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  1. Salaam bro, may I ask where you got the number 85 from? Just wondering because I'm seriously questioning the reliability of that statement. I was in the matrimonial session last year at MC and there were probably only 100 people TOTAL participating...so 85 matches would be impossible. Personally I only know of one couple that met at MC last year and alhamdullilah they're now engaged. Not to say there couldn't have been more but 85 sounds way too high.
  2. Sleeping after Fajr

    (salam) (salam) Does anyone here have problems falling back asleep after Fajr prayers? In the past, I was always able to sleep at a decent time, wake up around fajr time for prayers and reciting the Qur'an, and then go back to sleep for another 1-1.5 hours. For the past few months, even though my schedule has been just as busy, for some reason I cannot fall back asleep after Fajr (unless I sleep on my stomach - which I absolutely hate to do). Anyone else experience this? It may not be a bad thing, because there are ahadith along the lines that "When Allah (SWT) intends to reform a believer's affairs, he grants him three things: less speech, less appetite, and less sleep." Thoughts?
  3. Thanks for the tip. I have been doing an enormous, unhealthy amount of studying (reading out of a book and highlighting) this year, and much of my time away from my books has been spent staring at my laptop screen, so it is possible the effects are due to some sort of vision issues. I am going to schedule an appointment with my optometrist today. Out of curiousity sister, can you describe your symptoms when you say you were having trouble focusing your eyes? By this do you mean your vision was blurry? Because my issue isn't really with blurry vision. I'd like to know just to compare your symptoms to mine to see if it's likely that the cause is the same. Will go to the optometrist and report back the results insha'Allah. Thanks for this very helpful response, bro. Is there any e-mail address or anything that you wouldn't mind sharing with me so I can communicate with you further? You can PM me if you don't want to post it here. In any case I'd really appreciate it.
  4. Sister, first of all I really appreciate your reply, thank you for it. In response to your questions, first I did begin a very busy and stressful professional school about a year ago, which may have something to do with my symptoms. I generally have had very little time to form any deep relationships this year, and there are very few momin brothers and sisters in the area in which I live, so I have felt pretty isolated socially. In addition to my busy professional life I've also tried to maintain a deep commitment to Islam, which again is difficult because of the lack of a community around me. Finally I should mention, although I don't know how important this is, but I have been trying to get married (unsucessully) for the past year or so. I think I want to emphasize that what I described above was not so much "feelings" in the emotional sense (feeling depressed, etc.), but more of physical symptoms. So, as I mentioned above, sometimes I get really into a prayer, and I am really focused in it, thinking of only Allah (swt), pouring emotion the words I speak, reflecting on them, and saying them from the bottom of my heart. Alhamdullilah the feeling after such a prayer is incredibly peaceful, but at times after such a prayer I have a light headache, meaning my head feels a bit heavier. So, although it's possible, I don't think that my social situation or emotional outlook has much to do with these headaches, although it's possible. This is why I wanted to post here; to see if anyone had experienced similar symptoms, or whether these symptoms might be indicative of a deeper issue which I should get examined. Thoughts? Medical student? I don't want to assume anything with all the engineering stuff you've got linked up to your profile :)
  5. Thanks for your response brother. Respectfully, what are your qualifications? Do you have a medical degree, or do you have some other basis for your suggestions?
  6. As a student in a busy professional school, not very much. I'd say on an average of maybe 6 hours per night when I'm busy. You're right that this may have something to do with it - when I haven't gotten much sleep the night before, my symptoms seem to be worse. Thoughts?
  7. BUMP...any thoughts anyone? I'd appreciate it. Anyone generally experience any light headaches after a very focused prayer, as in your head starts to feel a bit heavier?
  8. (bismillah) (salam) I have been experiencing some problems in focusing visually, feeling detached and overwhelmed, and think they might have something to do with my practice of Islam, so I thought I'd post here to see if the doctors had any guidance, or if anyone else had experienced similar things and could share their experiences with me. For starters, to explain the symptoms I have been experiencing I should let you all know that for the past year or so, I've been very interested in irfaan, and have been doing certain things that I hadn't been doing before, such as praying on time, praying in a focused manner, not eating too much at one sitting, and etc. However, for the past 9 months or so, I've been experiencing some symptoms in my brain that I suspect may be related to my practice of irfaan, though I'm not entirely sure. First, when I go to a place with a lot of sensory exposure, like Manhattan, or generally any crowded or active area where there's a lot going on (like a mall for instance), I tend to feel overwhelmed and detached from reality. This feeling of being detached from reality and not being able to focus is generally very strong after I've completed one of the daily prayers in a really focused and concentrated manner. But, I should note that in some times and places the feeling of being overwhelmed and detached is particularly strong - for instance, often when I'm in class I feel this way - but other times I hardly notice it at all. Another symptom is that my visual focus seems to have been impaired. So, for instance, it's harder on my eyes to focus on a person standing in front of me - like for example, a professor standing in front of the classroom. It feels as if my eyes can't follow his pacing around in front of the class without a tiny bit of lag. Furthermore, I have also had trouble making and maintaining eye contact with people, whereas I generally hadn't had that problem in the past. I'm not sure if that symptom is related to the others but since I had been experiencing it, I thought I'd mention it. In general, since I've become more spiritual, it almost seems as if something about the way my brain processes information has changed. I'm not sure if that's all that has happened, or whether my symptoms suggest a deeper, more serious problem that I should seek medical attention for. Any information or guidance that the doctors here or anyone could provide would be helpful.
  9. Shaam-e-gharibaan

