Monday, June 30, 2008

Remember ME

To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated.
To the happy, I am at peace.
To the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen but I can be heard.
So as you look in awe at a mighty forest
and its grand majesty,Remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts,
and your memories.
Of the times we cried, the times we fought,
and the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Family's Tradition

My family's tradition started from my great great grandfather. He started to catch fish and pearls and it passed down to my great grandfather, then to my grandfather then it stopped there. It stopped when it reached my father because then life became more modern, because there were scuba divers and Chinese pearls became available.
How my family did this was they went in ships and into the deep deep seas. They would go underwater and put clips on their noses and a rope attached to them. They come back up hopefully with clams. And they would sing songs.

Samar Al Ansari
Grade 5D
March 22,1999

Friday, June 27, 2008


When someone you love becomes a memory
The memory becomes a treasure


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

أنا أم سمر

لماذا لا تحدثوني عن ابنتي سمر؟
وان بدأت الحديث عنها تظهرون الضجر
نعم ابنتي رحلت ولكنها معي أيها البشر
لا تعاتبوني وتقولوا لي " كفاك الحديث عن سمر
"كفانا حزنا، أليس عندك حديثا أخر غير سمر؟
إن كنتم تحبوني، دعوني أتكلم كما أشاء عن سمر
ودعوني أذكرها فهي ابنتي مثل قدر وعمر
فليس من العدل إن تطلبوا مني أن أئد العبر
وليس من العدل أن تناشدوني أن لا أذكر الغالية سمر
"فالنار التي في قلبي إن صمت ستصرخ" أينك سمر؟
ماذا أفعل؟ أهو ذنبي أن يكون بي الزمن قد غدر؟
هل كان باختياري إن أغوص بهذا البحر؟
دعوني أتكلم وأنطق باسم ابنتي سمر
ألا تذكر الأم ابنتها إن كانت على سفر؟
حفظ الله لكم أولادكم من أنثى وذكر
فمن منكم لا تذكر ابنها حتى لو سافر يوما أو شهر؟
لا أحد يدرك مدى ألمي إلا من ذاق طعم هذا القهر
قهر فراق الأبناء لا يتصوره العقل أو النظر
فكفى إنني استمر يوما بعد يوم دون رؤية سمر
وأقوم بجميع أدواري وأدفن العبر
ولكن أريدكم دائما أن تتذكروا بأنني أم سمر
و أن تسمحوا لي أن أحدثكم عنها وبكل ما ببالي خطر
أتعتقدون أيها الأحباء أن دوائي أن لا أذكر سمر؟
سامحوني فأنتم مخطئون كأغلبية أبناء البشر
لا شفاء لي ولكن دائي لا يسكنه سوى الحديث عن سمر
واعلموا أني لن أستطيع الاستمرار بالحياة إلا بذكر سمر
دعوني أقص لكم ما أشعر به وأحدثكم عن الوردة سمر
أريد أن أذكركم بأنني أم لثلاثة حتى ولو رحلت سمر
فكيف لي أن أتحدث معكم دون ذكر سمر؟
وأصغوا لي إن كنتم حقا تحبون سمر وأم سمر
ولا تسكتوني خوفا على أنفسكم من القهر
،أو خوفا بأن حزني سيتجدد
فالحزن موجود ينهمر بغزارة المطر
ولا أحد يستطيع أن يوقفه حتى قدر وعمر
انه محفور بقلبي و يكحل عيوني وعلى جبيني ظهر
اسمعوني إن كنتم حقا تحبون سمر
©رنده ربحي حماده
(أم سمر)
المصدر: سمر شمس لن تغيب 2008
جميع الحقوق محفوظة للمؤلفة

Monday, June 23, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I Carry Her in My Heart

Some people may think that I am insane
Those ones probably have not encountered such pain

The pain of losing a daughter or a son
And knowing that from this life he/she is gone

To wake up in the morning, day after day
And ask "Where is my daughter? Tell me, I pray"

Although I know she is in heaven above
Yet, I yearn to hold her and give her my love

