Who is Moa’bite?

I was born and raised in a southern Jordanian village called Smakieh. More than 2800 years ago, Smakieh was part of a kingdom called “The Moa’bite Kingdom” (in Arabic: المملكة المؤابية). A person from Moab was called “Moa’bite” (in Arabic: مؤابيّ). From this historical perspective comes the name of the blog (A Man From Moab) and the nickname (Moa’bite).

When I started this blog in May 2007, I was a medical student at Mutah University in Jordan and from it I received my Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in June 2013. After graduation I finished my internship year and then came to Germany to do my medical specialization. I have been working here since April 2015.

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To some (many?) of my fellow Arabs, I am different because I was born to a Christian family. To another small (large?) group, this time of Christians, I am different because I was born to an Arab family. I believe this is the dilemma that each Arab Christian lives in. Nonetheless, I initially successfully resolved it by no longer identifying myself with either of the previous two groups (sorry!). For about six years after the establishment of this blog, I started identifying myself as a “human being” with no fellow Arabs or fellow Christians, but with fellow human beings!

However, as the years passed, I discovered how many human beings do not recognize other human beings to be as “human” as they are. They are not humans because they are infidels, terrorists, black, or uncivilized… so on and so forth of this endless human “creativity”. As a result, I finally settled with identifiying myself as a Homo sapien – not with fellow Arabs, Christians, or human beings, but with fellow Homo sapiens. Even if others do not think that you have the correct ethnicity, religion, color, etc, they can’t deny that you are all equal at the end… Homo sapien brothers and sisters!

The Cover Photo of the Facebook Page of the Blog of Moa'bite (14/12/2013)

Why do I blog and what do I blog about?

I mainly blog about what I think was, is, and will remain the salvation of humanity: science and knowledge in general. For me it seems that everything other than science-based information divides human beings. I like most things to be evidence based not opinion based and I like to explain the world around me using science and logic not using religion and personal opinions. If I did not believe that fanaticism is always wrong, I would call myself “a science fanatic”. Together, if we forget what divides us (identities), we can create a better tomorrow for all… all Homo sapiens!

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There is an issue that needs to be cleared here: why am I not blogging only or mostly in Arabic?

Arabic is my mother tongue. I respect it just like I expect that most people respect their mother tongues. However, to publish in Arabic, or in any other language other than English, is a disadvantage. The full details are in this post.

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Finally:

Making a difference or exlcluding yourself?

Making a difference or excluding yourself?

Do you think that you have a purpose in your life that will allow you to “make a difference“? Or are you “just another Homo sapien”?

I do not know about you. Unfortunately, I have not found a purpose yet… The good news… I am still searching…

 

Best regards,
Jameel Hijazeen (Moa’bite) جميل حجازين
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70 Comments:

  1. it seems that no one care to drop a word… Since publishing this page, till this day July 9th 2009. No one ever sent me any comment regarding the design, content, or suggestions or objections on my blog.

    Surely, there is someone generous enough out there who will care to. When? Surely, this day will come. Don’t you think so?

    -Moabite
    -Location: Mu’tah University Library (Today is my first day to discover that our library has a wireless internet… I love it!)

  2. Mazen Kheetan

    ok Dr.Moabite, I’ll be the ONE 🙂 lol.
    about your beliefs, I think you have a very wonderful theory about achieving a purpose in everybody’s life , I also believe in that…
    I like to read your blog every time I got the chance, I like the way you write.
    I hope it become a very popular blog….

    good luck my friend 😉

    • Finally… Someone commented!Thank God!

      Thank you dear Mazen for paying enough attention to this page. I appreciate it.

      Thanks for the complement! If you want to help me make this Blog “famous”, can you give me your suggestions?

      Not only Mazen, but everyone who sees this comment, if you have a reasonable and nice suggestion, let me know of it!

  3. mjalle bawalsah

    it will be a popular blog just go on writing you have long breath in writing as we say in Arabic

  4. Haha, don´t care about comments man, you have a nice blog 🙂

    I can´t pronounce your name in Arabic! موبايت؟

    Keep up the good work !

