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Basim Ali

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  1. Do apples have it easier than oranges?
  2. D'you find yourself with less attention span now?

    Why what's so special about 'nowadays'?
  3. I love airports

    A lot of airports are now heavily invested in offering quality services to passengers and making their transit comfortable. I happen to have had transits at a lot of Middle East airports and I've really come to enjoy airports that are kind to their passengers (and cognizant of the fact that travelling is a tiring and unpleasant experience for many who are forced to do it for work and/or family). I think they also carry an enormous responsibility of representing their countries/cities for the short duration that passengers stay there. Abu Dhabi and Doha are probably at the top of my list of favourite Middle East airports. Muscat was also surprisingly serene. Riyadh inaugurated a very impressive domestic airport recently. Dubai has become too crowded with multiple airlines using it as a transit destination. I recently had a 4-hour transit at Sharjah airport and it was terrible. It smelled, the WiFi wasn't complimentary and I couldn't find a place to sit. Air Arabia is pennies on the dollar so I guess this is where they make their cuts lol. Salam
  4. Babri masjid

    I think this is what OP is talking about: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/babri-dispute-shia-wakf-board-says-ram-temple-can-be-built-at-disputed-site-mosque-at-a-distance/story-Te9ytfzjvm8tBI9GYmTHwK.html I know about the Babri Masjid issue but never knew that the Shias of India claim it as their mosque! This is pretty interesting. In any case, their position seems to be pretty sensible. If they did indeed own the land they have a right to decide what happens to it. And even if they don't, Babri Masjid has become an unnecessary war of egos for Hindus and Muslims of the subcontinent that has claimed countless innocent lives. This issue needs to be put to rest even if it means one side conceding to the other.
  5. Pocket money earning opportunity

    Hmm I've been taught, for as long as I've been part of research projects, never to offer financial incentives to your study subjects to participate in your study as it a) introduces a bias and b) is unethical. Not to mention, online surveys have their own major issues. So I'm really curious as to how they manage to maintain the reliability of their questionnaires.
  6. Lol Fisk is such a savage.
  7. Why Pakistan is mourning loss of German nun Ruth Pfau Tributes are pouring in for a German nun who spent more than half a century in Pakistan battling leprosy and helping the country's most vulnerable people. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced in a statement that a state funeral would be held for Ruth Pfau who died on Thursday aged 87. "She gave new hope to innumerable people and proved through her illustrious toil that serving humanity knows no boundaries," the statement said. "We are proud of her exemplary services, and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead." Pfau trained as a doctor in her youth and went on to join a Catholic sisterhood. She arrived in Pakistan, where she spent the rest of her life, in 1960. She specialised in the treatment of leprosy, a disease that causes discolouration of the skin, sores, and disfigurements. Pfau's work earned her the Nishan-e-Quaid-i-Azam, one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards. More here. ------------- This is an interview by her before she passed away:
  8. Wudu Water

    I don't think the Prophet (p) always had someone pouring water for him!! (think Tahajjud or all the other prayers offered in private when no one would be around/awake). Here are videos of Agha Khoei (rh) and Agha Sistani (rh) pouring water for themselves while performing wudhu (they make it look so easy lol):
  9. Social anxiety

