Forty: the age of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he first received the relevation delivered by Gabriel.
Forty: the number of days and nights for which rain fell during Noah’s flood.
Forty: the number of thieves in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
Forty: the number of years the Israelites spent wandering in the desert.
Forty: the number of days Saudi blogger Fouad Farhan has been stuck in jail as of today.
“To understand a people, you must live among them for 40 days.” – Arab proverb
40 is a significant figure in different religious and cultural traditions as you pointed out.. Regarding Fouad Alfarhan’s case, i just hope the Saudi government doesn’t stretch the figure from 40 days to 40 months and, God forbid, to sometime more than that.
40 days to understand a people…hmmm.
I met a Swiss German woman in Cairo who was married to an Egyptian and when I told her I was studying Middle East Studies she guffawed and dismissed the whole concept. She told me the best way to try and understand Arabs was to marry one, and still they will leave you guessing. Twelve years later, I agree. Not sure I will ever understand all the ways and means around here. Not sure 40 years would do it either. But Allahu alim.
InshAllah Fouad will not spend another 40 days in prison. May Allah ease his suffering.
Ask a person who lived in Saudi for 40+ days whether this campaign will have ANY impact whatsoever on the date/time which Saudi government decides to release Fouad.
Nas, can you provide the authenticity of the proverb above? because I think either the translation is wrong or the whole proverb is wrong.
did you mean: “man 3ashara qawman 40 yawman asba7a minhom” ? if so then the proverb above must be corrected.
I believe the right proverb is: “man 3ashara qawman 40 yawman amina sharahom” (one can avoid their evil)
the one u mentioned implies that the first (understanding people) wont occur without the second (must live among them), which is not true. Yup I scored A+ in my PHI class 😀
I saw his name mentioned in CNN yesterday.
i do agree that the translation is a bit confusing, but I think â€œTo understand a people, you must live among them for 40 days,â€ is a rough translation of â€œman 3ashara qawman 40 yawman asba7a minhomâ€..
exactly half of you understood the purpose of the post 😀
but of course, all comments are appreciated 😉
Nicely written, although u need less than 40 minutes to understand people in Jordan.
Nice one Naseem, keep it alive..
“Less than 40 minutes to understand people in Jordan”, do you mean we are that dull, or that clear? did not get the vibe…