  5. Teacher Mjalle,
    “You have long breath in writing as we say in Arabic ”
    it is the second time to read this description of my writings 🙂 Funny!

    If you have any suggestions, I will be pleased to know of them.

    Welcome at any time!

  6. Dear Catalyst,

    Thanks for the comment.

    I think that I should care about comments, this is how I will know what is good and what is not. Hence, making my blog “nicer”. What do you think?

    Moabite refers to someone from historical Moab. Moab in Arabic is مؤاب, hence, the Arabic translation of my name is “مؤابيّ”. I prefer the English name. Isn’t it “mysterious”, vague, and not usual?

    P.S. Your blog URL isn’t working. When I clicked your name, I got sent to no blog.

    لم يتم العثور على المدونة الإلكترونية
    معذرة، فالمدونة التي تبحث عنها غير موجودة. ومع ذلك، فإن الاسم awanderincatalyst متاح للتسجيل!

  7. Well, if you want people to comment more, you’ll need to write more. 🙂

    • 🙂 Sure! But for now, I think I need to put all of my concentration on my studies! I can pay more attention to blogging after graduation. 🙂

  8. hey 🙂 nice blog. and your english is quite good by the way~

  9. Hi Moabite,

    This is a not meant to be a post although I enjoy your website.
    Rather, I would like to ask you what you think of the following:
    I was discussing with a friend of mine a few days ago (we are both French women living in Amman). This friend has been organizing for many years tours to Jordan for small groups of French hikers (max 15 people) and I used to work for her as a tour leader.
    She was telling me that she is increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of hotel accommodation in Kerak, where her tours usually spend a night to visit the citadelle.
    Since I visited Smakiyeh several years ago (with Dr Fawzi Zayadin whom I know very well), it came to my mind that it could be a great experience for French tourists to spend an evening and a night in Smakiyeh instead of sleeping in Karak.
    I was originally thinking of contacting the Latin Parish, remembering Abuna Badr as someone very active. I thought that maybe French tourists, who travel with theit tents and camping equipment, could maybe use a piece of land near the village to camp, and use the facilities of the convent (bathroom, toilets). And that a deal could be made with a family in the village to spend the evening with them around a meal (for a fee of course). For French visitors to Jordan, it would be a unique experience to meet Christians in a rural area.
    Then I read your post about the new priest and thought well, he might not be excited by this idea!
    I’d love to hear what you have to say about it, and any possible suggestion.
    You can answer on my email address.

    Warm greetings

    Geraldine

  10. Nabil Hijazeen

    Very good site , from Hijazeen family , Palestenian part

  11. Hi,

    This is to thank you for uploading the neuroanatomy videos. They’re SUPER helpful although all my studies are in English.

    One question though:
    I feel a bit concerned about copyright issues here. Doctor Ahmad Kamal put a tremendous amount of effort in doing these videos. Did you check if he allows them to be published on YouTube? It will be really bad if he didn’t.

    Anyway, thank you for your efforts, but I just wanted to check.

    Thank you again 🙂

    • Hi,
      Thank you for your comment. Concerning your question about the copyrights issue: I have an answer to this question written more than 2 years ago. i.e., at the time I uploaded these videos. Because the explanation is written below the 300+ videos I uploaded. You can go back to any video and read the explanation below it.

      “Doctor Ahmad Kamal put a tremendous amount of effort in doing these videos.” Reading such sentence makes me like a person who stole another person’s ideas or work and then started gaining money from them. Do you have I gained any money from uploading these videos? Do you think that Dr. Ahmad kamal, whom I know 0% about his life, would object at publishing his videos on youtube? Do you think that any person who cares about knowledge would object on spreading this “knowledge”?

      To my knowledge, all medical faculties in the Arab world, with an only exception of Syrian faculties, teach medicine in English. So, you are not alone in studying medicine in English.

      Good luck.