    Hey Minal, While almost all of us get anxiety at some point it's a medical disorder when it happens disproportionately or inappropriately to the events causing it. It is unlikely that someone over the internet can help you. As a medical professional myself, I can't stress enough how important it is for you to seek professional help. Anxiety disorders can usually be treated by psychotherapy and/or medications but the longer they are left untreated the more difficult it may become to treat them. I understand that it's difficult to ask for help without adequate support from family or friends, but you must take the first step and approach a clinical psychiatrist/counsellor/clinical psychologist yourself. I hope and pray that things get better for you inshaAllah. Salam.
  10. Salam everyone. Has anyone been following the Google controversy surrounding an internal memo (later made public) circulated by an engineer criticizing what he calls Google's discriminatory diversification practices? I attend a university where this debate about gender roles and stereotypes is triggered every couple of months so I'm fairly familiar with the subject. Naturally, I was interested in what this guy had to say in his memo that got him fired. I was expecting a very aggressively opinionated piece filled with a guy mansplaining gender issues (after all, it was enough to get him fired). So either I don't fully understand the flip side of the argument or the guy was really good at making his opinion sound like facts because I don't think I disagreed with a lot of what he had to say. He seems to have backed up much of what he says with scientific evidence. The gist of his argument is that men and women are inherently different biologically so they can't be expected to make similar choices while picking occupations and professional specialities. He says this all the while admitting that the gender-specific biologies are not binary and on a spectrum that overlaps (so one can't state that such-and-such profession is for a specific gender alone) and also supporting the idea of greater diversity in the workplace albeit minus the discriminatory practices to promote it. Admittedly he also makes some statements that appear blunt and unsupported by evidence (then again this was meant for internal circulation not a journal). This theme and argument (biological difference in gender and gender roles) is one that I've seen spring up in many gender debates (issues of testimony and inheritance etc.) on ShiaChat as well over the year. Unfortunately, much of what he's saying is considered politically incorrect in the times we live in. For those interested, James Damore's (the Google engineer who got fired) full essay/memo can be found here. It's an easy read and would recommend everyone to read it and maybe ask yourself what you find correct/incorrect about his views. Since the news became public people have expressed their infuriation with the memo but some others have also expressed their support. 4 well-credentialed scientists have written pieces voicing their support, from a purely scientific perspective, for the memo and its accuracy. Obviously, I'd encourage you to read the memo before you read their pieces. I'd be interested in knowing what some of the other members here think about this issue. (PS: Feel free to move this thread to any forum. Wasn't sure where it belongs and I'd like to see reasonable opinions on this so posting this here.) Salaam
  11. Muslim sects of Pakistan

    Care to share the source of these stats? I've seen the 70-75% figure being thrown around a lot but have never actually seen a solid source. I mean I understand nobody really collects this kind of data due to obvious reasons but there must be some logic to this inference.
  12. Two sentences into the first paragraph and I realized that something didn't sound right about the language being used (too biased and opinionated). Then I realized I was on the website of The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) which is not the main, authoritative body of pediatric practice in the US. That's the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ACPeds is actually an offshoot of AAP and is a protest group made and run by conservative pediatricians who were opposed to the pro-LGBTQ stance of the AAP on several issues. Nobody really pays attention to this aberrant group anymore lol. While I haven't really analyzed their article and their references (don't think it's worth anyone's time to do so tbh) these groups tend to be selective in quoting medical literature to support their point of views. Kind of like the anti-vaccination groups among the medical fraternity that repeatedly quote flawed studies to prove their point. I know we'd like scientific evidence to fit our Muslim narratives but I'd personally be happier if we don't look like we share our values with a group as un-scientific as ACPeds. Salaam.
  13. Can humans have two hearts?

    Sure. Heterotopic (putting a donor heart in the chest while leaving the original in situ) or piggy-back heart transplants, while not very common, are possible.
  14. A ShiaChat Reunion?

    Sick post man. Came in quite sometime after all of you but few other features of the internet have excited me more than ShiaChat over the years. Made so many friends, met so many inspiring people, found a few distant cousins and relatives. Learned so much. Can't help but feel a bit envious towards the people who conceived the idea of SC for the sawab they probably get from this. This was my evening hang-out place for the longest time in school. I really feel discovering SC and being part of this place made me a much better and more educated person and Muslim. Most of us born in Muslim families (like most kids born in other faiths lol) are never taught to question our beliefs and practices. While this may not sound like a good thing to many, but questioning your beliefs and practices, and finding out for yourself why and how they've come to exist is a wonderful feeling. Nothing reaffirms your faith in your madhab better than finding things out things about it for yourself. It lets you connect with your religion and culture on a level you didn't think was possible. I've done my fair share of embarrassing things in my time here too. :p None of my social network profiles are as embarrassing as my SC profile I think. I've come back to SC this week after a long hiatus. So much as changed (I CAN'T FIGURE THE EMOTICONS OUT, I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS MODERATOR!!!) I feel like there should be some way to identify people who have gotten their usernames changed. Very confusing when someone says salam and you have no idea who they are. Hehe. Salaam.
  15. Can you do Ghusl in shower?

    Yes and you follow the sequence of head and neck -> right side of the body -> left side of the body. It doesn't matter, for example, if while you're washing your head water flows on your body too (as long as you wash the part you do intend to wash at that particular moment, thoroughly). It's possible with both a hand-held shower and a fixed shower. Alternately, you can use a jug that you fill and pour over your body parts in the prescribed sequence. This method will probably help you save water and is more in line with the recommendation to not use an excessive quantity of water while performing Ghusl. But I suppose this method is also less convenient, would take more time and I'd be wondering at the end if I was thorough enough with my washing. Discussed elsewhere here and here. Rules for performing Ghusl Tartibi a/c to Agha Sistani here. Salaam
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