strategic mind.

The Decision Book is a mini-­workbook, less than 200 pages, offering 50 different models that are applicable to thought processes and actions in our daily lives. And with its small slick design you can carry it in your handbag to take advantage of the models that are presented in diagrams. You can copy and apply them to your own situation and even develop them further.

The book is divided into four sections: how to improve yourself;͞ how to understand yourself better;͞ how to understand others better and how to improve others. There are even parts discussing things like why everybody has an iPod or how much to spend on gifts even. Though life is rather random and can’t really EHGH²QHGE\PRGHOV,IRXQGWKHH[HUFLVHVWREH useful and was impressed by how versatile it is to people of all ages and situations. All in all, the book was a great success. N.A.


Sawtuki June 2011, issue no. 3

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The 2011 Online Ladies Painting Competition This occasion represents a cultural initiative that brings forth the brilliant inspiring artwork of gifted ladies who will, through their masterpieces, electrify Saudi with their creativity and uniqueness, and their competitive spirit. This being said, Al Rajhi Bank is proud to launch the 2011 Ladies Painting Competition. Building on the success of 2010 and your shared feedback, we made several changes to this year’s Competition: Simplicity 7KH&RPSHWLWLRQªVVWHSVDUHQRZFOHDUO\GH²QHGSDLQWXSORDGSKRWRJUDSKRISDLQWLQJJHWIULHQGVDQG family to vote for their favorites and hopefully win! Submission 2QFH\RX²QLVK\RXUSDLQWLQJVLPSO\WDNHDSKRWRJUDSKRILWDQGVXEPLWLWRQOLQH Voting This year, you get the chance to engage and vote for your favorite paintings! Invite your friends and family to do the same and decide on the winners. Winning There are prizes worth SR 60,000 for the winners, plus iPads for voters. The community will decide on the winners by voting for their favorites. We are currently at the Voting Step and we would like to invite you to visit our microsite at www.paintcompetition.com and enjoy the gallery, share your opinions and vote to help us determine the winners and for a chance to win one of many iPads!

Words... For the sixth year in a row, our Bank achieves WKH KLJKHVW SUR²W DPRQJ 6DXGL EDQNV 7KLV ²QDQFLDO IHDW ZDV GXH WR WKH HIIRUWV RI WKH dedicated executive managers of all the Bank’s different sectors and branches. An observer of WKH²JXUHVRIWKH²QDQFLDOVWDWHPHQWVIRUWKHODVW ²VFDO\HDUZLOO²QGWKDWWKHEDODQFHGJURZWK and the power of budget line items are still the most prominent feature in the results year after year. I look around me and I’m proud of what I see. Not long ago Al Rajhi Bank was announced the winner of the Euromoney Award for being the best Islamic Bank in the Middle East. And a few months before that, we were awarded that same magazine’s prize for best Saudi Bank. This kind of success is due to the remarkable performances GXULQJ GLI²FXOW FRQGLWLRQV DQG WR WKH EDODQFHG JURZWKUDWHVWKDWDFKLHYHGWKLVSUR²WDELOLW\7KH

Bank put its stamp on the Saudi banking sector by being the most successful in the region’s most important market. Towards the end of 2010, we received an award from his Highness Prince Naif bin Abdul $]L]IRUVDXGL]DWLRQLQWKHEDQNLQJDQG²QDQFLDO sector. And before it, we also accepted an award for responsible competitiveness in the training and recruitment capacity. Excellence like this comes from a series of accomplishments achieved by the Bank every year in the area of social responsibility. In exchange, we were KDQGHGFHUWL²FDWHVRIGLVWLQFWLRQLQVWDQGDUGVRI responsible competitiveness. Capabilities, performance and skill are what make a team and what make the numbers that always put us in the lead. They are also the reason why we are consistently the number one choice for customers and why we have their trust and loyalty. The creative capacity of my colleagues is demonstrated through the highest levels of dedication, leadership and innovation in the SURYLVLRQRI²QDQFLDOSURGXFWVDQGVHUYLFHVDQG banking that bears the stamp of Al Rajhi Bank.