    (salam) Shaam-e-gharibaan In the desert plains of Karbala The sun sets quietly on a tragedy. The Imam has perished His helpers each martyred one by one lay lifeless on the ground. Now, only the women are left Left to quietly grieve In their loneliness Amidst the whipping winds of the night The zaalim forces light fire to the tents of the women Amidst the wailing of the innocent Sakina The tyrants loot the few remaining belongings of the women In the stillness of the night The dignity of a woman is stripped from her In the stillness of the night A little girl loses her innocence Oh Lady Zainab Tonight is the night. Tonight is the night we feel the weight of the chains That the zaalims shackled you to. Tonight is the night we feel your humiliation as your veil was ripped off. Tonight is the night we remember the haunting screams of Sakina When that zaalim snatched her earrings. Tonight is the night we promise NEVER to stop mourning until our beloved Imam returns and we AVENGE the treatment of the noble women of yourhousehold. Tonight is the night we promise.
  10. BUMP. Anyone know the answer? Bro Ali Imran?
  11. (salam) Does anyone know whether Sayyid Mahdi al-Modarrassi will be lecturing this coming Sunday (11th of Muharram) at ISIJ? I checked on the website and it was unclear.
  12. (salam) brother, I did participate in this program in summer of 2006, and I can tell you that it is a very well-run program. There are usually about 15 total students in the program, from all across the country, all with an interest in public policy. In my year, the majority of students were South Asians, but we had Arabs and Iranis also. I believe last year they had an American convert as well. Regardless, it's fairly diverse. Each student has his or her own internship during the day time, everday, from 9-5. After that, each weekday (and some weekends), all the students get together to hear a speaker discuss some issue pertaining to Muslims and Public Policy in America. The speakers include journalists, people in government, professors, other people in academia, people running for office, and etcetera. The best part of the program is getting to live and network with other brothers (or sisters -- there are two houses, and they are separate), and keep in contact with them throughout college and afterwards. Also, my year there were a handful of Shias, and I know that they definitely encourage Shia applicants to apply as they'd like to build a diverse class that is representative of the Muslim ummah in America. With further questions please PM me.
  13. Salaam, I participated in this program and would highly recommend it to Muslim students interested in public policy and politics. It is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Please PM me if you have any questions about it. -- The Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) is Now Accepting Applications for its 2008 Summer Internship Program www.muslimpublicservice.org Through the MPSN Summer Internship Program, the current generation of American Muslims is emerging into the public service and public policy arenas. The Summer Internship Program is designed to bring American Muslim students from diverse backgrounds to Washington, D.C. to live, study and work together while creating a cohesive network of talented American Muslims pursuing careers in public service and public policy. MPSN's internship component is combined with a comprehensive academic curriculum, professional guest speakers, mentoring, community building and networking. The MPSN Summer Internship Program runs from June 1-August 15, 2008. MPSN Curriculum The MPSN academic curriculum is designed to complement practical experience gained in the field, and is geared towards leadership development. Renowned scholars and experts teach the interactive seminars, and will enrich participants' knowledge of Islamic perspectives on the most urgent issues in public service and public policy. Service learning and community activism are also integral elements in the MPSN experience. Building Networks Over 15 years, MSN/MPSN has built a growing network comprising over 200 alumni working in a wide range of fields including media, social justice, public health, environment, education, economic development, law, public administration, community activism, political organizing and other public policy arenas. As a result of this innovative program, talented American Muslims are established on public service career paths and serving as active agents of change within American society. Commitment to Diversity and Community Building Diversity is a unique aspect of MPSN. The program draws interns from various backgrounds within the American Muslim community to live, work and study together to foster a heightened understanding and appreciation of the diversified experiences that shape the American community. MPSN prioritizes this as a crucial element of leadership development. MPSN is an intensive experience both personally and professionally. Living among a diverse group of peers—with a full spectrum of political and Islamic perspectives—requires interns to be open-minded and willing to engage respectfully in challenging debates. The MPSN environment is built on mutual respect, understanding and willingness to learn from each other. Admissions MPSN looks for talented, service-driven undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to public service and public policy development. All interns must secure their own internship. It is crucial to apply early—many major internship deadlines are in the fall and winter. MPSN Admissions are on a rolling basis. For further information and admissions details, please visit: http://www.muslimpublicservice.org/admissions.html For helpful internship tips: www.muslimpublicservice.org/secure_internship.html For further information--or to schedule a MPSN Summer Internship Program presentation in your area--please contact Sophia Kizilbash, MPSN Recruiting Coordinator at sophia@muslimpublicservice.org ********************************** Alumni Testimonial: "Whether it was the stimulating in-class discussions, the full-time internship, or the personal discussions with other interns, the MPSN summer internship program was truly a learning experience. During my summer in DC, I grew personally, professionally and academically. I don't hesitate to say that the MPSN program is one of the most dynamic internship programs available, and I would recommend it to any Muslim students who have a mind for policy." --Shaan Rizvi (MPSN 2006)
  14. Belts!

    Salaam, I still have not found a retailer that sells non-leather belts. Do you have any references for websites or online Muslim retailers that sell non-leather belts?
  15. Belts!

    Thank you for the sincere advice brother. Were you by any chance at the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in Medina, NY the other day? I believe I saw you, wanted to say salaam but didn't get the chance.