  12. Jude Al-Hourani

    Dr. Moa’bite , I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it from the first sight And I like the way you write.
    Way to go =))

  13. I like that, wise words mashallah 🙂
    and as they say:
    إن لم تزد في الحياة شيئاً كنتَ زائداعليها
    my aims to make a difference honestly aren’t too high.. i don’t think i am capable of doing something big.. bringing world peace or so on… helping others is what i will be capable of doing in the near future as a doctor inshaAllah, so i plan to give it my FULLEST! 😀 😀

    whereas you, Dr.Jameel .. ur making a difference (by the videos) in ppl that plan to make a difference inshallah 😛 so double the difference (purpose) for you xD
    Thanks and best of Luck

  14. I like that, wise words mashallah 🙂
    and as they say:
    إن لم تزد في الحياة شيئاً كنتَ زائداعليها
    my aims to make a difference honestly aren’t too high.. i don’t think i am capable of doing something big.. bringing world peace or so on… helping others is what i will be capable of doing in the near future as a doctor inshaAllah, so i plan to give it my FULLEST! 😀 😀

    whereas you, Dr.Jameel .. ur making a difference (by the videos) in ppl that plan to make a difference inshallah 😛 so double the difference (purpose) for you xD
    Thanks and best of Luck

  15. Amira :

    I like that, wise words mashallah :)
    and as they say:
    إن لم تزد في الحياة شيئاً كنتَ زائداعليها
    my aims to make a difference honestly aren’t too high.. i don’t think i am capable of doing something big.. bringing world peace or so on… helping others is what i will be capable of doing in the near future as a doctor inshaAllah, so i plan to give it my FULLEST! :D :D

    whereas you, Dr.Jameel .. ur making a difference (by the videos) in ppl that plan to make a difference inshallah :P so double the difference (purpose) for you xD
    Thanks and best of Luck

    First of all, thank you for your nice and jolly comment.
    Secondly, I know that you already know, but to those who might mis-understand your comment: The anatomy videos are of Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal, and I just only uploaded them to youtube. Why? The explanation is written below every one of the 500+ videos.

    Thanks again.

  16. elsalm 3likm
    that`s amazing work dr 🙂 🙂
    i wanna know if there is videos for embryology
    i really need them
    also i cant download the other videos from the links
    plzzz help
    thanxxx dr 🙂 🙂

  17. Oozoo Adel :

    elsalm 3likm
    that`s amazing work dr :) :)
    i wanna know if there is videos for embryology
    i really need them
    also i cant download the other videos from the links
    plzzz help
    thanxxx dr :) :)

    Miss Oozoo Adel,

    I guess there are videos for Embryology by Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal but I don’t have them and I have never tried to search for them! I am sorry!

    To download the anatomy videos in my channel, follow the instructions in this post:
    http://amanfrommoab.com/2011/12/25/how-to-download-all-videos-from-a-youtube-playlist-or-even-all-videos-of-a-youtube-channel/

    Thank you.

  18. Hi,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following. I hope you will enjoy my writing.
    Just to let you know, I fully support your opinion that the world can and should be explained using science and proof and though personal opinions are important they should not come in an argument. Keep up your blog,
    Laura

    • “personal opinions are important… But they should not come in as an argument”>>> Amazing! I will be quoting you! You do not know how many times did I hear people putting their opinions as arguments and then criticizing me for not accepting them. Next time, I will say: “Your opinion is important… Everyone’s opinion is important… But it cannot be used as an argument!!!”

      Thanks 🙂

  19. Ehi Moa’bite, thanks for introducing me to your blog. Your purpose is interesting, really interesting and I’m happy to follow you and your ideas:)

  20. Thanks for not only introducing yourself here, but also for visiting my little corner of the world. Peace to you!

  21. Moa’bite, I wish I read Arabic, but I particularly support your desire to make knowledge easily accessible. Much luck to you in both the blogging world and the medical one.