2XU ²QDQFLDO SHUIRUPDQFH XQFRYHUHG D language of business, appreciation, praise and honor from local and international personalities LQ WKH ZRUOG RI ²QDQFH $ ODQJXDJH WKDW LV beautifully read and received by the community we work in. Our mutual communication has highlighted the family-­like ties that bind the Al Rajhi Bank community. Between the Bank, society and our customers the language used is one of trust and cooperation in a constant effort to remain at the summit of success.

Nawal Al Khanji Al Rajhi Bank -­ Ladies Branches Network Dept. Manager

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Sawtuki June 2011, issue no. 3

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Interview with Nada M. Al Ghamdi

Employee of the quarter for her “Passion to serveâ€? Why is the value “Passion to serve your customerâ€? important and what is it about? Passion is one of the Bank’s most important values. It’s a dedication and a promise to respond to all our customers’ needs and provide the kind of service that exceeds their expectations. The prophet Mohammad, may peace be upon him, said (God loves that if one of you does something they do it well). How do you apply the value “Passion to serveâ€? in your work? I apply this value by monitoring myself and those who are my responsibility, as well as by excelling in my work and being good to people. Almighty Allah said: (To those who do right a goodly reward). Smiling is something else I try to consistently HQJDJHLQDVLWÂŞVDQLPSRUWDQWIDFWRUWKDWUHÂłHFWV passion. A smile is considered by linguistic experts WREHDFRQ²GHQFHERRVWHUIRUWKHFXVWRPHUDQG one that relieves them. What is the difference between your personal life and your work life? My personal and professional life complete each other and they’re both one integral whole part that I take good care of. This is how my

We are all turtles

VXFFHVV DW ZRUN SURPRWHV P\ FRQ²GHQFH DQG happiness in my life overall. And my professional success comes from the successful relationship I have with my family and my feelings towards them;͞ I work to make them proud. What role does Al Rajhi Bank play in your professional development and improvement? It contributed effectively to my growth by giving me the chance to attend several international training sessions. Besides, I’m working in a Bank that’s internationally successful and a local pioneer, which allows me to enjoy a unique experience. In this context, I can’t forget the great contribution of the distinguished leaders who accompanied me on my journey to success. So I cordially thank Nawal Al Khanji, the Female Branch Network Manager;͞ Rawda Mughrabi, Manager of the West Province Branch;͞ and Fatima Mughrabi for their substantial support and motivation to all employees. What would you advise those who want to follow your lead? Just as I constantly do myself, I encourage my FROOHDJXHV WR UHDI²UP DQG PDLQWDLQ WKHLU IDLWK in God at all times, to reconsider and reexamine all their actions and to prove themselves as

and travel to its destination of choice. It seems like the turtle’s ideal environment is the water, where it’s able to really be free and release its full potential. My smile widened at the euphoria I saw shining through the turtle’s movements. It was brilliant under water. That’s its ideal place;͞ its ideal home, its ideal environment.

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Not long ago I was watching a documentary program about turtles. That’s right, turtles. It was about the nature of their lives, their journeys and migrations, their reproduction and I was really quite dazzled with these amazing creatures. This turtle, the one famous for its sluggish heaviness turned out to be one of the fastest, lightest, most elegant and graceful creatures inside the water. It’s off in such streamline gliding movements and it was similar to watching a bird’s smooth sail through the sky. It also has the kind of intelligence that allows it to take advantage of ocean currents

At that moment, I wondered how many people truly resemble this turtle? They carry heavy loads over their shoulders and backs in the form of society’s shackles, expectations, worries and stress, all of which impede their movements and slow them down in the journey of life. This heavy cargo they constantly drag around could sometimes stop them from reaching goals and achieving ambitions or at WKHYHU\OHDVWPDNHLWYHU\YHU\GLI²FXOW7KH\DUH surrounded by a kind of negative energy and a depression that doesn’t allow them to adapt to this life nor get rid of the heaviness consuming them.

