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  1. Salam all! Great thread - am overcome with nostalgia right now as Shiachat was a big part of my life for a long time! I think life has just gotten in the way - have been busy with work and family. I'm now married with a baby girl (who I just gave birth to less than a month ago!) and been working full time for quite a few years now (although I'm currently on maternity leave). I'm still *kind of* lurking around the forums - I still visit the forum very occasionally although it tends to be brief and every 4 or 5 months or so and I rarely contribute. In terms of religion and my views etc, I'd say they've changed and matured a fair bit since I was on the forums (I was only like 16 when I first joined the forums so I've changed a fair bit as a person in the last 12 years!). I still look back on my time on this forum very fondly and enjoyed engaging with many of the SC regulars and learnt a lot from many people here. I really hope some more old timers post in this thread to let us know how they're going and where they're at with life! Eltemase dua
  2. ^Salam sis, Sorry for the late reply - alhamdulilah I had a healthy baby girl not long after this thread. I gave birth to her on 31 December 2016 and she has kept me pretty busy ever since! We've named her Sofia and her middle name is Zaynab, We also made sure to do the aqiqah - thanks everyone for your advice on this! Below are a couple of pics, please keep her and me in your duas Baby Sofia - Labayka ya Hussain! -
  3. ^^Thank you both. Would you guys happen to have the sources for these positions? Thanks!
  4. Though you seem to have used the terms interchangably, my understanding of the terms fatigue and laziness, and this may or may not be accurate, is that they are two very different things. I tend to think that fatigue is a physical state (ie. someone physically doesn't have the energy to do something, and this could be for a variety of reasons eg: low iron, low vitamin D, no sleep etc) whereas laziness is more of a mental state (ie. a person has the physical energy to do something but not the mental motivation). But yeah, in terms of how laziness develops and then how do we overcome this, this is a great question.
  5. Thank you all for your responses and well wishes. Thanks so much for this link Ali Hussein and for your link Hameedah - very helpful. I have a couple of follow up questions arising from these links if anyone is able to shed some light. First, in the al-islam link it talks about feeding a newborn for the first time and states: The recommendation of other things like feeding the baby with rain water, warm water, dates and honey before anything else have also been mentioned in some traditions. Therefore, if possible, it is better to combine and mix honey, dates and some rain water or water from the Euphrates and then given to the baby.8 ..............................I'm just wondering as a matter of practicality whether this is safe to do? Everything I've read talks about only feeding a newborn milk. I understand that it would probably be a very small amount but even so I'm concerned. I will check with the doctor in any case but wondering if anyone here has done this? Also the info on the al-islam link and the duas.org link seem to contradict eachother in some aspects. With respect to the aqeeqah, the al-islam link states: F) It is reprehensible for the parents and those supported by the father, not to eat from the offering, in particular the mother.13 .......whereas the duas.org link states: After the sacrifice, the greater part of the meat should be distributed among the poor and needy. It may also be served to the guests, but it is disapproved for the parents of the baby and their dependents to eat it. .........does anyone know which is correct? The al-islam link has a reference for it's statement whereas the duas.org link does not but in any case I do not have access to the source book to be able to check. I am hoping the duas.org link is the correct position because as a matter of practicality, I'm not sure how I would be able to get a sheep sacrificed here in Australia but I imagine it's fairly easy for this to be arranged to be done overseas. Separately, with respect to reciting the adhan/iqamah in the ear of the newborn, the al-islam link states: B) It is stated in some narrations that the time of reciting the Adhan and Iqamah in the ears of the newborn is after hearing it cry, and, in some other narrations it says that it is recommended to be done before the umbilical cord is cut. C) This Islamic tradition indicates that the first sounds a baby hears play an important role in the nature of the child, and which also has many effects on his upbringing and future. This indicates that it should be done pretty much immediately, as babies usually cry immediately and the cord is cut very shortly after birth. However, the duas.org link states: After the birth of a baby, it is recommended that the adhān Should be recited in its right ear and the iqāma in its left ear. This act should be performed after the child is washed and wrapped in a cloth, or later, within a few days. Again, does anyone know which is correct? I'm inclined to think that the al-islam link is the correct position on this one but I'm not basing this on anything other than what seems to make sense to me. If anyone can shed light on the above that would be great. Thanks!
  6. Salam all, I'm currently pregnant with my first child and she's due in just over a week, although it could really be any day now. I understand that upon the birth of a child it's recommended to recite the adhan in their right ear and iqamah in their left ear - is there a specific way in which this is meant to be done? Is it true that this should be done before the cord is cut? Also, are there any other rituals or duas or anything that are recommended to be conducted/recited upon the birth of a newborn? And are there any surahs or duas or anything that can be recited to help with a safe and easy labour/delivery? Any information in this regard would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Happy belated birthday ! 

  8. Salam all, Just thought I'd share my new favourite quran reciter - Fatih Seferagic. I know his style isn't everyone's cup of tea but I absolutely love it. Here's a sample: Enjoy and eltemase dua :). Ws
  9. Hi guys, I'll be travelling to NYC at the end of the year and would like some advice from any New Jersey or New Yorker SC members. I’m in the process of booking my NY accommodation but I’m just wondering what areas in NY or NJ to avoid (in terms of lack of safety - will probably be out late on some nights)? I say NJ as well because although my intention is mainly to visit NYC I'm happy to stay in areas of NJ where it doesn't take too long to get in and out of NY. Please help a sister out! =D
  10. ^BC, Canada is a dream destination. I've travelled a fair bit. At the end of the year I'll be travelling to the US, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. BTW - if there are any New Jersey or New Yorker SC members I need some advice. I’m in the process of booking my NY accommodation but I’m just wondering what areas in NY or NJ to avoid (in terms of lack of safety - will probably be out late on some nights)? I say NJ as well because although my intention is mainly to visit NYC I'm happy to stay in areas of NJ where it doesn't take too long to get in and out of NY. Please help a sister out! =D
  11. ^It's ''pretty much haram/or makrooh'' to go to any type of theatre of sports and entertainment during the first 10 days of muharram? Some advice bro - don't issue fatwas.
  12. Guess it depends on what you mean by ''too'' toned, and depends on the man. I think most men probably like a lean body, flat stomach etc on a woman but yeah not necessarily a six pack if that's what you mean.
  13. Yes there would be many Shias among them, particularly amongst the Afghan and Iraqi refugees but also amongst the Pakistanis and Syrians. But really who cares if they are Sunni or Shia. They are vulnerable people fleeing unspeakable atrocities and inshallah they all get the help they deserve.
  14. Of course there's value in it. Think of it like this - would there be value in your wife having a super toned body? Obviously you'd love it, but that's not to say that you or she should kill yourselves over it.
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