But I also know that I carry her in my heart
We became one; no one can separate us apart

Randah R. Hamadeh, 2008, Copyright©
Written in loving memory of my daughter
Samar Ahmed Al Ansari (4/4/1988-4/9/2006)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

حفل التخرج

أمي، اليوم من العام الماضي كنت من الخريجين
وكانت السعادة تحيطنا ومن الفرحة تطيرين
هاأنت أمي شريط ذلك اليوم السعيد تستعيدين
والصرخة التي في قلبك، تمزقك وتكتمين
وألمك لا يعرف به أحد سواي ورب العالمين
والدموع تتلألأ في عينيك وتودي أن تمنعين
أطلقي العنان لها، فلعلها تغسل قلبك الحزين
حفل التخرج عاد، والجميع من حولك فرحين
حاملا أجمل الذكريات التي لن تمحها السنين
وستظلين أمي "سمر، أينك يا الغالية؟" تنادين
"أين أسعد أيامك التي كنت بها عروسا تتألقين؟"
رغم ذلك أنا سعيدة بأنك جميع الأصدقاء تهنئين
بتخرج أولادهم ولهم أجمل التهاني تقدمين
ولكن يا أمي، ستبقين في كل حفل تخرج، عني تبحثين
©رنده ربحي حماده
(أم سمر)
المصدر: سمر شمس لن تغيب
2008جميع الحقوق محفوظة للمؤلفة

Sunday, June 08, 2008

SAMAR AL ANSARI 2008 Soccer Award

Samar Al Ansari Award 2008
for Outstanding Contribution to Girls Soccer at IKNS

At the beginning of 2006-07 school year, the school community was stunned and devastated by the passing of one of the most capable students IKNS has produced, both academically & on the sports field! Samar Al Ansari was tragically killed in a car accident on the 4th September 2006. She was to begin her tertiary education studying at University of York in England, the same university as her older sister Qadar, something Samar was really looking forward to.

It is a privilege but tinged with much sadness, I wish to present the Samar Al Ansari Award to the girl who has made an Outstanding Contribution to Girls Soccer during her time at IKNS on behalf of Samar’s Parents, Dr. Ahmed Anasri & Dr. Randah Hamadeh.

In my 1st 5 years as the Senior Girls (SG’s) Soccer Coach, there has been an Ansari in the team. To be honest Samar’s passing hurt, and we have all asked why?
Someone so young, so capable & her life beyond IKNS all in front of her.
Some parents have said to me life’s order is supposed to take the parents first, not their children.

On the soccer field, Samar was potentially one of the best players in the SG’s.
Samar, in the JG’s acquired the nickname “crazy legs” & it stuck.
When she ran her legs simply went everywhere. Anatomically, definitely not one of the great running styles. She was actually very fast off the mark, & one of the few SG’s who had ‘wheels’ (speed).

On the academic side, Samar acheived 42 out of a possible 45 for IB.
I am sure any of the IB students here tonight would be overjoyed to receive such marks in their IB exams this year.

One of the fondest memories I have of Samar Al Ansari is of her & IKNS Girls SG’s Team in Dubai watching a video at some rather late hour when they should have been asleep. Imagine 15 SG’s girls on 3 single beds & one asleep in the middle of them all watching the video. The Dubai soccer tournaments are a special part of the IKNS sporting calendar & the highlight for many of you. Samar was no exception & really enjoyed her two trips to Dubai. The recipient tonight is one of the students her tonight who was in the room that night.

How many of you have hugged the camel at Rashid School? U13 Boys may remember me asking you to stop be the camal at Rashid School in Dubai this year.

This is 2nd year of the Samar Al Ansari Award, the inaugural winner was Rania Mashouk.

The award goes to the student who personifies all the admirable characteristics I have highlighted about Samar Al Ansari & their Outstanding Contribution to Girls Soccer during their time at IKNS.

This girl has played soccer for IKNS at every level from Grade 6 to Seniors.