Saudi female Bank employees. I invite them to always learn and improve further by reading and following developments and updates in the EXVLQHVVZRUOG$QGZLWKD²[HGSRVLWLYHDWWLWXGH WKH\VKRXOGWUXVWWKHPVHOYHVFOHDUO\GH²QHWKHLU professional goals and work to achieve them one step at a time. This is what assures success, builds identity and makes a difference everywhere.

Nada M. Al Ghamdi Al-­Bawady Branch Manager 451

At some point or another in our lives, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all felt like this turtle as it pulls itself across the sand with its weighty shell and its awkward LQFKLQJIRUZDUG:HHDFKQHHGWR²QGRXURFHDQ our place, the one that will free up our talents, creativity and capability to live out our dreams. Along our lifelong journey, there is no doubt we will end up on land every now and then, but the key to happiness is to never stay there too long. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad to consider that for some people, land is all they will ever know. 0D[ZHOO0DOW]RQFHVDLG§<RXFDQDOZD\V²QG the sun inside yourself if you only search.â&#x20AC;? He also said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are built to conquer environment, VROYHSUREOHPVDFKLHYHJRDOVDQGZH²QGQRUHDO satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to overcome and goals to achieve.â&#x20AC;? So let me ask you this: if we are all turtles, which turtle would you be? The one on land or have you found your ocean? Kholood Mohammad Alroshood Al Rajhi Bank Customer


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Success isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about an actionâ&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a permanent decision I started my career in 1991 as a computer and (QJOLVK /DQJXDJH WHDFKHU 5LJKW IURP WKDW ²UVW moment, I focused on 3 major things: excellence, perseverance and self-­improvement, applying them in everything I did in order to achieve my professional goals or anything else that came to mind. I focused on these 3 factors because I absolutely believe that the woman is the heart of a society and is responsible for raising its future generations. Thanks to my education in Sociology, Psychological Consultancy and Business, I was able to understand the Saudi womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need and LPSURYHKHUHI²FLHQWUROH in society. So, I started orienting my career WRZDUGV²HOGVUHODWHGWR developing the female potential, training them in what they were missing to therefore contribute to elevating the status of Saudi women in the whole region. I really enjoyed that career path because it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limited to personal success. Since then, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked in several positions that allowed me to communicate directly with women and know more about their lives, goals and statuses. In fact, as a Manager of a female training center, Member of the National Female Executive Committee in the Chambersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Council and as a Human Resources Consultant, I was keen to share my professional experience with every woman I met in order to help enrich her own work and personal life. I combined all my human resources training and used them in the actual training of women who showed real enthusiasm for learning or wanted some understanding and help while entering the world of business. Whenever I witness the success of one of the women I trained, I embrace it as my own. In my simple opinion, the thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important than success is to have taken the unshakably permanent decision to go for it and achieve it. In one of my training sessions, there was a woman who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that training would really EHQH²W KHU EHFDXVH DFFRUGLQJ WR KHU VKH ZDV too old and missed the chance to start anything. She had decided to attend the training for the

