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AbdusSibtayn

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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to aaljibar in How to take summarised notes   
    I agree with this. But if you’re lucky enough to have the learning outcomes available at the start of each chapter. You can build your skeleton from that. The sub topics will go under each learning outcome as well. 
     
    True, Questions at the end of the chapters are really important though. They really make you think rather than just consuming information mindlessly.
    Applying what you learnt by answering questions is a higher level of understanding according to blooms taxonomy.
    Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى help us all with our studies. ;)
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Abdul-Hadi in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    You have to do it in a different way and above all, you have to be graceful about it otherwise you will get nowhere with Western secularists.
    If you try to shut them down, they will use it to say "LOOK AT THE MUSLIM WHO WANTS TO SILENCE OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Are these the types of people you want to allow into our "free society"?" Because they don't want to actually debate you, they want to make you seem hostile, angry, and above all "intolerant" (when they themselves are intolerant of religious people, because that's the last remaining bigotry that it's ok to have in America, apparently).
    You're actually fortunate that you are a Muslim, because if you were a Christian, they would mock and blaspheme to you far worse, accuse you of being an "idiot who believes in a Jewish zombie sky daddy" because they have no respect for the ideas that allowed them to live in a society where they are free to say these things without fear of repercussions.
    My advice to you is to do the exact opposite of complaining and trying to shut them down: prove them wrong. Only by proving them wrong and not acting in anger or hostility can you actually win with these people because then you didn't play into their tricks to make you or your religion look "backwards" or "oppressive".
    Tl:;dr-- use their own values to defeat their argument and propaganda. 
  3. Completely Agree
    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Ralvi in How to take summarised notes   
    Assalamu alaykum,
    What works for me is, I read the text carefully, divide the material into subtopics, and then jot down points under each subtopic. It just looks like a bare skeleton/minimal summary of the text and I keep the writing to the bare minimum. Our focus should be on understanding the text, and the notes are just ready-reckoners for  revision before exams. also, we should try to write things in our own words as far as possible.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from aaljibar in How to take summarised notes   
    Assalamu alaykum,
    What works for me is, I read the text carefully, divide the material into subtopics, and then jot down points under each subtopic. It just looks like a bare skeleton/minimal summary of the text and I keep the writing to the bare minimum. Our focus should be on understanding the text, and the notes are just ready-reckoners for  revision before exams. also, we should try to write things in our own words as far as possible.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to eloquence in Thoughts 2018   
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Ibn al-Hussain in What are the causes of apostasy in our day and age?   
    I would also add Pakistan to the list - especially the young generation.
    Wasalam
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Qa'im in What are the causes of apostasy in our day and age?   
    People react differently to social pressures brother. It can definitely cause rebellion, but it can also cause people to drop the burden (religious practice in this case). Egypt today is a prime example of this.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Qa'im in What are the causes of apostasy in our day and age?   
    Apostasy is most prominent among the Muslim diaspora, but even in some Muslim countries it is difficult to practice. Try being a conservative, practicing Muslim in Egypt or Syria, Sunni or Shi`a, you'll get spied on, possibly detained or kidnapped or worse. Even in UAE, sites like this are banned. Even Saudi Arabia is cracking down on Salafi shaykhs and mosques that are not overtly loyal to the new crown prince. Turkey had a hijab ban on campuses until fairly recently, and Azerbaijan has banned hijabs in school and niqabs in public. The general poverty and conflict in Muslim countries also discourages people. This doesn't include whatever banking / work-related / marriage-politics that exist in various Muslim countries. In some places it's better to just be non-practicing or even Christian.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Mohammadi_follower in What are the causes of apostasy in our day and age?   
    I think problem is also that nowadays most Muslims have no idea if what is sharia law and are not educated about that. So when they see some topics in Islamic books contrary to western secularism wich is the dominant ideology nowadays they are perturbated and many become apostate because Islam is for them contrary to "human rights" and "modernity" that western world try to promote.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Qa'im in What are the causes of apostasy in our day and age?   
    The general difficulty of being Muslim must also be part of it. The modern world has made it difficult for a practicing Muslim to do business, get married, go to school, and attend socials without compromising with the haram to some degree. For those who are culturally Muslim, religion has become a liability that takes away more than it gives. Not everyone can handle the pressure of the decline of the Muslim world, and they're looking at alternatives that make them happier and their lives easier.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    Which is precisely why we must start teaching philosophy and logic to the children in our schools. And this is precisely why studying history is so important.
    To a typical Muslim or non-Muslim product of the machinery of modern Western education, everything in this report will make complete sense.
    But once he/she comes to understand the political/philosophical vantage points from where these condemnations are coming, down to their epistemological foundations, and how these are historically linked with the project of colonization, hegemonic dominance and 'civilizing the barbarians', he/she'll see through these allegations, in all their logos, pathos and ethos, and their agenda.
    These rants don't bug me anymore. Maybe these people, who have written this propaganda piece, should man-up and debate the Muslim intellectuals on what their definition of 'religious freedom' is, and how it is logically sound and argumentatively tenable. But this time, the shortcoming is from the side of the Muslim intellectuals, and their state of intellectual frigidity and dormancy in not nipping this shrill propaganda siren in the bud. 
  12. My Prayers
    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Abdul-Hadi in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    I don't know what to do about it anymore aside from watch the house burn itself to the ground with a sense of detachment, because I don't sense that I'll be making it out of the collapse alive and honestly? I'm not sure that I necessarily want to.
    I sit here in the house and I watch documentaries about power and the nature of societal control in the Western nations and how it's rapidly crumbling, I read about the collapse of the Soviet Union so I can at least try to guess what I can expect when this collapse comes.
     