  22. Keep writing! I am new to the blogging world,but it seems you have interesting things to say. Keep saying them!

  23. Thanks for the follow! I’ll be back to see yours and read when I can.

  24. Hi there. Thanks for the follow also. You started out writing about how no on one was commenting. When I started my blog, I had some people comment right away, but since then, it’s been nothing! No comments! I think it’s weird, although most of my views are from those not registered with WordPress (even though I have selected the setting that nonregistered people can comment, it doesn’t work – I’ve tested it). Also, the theme I use isn’t a good one for commenting on (from the Home Page, commenting isn’t obvious). And I haven’t gotten any “thanks” for following like I see on many other blogs. I think it’s strange! But then, I hadn’t commented in that way either, so no big deal. I do try and comment from time to time on peoples’ blogs, but I mostly “like” and “follow” posts and blogs. I enjoyed seeing the photo of your aunt, too!

  25. Hello! Thank you for “following” my blog. I am enjoying your varied posts and appreciate your aspirations in the world of medicine. I wish you the greatest success with your studies and in your career. I admire those in that field.

    As an educator, I have had an opportunity to design a course for community colleges here in America that helps individuals upgrade basic academic skills so that they can enter the field of health occupations. Most of my students are English language learners from various countries. Others may just need a little improvement in math, reading, writing, and/or study skills before they qualify to start CNA work, or some other entry level coursework. My specialties as an instructor are normally writing and study skills, so this adventure into curriculum design for the health occupations field has been exciting.

    I am also a believer. I noted a reference to a priest in one of your blogs. Is your background in Catholicism? Perhaps the Easter Orthodox variety? I noted that you linked onto my post in my series on how/why I left Roman Catholicism.

    I look forward to reading more of your entries and I hope that you may find something useful in my posts.
    Blessings,
    Pnissila

  26. Try not to feel bad about any lack of response to truth; Christ, Himself, had the same problem, but some two thousand years later, He still lives in your heart, and after all, His response to whatever you are or do or say is all that matters.

  27. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog :). Unfortunately, I don’t understand your language but seems it’s scientific and interesting. Thanks for the liking 🙂
    Ps. I will browse your blog ;). Everyone said your blog is interesting 😀

  28. Moa’bite, I can’t read Arabic but, Shujkera and salaam. Keep writing, you are making a difference.

  29. Hi!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I’ve enjoyed browsing your site–many interesting topics. II will be sure to keep visiting.

    Best wishes in your your medical studies!

  30. Thanks for visiting my blog and so pleased that you are in medical studies….and have an open mind to read my ‘alternative’ healing!

  31. Thanks for following my blog, I’ve returned the favor. How exciting to think someone across the world might be interested in what I have to say! I only wish I could read Arabic to be able to appreciate your blog more fully. I’m interested to see what you’ll have to say in the future, so I’m sure I’ll be back to read more. 🙂

  32. Hello Moa’bite! Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I haven’t quite browsed through your site yet so I can’t say much. I wanted to quickly drop a note to thank you for the follow. Much appreciated and much blessings to you! Namaste…♥♥♥Nadine Marie♥♥♥

  33. Thank you for following my blog, I am very grateful and appreciate it. 🙂 You have a nice blog here too. Keep up with writing!

  34. المدونات طريقه جميله لايصال الافكار والخبرات
    وقد تكون كصدقه الجاريه بعد الرحيل
    ليستفيد الناس منه

    شكرا لزيارتك مدونتي ^_^

    سأبقى بالقرب ان شاء الله

    دمت بحفظ الرحمن

  35. Mustafa Abdullatif

    It is some times really hard to define your own goals and the way you want to contribute further in this life ,,, as a matter of fact you need to have a huge drive of power so as to be able to follow your dream of having a notable effect in this life or at least in the life’s of another.
    One must shake off all the bad ideas or the usual bad contribution from the surroundings and have a strong belief in himher self.
    taking in mind from deep inside that he or she has what it takes to make things done in the best possible way ,,,,,,
    Other wise you can simply do nothing and live like any other human being ,,,

  36. Update 15.03.2013:
    I am updating this page. Because of the distration, I will delete the “Why blog” page and merge its content with the “Who is Moa’bite” page.