sake of killing time. I know very well that the substance of social development lies in the young generation that represents the future, but I totally disagreed with her, and I still do, because as long as a human being has the will to make a decision, he/she can give and make a difference. I took this womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case as changing her point of view and making her believe in her capabilities was quite a challenge. After spending a lot of time with her, she ²QDOO\UHDOL]HGWKDWLWGLGQÂŞWPDWWHUZKHQVKH VWDUWHGDVORQJDVVKH²QDOO\WRRNWKHLQLWLDWLYH to achieve her dreams. I shared this example because I wanted to convey the essence of my own success, one that is based on the success of the women who come through my training and make up my society. Though I work hard to maintain VXFFHVV , ²QG itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made easier when those around you contribute to it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, on this occasion, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but mention Al Rajhi Bank, which was a stable constant in my life, silently supporting all my endeavors. Its contribution wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limited to the easy and fast Shariah compliant banking services and products WKDW PHHW RXU QHHGV DQG VOLGH ÂłXLGO\ LQWR RXU professional lives. The Bank motivated me to get more involved in social responsibility with its own permanent determination to get involved in civil campaigns and social responsibility programs that I call the Zakat of education. I, like Al Rajhi Bank, would like to think that the whole society is also looking out for itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own future and therefore I invite all women to think outside the box since this will allow them to grab and create a lot of big opportunities for themselves and anyone surrounding them. The woman is, by nature, creative and once she believes in her own potential and capabilities, it shines through to those around her. Trust in God, Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste the reward of anyone who works hardâ&#x20AC;Ś Noura Ibrahim Al Trayqi

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Put your personal stamp on your home A present that keeps an eye on the past while aspiring to the futureâ&#x20AC;Ś :LWK WKH JOREDO ²QDQFLDO FULVLV ZKLFK WRRN away luxuries such as fancy restaurants, lounges, resorts and others, staying in has become desired. This meant that the beautiful and fancy would now come into our homes instead. It spurred new design trends in home furniture and decorating that was, and still is, based on the classics on one hand and the modern on the other. Classic furniture is still in this year despite dominating modern and innovative designs. In fact, what really matters while decorating your home is a unique blend of traditional golden classic pieces and modern silver ones along with other colorful and geometrically sharp items. Your personal touch here will add value in the original way you mix and match colors, lighting, textures and accessories. This time around, when you choose furniture, start by disregarding neutral colors such as beige and choose a shiny red for a sofa for example. Consider the â&#x20AC;&#x153;must havesâ&#x20AC;? to be pieces that are different, eclectic and can be perceived as out of place when viewed

My body is the controller

individually, but act as the interesting added twist when combined with the rest of the room. Such lovely personal stamps could include an unexpected combination of leather and wood, Asian and African styles, Chinese tables, paper lamps, a Mexican tea set and so much more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have fun with it and pick a piece that speaks to you and of you. If you love gold and silver, check out the Arabian dĂŠcor. It offers these colors in designs you can bend to your tastes despite the traditional look of the gold and the modern feel of the silver in general. Add a touch of them in a corner or use them to highlight certain pieces in your home, like silver molding with a nice rose wall or the wooden edges of your sofa. In addition to gold and silver, try playing with the different degrees of green since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making itself strongly felt this year alongside the surviving turquoise from last year and lavender purple. Now for technology lovers, you can introduce designs that hold different shapes within one piece and stir the technological imagination. For example, surreal tables, open steel wall libraries with leather shelves and geometrical shapes, and even non-­structured modern chairs. Whatever expresses your desires for the entire family and time travel machines to name a few, but the wondrous advancements so far, have made taking an affordable summer vacation on the moon something to look forward to. Other than the iPad, Galaxy tab, and fridges and washing machines that are connected to and respond to our smart phones, we are presented with the Kinect system from Microsoft.

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Kinect for Xbox 360 is here to the pleasure and relief of every parent on earth and for our own enjoyment and convenience as well. It introduces gaming entertainment without controllers. Think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Minority Reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the movie and you can imagine dealing with Kinect. You use your entire body, hands, legs, knees, hips, etc. and even voice to control movies, games and more. Basically you are now the only controller you need.