This person has been part of one of the most successful sports teams at IKNS ever.
3 BPSSL SG’s titles. 4 trips to Dubai - 1st school team in Dubai 2005 & 2 3rds placing in 2007 & 2008.

In 2005, she made her 1st trip to Dubai with SG’s as a budding striker & played herself into the ground & until her legs would move no more having given her all, unfortunately had to miss the final. This particular Dubai tournament, I still say this is the best performance by any sports team I have been associated with at IKNS in my time.
The 2005 team were the first school in a competition of 10 SG’s teams.
Her efforts were really appreciated by myself & Miss Mireille.
In 2006, saw her play with Samar in the SG’s who won the BPSSL title, developing a midfielder.
In 2007, now midfield was her position, developing a good understanding of what is required of a midfielder – trapping, looking & lots of passing, not to mention running. Her & another person her tonight formed the back bone of our midfield.
The SG’s won there 2nd title.
In 2008, now a Gr.12 student, defense was her position, very strong on defence, excellent anticipation, always offered encouragement to the SG’s as one of the vice captains. On one occasion at half time in a game, even offered some advice for the referee who needed some upskilling in the understanding of the off-side rule in soccer. The SG’s won the BPSSL title for the 3rd year in a row. She was a major contributing factor to the SG’s success over the last 3 years.

Samar AL Ansari was at her best defending on the right, tackling & running the ball back at the opposition. Attack is often the best form of defense, why not from fullback. “Crazy legs” would often have the subs standing next to me laughing, wondering how she could run so fast & still control the ball. This years recipient has the ability to anticipate what is going to happen in a game, & is often in the right place at the right time, stopping the oppositions attack & starting ours. This person has their own distinctive walk often expressed as the girls left after a soccer game. Boots over one shoulder leaving with a smile of contentedness, “job done sir”, happy talking to her team mates about the game, no big deal & just being part of the SG’s.

Reliability and committed is the key to this person. Always there for the Senior Girls. She is only 4 students to have a 100% attendance this year. This also happened in the 2006-07. She has fashioned a record that I feel will never be broken at IKNS in any sporting field. She has played 56 games of soccer for IKNS, attended 32 practices, a total of 88 days of soccer over 4 years. In PE terms, that means more than a year of soccer & only soccer for PE. Good idea some may say.
Just think about it, are you that committed and reliable to your sport or to school?
Some teams here tonight do not total 88 days of their chosen sport this year.

On the soccer field she has soccer goals with her head, shoulder, leg and foot, not to mention the odd important penalty. Her best goal was a header off a Zain corner against the U13 Boys in a practice game.

Academics, realizing academics are important. This person has enrolled to attend a University in England for next year.

The recipient is someone who only knows how to give 100% for the IKNS SG’s.
It will be a little strange not to have her on the field as she does have a really good understanding of how to play the game, what I as a coach would like the team to do & what her roll in it is.

A penalty shoot in Dubai for 3rd place this year some up my feelings about the recipient, a script I could not have written any better. “All good things come to those who wait!” Well 7 penalties later, no one would look at me as their coach, “. . . , up you go, your turn”, “Me!” Head down realising a job had to be down, visualised which side she would go. Bang the shot goes – hard, low & to the right, Al Ain’s goalie partially saves the goal but there is enough power in the shot to take the ball under the goalie & over the line to score the goal & secure 3rd place for the SG’s in Dubai this year. Chaos broke out, with her taking off on a very fast victory celebration of her own, before her very happy team mates could catch her up. Excited to say the least was an understatement. As I mentioned earlier, a script I could not have written any better. “All good things do come to those who wait!” Especially for the girls who contributed the most to our success in the penalty shoot out had tears in their eyes.

It gives me great pleasure to present the 2nd winner of the Samar Al Ansari Award for Outstanding Contribution to Girls Soccer at IKNS . . . Fatima Mahmood.

