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bill-looking

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  1. I did not intend to be thought of as a fool describing myself as fair-skinned & blue eyed. What I intended was to reinforce the message from the Holy Qur'an that we are all given our languages and colors. In my post I think I expressed support for Iran to develop nuclear power as they want to. bill-looking
  2. Not sure, did not seem to post correctly in the conversion section so: Last week my 30+ year search for truth ended when I made the declaration of faith, first in private to Allah, then on the forum to inform others. At that point I opened a door to my future, one of many doors I had stood in front of but the only one that I had opened. So here is my story: I am 55 and was born into and raised in a small town conservative Christian environment. Like any child I accepted what was considered the normal beliefs of the adults. In my mid-teens I started to have questions. There were just too many people that I thought of as Sunday morning Christians. They seemed to think that as long as they went to church for an hour or so, whatever they did during the week would be forgiven. I saw many Christians but not much Christianity. The other big problem that I had was the idea that Jesus was one of the three parts of God. It did not make sense to me. The teachings of Jesus as a man inspired by God seemed to be a good way to live; but, I could not understand ignoring the teachings and worshiping the man. Needless to say I was confused. As with others my age I was constantly exposed to war stories from relatives and movies about World War 2 and Korea. This had the effect on me and others that the US can do no wrong and the world must be protected from evil. Evil being described as whatever the government did not like. More about this in a bit. When I went off to college I suffered culture shock. I went from a small town of 4000 people to a University with an enrollment of 15,000 in a city with almost a million people. I was totally unprepared for that. At the end of my freshman year I left school, joined the military and volunteered for duty in VietNam. I was still under the influence of the stories and movies. After the duty tour in VietNam was over I started to have a few questions about why we were there, but not enough questions. I volunteered for a second tour. It was during this time that an old friend of mine who had turned hippie, sent me a book about the history of VietNam. Then I understood, they were fighting for their freedom and the right to self-determination. From that time, I did what I had to do to stay alive, but, I killed no more. So began my search for the truth. I have read about, studied, discussed, and contemplated the religions and cultures all over the world since that time. It was only about a year ago that I realized that Islam was the only path that I had returned to for a more in-depth look several times. Something kept drawing me back. Over the last year I have read much about Islam and the Muslim people. I had many questions and developed a general feeling that Shia might be the way. I do not have the words to fully describe the feeling that came over me last Friday. There was a sudden warmth and relaxation. I felt that in my heart and being that I had been forgiven for my actions in VietNam...there was joy in my heart...my search was over...I opened the door to Islam. I know now what to do with whatever years left that have been preordained for me. bill
  3. As someone who has recently accepted Islam and was raised in a conservative Christian environment the only response that I can suggest is: Do you live your life by the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus? Or do you you transgress the law of God during the week and think an hour of church on Sunday will allow you to enter Heaven? bill-looking
  4. It is a difficult process to go from spent fuel to fissile material. Whether you are trying to get U235 or Pu239 it takes quite a large industrial complex. And, it takes a lot of spent fuel to get an appreciable amount of weapons grade material. The facilities needed to do this are easily recognized by satellite photos. So what if Iran wants to start supplying a part of its' energy needs by nuclear. As Iran becomes more industrialized their oil supply becomes very important for their own use, not for export. Some say that due to the natural gas deposits in Iran they don't need nuclear. But, generating large amounts of high-voltage electricity from natural gas is not a very efficient method. Sometimes I just do not understand the American position..... A fair-skinned, blue-eyed new American Muslim... bill-looking
  5. Please bear with me and be tolerant, I made my declaration of faith just a few days ago. I thought that I had an understanding of prayer times; but, now I am not so certain. I used the prayer time calculator on www.sajda.com. It listed 6 times for prayer as follows: Fajr(Suhoor) Shurooq Zuhr Asr Maghrib Isha New Muslim needing help......... bill-looking
  6. In my small city library I came across a book titled 'The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story'. I looked on the back cover and found that it was written by a former CIA political analyst. I thought "Not another Israeli view of the mid-east". Since the library has so few books of any kind on Islam or the mid-east I checked it out. I am about 2/3 into the book and all I can say is 'O My', this is an unbiased, objective view. The book is based on interviews with 124 Palestinians. They range from those who were adults at the time of expulsion in 1948 to young adults born in the US. As someone who has been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause for a long time and a brand-new Muslim, this is recommended. bill- no longer looking