is something to think about and indulge in. Also, if you are someone who deeply cares about the environment \RX FDQ HDVLO\ ²QG exactly what you need this year and every year hereafter because eco-­friendly furniture is here to stay. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;go greenâ&#x20AC;? trend is dominating the scene year after year and to go with it you could pick natural colors, recycled paper lamps, â&#x20AC;&#x153;fake woodâ&#x20AC;? sofas or recycled wooden furniture. This is where imagination, design, conservation and practicality come together to offer you one-­of-­a-­ kind pieces that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go against what you hold dear and yet are stylishly trendy. Regardless of what trends say when it comes to colors, designs and furniture, it is superbly important not to limit yourself in any area or to go against what makes you comfortably you. Sometimes, you might have to customize IXUQLWXUH WR ZKDW \RX ZDQW LI \RX FDQÂŞW ²QG LW and since this is something that is increasingly available these days in all levels of affordability, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it discourage you. Allow your home to UHÂłHFW \RXU SHUVRQDOLW\ \RXU IDPLO\ DQG \RXU uniqueness. Cleanliness, comfort and family in the end are the only things that make a home a home, but be sure to make it yours. No need to watch your children sit and play games all day like vegetables with only their minds, hands and wrists involved. You and your children or siblings can now literally get into the JDPH DQG VWD\ ²W E\ SOD\LQJ JDPHV OLNH .LQHFW Sports, Kinect Adventures, Kinectimals, Body and Brain Connection, Kinect Joy Ride, Your Shape: Finess Evolved, EA Sports Active and so many others. Basically Kinect is part game controller, SDUW²WQHVVJXUXDQGSDUWVFL²IDQWDV\WHFKQRORJ\ that just blows your mind. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most advanced thing out there that combines technology with health and imagination. So indulge in what can only be described as an enchanting piece of machinery WKDWDOORZVXVWREHQH²WZKLOHKDYLQJDEODVWDQG to dream of even greater inventions for a future that is starting to resemble that beloved cartoon series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Jetsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.


Sawtuki June 2011, issue no. 3

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Invisible barriers In modern times… 6FKRODUV DQG VFLHQWLVWV KDYH FRQ²UPHG WKDW two bodies of salty seawater do not mix with each other. There is an unseen barrier between them that is due to the different water density of each of the two seawater bodies, preventing one from 2-­ {And it is He who has released [simultaneously] the two seas, one fresh and sweet and one mixing with the other. Salty seawater and fresh salty and bitter, and He placed between them water rivers do not ever mix either and this is also a barrier and prohibiting partition.} because of the different water density of each. Rendering by Sahih International;; Surah Al Furqan {53} 1400 years ago.. 1-­ {He released the two seas, meeting [side by Interpretation and miracle… side];; Between them is a barrier [so] neither of Almighty Allah explained that because of this them transgresses. EDUULHUWKHVHDVGRQRWPL[QRUGR³RZLQJZDWHUV So which of the favors of your Lord would you and seawater mix. Each stick to its own special deny? From both of them emerge pearl and coral.} natural characteristics and there is an invisible Rendering by Sahih International;; Surah Ar barrier in between them. This barrier is the difference in the water density of each. Rahman {19-­22}

How to have a summer staycation

Sometimes it’s just not in the family budget to take a vacation. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids a lesson on life, so don’t let it get you down. Make lemonade out of lemons this summer and take your vacation at home. A little creative thinking and you can all have a lot of fun! Bring out your vacation clothes and attitude and start making plans. Get your kids excited about this lovely time you will have together and get them involved in coming up with great fun ideas. Here are some helpful ones: Visit your city as tourists Go to the museums, parks and all those places that tourists visit when they come to your city. Eat out with the family. Explore it as if it’s your ²UVWWLPHWKHUH*RWRQHZSODFHVLQDQRWKHUSDUW of the city away from your usual haunts. Check the papers for what’s going on in your city this summer.