    For the records, this was written in my “Who is Moa’bite” page:

    Moa’bite lives in a southern Jordanian village called Smakieh. More than 2800 years ago, Smakieh was part of a kingdom called “The Moa’bite Kingdom”. A person from Moa’b was called “Moa’bite”. Hence, the name of the blog and the nickname.
    At the current time, Moa’bite studies Medicine in Mu’tah University Karak.
    He believes that every person should have a purpose in his/her life. As a result, the call of every person is to try to fulfill this purpose. In his opinion, one’s purpose lies in “making a difference”. Blogging might be his way of making a difference, who knows!
    Do you think you have a purpose in your life that will allow you to “make a difference”? Or are you “Just Another Human Being”?
    I do not know about you… I am still searching…

  37. Dr Amani Jawarneh

    really , i like ur way of thinking ,,coz a humane sine an ambition is null,,
    and it is a wesdome to deal with alll as human being despite our Convictions,ideas ..etc
    bytheway may God guide u to fullfill ur dream …..at this time it is great to find a person full of power like u
    best wishes dr 🙂

    • Dear Dr. Jawarneh,

      Thank you very much for your comment. Good luck to you too. I was amazed to know that you have ambitions like men doctors at our faculty!

      Good luck in your ambitions, as long as you think they are logical and as long as you are working to make them come true.

      Best regards.

  38. Dear Dr. Jawarneh,

    Thank you very much for your comment. Good luck to you too. I was amazed to know that you have ambitions like men doctors at our faculty!

    Good luck in your ambitions, as long as you think they are logical and as long as you are working to make them come true.

    Best regards.

  39. I got really glad to learn about this outstanding blog ! You are a very good writer ! Congrats!!!

  40. I got really glad to learn about this outstanding blog ! You are a very good writer ! Congrats!!!

  41. Thanks for liking my post! I have a particular interest in Jordan and Bedouins, especially the Christian community there. Hope to read more about your life and the culture from your blog!

  42. Here in Berlin, there is a district called “Moabit”… when I first saw your notifications in my news feed, I figured you’d be living there :)… Gruss nach Jordanien von einem Mitmenschen…

    • Danke schön 🙂 Ich denke, dass ich wenn ich nachstes Jahr nach Deutschland fahren das Gabiest besuchen muss. Es gibt auch ein Ort in der USA mit einem gleichen Name. Ich denke alle komme von dem altes Testament.

      Gruss nach Berlin von einem Homo Sapien 🙂

      Und Ja, danke schön noch einmal für dein Blog 🙂

  43. Today, I decided to shorten the amount of writing in this page. Why? The details are here: “Is it a good idea to have a lengthy “About” page for a Blog?” http://amanfrommoab.com/2013/11/17/is-it-a-good-idea-to-have-a-lengthy-about-page-for-a-blog/

    What I did was that I moved my reasons of blogging in English not Arabic to here: “Why is it a huge disadvantage to Blog in any language other than English?” http://amanfrommoab.com/2013/11/17/why-is-it-a-huge-disadvantage-to-blog-in-any-language-other-than-english/

    Follwoing is the writing that was in this page:

    Who is Moa’bite?

    When I started this blog in May 2007, I was a medical student. I am currently a training doctor (intern) in Jordan. I dream of getting my medical specialty in Germany. Germany is a great country. If I am to become a great and famous doctor, then Germany is one of the few countries in the world to go to. I am not only dreaming but also working to achieve that dream. I need some help, can you help? (Recommendation for training of at least one month duration in a very famous German University Hospital. Why very famous? With little work, I can secure myself a position in any regular hospital in Germany. But, as a non-German, to be accepted in a famous University hospital, then this needs a recommendation. Maybe you can help me. I really want to be a good doctor. I also shall work for the development of any hospital or doctor that will recruit me)

    I live in a southern Jordanian village called Smakieh. More than 2800 years ago, Smakieh was part of a kingdom called “The Moa’bite Kingdom”. A person from Moa’b was called “Moa’bite”. Hence, the name of the blog (A Man From Moab) and the nickname (Mo’abite).