  7. Last week my 30+ year search for truth ended when I made the declaration of faith, first in private to Allah, then on the forum to inform others. At that point I opened a door to my future, one of many doors I had stood in front of but the only one that I had opened. So here is my story: I am 55 and was born into and raised in a small town conservative Christian environment. Like any child I accepted what was considered the normal beliefs of the adults. In my mid-teens I started to have questions. There were just too many people that I thought of as Sunday morning Christians. They seemed to think that as long as they went to church for an hour or so, whatever they did during the week would be forgiven. I saw many Christians but not much Christianity. The other big problem that I had was the idea that Jesus was one of the three parts of God. It did not make sense to me. The teachings of Jesus as a man inspired by God seemed to be a good way to live; but, I could not understand ignoring the teachings and worshiping the man. Needless to say I was confused. As with others my age I was constantly exposed to war stories from relatives and movies about World War 2 and Korea. This had the effect on me and others that the US can do no wrong and the world must be protected from evil. Evil being described as whatever the government did not like. More about this in a bit. When I went off to college I suffered culture shock. I went from a small town of 4000 people to a University with an enrollment of 15,000 in a city with almost a million people. I was totally unprepared for that. At the end of my freshman year I left school, joined the military and volunteered for duty in VietNam. I was still under the influence of the stories and movies. After the duty tour in VietNam was over I started to have a few questions about why we were there, but not enough questions. I volunteered for a second tour. It was during this time that an old friend of mine who had turned hippie, sent me a book about the history of VietNam. Then I understood, they were fighting for their freedom and the right to self-determination. From that time, I did what I had to do to stay alive, but, I killed no more. So began my search for the truth. I have read about, studied, discussed, and contemplated the religions and cultures all over the world since that time. It was only about a year ago that I realized that Islam was the only path that I had returned to for a more in-depth look several times. Something kept drawing me back. Over the last year I have read much about Islam and the Muslim people. I had many questions and developed a general feeling that Shia might be the way. I do not have the words to fully describe the feeling that came over me last Friday. There was a sudden warmth and relaxation. I felt that in my heart and being that I had been forgiven for my actions in VietNam...there was joy in my heart...my search was over...I opened the door to Islam. I know now what to do with whatever years left that have been preordained for me. bill
  8. My thanks to all for the welcome to the true faith! Will I change my name? If I can find out how to change my forum name from bill-looking to just bill, I will. As for adopting an Arabic name, I don't think so. Considering the following from the Holy Qur'an: 30-22. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know. This to me means that Allah has given the different people of the earth their own languages and their own color. In all but the Holy Qur'an a different language may be used. In my belief, the Holy Qur'an can only be understood correctly in Arabic. That is why I am learning Arabic. 12-2. We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an, in order that ye may learn wisdom. :D Bill
  9. I have spent many years reading about and exploring the religions and cultures of the world. Recently I returned for a more in-depth look at Islam, specifically Shia. This seemed to me to be a way that not only provided religious comfort but provided a way of life. I asked many questions and received answers or links to answers. When I first started posting I was close to making the declaration of faith. Today I have done so. I was born into and raised in a conservative Christian environment in a small town. The idea of Jesus being a part of God always caused me a bit of trouble. I could not understand how the message of Jesus was changed into the worship of the man. Christianity did not start out that way and it has become my belief that God revealed another message to the Phrophet (pbuhN) to lead all who had gone astray and those who had not heard the word, to the true path. :D bill-looking
  10. Akhi, You are more correct than you know. A couple of years ago there was a company marketing a computer with an AMD processor sealed inside a Freon cooled enclosure. At the time the fastest CPU's were running about 500Mhz, theirs was 1.5Ghz. Micro-path technology left them in the dust. But, nice historical note. :D bill-looking
  11. I recently joined this forum to further my quest for the truth. I have asked questions and received answers or references to answer my questions. The nearest Shia group for me is in Seattle, a 4 hour drive, and with my physical condition that 4 hours turns into 6. So I will consider the members here as my Shia family. I know that a declaration of faith is a commitment from me to Allah, and no witness or ceremony is required. With that said, here, with my Shia friends I say: " I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger." :D bill-looking and if I can find out to change my name to bill-not looking, I will
  12. Getting a 1.4 to run faster than a 2.0? Set the multiplier of the CPU up, raise your front bus speed and main clock as high as you can, adjust the timing of the memory, have lots of cooling and hope nothing fails. Be prepared for failure. I recently burnt two cpu's on my Linux box. A nice ASUS dual CPU board, I just went too far. But, that is part of the fun. One of the advantages of being retired is lots of time to PLAY. And since my physical problems prevent me from playing golf, enough extra bucks to do it. :D bill-looking
  13. Hello all, I am considering subscribing to the Ajeeb translation service to help in my learning Arabic. Is anyone familiar with it? http://tarjim.ajeeb.com/ajeeb/default.asp?lang=1 :D bill-looking
  14. ãÍãÏ Úáí ÔßÑðÇ I had enabled Arabic support through Regional Options; however, I had not enabled Arabic in IE. Everything seems to working fine now. If my use of Arabic in this post is not very good, please be patient. I am just starting on my journey to learn Arabic. Now for the next question. Is there a way to right justify the location of the Arabic? :D äÙÑ ÝæÇÊíÑ
  15. Concerning RAID 0+1 and 1+0 Applications requiring both high performance and reliability and willing to sacrifice capacity to get them. This includes enterprise servers, moderate-sized database systems and the like at the high end, but also individuals using larger IDE/ATA hard disks on the low end. Often used in place of RAID 1 or RAID 5 by those requiring higher performance; may be used instead of RAID 1 for applications requiring more capacity. from http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid/l...levels/mult.htm Concerning cases....the Cooler Master aluminum cases with bunches of fans are hard to beat. Mid-Tower, many drive bays :D bill-looking
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