Backyard campout Make an adventure out of your garden or backyard. Pack up your camping gear and head to the great outdoors. Pitch a tent and lay out the sleeping bags and snacks. Tell scary stories before going to sleep and spend some time appreciating the fresh air and stars. Build an indoor fort If it’s not possible to sleep in the yard, bring the fun indoors. Set up a fort with your children. Use indoor tents or build one from scratch with big pillows and blankets and spend the night inside eating popcorn and watch a video in this mini-­bungalow. Have a chocolate day Invite your friends and their children for a GD\ ²OOHG ZLWK FKRFRODWH 3UHSDUH VWDWLRQV ZLWK all kinds of chocolate decorations and chocolate shape cutters. Have the kids do the decorating ZKLOHWKHJURZQXSVJHWFUHDWLYHZLWK³DYRUVDQG textures. Set up an arts and crafts corner This corner is something you should change up and add to all summer long. It can be a lot of IXQ DQG YHU\ EHQH²FLDO <RX FDQ XVH LW WR WHDFK them about recycling, waste and enhance their creativity and imagination. There are lots of ways to make your stay-­at-­ home vacation the best staycation they had ever had, so think it through and take advantage. Listen to your children and don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself as well.

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Healthy skin Skin care â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tsâ&#x20AC;?! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long hot showers! The heat can weaken your capillaries and long showers and baths also have the effect of removing oils from your skin. So limit them and use warm water instead of hot. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let stress overwhelm you! Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin, take steps to manage your stress. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush your cleansing ritual! In order to avoid bacteria build-­ups and skin breakouts, stay away from inadequate cleansing and the hurried use of packet wipes. Try to wash your face every night to get rid of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dirt and dust buildup, which blocks your pores and prevents regeneration. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go on unhealthy diets! There are good fats that are needed to keep the skin healthy and essential fatty acids from ²VK HJJV ÂłD[ VHHGV walnuts and dark green vegetables are very EHQH²FLDO 7DNLQJ YLWDPLQV DQG PLQHUDOV DOVR help keep goodness in the skin. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat too many sweet things! Stay away from too much sugar, as it can both widen your waistline and cause wrinkles. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re best option when it comes to cravings are snacks that contain protein, especially nuts and seeds.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore your neck! Your face is not the only part that needs protection and care;Íž apply all facial skincare products from your hairline down to your neck. Antioxidant serums are very useful when applied under your sun protection moisturizer every day. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to drink water! 7U\ WR GULQN  WR  JODVVHV of water per day because it will help keep your skin moist, refreshed and supple. This in WXUQZLOOKHOSWKHVNLQ²JKWRII developing wrinkles and blemishes. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t skip sleep! When you sleep, your skin goes through a regeneration process, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to maintain a constant sleep pattern and get your eight hours of proper sleep every night. Research shows that lack of sleep can increase cortisol levels, which is correlated to accelerated aging. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use strong soaps! Strong harsh soaps tend to strip all the good oils from your skin, which is needed for its regeneration. Instead choose a light cleanser and when washing, wash mildly and in a FLUFXODU PRWLRQ WR KHOS EORRG ÂłRZ LQ \RXU VNLQ and keep the essential oils from escaping. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t squeeze spots! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very tempting, but when you squeeze spots and black heads the disease spreads to other areas and your acne will not disappear this way. When you leave them alone youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving your skin the chance to heal the spots on its own and scars will not be formed. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoke!

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expose unprotected skin to the sun! Do not only use SPF protection when the sun shines;Íž instead use a moisturizer with SPF 30 to 50 under makeup all year round. It is the most effective way to avoid skin damage, since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, freckles, age spots, skin cancer, etc.

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Keeping your skin healthy is not exclusive to the use of expensive beauty products. A healthy diet can help you and your skin look and feel great, so consider including the following on a daily basis:

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Why is Pilates so good for you?

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gaining greater awareness of your physical and psychological states as Pilates reintroduces you to your own body. *DLQPXVFOHVWUHQJWKDQGÂłH[LELOLW\ Pilates poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways so that you build abs, back and stabilizer muscles but without DGGLQJ EXON ,QFUHDVLQJ VWUHQJWK DQG ÂłH[LELOLW\ can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain and other regular aches and pains. Twist your way to supple vertebrae All the twisting poses keep your vertebrae supple, since the only way primal disks get nutrients is through movement. This is a great way to avert getting shorter and more hunched as we age. Keep your bones happy Every time you get on the mat, you promote good posture and balance, which can actively help prevent osteoporosis. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also good for

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when it encourages you to relax, slow down, breathe and focus on your present movements. This makes us happier people in general because we are mindful, fully aware and living life in the now.

