“March 8 is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 298 days remaining until the end of the year». Wikipedia.
The history of the International Working Woman's Day (IWD), which is marked on March 8, dates back to 1910. Socialist women in the United States organized the first national Women's Day in 1908 and helped to inspire the international event. March 8 is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
“Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (…). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother's Day.”
At this occasion, I would like to express my deep respect to all women who contribute in everyway possible to Peace, to the Protection of the Environment and to Progress of Mankind. Thanks to all good women for the great achievements, particularly to Mothers.
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"It is during the ruling of Yahiya Ibn Mohammed; grandson of Moulay Idriss II, when art and science flourished in Morocco and Fes reached its high prestige. In the year 856 AD, Fatima Oum Al Banin Al Fihrya, having inherited of an important fortune, after the death of her father, made a generous donation for the building of a mosque in the Karaouyine quarter. The Karaouyine Mosque went through several transformations, and it holds the oldest minaret of the Islamic world. The Andaloucian Omeyade khalif, Abdurrahman Annacir made build this minaret in 956 AD, after imposing his authority over Fes. The tower and its adjoining room, were successively used as an astronomy observatory, and held very old Clepsydras (water clockwork). Some of these clocks were built by the eminent astronomers, Ibn Al-Habbak, Al-Karastony and Al-Jabi.
A large number of historians consider the Karaouyine as the oldest university in the world. Its foundation was traced back to the year 858, while that of Al-Azhar University of Egypt dates to 955, Bologna University dates to 1119; Oxford to 1229, and the Sorbonne to 1257. The Karaouyine University lodged illustrious students and eminent scholars such as Ibn Tofaïl, Ibn Rochd, Ben Mimoun and the bishop, Gerbert of Aurillac, the famous alchemist who introduced the Arabic ciphers to Europe, and became Pope in 999, under the name of Sylvester II."
Thanks Salem for bringing this up, we all get tied with other things and barely notice these important symbolic days. To echo your words, definitely our mothers deserve the greatest credit and most numerous prayers. They contributed to peace within us when we're troubled, to peace between siblings, to peace between a grounded son and his father. They contributed to the protection of environment by walking to the souk everyday to buy fresh organic vegetables and fruits, by doing our dirty laundry by hand using organic soap sabon attarf, by hanging our clean laundry under the sun. Our mother contributed to the progress of mankind by encouraging their kids and by painstakingly allowing the fathers to push the kids over a cliff because the fathers know the kids will fly. For all the mothers that are no longer with us, allah yar7amhom way wassa3 3lihoum. For all the living mothers, allh ytaweel 3omrhoum.
There are several songs in our culture about women and mothers. I have yet to quickly search for a few online. In the meantime this is the first I found, Reggada-style I guess :) I like how it's a duet.