    I search for meaningful work that won't devour my life and crush my soul, I read books by dissidents in my own nation and culture, I listen to lectures and music that promotes thought rather than simply encouraging me to be as self centered and evil as possible... I post on here (when I should probably be recording my thoughts in a private journal for the people who will survive the collapse of America)
    And I wait and watch. I cannot influence the world around me or change what is happening by a longshot. For living in the most powerful and "free" empire on the earth, I am powerless to change any of it.
    So thus I cook, I do laundry, I continue on as if nothing is happening but deep down I see it all coming down around me and I can't shake the discomfort and terror that comes with knowing that this is all a great big illusion.
  13. My Prayers
    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Abdul-Hadi in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    My elites here in America want me to hate you and view you as barbarians who want to take away the few pleasures I have that make my life tolerable.
    Unfortunately for them, I stopped listening long ago and came here specifically because it was a Shia forum and as Shiism is the dominant form of Islam in Iran, the country my elites hate the most, specifically to face my fear of Islam and the "other".
    These people aren't merely enemies of Islam; they are enemies of humanity and what that entails at it's core. They merely go after Islam the hardest because Islam has had the most success in resisting them and they absolutely cannot have that because to paraphrase Rocky IV "He's bleeding! He ain't no machine, he's just a man!"
    Islamic nations, Iran in particular, challenged their hegemony and have actually succeeded in many ways but my media will never admit this because to do so would be an open admission that America is not exceptional and has mostly been in the right position at the right time to be able to throw it's weight around on behalf of the elites while people like myself and almost every other American, are held to the ground with their boots on our throats while we are brainwashed into believing that we "have it good" because we can never truly own our property, have our families fall apart, be offered a myriad of poisonous food and drugs, and rot away our brains with Filth that would make Sodom and Gomorrah sick to their stomachs... All while we are supposed to smile and be thankful for it.
    Heck, most of our churches are corrupt organizations that don't even teach anything remotely close to the very words in the Bible that I have read time and again! They merely exist as a means for crafty and sly men to make money by contributing nothing of substantial value while they live lives of materialism to an extent beyond that of those who work their fingers to the bone and *still* get their homes taken away and are left in insurmountable debt, which means less time for the things that matter like family and faith in something larger than that next big automobile.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Abdul-Hadi in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    This reminds me of after "9/11" when our English teacher had to parrot the govt line about Iran (this was in an English class, so that was the very moment I realized that American public education was worthless and an exercise in indoctrination) & my long lost Massomeh got out of her seat and said "Mrs. Blake is literally lying to this entire class because I just went to Tehran over the summer and absolutely none of what she said has any factual basis". 
    They kicked her out of the class for that, which just served to prove her point better.
    I miss her
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Muraqib ul tarighat in Humanist organisation (IHEU) publishes Islamophobic report   
    The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), which promotes a culture of atheism and which takes a strong stance against Islam and religion in general, has published a condemnation of the treatment of atheists and the non-religious mainly in Muslim countries: https://freethoughtreport.com/download-the-report/
    Predictably,the IHEU displays complete ignorance of Islam in its hate-filled and ignorant attack on "freedom of thought" and human rights in these Muslims countries, notably Iran. A list of just some of the misleading false statements that the report makes, including about Shariah, is attached.
    Please complain to Bob Churchill who "edited" the report: bob.churchill@iheu.org
    There is a Persian saying, "sokoot alamate rezaast" (staying silent is agreeing with).
     