Let relaxation take over Consistent Pilates practice helps unwind your body and improve your mood.

Overall, the reasons stated above are enough to start introducing Pilates into our daily lives. Also, research shows that Pilates helps in the prevention of incontinence, aids in the recovery process after injury, prevents recurring injuries and reduces postural imbalances. There are PDQ\OHYHOVDQGPRGL²FDWLRQVIRUHDFKH[HUFLVH so a Pilates program can be geared towards DQ\ RQHÂŞV ²WQHVV OHYHO DQG QHHGV ,WV IXOO ERG\ workout incorporates the arms, legs, shoulders, glutes, abs and back without putting strain on the joints. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more it boosts self-­esteem, improves concentration and creativity, lowers fat, improves circulation, stimulates the immune system and creates a sense of overall well-­being and calmess.

And due to the full relaxation it induces, which KHOSV\RXSHUIRUPEHWWHULWKDVWKHDGGHGEHQH²W of triggering your natural sleep responses. Enjoy great posture Pilates does wonders for your posture, which in turn is good for your head and your neck and back. If you carry your head directly over a long, erect spine that is re-­aligned through Pilates, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less work for your neck to support it. Live in the moment Best of all, Pilates helps you live in the present

Your home furniture unlocks the secrets to your personality The art of choosing furniture and designing a home varies from one person to another and from one society to the next. It is linked to the education, knowledge, skills, abilities, culture and heritage we gained through experiences, insights and techniques that are based on the creator or designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own innovation and creativity. Considering this, we created this interesting quiz that points to the parameters of your personality through your choices in furniture and different designs. This is considered to be an important factor in achieving a unique and completely integrated design.

the nobilities of history b: I prefer simple and modernly beautiful curtain designs c: I prefer a perfect combination of both

What type of furniture designs do you prefer? a: I prefer traditionally classical furniture designs b: I prefer modern furniture designs c: I prefer a mix between both

Do you prefer your home to have a kind of rebel modern feel to it rather than a traditional feel? a: No, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prefer that at all b: Yes, I prefer that kind of furniture and design c: I prefer different types of designs and furniture Do you prefer furniture with an eclectic style, which means putting a classic piece in the midst of a modern room? a: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow that b: I prefer to simply stick to modern c: <HVDVORQJDVLWÂłRZVZLWKWKHURRPÂŞV overall design

What type of curtains do you prefer? a: I prefer draperies that are elegant and suit

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you chose and how you decorated, how would you react? a: I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care b: I would change her mind so that she likes my tastes instead c: I would take her comments into consideration Do you prefer Persian carpets or do you use simple and plain carpeting? a: I like incorporating and protecting original and traditional carpets b: Of course I prefer carpeting that is not too expensive and simple c: I prefer both types. I like carpets that appeal to me regardless of its type or price Which of the following color palettes do you prefer? a: The classically neutral colors of blacks, whites, grays and browns b: Colors that are derived from the sun, like the reds, yellows and oranges c: I generally like all colors

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If most of your answers were (a) then this means that you are more inclined towards luxury, passion, and heritage. You are not tied down by time, nor are you a slave to the latest trends and styles. Your personality is also a calm one that loves the quiet and you prefer furniture that is warm and inviting, which also carry the secrets and magic of the past. The classical furniture you like gives others the impression of power, grandeur, durability and luxury since it is an image that expresses every era throughout the ages. You are someone who is worthy of respect based on your choice of art and for the stability of your decisions that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change with every new thing that comes out. You are serious, with an inner personality suitable to nobility and the characteristics of a queen;Íž you love living in your castle and ruling it with your great taste, on which you should be commended.

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