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    Under the alias of Moa’bite, I am an enthusiastic blogger since 2007. Why do I blog and what do I blog about?

    To not a small group of my fellow Arabs, I am different because I was born to a Christian family. To another not a small group, this time of Christians, I am different because I was born to an Arab family. I believe this is the dilemma that each Arab Christian lives in. Nonetheless, I initially successfully resolved it by no longer identifying myself with any of the previous two groups (sorry!). For about 6 years after the establishment of this blog, I started identifying myself as a Human Being with no fellow Arabs or fellow Christians, but with fellow Human Beings!

    But, as years passed, I discovered how many human beings do not recognize other human beings to be as “human” as they are. They are not humans either because they are infidels, terrorists, black, uncivilized… so on and so forth of this endless human “creativity”. As a result, I finally settled to identify myself as a “Homo sapien” with no fellow Arabs, Christians, or Human beings, but with fellow Homo sapiens. Even if others did not think that you have the correct ethnicity, religion, color, etc, they can’t deny that you are all at the end equal…Homo sapiens brothers and sisters!

    I mainly blog about what I think was, is, and will remain the salvation of humanity: Science and Knowledge in general. Everything other than science-based information seems to divide humna beings. So, if I do not think that fanatism is always wrong, I would have called my self “a science fanatic”.

    I like most things to be evidence-based not opinion-based. I like to explain the world around me using science and logic not using religion and personal opinions (sorry again!). Together, if we forgot what divides us, we can create a better tomorrow for all… All Homo sapiens.

    ♪ ♪ ♪

    Why not blog in Arabic?

    Arabic is my mother language. I respect it just like I expect that most people respect their mother languages. However, to publish in Arabic, or in any other language other than English, is a disadvantage. The full details are here.

    ♪ ♪ ♪

    Finally:

    Do you think you have a purpose in your life that will allow you to “make a difference”? Or are you “Just Another Homo sapien”?

    I do not know about you… But unfortunately, I have not found one yet… The good news… I am still searching…

    By Jameel Hijazeen

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  44. i like your attitude. gives me hope.

  45. Sambuddha Ghosh

    Dear Jameel, you’re an inspiration. I read your blogs and am deeply impressed by your earnest conviction. I am a medical doctor from India. I work and live in Munich. I would like to speak to you. Can I have your email address or any sort of contact details, please. It would be of great help to me. Thanks!
    Sambuddha Ghosh
    München

  46. well i just found your blog and i loved it … and i am so happy to see a- hijazeen dr b- from smakeyh and c- from mutah ….. hahahah you just gave me a high positive energy seconds before i fall apart LOL
    so proud of you wish you more and more success

    • Hi Nadeen,
      well, I have just found your comment and I love it too… and I am happy to see another Hijazeen medical student at Mutah! Nice activities too at IFMSA! Keep up the good work and I am wishing you too more success! 🙂
      N.B. I cannot say too “proud of you”: You do not have a Blog, so that I get to know a little bit more about you.
      If you read this comment, as a feedback, could you tell me how you found the blog?
      Best wishes

  47. Hello! Glad to see such a blog exists, I enjoyed reading your take on things, very insightful 🙂
    I’m also a doctor and I too graduated from Jordan ( from JUST to be more exact). I am currently in Germany. I already applied for my Approbation mid December in Arnsberg and I’m still waiting to hear from them. I’m abit worried that I won’t have the Approbation in time because I’m supposed to start my new job on the 1st of February. Can you give me any tips regarding this matter? I’d be grateful for any help you can give thanks!

    • Hi Fadi,
      Thanks for the comment. The reply takes between 4-8 weeks in average. This was the situation before two years. They always reply… 99% of the cases. Even if the replied, zou need to take the Fachsprachenprüfung. This takes at least one month. The hospital needs to wait. They could easily give you a new contract. If they do not want that, with Approbation you could quicly find a job!

      Best wishes.

  48. Hi! I’m a French psychiatrist living in Leipzig. I haven’t subscribe to the approbation yet but I find your blog amazing! Is there a way to contact you via email?
    Thanks
    Sonia

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