     
    Complaint to IHEU.pdf
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to aaljibar in How to take summarised notes   
    Asalamu alaykum,   I have wrote this while I was studying as I was initially confused on what the differences are between a textbook and summarised notes.   Notes are summarised portions of each section of a chapter. They explain the fundamental information from each section. Be careful however, it takes first knowing the syllabus/learning outcomes in order to take relevant notes.   A first time learner will have a harder time learning from summarised notes since they will lack the detailed explanations and meticulously thought out examples of the author, leading them to the point of lacking a high level of understanding. Hence, a reader who consumes summarised notes will have to input his own detailed explanations and examples to achieve the high level of understanding of the material found in a textbook.    A textbook contains these two commodities of examples and detailed explanations. Students they will only have to actively learn it and memorise the sections. Where as a reader reading summarised notes will have to input his own detailed explanations and examples and further actively learn it and memorise. PLUS, there is no guarantee that the students input of his explanations and examples will be correct, and hence, this is another difficulty a reader of summarised notes will endure.   Summarised notes also therefore will also be a small fraction (1/5 or 1/4) of the size from the original source but will still allow you to gain a a good grade, if not higher grade, compared if you merely read the chapter repeatedly. The reason for this is because your study time will decrease, allowing you to relax more often so you can be more pumped for your study sessions and will give your more time to go over material that you do not have a high level of understanding yet.   TLTR: Your summery should not be long and detailed as is with the sections of the chapters of textbooks. The sections of the chapters of the textbook are long and detailed and are therefore designed for the first time reader to gain a a high level of understanding. Creating a summery of the sections of the textbook will ultimately decrease your study time and increase your grade.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Ralvi in How to take summarised notes   
    I struggle with this a lot. And my habits have gotten worse I don’t review as much anymore t-t
    and I can write forever lol then I quickly forget 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Hameedeh in Thoughts 2018   
    Thank you for this.
    It seems that everyone respects the ones who wear a turban. One of the reasons that Muslims are told to be respectful of everyone is because there may be Awliya Allah (protector, helper, friend of God) among us who we do not recognize, because they don't wear a turban. Hurting Awliya Allah by our word or our deed would be a sin. 
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Abdul-Hadi in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    Also, social media interactions rarely translate into real-life contacts. Having a huge friends list does not guarantee real-life sources of help and support.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Abdul-Hadi in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Abu Hadi in Uyghur Shia??   
    Salam, 
     
    Don't know specifically about this region but historically followers of the Wilayat of Imam Ali(a.s) and his descendants(a.s), the Imam of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s), commonly known as the Shia, have existed in every muslim community that I am aware of. I don't think that China is an exception to this. When I lived in California, I had some friends from Lebanon who traveled back and forth to Korea (South Korea) and there were Shia there who were Korean. So Why not China ? 
    But like was said above, the important things is not whether or not your ancestors were Shia, but whether you yourself try, in your own life, to emulate beliefs and actions of the 'rightly guided ones' who are Ahl Al Bayt(a.s). 
     
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Hassu93 in Lord Rama came in my dream - Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chief   
    Lord Rama came in my dream and was crying: UP Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi | City Videos - http://toi.in/ZafeHY/a31gj
    This guy continues giving shame to Shia community in India. We have fallen down in eyes of other Muslims due to people like this
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Hassu93 in Lord Rama came in my dream - Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chief   
    He misinterpreted ayatollah Sistani's fatwa for Babri masjid issue 
    And There is a gang which even bows down to Hindu gods. 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Hassu93 in Lord Rama came in my dream - Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chief   
    Yes
    This guy and a few others. He even came out defending his actions. There are pictures of him at multiple occasions
     
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Sirius_Bright in Thoughts 2018   
    [CONTROVERSY ALERT: NOT INTENDED TO RAKE UP A DEBATE. THE STATEMENT IS HIGHLY PERSONAL AND SUBJECTIVE AND THE READERS ARE AT LIBERTY TO COMPLETELY DISAGREE]
    Ever since I became Muslim and joined the school of Aal Muhammad (as), I have dabbled in a modest amount of metaphysical stuff to understand Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and gain proximity to Him.
    But there is nothing like performing the amaal prescribed by the Ahlul Bayt(as) when it comes to gaining ma'rifah and qurbah. There is nothing like reading the Qur'an and their ahadith if one wishes to gain true gnosis. Each passing day convinces me that the kernel of irfan is nothing else but zuhd and it'at of Allahسُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, through which the servant ascends higher and higher through the various spiritual stages (maqaamaat), until the state of annihilation or fanaa is achieved, when his entire being is subsumed in the divine will, and what remains is that state of subsistence (baqaa) where his will becomes identical with the will of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. All that remains within the slave is not him, but 'Him'.
    Music, stylized and synchronized rituals, and flamboyant turbans and robes are all mere artifices. Those who have tasted the fruit alone know its sweetness.
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