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  1. GRE: anyone taken it? Advice?

    Salam. I took the GRE very recently, so I think I can share a few tips: Since you have an engineering background, math should be quite easy for you. Indeed, only high school level math is tested on the GRE. Still, it will help if you refresh basic math skills. For the verbal section, build your vocabulary. GRE vocabulary app by Magoosh is helpful. Also, increase your reading speed; read articles daily from magazines like The Economist etc. You can use the ETS official GRE book and Manhattan strategy guides for practice and useful tips. And do as many practice tests as you can. Especially those on the ETS website (you get two free practice tests) Good luck!
  2. Salam I was wondering if anyone can share resources regarding "ilm-e-futuhat". I do not know the details, just that a scholar mentioned it in some of his majalis this Mohorram. He urged people to study about it. Thank you all
  3. JazakAllah bro. Thanks for sharing the clips
  4. Fasting and travelling

    Salam I will be travelling after zuhr prayers, and then reach my hometown the next morning. Should I fast on the first day i.e. when I depart after zuhr? What about the following day? (I'll reach my hometown before zuhr) Thank you all P.S: I tried to look up the rulings on Ayatollah Sistani's website, but I am confused.....
  5. Imam Ali (AS) admonishing us all

    Thank you brother for sharing such pearls :-)
  6. Suhur Time

    Salam Is it permissible to start one's fast with sunni brothers i.e. at fajr, and NOT at imsak? Because many a times I have the pre-fajr meal (Suhur) with Sunnis, and being the only shia, it kind of gets odd.... So can I end the meal with them?
  7. Fasting

    Hmm... ok... thank you shiaman14
  8. Fasting

    Salam everyone I have to travel out of country in between Ramadan, so I was wondering whether I should start fasting when Ramadan starts in the place I am staying currently, or should I begin according to the place I'll go- and hence start one day later ? Note: I'll be staying in the place for a few months, so the issue of not fasting due to a stay of less than 10 days doesn't apply.... Thank you
  9. Salam I was prescribed a gel (called FASTJEL) for a knee injury. Its an anti inflammatory gel, containing Ketoprofen. You have to apply it around the affected area. However, it also contains ethyl alcohol/ethanol. So, is it permissible to use it? Please reply asap. Thanks
  10. Turkey- Is All Food Halal?

    @baradar_jackson how do I ask HamzaTR?? I do not know how to send him a private message........ Thanks a lot everyone....... No... not many restaurants have a halal sign in front of them........and yes, it is "Helal" in Turkey instead of "Halal"...
  11. Turkey

    Thanks diyaa110 Its not served openly...... but still.... I was worried..... Anyone else has any view?
  12. Turkey

    Hello and salam Is all food in Turkey halal? Do the recite bismillah while slaughtering? Do they slaughter properly? Do they perform mechanical or hand slaughter of chicken? I am asking this because Turks are very very secular... some of my friends in university proposed: "Who knows if they perform slaughter correctly....". This remark raised my fears. Asking in every restaurant or eatery I go to is hard because of the language barrier and also because it gets awkward sometimes. Also, being vegan here is very difficult, since almost all cafeterias in the university (where I live) serve dishes consisting of meat. Infact, Turkish food is all about meat..... Awaiting your replies Thanks
  13. Turkey- Is All Food Halal?

    As I said.... I have just heard "views"... thats why i made this thead..... to get some definite fact..... But thanks bro..... I do get your point.... thanks. :-)
  14. Turkey- Is All Food Halal?

    Yup....98% muslim.... yet the country is not "Islamic republic".........
  15. Turkey- Is All Food Halal?

    Are you sure? I heard from someone that the govt regulates all slaughterhouses and makes sure the meat is slaughtered islamically...... Thats the problem.... there are so many conflicting views.... what should I believe..... I cant ask every restaurant I go to.... partly due to the language barrier and partly because I don't always get the opportunity to do so(with friends etc....)