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  1. Where is a Quick Recitation of Surah Baqarah ? Hi would anyone be able to help me with this ? I am looking for a quick and clear recitation of Surah Baqarah. Something under an hour. The shortest I have been able to find on youtube is 80 minutes. These recitations are beautiful to listen to, but for my purpose I am looking for something quick. Please no criticisms on listening to a quick recitation. I hope to listen to this everyday for the next few weeks, so I think it is better to listen to a quick version, as opposed to not listening at all. Thank You and W. Salaam.
  2. Im just thinking about Options only here. I am not an expert, and ofcourse you should refer to the Ulema for the right answer. But here are my thoughts. I dont beleive a future or a forward contract is haraam (its just a legal contract). If they are halal, then I cant see why a call or put option for a stock would be haraam (its just a legal contract too, except that you have the option to buy or sell). Its essentially the same thing. Finally, if these options are halaal, then buying, selling, trading, holding and exercising them would be halaal too. Finally, the value of the option is no more left to chance, than your ability to value an equity when deciding to directly purchase that equity. Your gains and losses are just magnified.
  3. My understanding is that the Koran says the time for Fajr is at the "first break of light". This is what we call Dawn. Not sunrise -- Sunrise is when the sun itself is first visible. Scientists have three measures of dawn and the following definitions below are taken from wikipedia. I beleive Astronomical dawn is "the first break of light", so I think this is the appropriate time for Fajr. You can find dawn times for your geographical area on the internet.
  4. My fingers are pressed against my thigh during Qiyam. I use more pressure on the number of fingers with respect to which rakat it is. So I put my pressure on 2 fingers in the 2nd rakat, and on 3 fingers in the 3rd rakat. I find it helps. Sometimes I try to repeat my duas in my head in english as I recite in arabic. This often leads to me forgetting which rakat I am in.
  5. How long do people mourn after Ashura in different cultures? As I know, the Pakistani community generally commemorates this mourning period until Eid-e-Shuja/Eid-e-Zahra (9th of Rabi' al-Awwal). But mourning is a very personal thing. Interestingly, I found this on wikipedia: I wonder if other cultures (arab, african, south-east asian, etc) generally mourn for the same amount of time. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these communities mourned for more or less time. On a personal note, I mourn until chelum. From Moharaam 1st to Chelum (40th day after Ashura), I do not listen to music, watch tv/movies, wear bright clothes and attend any celebrations.
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