Mr. Mark Clark
Soccer Coach, IKNS

Friday, June 06, 2008

Diary Entry

Samar Al-Ansari 11.5
Sep. 18,’04
Objective: Written Task 1, diary entry

Dear Diary,
Fear doesn’t even begin to describe the state of absolute terror that I’m in. How I long for the days when it was accepted for me to openly cry and not be condemned for it, how I wish I could be a littlun that could cry freely and have someone reassure him. I am scared of being in charge, I am scared of the fact that we might never be rescued, and I am scared of people turning against me. But, I can’t show the others my fear, because then they will underestimate my abilities as their leader. My tears will show weakness, and my strength is all they admire.

Maybe I am not supposed to be the leader. I have been trying so hard to make the others feel comfortable in this unpleasant setting, but I feel that I am failing them. As the days diminish so does the state of order and civilization, no one seems to want to listen to me anymore, especially Jack. I am desperately trying to do things with the peoples’ best interests in mind, while Jack is going about things in a selfish manner. I snapped at him the other day, I know I shouldn’t have; a good leader is tolerant. Why did they choose me as their leader? Was it because of the damned conch that nobody seems to know how to respect? I am not going to lie, it felt incredible when I saw the majority of hands go up to vote for me. I felt accepted, admired, even liked, but now, with Jack on the rise, what if people forget about me, because Jack might promise them their wants and not their needs? I am not saying that I am a great leader, on the contrary, but I know that I am better for these kids than Jack. Only the ignorant will go with Jack, but then again, everyone is somewhat ignorant.

Piggy would make a good leader, he is smart, very smart, but unfortunately leaders must obtain a certain image, which Piggy doesn’t have. I don’t like to admit this to him, but without him, I don’t know what I’d do. His comments have truly helped me, and his glasses did start the fire. I could never tell him this though, because I don’t want him to have a big head, like Jack.

I lay here on the shore with the starlit sky as my only source of light, while everyone is sleeping, thinking about paternalism. I try to be a fatherly figure to the littluns, I try to be their confidante, but I need a fatherly figure of my own, I need my father. My father wouldn’t condemn me for wetting this entry with my suppressed tears, on the contrary, my father would squeeze them out of me. NO, I can’t cry, I won’t cry….


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

SAMAR AL ANSARI 2008 Economics Award

Nouf Mattar's speech at the Honor Society:

Ladies and Gentlemen, my fellow students.
One of the greatest losses our school has ever experienced was of the beloved daughter, sister and student, Samar al Ansari. She was the prime example of how a student should act and behave whether it was academically or socially. Samar was known for her excellence in analytical thinking in economics and her skill in sports. She was known to be one of the smartest students in her grade and a great football player. She was what defined the word well-rounded. Due to that, an award has been created to accredit those who possess these characteristics in economics and in sports. On the other hand, Samar was also known to have one of the nicest personalities. She was said to be funny, witty, and fun-loving yet at the same time serious and thoughtful. Samar was always helping others and stood by her friends when they were in need. The person who receives this award should be honored to be given an award that was named after such an outstanding and amazing person both academically and socially. Without further ado, the Samar Al-Ansari Award goes to Tarek Nour (12 IB).

Tarek Nour ,12 IB,IKNS (Left),Mrs. Fareeda Al Moayyed, Chairperson, Board of Directors, IKNS(center), SAMAR's Mother,Chairperson, Education Committee, IKNS(Right)

The "SAMAR AL Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics" is offered by her family.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

كم يا سمر

كم بستان يا سمر بحبك يا ابنتي قد سقيت
وإنسان على هذه الأرض أحبك وأحببت
وكم قلب يا الغالية سمر، أسرت
فكم شقي بكلماتك العذبة أسعدت
ودمعة من عيون حزينة مسحت
وفقير المال له أعطيت
ومحتاج يد العون له مددت
وكم كنت كريمة فقلما أحد خذلت
آه لو تعلمين يا حبيبتي كم فؤاد بموتك أشقيت
وإنك بأفعالك يا الحبيبة إسمك خلدت
©رنده ربحي حماده
(أم سمر)
2008المصدر: سمر شمس لن تغيب
جميع الحقوق محفوظة للمؤلفة