Jonah Hutton Firas Landis is born

Manar, my wife, just gave birth to our second child, Jonah Hutton Firas Landis.

Jonah was born at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday March 27. He was 8 pounds and 10 ounces and 22 inches long. He came out quickly and without struggle. His brother Kendall Shaaban is delighted even though he wanted a sister named variously Pamela or Alexandra.

If you are wondering how we came up with Jonah, it is because my mother is named Joan Hutton. Jonah is also Yunis in Arabic and Ianis in Greek. Firas is the name of Manar's brother.


Comments (39)

annie said:

My very best wishes to Jonah and his family.
Welcome to planet earth Jonah

March 27th, 2008, 10:00 pm


qunfuz said:

alf mabrook, insh’allah

March 27th, 2008, 10:07 pm


Enlightened said:

Congratulations To you and Manar, May they give you all the Joy you deserve.

Kendall will now have a playmate.

Now that you have announced this wonderful news, Sue and I are expecting our second child in November, we found out last week. There is nothing but joy that children bring to this sometimes dreary world.

Again congratulations.

March 27th, 2008, 10:23 pm


Honest Patriot said:

Mabrook Josh and may God bless your wonderful family.

– Elie

March 27th, 2008, 10:29 pm


Qifa Nabki said:

Alf mabrouk ya Joshua, and all the best to your family!

March 27th, 2008, 11:13 pm


offended said:

Alf mabrook Josh!
Wow, what a cute little family! The lovely Kendall is growing up fast!

March 27th, 2008, 11:15 pm


Majhool said:


My very best wishes go to you and your family. You now need to host “Mubarakeh” and serve “mlabbas”

March 27th, 2008, 11:21 pm


PH said:

Alf Mabrouk to you and your family and may he be raised in your protection and the comfort of your prosperity.

March 27th, 2008, 11:40 pm


EHSANI2 said:


Congratulations! More Landises to ensure SC continues for a very very long time….please pass our best to Manar…Rania sends her love and best wishes too. Man, these kids look ultra handsome and cute.

March 27th, 2008, 11:40 pm


Laurie King-Irani said:

alk mabrouk, yaa abu shebaab!

What a lovely picture of the whole family!! Manar looks beautiful and glowing, as do you, and Kendall looks thrilled!

How wonderful and thanks for letting us all know. Your baby’s been blogged before he’s even 8 hours old!! How 21st century!

March 27th, 2008, 11:52 pm


Alex said:

alf, alf mabrook!!

(ya3ni malyone mabrook)

Ehsani, what do you mean “More Landises to ensure SC continues for a very very long time”??!

This is Syria comment, not Syria.

: )

March 28th, 2008, 12:00 am


Qifa Nabki said:

lol Alex

March 28th, 2008, 12:08 am


EHSANI2 said:

Habibi Alex,

Anything related to Syria is “ILA-AL-ABAD”. Why should the Landises make an exception?

March 28th, 2008, 12:13 am


sam said:


March 28th, 2008, 1:05 am


SimoHurtta said:

Onneksi olkoon (Congratulations in Finnish)

March 28th, 2008, 1:05 am


Naji said:

alf, alf mabrook!!
Onneksi olkoon
… 🙂

March 28th, 2008, 1:17 am


norman said:

Congratulation ,

You need two more so we can have good tax payers and save social security .

March 28th, 2008, 1:45 am


Naji said:

So, …is Jonah comming to the Damascus Summit, or not …that is the question…!? 🙂

March 28th, 2008, 2:03 am


Sol said:

Mabrook. May Jonah grow up in a world filled with peace and joy.

March 28th, 2008, 2:10 am


wizart said:

Congratulations for a cheerful, lovely peace making family! 🙂

Jonah Hutton Feras Landis has his own little United Nation already!

March 28th, 2008, 4:45 am


Findalaawi said:

Congratulations Professor!

March 28th, 2008, 5:01 am


Sietske said:

Mabrouk from Beirut!

March 28th, 2008, 5:40 am


ausamaa said:

Alf Mabrouk Joush to Manar and you and inshallah she grows up to become the wounderfull and successful lady you both deserve.

Are we going to see some commentry by her soon on SC??

Mabrouk again.

March 28th, 2008, 6:46 am


MSK said:

Dear Josh,

Milyar mabruuk!

Moments like these put our daily squabbles in perspective and remind us of what’s truly important in life.

All the best to you & your family.

Triple cheers,


March 28th, 2008, 7:39 am


Wassim said:

Mabruk Josh,
This is great news!

March 28th, 2008, 12:02 pm


Innocent_Criminal said:

congrats. hope the everyone is in good health

March 28th, 2008, 1:11 pm


ghat Albird said:

Very Best wishes to the Landis Family.

March 28th, 2008, 1:19 pm


idaf said:

Alf Mabrook Abu Kendall,

7amdella 3assalameh to Manar and Baby J.

March 28th, 2008, 2:25 pm


Friend in America said:

Mabrouk from America, and congratulations, to the entire family. The new one is truly a blessing for the entire family. May these joyful smiles continue through the happiness and trials of growing up.

March 28th, 2008, 3:40 pm


Joshua said:

Many thanks to all of you! It is indeed an SC family. After receiving a phone call from Dick Cheney, I have decided not to attend the Damascus summit, but I am sending my Arab League ambassador Yunis Firas Ardis!

Thank you, Ehsani, for the vote of confidence in al-Abad. Inshaalah.

HP Elie T. Thanks for coming back, even if for this small note. Habibi.

Jonah salutes you all. Warmest, Joshua

March 28th, 2008, 4:43 pm


Atassi said:

Congratulations To you and your wife.. Masha Allah ..very nice family indeed..

March 28th, 2008, 4:44 pm


qunfuz said:

And here’s a coincidence: my sister gave birth to Nureddine last (Thursday) night. I hope the world is a happy enough place for them both to have happy lives.

March 28th, 2008, 6:03 pm


In Damascus said:

Congratulations Joshua, Insha’allah yitraba bi 3azak wa dalalak!!

March 29th, 2008, 1:11 am


Yasser said:

Congratulations Joshua and Manar.

March 29th, 2008, 7:10 am


Ford Prefect said:

alf alf mabrouk Josh and Manar on the arrival of Jonah Firas and hamdella ala salamteck ya Manar.

Your lovely family just get even lovelier. God Bless.

March 29th, 2008, 5:16 pm


Shai said:


Mazal Tov! From your friends here in Israel.

March 29th, 2008, 6:02 pm


Leila Abu-Saba said:

Alf Mabrouk to you and Manar, Joshua, and also to darling Kendall who now has a brother. Two boys! God bless you! I know what that’s like – a joy and lots of activity…

My best friend’s son, born late November 2006, is also named Jonah. I never knew it was Yunis in Arabic! Hah! I will call my friend’s baby Yunis now.

Wonderful name, wonderful news for your family. I am happy for you all. Hope you have lots of help and can get some sleep…

March 30th, 2008, 2:15 am


The Independent said:



God protect him.

March 31st, 2008, 2:35 pm


Georges said:

Congratulations Josh and family. Mabrouk!

April 1st, 2008, 4:42 am


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