* Alumnus and Aden College ex-teacher Raza Yousuf sent a collection of Aden photos which he said brings memories.
He met a parsee from Aden by the name of Chris who had a shop selling electronic goods in Enfield, UK. Chris knew alumni Soli Darulwala and Jimmy Hodiwala. They were all alumni of Aden College. Raza taught Chris in class 1 in his first job at the Government Secondary School in Khormaksar.
What a small world indeed.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshed was in contact with Dr. Silva who was working in the hospital at Little Aden Refinery. Dr.Silva emphasized that the Laboratory at the hospital and the services at the hospital were wedded together. He went on to say that the staff faced occasional ripples, but they were all sorted out in seconds. Both the hospital staff and laboratory staff were always in mutual understanding.
Dr. Silva praised the efforts and services provided by alumnus Farooq Murshed in teaching.
''There were a few occasions where I've contacted you from India (when I was on holidays) to know solutions for some problematic situations. You came out readily with solutions. I always felt I've two 'additional hands' whenever you are around.
When I think of the hospital and Aden, I always think of you Farooq being in the center of it.''
* Alumnus Farook Aman was delighted to reconnect with alumnus Adel Ali Ismail Turki after about 3 decades of abscence.
Farook found out Adel accidently on Facebook social media.
''Honestly, I did not recognize you Adel if it hadn't been for Tahani Shihab posting a note to you. Such is life which is on the double speed roller coaster moving years forward from one decade to another, but we still feel young and vibrant.
Hoping that you are in good health.
Please accept a late condolence on the loss of your brother Khaled Turki. Also special salam to your brother Mohamed Turki, the handsome boy at Aden College. ''
On hearing the news, alumnus Farooq Murshed added that Adel Turki was his life-long neighbour in Mersaba, Crater, Aden.
* Finding peace through poetry is the title of an article written by Rituraj Borkakoty on the weekend website of Khaleej Times. The article was published as a result of an interview with Dr. Shihab Ghanem in Dubai.
''It's a crazy world right now. Sometimes we feel like we are reaching the end of time. We need to find a way to stop the senseless killing of innocent people. We need to save this beautiful world," eminent Emirati poet Dr Shihab Ghanem said after the reporter asked him many a curious question on an event he has given his heart and soul to in recent years.
Read more here.
* Did Arabic Scholars Discover Evolution in the Ninth Century?
That is the title of of an article written by Robert J. Asher of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and author of the book ‘Evolution and Belief’. The article was published on the website of The Huffington Post. It said, ''One thousand years ago, when the United States of America did not exist and Oxford and Cambridge were backwaters of ignorance, the light of human reason shone brightly in places like Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad. During the Abbasid caliphate for much of the 8th through middle 11th centuries, and also sporadically thereafter, tolerance of certain non-Muslim groups was enshrined in law. This was not as extensive as the constitutionally guaranteed religious (and non-religious) freedoms we enjoy in the West today, but it did mean that non-Muslims such as Musa Ibn Maimun (also known as Maimonides), Hunayn ibn Ishaq, and Yuhanna Ibn Bukhtishu, could not only practice their Judaism or Christianity, but could also make enduring contributions to the social and intellectual life of the then-dominant Muslim culture.''
Read more here.
* The economics of Hajj : Money and pilgrimage was the title of an article by Ahmed Maher. It was published first on the BBC Arabic website and translated into English.
Hussam Sultan commented on the article by saying that religions and business go back a long way, whether the selling of incense for places of worship or the sale of Indulgences by the Catholic Church in the dark ages to raise funds in exchange for a reduction of punishment for sins committed. Interestingly, the Arabic translation for Indulgences is Sukuk al-Ghofran, which may sound familiar.
This relationship between religions and business or between prophets and profits can be controversial when spirituality becomes an asset class and an important source of income to countries, whether Saudi Arabic though the Hajj, Italy through the Vatican or China through Buddhist tourism sites. Hajj in Saudi Arabia as per the article by the BBC can generate up to US$10 billion in only 10 days. A lucrative amount that can only make the "spiritual" journey more expensive over time as the profit multiples increase once Hajj - or any other religious asset - enters the business cycle.
Is this relationship healthy for both economies and the religious sites? Or is the commercialisation of religion immoral?
Read the article here.